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Wilderness Safaris DumaTau Camp
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Reviewed July 12, 2010

My husband and I visited Duma Tau after leaving Mombo (an impossible act to follow), and we had adjusted our expectations to expect a less pleasurable experience. But guess what? We thought Duma Tau was great! The menus and food prep were wonderful, the staff and managers lovely and entertaining, and our guide, Moses, was the best guide of our trip. The managers arranged a surprise, private anniversary dinner on our deck the last night of our 2-night visit, a very special touch! The camp has a relaxed feel, but still has elegant touches here and there (many of the managers and guides transferred from Mombo).

Moses is a real worker, and we saw lots of game in this very beautiful area of Botswana. He gave us much more additional information about the animals that the other guides did. Moses is a walking encyclopedia!

You'll love this camp.

Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 30, 2010

The camp is located in the Linyanti region near the border with Namibia. I stayed in one of the ten comfortable tents on the shore of a lagoon. My tent had two beds, a sink, a hot shower, and a flush toilet. Breakfast and dinner were illuminated by paraffin lanterns that cast a warm glow around the dinner table, where all the guests and some staff dined together. Afternoon tea was served promptly at 3 PM in the lounge. Electricity was provided by batteries that were recharged by a generator.

I enjoyed the game drives with the guide that began in the morning (6:30 AM) and afternoon (3:30 PM). During the rest period between the game drives, I did laundry, cleaned my camera, and wrote in my journal. The wildlife at DumaTau was numerous and diverse. I had excellent photographic opportunities.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled solo
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1  Thank Evan2
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Reviewed March 8, 2010

My wife and I had a wonderful experience at Duma Tau. And we owe a lot of it to our safari guide while we were there - Ron. Ron has a real gift for finding and spotting game. And that comes in handy during the rainy season when the game are not as easy to find. If you go to Duma Tau, ask for Ron. You will be happy you did.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 14, 2010

We stayed at Duma Tau in January, which is rainy season. Good for us because there was practically no one at the lodge during our two-night stay (we very little rain and it did not hamper our experience at all). Two things made this stay special: staff and game. The personal attention was a real luxury, and the staff made every effort to make us feel welcome. One night we came back from a game drive to find that our tent had been decked out with lanterns and candles for a romantic private dinner! Our guide, Name, was the absolute best in every way and we thank him for giving us such a wonderful experience. We saw EVERYTHING: elephants playing in the river, a lion swimming across the channel, birds, buck, leopard, wild dogs hunting and relaxing. One night we had a honey badger at our door and an owl on our verandah. The next morning we found that some of the handrails on the walkway near our tent had been pushed aside during the night by an elephant trying to reach its favorite acacia tree. The nighttime sounds around our tent were spectacular - hooting and snuffling of baboons and hippos. Food was great and we looked forward to every meal, and the tent charming. I had just lost my mother to cancer a few weeks before, and was feeling a little "tender". The staff knew this (the previous camp we stayed in - Little Vumbura - radioed ahead to alert Duma Tau to the fact that I needed some extra TLC) and took great pains to be kind and attentive. My heart-felt thanks to them for helping make me a little happier during such a difficult period. One thing to remember about Duma Tau - it is one of the larger camps in the Linyanti/Delta area (9-10 tents) and when at capacity might feel a little more crowded than what we experienced.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 4, 2009

Pros - excellent service, professionally run, friendly team, attention to detail, beautiful setting overlooking water, nice accommodation (comfortable beds, wooden floors, mosqiuto netting, plenty of storage space, outdoor decked area, indoor/outdoor showers), elephants galore - often coming right up to the tent, communal table easy way of getting to know other travellers, good game viewing, quite a lot of birdlife (if you're into that), high quality guiding.
Cons - apparently less productive for big game wildlife viewing now that Savute Channel is flowing again, communal table can get tiring after a few nights if you just want some 'quiet time' during meals, average food for the price, no hot breakfast.

We stayed for 3 nights and had a really enjoyable time. Wildlife was not as prolific as I thought it might be (although another couple in our vehicle who had stayed at Duma Tau many times previously said that one of the days of our stay was the quietest they had ever had there in terms of game viewing), but what did stand out was the staff and the service - it was superb. The camp had a really friendly atmosphere, probably more so than any other camp we stayed at. Unfortunately we missed out on seeing wild dogs (although they had been sighted the afternoon before we arrived), but we got amazing close up views of three different leopards, saw lions with a kill and huge herds of elephant. Night drives, walking safaris, boat cruises, and sleep outs in the hide on request are all pleasant options and can be a nice break from the game drive routine if that's what you're after (although we decided not to do them). You usually get a partial night drive with the guide using a spotlight when coming back from the afternoon game drive so we didn't do a formal night drive (because I wasn't convinced it would be all that fruitful and you'd be exhausted for the following morning's game drive).

I would highly recommend this camp. With water in the Savute, the landscape is gorgeous.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 31, 2009

I think the main reason to come to Duma Tau is the wildlife. We saw a wider variety of animals here than at our other three camps combined (including the wild dogs). The staff here was SO nice. My son fell ill one day and they bent over backwards to do what they could for him to make him feel comfortable. My only complaint is the configuration of the family tent. Two different sleeping quarters are separated by the bathroom. The toilet is open for all to see and you have to pass by it to get from one room to the other. None of us enjoyed the lack of privacy that a simple curtain could offer. But we really did enjoy our stay there...a beautiful setting, gracious people and amazing wildlife.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with family
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1  Thank Angeline13
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Reviewed June 27, 2009

This was one of 3 camps we stayed at in Botswana and S.A. We had a great guide, Ollie. The staff was so friendly. Food was great. Game drives were awesome. Elephants in the camp!! Would highly recommend this camp. Tents were very nice and roomy.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled with family
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Address: Botswana, Linyanti Reserve, Botswana
Location: Botswana > North-West District > Linyanti Reserve
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Linyanti Reserve
Hotel Class:4 star — Wilderness Safaris DumaTau Camp 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perhaps the best game viewing in far northern Botswana - from its newest and most stylish camp. DumaTau means "roar of the lion," but the elephant reigns here. The camp is set on a lagoon on the Linyanti River between two "elephant highways," affording unparalleled viewing of these iconic mammals, along with other wildlife. Together with sweeping, dramatic views of the river, the architecture of the camp expresses the explorer aesthetic, as well as the idea of space. There is an airy dining and lounge area, and a pool, all taking advantage of the superb view of the lagoon. Highlights DumaTau is located close to the source of the Savute Channel, with access to the Linyanti Swamps, floodplains and extensive mopane woodlands, thus offering an excellent combination of land and river. During winter, large elephant herds traverse the area. Chances of viewing leopard, lion and wild dog are excellent, along with other large mammals like hippo, red lechwe, giraffe, waterbuck, kudu, impala and occasional buffalo. 10 Tents (including 2 Family Tents): Rebuilt 2012; en-suite; spacious; raised off the ground; clear-storey window; 100% solar powered Experiences: Day and night game drives • Nature walks (on request) • Boating and barge (seasonal) • Game viewing hides • Catch-and-release fishing (seasonal) ... more   less 
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