Duma Tau ("lion's roar") camp borders on Chobe National Park and is part of a "concession" granted by government to companies for stated period of years. There are four camps in this concession but numbers are limited to 52 visitors a day so the area is not at all crowded. Since it is not in the national park, open vehicles can drive off road which increases the chances of great game sightings. This review is of the current camp (July 2012) but the location will move shortly to a new camp about 10 minutes away. Duma Tau has 10 tent chalets and overlooks a lagoon in the Linyanti Swamp area. There are two other Wilderness Safari camps in the concession: Savuti and King's Pool. My room (#7) was very spacious with large king bed, indoor/outdoor showers, a safe and charging unit in the room but no wi-fi and naturally no hair dryers. Lots of Charlotte Rhys amenities, even conditioner thankfully. The style is thatched roof and entire camp has narrow board wooden decking with pathways raised about 2 meters above ground. There is one lowered section for the eles to go through the camp! The camp also has resident birds, especially at lunch when the starlings and Bradfield's hornbill lurk to try to snatch food from plates. The deck in front of the room has a chaise looking out on part of the Linyanti Channel. The main buildings are comfortable though not extravagant. Everything is open, which can get cold in the winter months. The bar -- the Dung & Beetle -- is nicely stocked and if there is no one there you can just go behind and make your own drinks. The manager (KG) and staff (including our guide Name, Abby and Abbie, Mr. B, Ona and many others) were fun and very friendly. Down by the eating are there is a two-sided tented bathroom -- the so-called "loo with a view" -- that has a wonderful open front with view of the channel. Animals - especially eles -- do come into camp and by the tents. At night you hear many noises, especially the hippos ranging around looking for their night time food. The food is quite good, especially the brunch where you get eggs your way, bacon, sausage, fruit, cheese and several veggie/salad dishes plus some main type dish such as lamb kebab, chicken breasts, etc. You eat on a deck overlooking the Channel. Brunch is eaten with your guide and vehicle companions but dinner is communal. We had wonderful sightings of all kinds with our guide Name, including a large pride of lions with cubs and -- best of all -- a large pack of wild dogs!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Duma Tau Camp, Linyanti Reserve Hotel Linyanti Reserve