- DumaTau is a small, luxury tented camp situated close to the source of the Savute Channel in the private Linyanti concession of northern Botswana. The camp is built under a shady grove of juicy mangosteen trees and overlooks a large hippo-filled lagoon within the Linyanti waterway system.
- Luxurious tented rooms boast comfortable beds, ensuite bathrooms with outside showers and flush w.c’s.Exciting day and night game drives to find nocturnal and diurnal game.
- Enjoy gentle boat excursions on the Linyanti marsh. Enjoy a short and tranquil nature walk along the banks of the majestic Linyanti River.
- Duma Tau’s swimming pool is the perfect place to relax after a morning’s activity and delicious brunch.
- The tents are spacious, under thatch with canvas walls, en-suite bathroom facilities and an outside shower.
- Duma Tau has several hides, perfect for watching game up close. Request a visit to a hide that is hidden at the source of the Savute ― be sure to take your binoculars and camera.
- Order your favourite drink and cool off in the sparkling plunge pool between game viewing adventures.
EXCLUSIVE LUXE VOYAGER VIP BENEFITS & BEST PRICE
We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.
- Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
- Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
- Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
- Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
- Complimentary private airport transfers.
- Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
- Early check-in and late check-out.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi.
- Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.
A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.
Morning and afternoon game drives reveal the rich wildlife of the area where predators and elephant are often the highlight. Plains game and diverse birdlife also offer fantastic sightings. The open 4×4 Land Rovers each accommodate a maximum of seven people, allowing each guest a ‘window’ seat.
Night drives with spotlights allow you to find those nocturnal animals you wouldn’t see during the day. These often include lesser bushbaby, spring hare, aardwolf, serval, large spotted genet and, if you are extremely lucky, the elusive pangolin.
Depending on qualified guide availability, nature walks with skilled, armed guides are wonderful ways of getting close to nature and observing the smaller things you miss when travelling by vehicle.
There is a hide at camp for those wishing to while away their siesta hour watching the active birdlife of the area, while a raised platform at the Zibalianja Lagoon is the perfect place from which to view and photograph animals and birds. This platform can also be used for an authentic and unique way to sleep out under the crystal clear African skies surrounded by nature.
Water levels permitting, explore the Linyanti River by boat or barge, the latter perfect for picnics or sundowners or searching out those elusive birds so prevalent in the channels.
Seasonal fishing is permitted on a catch-and-release basis. The camp has a small stock of basic rods and reels.
Birding is outstanding here, from Okavango specials to mopane woodland species. The Savute Channel is famous for its high concentration of eagles and raptors; this area is internationally recognised as an IBA (Important Bird Area).
DumaTau is located in the private Linyanti Game Reserve on the western boundary of Botswana’s legendary Chobe National Park, home to thousands of Kalahari elephants. Run entirely on solar energy, the intimate 10-tent safari camp is set under a shady grove of mangosteen trees overlooking Osprey lagoon. With the source of the Savuti Channel nearby, game viewing along this animal-rich waterway is outstanding. Elephants congregate in large herds during winter (June to October) and during these dry months plains game such as sable and roan antelope also traverse the lush Linyanti.
A small but well-designed camp, DumaTau will appeal to safari-goers who want excellent food, comfortable accommodation and the chance to see spectacular wildlife encounters. DumaTau runs entirely on solar power and has been built from sustainable timber sources with water-conscious waste removal to lighten its ecological impact as much as possible. In addition to incredible sighting that can include pangolins, honey badgers, wild dogs and fish eagles, DumaTau offers activities like fishing, canoeing, swimming and relaxing at the fire pit located at the end of the private jetty.
The 10 tents (eight twin and two family) are generously spread along a raised platform, which runs beside the banks of the lagoon. Timber, canvas and mesh screen walls and sliding doors – which open onto private decks that look directly onto the water – provide the structure, while inside, neutral hemp tones and jazzy brass details are revealed through details in the bathroom (with a surprisingly good shower) and a separate sleeping area that comprises a king-sized bed, a writing desk and a cosy armchair. Sustainability is at its core, so there is no air-conditioning or heating – at certain times of the year it can get pretty chilly at night and sweltering hot during the day – and water and electricity are limited to an extent that hairdryers or fridges are a no-no. Tea- and coffee-making facilities are restricted to using hot water from a flask and there is no television or Wi-Fi. If the tents aren’t immersive enough, there is also an option to sleep under the stars on a raised platform at the Zibalianja Lagoon.
Standard Twin Tent
The luxurious tented rooms at Duma Tau are raised from the ground and have been built under thatch with canvas walls allowing you to enjoy the night sounds of Africa from the comfort of your bed. Rooms are spacious and bed linen is soft and comfortable. The bathroom facilities are en suite with hot and cold running water, a flush toilet and an additional outside shower if you prefer to be closer to nature.
Families travelling together will appreciate staying in one of the two Family Tents that accommodate a family of four and feature two separate bathrooms. Some guests may prefer the simplicity of the ‘sleep-out’ platform, which is located a short drive away from camp in a spectacular setting and accommodates between four and eight people. You spend the night either on a bed or a comfortable bed roll, with basic ablution facilities nearby. A highly qualified guide is on standby to ensure your safety at all times and in case you need assistance during the night.
A cooked breakfast is on offer before the morning game drive. If that’s too early, the mid-morning coffee and biscuit stop mid-game drive might tide you over before heading back to camp to tuck into an array of fruits and pastries or, if you wish, a full English. If you skip the evening game drive you can watch the sun go down with a pre-dinner drink from the camp’s jetty, which gently bobs on the water surrounded by a carpet of water lilies. Dinner is a social affair, promptly served at 8pm at a communal table once all the guests have returned (although private dining is also an option). The menu changes daily but expect a selection of cuisines, made using locally sourced ingredients, from hearty stews served with couscous to grilled meats and vegetarian options too. After dinner, the jetty – with its campfire – is the perfect spot to return to for a drink while listening to the cricket chirps and the distant roar of lions.
Enjoy a continental buffet breakfast before your morning safari and a substantial brunch upon your return from the wilderness. A decadent choice of sweet and savoury snacks – like freshly-baked lemon cookies, mini quiches and mushroom crostini – is laid out for afternoon tea to be enjoyed before your evening game drive. Dinner is a buffet-style, candlelit affair accompanied by wine and served on the deck under the stars.
Guest areas include a dining area where delicious meals are served, an authentic bush pub, sitting room, outdoor boma, and swimming pool with a magnificent view of the open bush.
Raised above the ground to take advantage of the sweeping river vistas, DumaTau’s communal area consists of a dining room, lounge and bar, all leading onto an expansive viewing deck. A fire pit at the end of the lagoon jetty makes a picturesque place to keep warm at night or share bush tales with other guests.
The camp’s sparkling swimming pool is where you can find welcome relief from the afternoon heat. Aside from twice-daily game drives in a 4×4, you can enjoy guided walking safaris along the Linyanti River and Savuti Channel. Sunset cruises on a pontoon are offered as well as mekoro (based on traditional dugout canoes) trips through the reserve’s many beautiful and unspoilt waterways and channels.
The camp has a conveniently positioned plunge pool in which to cool off there are is also a viewing hide to watch game from in camp.