Duma Tau Camp

Linyanti, Selinda & Kwando, Botswana

On Request

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Duma Tau Camp

The DumaTau Camp was rebuilt in 2012 on an exquisite new site on the banks of the Linyanti River’s Osprey Lagoon. It is located close to the source of the Savute Channel in the western part of the Linyanti, between two elephant corridors, thus offering an exclusive combination of land and river experience.

SITUATED CLOSE TO THE SAVUTE CHANNEL AND BETWEEN TWO ELEPHANT 'CORRIDORS'.

What We Love
  • This is elephant country where herds thrive in the marshy habitat, providing plenty of intimate photo ops.
  • DumaTau operates completely on solar energy while biogas from organic kitchen waste helps supply the cooking fuel.
  • It has water-wise waste removal and uses green and thermal insulating materials.
Need to Know
  • Children of 6 years and older are accommodated.
  • The Camp partially funds two MSc studies examining the presence of a very large elephant population in the concession and its possible impact on vegetation and other animal species.
  • Although Botswana allows hunting in the concession, the camp has decided to forfeit approximately US$1.2 million per annum in hunting quotas in preference for photographic safaris.

The Review

The DumaTau Camp is located in the private Linyanti Wildlife Reserve that borders the western boundary of Chobe National Park in northern Botswana. This is an elephant country where herds thrive in the marshy habitat, providing plenty of intimate photo ops, in open-sided Land Rovers, on foot, and by boat when the water’s flowing.

Your Stay
The Classic Camp’s ten en-suite tented units (8 twin and two family) are raised off the ground to overlook the Lagoon. The architecture evokes the age of the explorers along with a sense of space, thanks to the wraparound clear-storey window providing dramatic views of the river. The main areas include an expansive deck and dining and lounge areas all sporting the same vista. There is an adjoining swimming pool

Wildlife
The camp is close to the source of the Savute Channel as well as the Linyanti waterways and is well-known for its elephant concentrations as they congregate along the waterways and lagoons during the dry winter months. General wildlife viewing is excellent year round.

Predator sightings of lion, cheetah and wild dog are good. Elephant viewing is amongst the best in Africa, especially in winter. Plains game viewing is good – red lechwe, antelope, zebra, giraffe and excellent hippo. Night drives along the Savute Channel are superb.

The many varied habitats within these areas - marshes, waterways, riverine forests, dry woodlands and grasslands - and the prolific and diverse wildlife and spectacular scenery together form a wonderful contrast to the Okavango.

Experience
Wildlife viewing is the primary activity at DumaTau Camp, either on day and night game drives or while on foot and on the water (levels permitting). Short nature walks can be taken along the Linyanti River and Savute Channel, while the camp's barge takes visitors along the waters of the Linyanti, with hippo and waterfowl alike to entrance. There are also a number of platforms and hides from which to view and photograph animals and birds. One of the best hides is right at the source of the Savute and many species of game and birdlife can be seen from this hide.

Getting There

DumaTau Camp is located in northern Botswana, within the Linyanti Concession, bordered to the east by Chobe National Park. It is close to Linyanti Marsh and source of the Savute; near the Kwando/Linyanti River confluence. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and is accessed by a short 45 min flight on a light aircraft. The flight from Kasane takes about 50 mins. The flight from Kasane to Victoria Falls takes 20 minutes but allow additional time for customs and immigration. There is a luggage restriction on this flight of 10kg (22lbs) per person, soft sided luggage.
 

 
Duma Tau Camp Linyanti, Selinda & Kwando, Botswana

Duma Tau Camp

Rating                      Classic Camp
Type                        Safari Lodge
No of rooms              10
Max Occupants          20 guests (upto 24 guests if confirmed in advance)
Interests                   Birding, Nature, Wildlife
Location                   Linyanti Concession (Northern Botswana)


Accommodation

Standard Tent
There are eight twin bedded tents. The twin beds can be moved together to make a double bed. This camp can accommodate 20 guests (up to 24 but camp bed numbers need to be authorised)

Family Tent
There are two family units which can accommodate four guests, each room with its own bathroom (the twin beds in the second bedroom may be converted into doubles on request).

Tent details
Canvas roofs and walls are raised off the ground on decks with wooden entrance doors. All rooms have en suite bathroom facilities with shower, double vanity and basin, shower. Soaps, shampoos, and insect repellents are supplied. Rooms have ceiling fans and a safe. Each unit has views over the lagoon.

Camp Description
The camp has a large dining room, bar, lounge deck and a plunge pool; all with wide open views of the enormous lagoon. An open air boma is used for dinner around campfire. For wildlife enthusiasts there is a sunken hide at a waterhole near the camp. Massage treatments (at an additional cost) can be conducted in the privacy of the guest’s tent. A cocktail reception can be arranged on request for large groups when taking over both the DumaTau and Kings Pool camps. There is a small curio shop and library.

Electricity & Water
The camp is 100% solar powered (solar panels and inverters provide electricity and hot water. Supplies power for hairdryers, fan and mini bar). A 220v generator is used for emergencies. Multi-plugs are available for charging camera and video equipment and laptops in the tent. Guests are also urged to bring two batteries for video recorders or cameras, as a battery can only be charged when the generator is in use.


Activities

The main activity here is the game drives via 5 x 10-seater open 4 x 4 Land Rovers each accommodating maximum 6 or 7 guests, allowing all guests an outside seat. All vehicles are equipped with books on trees, birds and mammals along with a pair of binoculars and Peaceful Sleep insect repellent. Walking safaris are organised on request as these are dependent on the availability of walking guides. Night drives are also undertaken and there is also a sunken hide for game viewing.

Fishing is on a catch and release basis (prohibited in January and February for fish breeding purposes). The camp has a small stock of basic rods and reels but if interested bring your own fly fishing equipment.

Sleep-outs in the hide can be arranged on a minimum 3-night stay. Stay is generally booked and paid in advance. A private vehicle allows flexibility re: times of departure and return. The DumaTau hide is an elevated platform, equipped with bed rolls, mosquito nets and long drop toilet. Minimum age requirement is 12 years and older. If guests have NOT booked and paid for a private vehicle, then they go to the hide after dinner on the shared activity vehicle, and return early next morning for breakfast and morning activity with other guests.

Motor boat: 1 x 6-seater (water level permitting). There is 1 x Barge that can accommodate up to 8 guests for picnics/sundowners.

Suggested Schedule
Morning wakeup call is between 0500h and 0600h. Morning tea and light continental breakfast before departing for morning activity. Return to campsite by about 1000h for a brunch which has a selection of breakfast and lunch dishes. Afternoons are at leisure or spend your time at the hide.

Afternoon tea (at 1600h or earlier in winters) is with a selection of sweet and savoury snacks. This is followed by game viewing activity which generally ends with drinks and snacks for sundowners, returning to the camp around 1900h, depending on the game sightings.

Pre-dinner drinks and snacks are served at the bar around 1930h. These are followed by a three-course dinner – starter and dessert is served, main course is buffet style. By 2100h the group generally congregates around a campfire where coffee and liqueurs are served.

Seasons
    Festive Season: 20 December 2013 to 10 January 2014
    Low Season: 11 January 2013 to 31 March 2013
    Shoulder Season: 01 April 2013 to 14 June 2013 & 01 November 2013 to 19 December 2013
    High Season: 15 June 2013 to 31 October 2013


Policies

Children
    Children of 6 years and older are accommodated.
    For families travelling with children between 6 and 12 years, private activities need to be booked and paid for.
    Children between 6 and 16 years must share with an adult/s in the same room.
    The minimum age for walking activities is 13 years.
    The minimum age for boating activities is 6 years (subject to water level).

Other Policies
    All drinks are included in the nightly tariff, with the exception of Reserve List wines and champagne.
    Laundry is done on a daily basis and inclusive in the nightly tariff.
    Curios, Reserve List drinks and tips/gratuities can be billed to the tent number and settled on checkout. Payment can be made by cash (US$, Pula, Rand or Euro), Travellers Cheques or the following credit cards: Visa or MasterCard.

Taxes and fees
    All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
    Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay (e.g., room service, minibar, in-room movies, etc).
    A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.

Additional Services
    Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
    Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call AwimAway.com on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
    Check in:         2:00 PM
    Check out:     12:00 PM
    Minimum stay: 1 night

 

Linyanti Concession

The 125,000-hectare Linyanti Concession bordering Chobe National Park's western boundary is an enormous wildlife-rich area with an unrivalled atmosphere of remoteness and space. The bulk of the concession is comprised of different mopane woodland associations, but along the Linyanti River there exists a strip of riparian forest and floodplain. The concession is bisected by an ancient watercourse — the now-flowing Savute Channel — which provides a year-round water source to complement the Linyanti. The area is famed for its herds of elephant that reach the world's highest densities in the dry winter months. Other species are also abundant — zebra, wildebeest, impala, giraffe, lechwe, reedbuck, kudu — and in addition to species like lion, spotted hyaena and leopard, the area also plays host to healthy populations of cheetah and wild dog. Rarer species such as sable and roan emerge from the woodlands during the dry season.

Birdlife
Birding is outstanding here ranging from the Okavango specials, such as Slaty Egret, Hartlaub's Babbler, African Skimmer, Allen's Gallinule and Wattled Crane, to the drier mopane woodland species like Racket-tailed Roller, Bradfield's Hornbill, White-breasted Cuckoo-shrike, Bennett's Woodpecker, Swallow-tailed Bee-eater and Arnott's Chat. This area is also excellent for Kori Bustard, Ostrich, Secretarybird, and Ground Hornbill with Southern Carmine Bee-eaters in summer. The Savute Channel is famous as an area with a high concentration of eagles and raptors and this area is internationally recognised as an IBA (Important Bird Area), particularly for birds of prey like Dickinson's Kestrel and waterbirds. There are also various owl species to be seen here such as Verreaux's (Giant) Eagle-Owl and African Scops-Owl.

Gratuity Schedule
The following is the suggested gratuity schedule only and is subject to service standards:
Guides – £6.00 per person per day
General Camp Staff – £3.00 per person per day
Specialist Guides (if applicable) – £6.00 per person per day


When to go

Botswana’s winter is during our British summer, and the weather is hot during the day, but it isn't a stifling heat, and cold at night. The summer months (British winter) can be hot and humid and there is a chance of rain. Botswana has one rainy season which runs between mid-December and runs through to mid-March.

Visa
All visitors to Botswana need a valid passport for at least six months, but no visas are required by citizens of most Commonwealth countries, EU countries, USA and other selected countries. A valid return ticket is required. On arrival you’ll get a 30-day entrance stamp.

Visas are also not required by transit passengers, provided they are continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft, and do not leave the airport.

Health
Travellers arriving from or having transited through countries where yellow fever is endemic will be required to show a suitable certificate of vaccination in order to gain entry into the country. This includes endemic countries such Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda, as well as of marginal risk countries such as Somalia, Tanzania and Zambia.


Getting There

DumaTau Camp is located in northern Botswana, within the Linyanti Concession, bordered to the east by Chobe National Park. It is close to Linyanti Marsh and source of the Savute; near the Kwando/Linyanti River confluence. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and is accessed by a short 45 min flight on a light aircraft. The flight from Kasane takes about 50 mins. The flight from Kasane to Victoria Falls takes 20 minutes but allow additional time for customs and immigration. There is a luggage restriction on this flight of 10kg (22lbs) per person, soft sided luggage.

Airstrip Details
Chobe 1 Airstrip is located 35 minutes’ drive from camp.
Airstrip coordinates: S18.31.99, E023.39.27
1000m long, compacted calcrete.
Chobe 1 Airstrip is licensed for heavier aircraft such as King Airs.