To/from Maun 50 minutes
To/from Kasane 50 minutes
Kasane to Victoria Falls 20 minutes but allow additional time for customs and immigration
The Airstrip is located 35 minutes' drive from camp
8 Luxury Tents, raised off the ground on decks
ABOUT THE LODGE & THE RESERVE
DumaTau (meaning 'roar of the lion') is a ten-roomed luxury tented camp, in the private 125 000-hectare Linyanti Wildlife Reserve which borders the western boundary of Chobe National Park in northern Botswana. The camp is built on raised boardwalks under a shady grove of mangosteen trees, overlooking a large hippo-filled lagoon on the Linyanti waterways. The source of the Savuti Channel is close to the camp and game drives along the Savuti are one of the highlights of the camp.
The rooms are spacious, raised off the ground and under thatch with canvas walls - allowing guests to enjoy the night sounds of Africa from the comfort of their rooms. The bathroom facilities are en-suite, with hot and cold running water. Each room has an additional outside shower. There is a dining room, pub, lounge, plunge pool and a special guest toilet with a fantastic view. The region has all the habitat diversity to make it a haven for wildlife.
Activities are diverse and allow guests time on the water, on land and occasionally on foot. Day and night game drives are conducted in open 4x4 vehicles along the Savuti Channel and the banks of the Linyanti River. There are many hides in the area where guests can enjoy wildlife viewing close up and away from a vehicle. One of the best hides is right at the source of the Savuti and many species of game and birdlife can usually be seen from this hide.
The area is famous for its elephant concentrations in our winter months and for the great game viewing all year. Huge herds of elephant congregate in winter along the waterways and lagoons - and at the waterholes that are located along the Savuti Channel. During these dry months sable and roan traverse the flood plains. All the predators - lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog - feast on the prey species in the area, including impala, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, lechwe, tsessebe and all the other plains game.
Elephants are one of the area's biggest attractions, especially in the dry winter months, along with red lechwe, zebra, wildebeest, impala, waterbuck, sable, roan, eland, giraffe, baboon, vervet monkey, warthog, crocodile and buffalo.
Then there are the predators - lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog and hyaena - and the nocturnal animals - bushbabies, spring hare, aardwolf, serval, genet, pangolin - and the smaller predators.
Birding is great here, from the Okavango "specials", such as Slaty Egret, White-rumped Babblers and Wattled Cranes, to the bushveld species
SUGGESTED DAILY ACTIVITY SCHEDULE
Below is only a suggestion as to what may happen in camp - as daily wildlife sightings tend to throw the schedule right out of schedule.
Summer / Winter
- Wake up call. Light continental breakfast consisting of cereals, tea/coffee/juices and pastries to be served in the dining area.
- Depart on morning activity, returning to camp at approximately 13h00.
- Brunch will be served, this will consist of a selection of breakfast and lunch dishes. From now until afternoon tea, guests will be at leisure.
- Afternoon tea will be served - this will consist of a selection of sweet and savoury snacks.
- Depart on afternoon game viewing activity - drinks and snacks will be served for sundowners during the course of the activity.
- Return to camp (but could be later if good game sightings).
- Pre-dinner drinks and snacks will be served at the pub.
- Three course dinner - generally speaking the starter and desert is served, whilst the main course is buffet style.
- Coffee and liqueurs will be served at the camp fire.
THE RESERVE: NG 15-The Linyati Wildlife Reserve
The Linyanti Wildlife Reserve offers one of Africa's most exhilarating wildlife experiences. The area covers 125,000 hectares (about 275,000 acres) of prime wildlife country situated between the Okavango and Chobe regions. Yet, there are only 26 rooms in 3 small camps that are allowed to access the game drive areas of this reserve.
To put this into perspective, the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve is just about double the size of the Sabi Sands Reserve in South Africa. The Sabi Sand Reserve successfully houses over a thousand beds in world famous lodges like Singita, Londolozi, Mala Mala, Sabi Sabi and many others. Space and privacy are what sets this reserve aside - as well as its brilliant wildlife concentrations.
Elephants are one of the reserves prime attractions - especially in our winter months when they are forced to congregate along the waterways and around the waterholes of the area when the rainfall filled depressions and pans of the interior dry up. At times the reserve must have several thousand elephants roaming around. Red Lechwe, Zebra, Wildebeest, Impala, Waterbuck, Sable, Roan, Eland, Giraffe, Baboon, Monkey, Warthog, Crocodile and Buffalo are some of the other animals to be found here. Then there are the predators ~ Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Wild Dog and Hyena ~ and the nocturnal animals ~ Bushbabies, Spring Hare, Aardwolf, Serval, Genet, Pangolin ~ and the smaller predators. Birding is great here ~ from the Okavango "specials", such as Slaty Egret, Whiterumped Babblers and Wattled Cranes, to the bushveld species.
Overlooks an enormous lagoon
Dining room and pub under thatch, on decks
Landscape view from pub and dining area
Slide projector available
Dinner available in the bush after cocktail cruise. (On request if exclusive use of camp).
Can do cocktail reception between Kings Pool and DumaTau. (On request for larger groups who want to meet up)
90% game drives, 10% water activities.
Land game drives in open 4x4 Land Rovers - the camp has 4 x 10-seater Land Rovers, maximum six or seven guests per vehicle
Game walks and hides
Motor Boat, 1x6 seater
Single deck pontoon boat for Sundowner Cruise (water levels permitting)
Pontoon to transfer vehicles across lagoon to utilize other side of the concession