Botswana » Linyanti Concession » DumaTau Camp


LOCATIONNorthern Botswana, within the Linyanti concession which is bordered to the east by Chobe National Park. Close to the Linyanti Marsh and source of the Savuti.BIG 5 GAME RESERVEYes
CHILD POLICYChildren over the age of 8 years are welcomeMALARIAYes

  • Beautiful eco-friendly camp set in the best game viewing area of Linyanti
  • Enormous concentrations of elephant in the dry season; good viewing of leopard and wild dog
  • Easy access to Linyanti Swamps, Savute Channel and Linyanti woodlands

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* surcharges will apply over peak holiday periods & long weekends

Activities and Services

• Game Drives
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 4x4 Land Rovers each accommodate a maximum of seven people, allowing each guest a ‘window’ seat.

• Night Drives
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!

• Nature Walks
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.

• Hides and Star Bed
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.

• Seasonal Motorboat and River Barge
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.

• Camp - Fishing
Seasonal fishing is permitted on a catch-and-release basis. The camp has a small stock of basic rods and reels.

• Birding
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).

• A Tourism Levy of USD 30 per person for Botswana, is to be paid upon arrival at port of entry. Payment can be made through electronic machines, cash (US Dollars) or debit and credit cards. (USD cash is recommended)

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


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

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
05h00/06h00 - Wake up call. Light continental breakfast consisting of cereals, tea/coffee/juices and pastries to be served in the dining area.

05h30/06h30 - Depart on morning activity, returning to camp at approximately 13h00.

10h00/11h00 - 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.

16h00/15h00 - Afternoon tea will be served - this will consist of a selection of sweet and savoury snacks.

16h30/15h00 - Depart on afternoon game viewing activity - drinks and snacks will be served for sundowners during the course of the activity.

19h30/19h00 - Return to camp (but could be later if good game sightings).

20h00/19h30 - Pre-dinner drinks and snacks will be served at the pub.

20h30/20h00 - Three course dinner - generally speaking the starter and desert is served, whilst the main course is buffet style.

21h30/21h00 - 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.

Lodge Features
  • Overlooks an enormous lagoon
  • Dining room and pub under thatch, on decks
  • Plunge pool
  • Landscape view from pub and dining area
  • Evening campfire
  • Slide projector available
  • Curio shop
  • 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
  • Night drives
  • Game walks and hides
  • Motor Boat, 1x6 seater
  • Fishing
  • No mokoro
  • Single deck pontoon boat for Sundowner Cruise (water levels permitting)
  • Pontoon to transfer vehicles across lagoon to utilize other side of the concession



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