Duma Tau Camp
The Linyanti Reserve, on which Duma Tau is located, is an enormous private concession, comprising nearly 300,000 acres of prime wilderness area in the far north-east of Botswana. It is bordered to the north by the Linyanti River, and to the east by the Chobe National Park, and contains two thirds of the length of the mysterious Savuti Channel.
Apart from its sheer size, the most remarkable feature of the Linyanti Reserve is the diverse range of habitats that it encompasses. The Linyanti River is bordered by floodplains very similar to those of the Okavango Delta, as well as extensive grasslands, while the interior of the concession consists of vast mopane forests and acacia bushveld. This diversity of habitat in turn supports a wide array of wildlife, and this area is particularly well known for its huge herds of elephants (probably the largest herds in Africa), and the lions of the Savuti Channel (featured in National Geographic documentaries).
Duma Tau camp is built under a shady grove of mangosteen trees, overlooking a large hippo-filled lagoon within the Linyanti waterway system. Its ten large, luxuriously appointed tented rooms are raised off the ground on polished wooden decks. They are set beneath cool thatched roofing with canvas walls, allowing guests to enjoy the night sounds of Africa in security and comfort. The bathroom facilities are en-suite, and each room also features an outside shower, perfect for showering under the stars at the end of an adventurous day.
The raised communal area is spacious and comfortable. It is used for dining, socializing and relaxing, and features a fireplace, well-stocked bar and plunge pool to aid in these pursuits. The reference library is a popular feature for perusing the intricacies of the Linyanti eco-system, but often the best way to discover its magic is to settle into a comfortable armchair and spend an entire afternoon visually imbibing the intoxicating wildness surrounding camp.
Activities at Duma Tau focus on the wildlife of the area, with day and night game drives offering fabulous opportunities to view, firsthand and at close range, Africa's spectrum of diurnal and nocturnal creatures. Nature walks allow for closer inspection of some of the smaller aspects of the eco-system, while the camp's pontoon facilitates access to the Linyanti River, and a different perspective on animals as they come to the river to drink.
Duma Tau is a great camp set on one of Botswana's most extensive and game-rich private concessions. It enjoys a fabulous location, offering the best of both the dry Savuti Channel, and the wetlands surrounding the Linyanti River, while the camp itself provides all the comforts and features that anyone could ask for combined with the adventure of a tented camp experience.
The concession to the Linyanti Reserve belongs to a leading southern Africa conservation figure, and the reserve is managed by Wilderness Safaris, one of the most ecologically-minded camp operators in southern Africa. Although hunting is technically permitted on the concession, the owner and managers have waived their rights to allow hunting on the Reserve, thereby foregoing around US$300,000 in annual revenues so that the animals have the best possible opportunity to prosper, and guests have the best possible game-viewing experience. Staff are also involved in game counts and censuses to monitor the conservation efforts on the reserve.For more information about Duma Tau Camp call toll-free: 888.227.8311
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