OVERVIEW ON DUMATAU CAMP IN LINYANTI
DumaTau Camp is built under a grove of mangosteen trees overlooking a large hippo-filled lagoon. It is located close to the source of the Savute Channel in the western part of the Linyanti, which makes game drives along the Savute Channel one of the highlights of a stay here. Accommodation is in ten tented rooms under thatch, with en-suite facilities including outdoor showers. The main areas include a dining room, bar (known as “The Dung Beetle”), lounge, open dining deck and plunge pool with a swing-bed sala. Activities allow guests to view game during day and night game drives, on short nature walks, and while boating along the serene waters of the Linyanti Marsh (levels permitting). There are also a number of platforms and hides near camp from which to view and photograph wildlife.
Location Of Dumatau Camp
To the north-east of the Okavango Delta, along the Linyanti Fault line, lie the Chobe, Selinda and Linyanti areas. The diverse woodland habitats and prehistoric floodplains make adding any of the camps found here to a Botswana itinerary a good choice for a balanced experience of the country. In many ways the Linyanti is an indispensable complement to an Okavango visit. The area is home to several exclusive features: the Savute Channel, once again a river in its own rights attracting abundant wildlife; the Selinda Spillway, a mythic linking to the Okavango; and the productive Linyanti River frontage. DumaTau Camp is within the Linyanti Concession, bordered to the east by Chobe National Park and close to Linyanti Marsh and source of the Savute; near the Kwando/Linyanti River confluence.Seasonal zebra and elephant migrations add further theatre and the Linyanti vastness is the favored stalking ground for healthy numbers of predators such as the critically endangered wild dog, as well as lion, cheetah and spotted hyena. Apart from roan, other plains game includes red lechwe, Burchell’s zebra, blue wildebeest, impala, common waterbuck, sable, eland, southern giraffe, chacma baboon, vervet monkey, warthog, hippo and Cape buffalo. Nocturnal species often seen are lesser bushbaby, spring hare, aardwolf, serval, large spotted genet and if you are extremely lucky the elusive pangolin! Birdlife is exceptional here for Kori Bustard, , Secretarybird, Ostrich 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 recognized 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.
Safari Experience At Dumatau Camp
The camp is close to the source of the Savute Channel as well as the Linyanti waterways. Predator sightings of lion, cheetah and wild dogs are good. Elephant viewing is amongst the best anywhere especially in winter. Plains game viewing is good – zebra, giraffe and excellent hippo. Night drives on the Channel are superb. Excellent birding.
Activities At Dumatau Camp
- Game drives in open 5 x 10-seater Land Rovers, max. 6 or 7 guests per vehicle.
- The camp has a supply of bean bags for guests to use to steady their camera while on a game activity.
- Night drives.
- Game walks and hides (2 raised and 1 sunken hide).
- Motor boat; 1×6-seater (water level permitting).
- Birding and fishing.
- Fishing on a catch and release basis (fishing is prohibited in Botswana in January and February for fish breeding purposes). The camp has a small stock of basic rods and reels but fly fishing equipment is to be supplied by guest if required.
- Sleep-outs in the hide can be arranged on a minimum 3 night stay.
- Sleep outs are possible at the DumaTau hide in two variations. 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 continental breakfast and morning activity with other guests. If they do book and pay for the DumaTau private vehicle, then there is more 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.
Summary For Dumatau Camp
Number of tents:
10 tents in total consisting of:
- 8 x ¾ twin bedded tents (2 of which can be converted into king-size beds on request).
- 1 family unit – accommodates four guests (two bedrooms sharing one bathroom).
- 1 king-size bedded tent.
- The camp has a twin bedded pilot/guide tent that is not the same standard as a guest tent. This camp can accommodate 20 guests plus tour leader/escort/guide
- Canvas with thatch roof, raised off the ground on decks, wooden doors.
- En-suite facilities with indoor and outsider shower.
- Single basin (honeymoon suite has a double basin).
- Each room has views over the floodplains and lagoon.
- Fans in all guest tents.
- Mosquito nets over the beds.
- Soaps, shampoos and insect repellents supplied in each tent.
- The honeymoon suite has an outside sala.
- Safe in each tent.
- Overlooks an enormous lagoon.
- Dining room and bar under thatch, raised on decks with wide-open view.
- Kgotla (boma) for dining under the stars
- Plunge pool with swing bed sala.
- Evening campfire.
- Slide projector available.
- Curio shop.
- Dinner available in the bush after cocktail cruise. (On request if exclusive use of camp.)
- Cocktail reception
Other Notes On DumaTau Camp In Linyanti, Botswana
- Children of 6 years and older are accommodated however private activities need to be booked and paid for. The minimum age for walking activities is 12 years.
- Chobe 1 Airstrip is located 35 minutes’ drive from camp.