Located in the 125,000 hectare Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, Duma Tau has a prime position over-looking the hippo-filled Osprey Lagoon and is close to the elephant corridors of the Savuti Channels and Linyanti River which attract an abundance of wildlife. It is here that you will find some of the largest herds of elephants and, if you are lucky, witness them swimming to cool off in the Savuti waters.
The camp is set under shady mangosteen trees and is built on raised banks to maximise wildlife viewing with several platforms and hides close by. The eight en suite tents, plus two family tents, evoke the age of the explorers with neutral hemp tones, white-washed wooden floors and brass detailing throughout the bathroom. Each tent also offers dramatic views of the Lagoon from their raised platforms. The main areas are decorated in light wood and natural colours and are interspersed with comfortable sofas and armchairs, old chests and trunks, and vintage lamps and books. Dinner is a social affair and is served at a communal table, the menu changes daily and makes use of locally grown produce. After dinner guests are invited down to the jetty for a nightcap to regale stories in front of a roaring campfire.
Other than elephant spotting, the Linyanti area is renowned for its variety of wildlife and includes: Burchell's zebra, giraffe, red lechwe and buffalo along with predator sightings of leopard, lion, cheetah, spotted hyena and wild dog. The camp's safari activities are based around twice-daily game drives, boat or barge trips along the calm waters of the Linyanti - sailings are subject to water levels – and specialist activities such as fishing, nature walks and birding.
- Safari aficionados
- Older families.
- Elephant lovers.
THINGS TO DO ON THE RESERVE:
- Relax with a good book in the vintage-inspired main tent overlooking the Lagoon.
- Spend time on your tent’s decking, with your binoculars, watching the fauna come to life.
- Sip a cocktail in front of the jetty’s campfire, which juts out over the Lagoon.
- Keep an eye out for wandering leopards at night around the camp.
- Listen to the roar of the lions at night.
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
- Enjoy game drives in 4x4 vehicles with highly experienced trackers and guides.
- Watch the herds of elephants frolic in the water from one of the camp’s hides and platforms.
- Take a short nature walk with an experienced guide who will point out the smaller animals, along with interesting flora.
- Drive out of the camp at night-time to try and spot the elusive pangolin.
- In season, try your hand at fishing in the Lagoon and river channels.
- Set sail on a sunset cruise in the late afternoon and enjoy a sundowner on board.
- Train your binoculars on the Savute Channel which is recognised as an Important Bird Area, particularly for birds of prey.