DumaTau has just been rebuilt. The camp is now situated a little way up from the original site. We are here to photograph the layout of the camp for the world to see. Unfortunately, that means no time for us to be out in the bush doing game drives, however, there is a pack of wild dogs in the area that are “denning” and they frequently come rushing past in the early hours of the morning and evenings on the hunt. The day we arrived, the guides told us that the previous day the dogs had made a kill just outside Room 4 which gave me some hope that they would do that regularly so we could witness while we photograph camp. Another feature is the elephants that cross regularly in front of camp. They swim across the large lagoon either in front of Room 1 or from the main area and in front of Room 10. We need to get that shot from the water so we can see the camp.
DumaTau is the new “place” and the new “piece” is the start of the “on safari with Marian and Mike Myers” and this is the kick-off. I really hope you like it and would love to get some feedback from you. Here is the story of our couple of days at DumaTau.
About 40 minutes’ drive from the airstrip (which has a proper loo – for those who will be pleased that I include this important detail) we arrived at camp. The entrance is quite deceiving and not too tremendously ‘grand’ at all. A narrow walkway takes you into the main area with the lounge on the right and several dining decks on the left. Bedouin-styled sandy coloured canvas roofs are stretched over wooden poled frames that hold up beautiful saligna wooden decks that make the whole area feel like it is about to launch onto the expansive lagoon in front of camp.
The décor is stylish and minimalist. Although the camp has only been open for a couple of days, we have to take into account that there are still some décor items that have to be appointed. However, it does look really good and makes you immediately feel comfortable to dump your hand luggage down in the lounge and grab a refreshing welcome drink before meeting the team that make the magic happen. After a quick safety chat and paperwork is dealt; then it’s off to the room to get settled. The rooms are very comfortable and well designed. Plenty of space to relax and “chill” – although days are warm it is only the evenings and early mornings that are actually chilly.
We took a trip out on the barge in the early evening in the hopes of getting pictures of the front of the camp from the lagoon which is called Osprey Lagoon. Of course, I had to look up to find out what an Osprey really is. To share with those who don’t know, it is a raptor that visits Botswana in the summer months – mostly from November to April where after it returns back to either Eurasia, North Africa or sometimes the Arab peninsula. This makes it an uncommon Palearctic migrant. As we are here in August, I have absolutely no chance of seeing an Osprey at all, but the Lagoon is big and the fish are plenty so he should be back in the lush summer months.
I have to say, that it takes a good first day to get orientated from the city life to the bush before the real magic happens. And by that I mean that we don’t really understand how much stress we carry in our bodies and minds so even if you have the good fortune of seeing an amazing sighting on the first day, it still takes a little while before you benefit from the magic that happens when you start to relax.
We didn’t really get the greatest shots on our evening cruise, but it was wonderful to be out on the water. In one day from OR Tambo to DumaTau, we had done boats, planes and trains!
Till next time