We are back in Botswana and visiting DumaTau, one of our favourite camps in the Linyanti Concession of northern Botswana. Last year DumaTau was rebuilt on a new site a few kilometres from the old site, overlooking Osprey Lagoon off the Kwando River. We visited the new camp just a few days after it first opened so we were really looking forward to coming back to see how it has bedded down and what new features there were.
There are three key new features that need mentioning. The first is the floating fire-deck. As you arrive in the main area from the parking lot you look straight through a corridor that is flanked to the right by the lounge and to the left by the dining area. The pathway then cascades down a flight of stairs and levels out on a walkway that takes you out about 10 meters (32 ft) onto the Osprey Lagoon and ends up on a floating circular deck that is fringed by camp chairs with a centre-piece fire pit in the middle. It is extremely beautiful and peaceful to sit out on the floating deck, either early in the morning with your tea while you watch the sunrise, or in the evening with an aperitif to enjoy the sunset.
The second is the swimming pool. This is found at the end of the elevated wooden walkway after room number 10. As many people on safari often feel that they don’t get enough exercise compared to what they are used to, this is the answer, especially if you are in rooms one to four, which are on the south-western side of the camp. The walkway does dip down to ground level a good many times which is in keeping with our ecological light footprint where our structures in no way impact natural animal tracks. It is not unusual to be delayed by elephants that are either on their way to the water or on their way back.
The pool deck is beautifully laid out with comfortable chaise longues and large sun umbrellas, although there is quite a nice amount of natural leafy shade for those who are more conscious of sunburn. The view over the lagoon is uninterrupted and often guests have enjoyed watching elephant swimming from the safety of the pool.
Lastly, there is the new hide. Like the floating fire-pit, this too is a small floating deck but in a rectangular shape. It is not that big, but does accommodate two double-seater chairs on either side of the entrance. There is a small amount of shade cover, however, I would suggest a hat and sunblock. It is a wonderful vantage point from which to watch the elephants swimming across Osprey Lagoon. The hide is situated beyond the pool deck right at the end of the walkway after room 10.
And that’s what’s new at DumaTau. Apart from that, the usual fabulous hosting and delicious meals – not to mention the great game viewing!