DumaTau Camp

Reviews of DumaTau Camp

Excellent(95%) From 47 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 47 of our travellers who have visited DumaTau Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Ms V - USA
Arrived on: 29-Mar-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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DumaTau Camp review

Our guide was quite good, and the boat activities are excellant. And an excellant masseuse.

The view is lovely from the room. The rooms are on 2 levels, necessitating mindfulness when coming and going.

Duma Tau appears to rely on its reputation as a premiere camp, rather than striving to be a truly premiere camp. We missed several of the pleasing attributes of other Wilderness camps. For example. we were greeted by the manager and a cold washcloth, rather than the customary assemblage of the entire staff with beautiful singing and introductions. And when we entered the room it was clean but undecorated - at all other camps the beds are artistically decorated with towels shaped like birds and flowers and leaves strewn in beautiful arrangements. And we felt limited connection with the staff, in surprising contrast to our other camps. However, when staff realized that our anniversary was just a week away, we were surprised with a lovely decorative arrangement, including champagne, fruit and cheese - an unexpected delight.

Lunch on the boat was a wonderful experience and the best meal we had during our three day visit. Otherwise, meals were uninspired and the selections were very limited. There appears to be a bit of cost-cutting in both food and beverage selections. Both breakfast and dinner buffet are unlit so it is helpful to bring a flashlight. We several times asked to have a private table (and were assured this would be available) but at every meal we were seated with 3-6 other guests.

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Ms H & Mr S from California
Arrived on: 1-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Average
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DumaTau Camp review

I thought the staff wasn't super friendly and that it was more important for the staff to be accommodated than the guests.

I asked our guide to please talk about everything we were seeing but it seemed he was very ready for his break to go home, which really disappointed me. We repeated the same drives several times, I think because it was easy.

Wildlife viewing was OK. Highlights were a leopard with his aardvark meal up a tree, and a place with hundreds of carmine bee eaters who return each year to nest.



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Expert Africa comments

DumaTau asked us to pass on their apologies to these travellers who found their experience lacking somewhat. They explained that the guide was not due to go on leave, but actually a relief guide from another camp – he was there assisting whilst one of the camp’s own guides was on leave. He is one of their best guides and usually receives great reviews. Therefore, they were very disappointed to hear that he’d been unengaging. They discussed this with the guide and he opted to go on a refresher guide course to reenergise and inspire himself to ensure that this doesn’t happen again.

Mr K. from London
Arrived on: 24-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
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DumaTau Camp review

Lovely accommodation and general area .

There were options of seating arrangements although mostly you were sat with the people on the jeep and often the guide as well.

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Peacocks/LC
Arrived on: 21-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
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Service:
Excellent
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Food:
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Activities:
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Facilities:
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Nearly a mistake.

Duma Tau was recommended as a combination of semi-luxury, (as we had begun our trip on a more rugged private mobile safari), and excellent wildlife viewing. We knew from past experience that Wilderness Safaris camps can be a bit "corporate" for our tastes, so we asked Expert Africa to communicate our wishes to Johan, the camp manager, in advance. We arrived to learn he was on "sabbatical" and had failed to pass along our message. Fortunately, the interim manager, "Momma Bee", interviewed us carefully and then tailored our four day stay. She took great pride in delivering an experience beyond the ordinary.

One caution to "seasoned" safari travelers: Duma Tau attracted the most obnoxious Americans we encountered on our trip.

The camp is in a beautiful location which combines water, mopane woodlands, and exceptional terrain along the Savuti channel. The wildlife this year was largely absent at Duma Tau, but because Wilderness has three properties in the concession we were able to roam into both King's Pool and Savuti Camp territories where we had exceptional viewings of lions, leopard and even a male cheetah.

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Mrs & Mr P - Essex
Arrived on: 26-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
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Location:
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Rooms:
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Food:
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still one of our favourite places

Once again, our visit to Duma Tau was excellent. The camp is in a lovely setting and the main area of the camp is quite magical at night. We had Mocks again as our guide and he did not disappoint, finding things we had never seen before , for example, lions mating.
Lunch on the river makes a really nice change

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Mr A.J & Mrs V.A Clanwilliam
Arrived on: 1-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
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DumaTau Camp review

This camp has a significant problem. The orientation of the rooms is such that the balconies are in full sun - without any shade - for that part of the day when guests would want to use them, from midday to gone 3 o'clock. The canvas walls are heating up during this time and the presence of small animals prohibits the door being left open to admit a draft. Two fans help a little, but only re-circle the air. The only relief from the increasing heat is to use the common areas which are open to the cooling breezes. The problem can be solved, as it has for the bar area, by installing wind-down blinds. As is stands at the moment, I would be strongly advising future travellers to avoid this camp, which would be a shame because in all other respects, it was lovely.

Our guide here, Lazy (Lazarus) was excellent and with Ona at Little Vimbura, was our other "10 out of 10" rating.

A general comment applicable to all camps about the food. The presentation was first class and the choice remarkable given the difficult supply logistics. All meals were a delight and the temptation to over-indulge difficult to resist. Our only negative comment is that with one exception, the evening meal meat courses were almost always overcooked, or bordering on being so. And conversely, the vegetables had on some occasions merely been shown the water - we quickly learnt to avoid the french beans!

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Mr R&U from Northwood
Arrived on: 25-Jun-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Location:
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Rooms:
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Great Start at Duma Tau

Our 2 days at Duma Tau 25/6 to 27/6 were a fantastic introduction to the Linyanti Reserve. Duma Tau team were really lovely and our guide ' Name ' was very patient and thorough.

Having been on safaris before in the kruger, we knew that the ' big five ' would always be there so best time was when we spent a whole morning tracking a pride of lions and our guide's expertise led us to them and what an awesome sight. The game viewing here was generally excellent and the camp very exclusive and friendly. Lovely scenic pool which my kids enjoyed and elephants came up to them from the lagoon right up to the pool.

Food excellent and out lodges were lovely too - only issue was no hot water in our lodge for the 2 days and only had hot water on the final morning. It didn't effect my our overall experience but my wife was not best pleased! They did try to fix the issue twice to no avail.

That not withstanding, it is a lovely camp indeed and the staff and manager very friendly.

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Mr & Mrs. B - Pennsylvania
Arrived on: 9-Oct-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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DumaTau Camp review

Wow, what an introduction to Botswana! We absolutely loved the camp, the experience and the team.

Our exceptional guide, Mocks, met us at the airstrip and from the first offering of an ice cold washcloth, we knew we were in heaven. The amount of game and the ability to get close was phenominal. I had hoped to see leopards - no problem. We watched spellbound as a leopard snacked on its impala kill high in the tree. Pure magic! Following the wild dogs around for 2 days was exceptional. We loved the background knowledge that Mocks had regarding the local wildlife.

The only drawback was the amount of excellent food versus the noncaloric output unless you count bouncing around in a safari vehicle.

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Mrs F.P. from London
Arrived on: 3-Aug-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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DumaTau Camp review

What a stunning setting. The room was wonderful and delightfully different. We had an excellent guide called Godfrey who was on loan from Kalahari Plains, as they were short staffed.

The terrific diversity of things to do, outweighed the low diversity of game. No Tau for starters!! A name change may soon be necessary!! That said we saw 2 packs of wild dog at war.. probably one of the most shockingly disturbing spectacle we have ever witnessed. Every guest from all the landrovers wanted to go back to camp afterwards minus sunset drinks - which tells you a lot. Despite being a bigger camp, it is not surprising that they were full.

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Mr. & Mrs. B - Surrey
Arrived on: 13-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
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Location:
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Rooms:
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Service:
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Grew to like it

The larger size and more commercial feel of Duma Tau contrasted with the more personal nature of the first camp.

We were assigned a guide who was initially pursuing the agenda of another guest. As we adjusted to the camp and our guide to us, we started to enjoy the facilities and the large amount of game that is attracted to the channel. Flame, our guide, really pulled the stops out for the last day and managed to find a leopard and wild dogs.

The food at Duma Tau is excellent and the tents comfortable and well furnished. We enjoyed our stay and the contrast with the Kalahari.

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