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Sneak Peek: DumaTau Camp, Botswana

Travelers in search of thrilling wildlife encounters in a dreamy setting have a new destination to consider: The revamped DumaTau Camp, overlooking a lagoon in northern Botswana’s Linyanti Wildlife Reserve. Wilderness Safaris has entirely rebuilt the tented camp, adding amenities and enhancing the guest experience while bringing the camp’s environmental impact to null. Here’s what guests at the newest incarnation of DumaTau Camp, which reopened this month, can expect.

Botswana is currently open to U.S. passport holders. Contact Indagare to help you plan a future trip to Botswana for when the time is right.

Gorgeous, Eco-Friendly Tented Suites & Public Spaces

Indagare members already loved DumaTau, and its latest looks reflect a smart evolution (not revolution) of its explorer-style aesthetic. DumaTau’s eight tented suites (plus four additional tents at the all-new adjacent Little DumaTau Camp), along with the main public areas, showcase a soothing color scheme of terracotta, blush, and various shades of green. The inspiration: the undersides of the water lilies found in the lagoon.

Beyond the beautiful fresh look, DumaTau’s new suites are green in another way, as well. The two camps are fully solar-powered, and even though they face the blazing afternoon sun over the lagoon, expansive shaded decks with private plunge pools provide a natural cooling system, in tandem with spot coolers over the beds. Hand-dyed cushions are repurposed from old game-drive vehicle tires, and the old DumaTau’s original wooden flooring has been transformed into timber cladding.

All-New Cuisine

After wildlife drives, guests will settle in for meals in the refurbished restaurant or new outdoor dining deck. The food itself has been rethought, too, with an emphasis on local ingredients and plant-based options. Expect delicious, hearty recipes using baobab fruit, Kalahari truffles and ancient grains.

Wellness in the Wilderness

Between DumaTau and Little DumaTau, Osprey Retreat forms the new wellness center for both camps. Here, in a thicket of lush vegetation overlooking the water, a 40-foot charcoal-colored pool blends almost seamlessly with the lagoon, and a former family suite has been reborn as a gym. The adjacent spa is a restful haven for massages.

What Hasn’t Changed: Incredible Wildlife Conservation

DumaTau is perched along two key migratory corridors for Botswana wildlife, and is one of Africa’s premier destinations for seeing endangered elephants and wild dogs. A visit here, first and foremost, is a discovery to observe these and other animals in their natural habitat and to learn about the significance of conservation. That journey starts in each suite, where two framed “curiosity boxes”—collages with photographs, sketches and fascinating details about both species—hang on the walls. More learning occurs in the new Explorer’s Tent, filled with specimens, species information, daily sightings logs and reference books, as well as on the twice-daily game drives. Visits to DumaTau directly support several scientific studies, including the Wild Dog Dispersal Study, to which guests can contribute their own sightings to help researchers better understand the movements of Botswana’s vulnerable dog populations.

See the New DumaTau

Watch the video below for a further look at the renovated DumaTau Camp in Botswana.

Botswana is currently open to U.S. passport holders. Contact Indagare to help you plan a future trip to Botswana for when the time is right.

This content was created in collaboration with Wilderness Safaris and published by Indagare Travel.

– Peter Schlesinger on May 26, 2021

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