Another of Wilderness Safaris’ flagship wild accommodation, and located on the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, Duma Tau is top drawer luxury eco-lodge.
Recently moved, rebuilt and extended, set between two major elephant corridors, overlooking the now in flood Savute Channel, a wood, canvas and thatch build, Duma Tau consists of a main lodge and 10 sleeping rooms. The shared areas include a lounge, bar (the marvellously named Dung & Beetle), dining area, decking, pool, fire-pit and rest areas. Raised, with open sides and a cavernous ceiling, the main lodge is characterised by great cool spaces, a long communal dining table, an assortment of beautiful antique looking armchairs seating, sofas and sidetables, the overall feel natural, airy and deeply comfortable. Please note that, in keeping with the owner’s commitment to the environment, all wood used is Forest Stewardship Council approved, a policy reflected in the lodge’s 360 approach – solar power, grey water policy – to the business of sustainable tourism. The service is excellent, the food is always good – the African dinner evening being one of the stay’s most popular dining experiences.
The new sleeping rooms at Duma Tau are equally fine. There are 8 twin and 2 family rooms. Accessed by means of a raised walkway, secreted away among the trees, each room includes a four poster bed, seating, an en suite bathroom, veranda, sala and outdoor showers. As thoughtfully designed as the main building, the preponderance of wood and thatch over canvas gives the room a sturdy, lived in look, the quality of workmanship (the floors are particularly well done) a sense that guests are buying into something more than your standard wild fare. Marked by a simple selection of stressed seating, compact sidetables and low night lighting, the rooms are romantic at night, the sala lookout actually built into the swamp, while, during the day, the interiors are lit by floor to ceiling glass doors and frontage.
Activities at Duma Tau include game drives (there are loads of hides where guests can enjoy wildlife viewing close up and away from a vehicle), guided walks, canoe / boat trips, sundowners and bird watching.