Whereas not as well-known as close by safari areas just like the Chobe and the Okavango Delta, the Linyanti Wilderness Reserve within the northwestern a part of Botswana, not removed from the Namibian border, is a hidden gem for wildlife lovers—notably these keen about elephants and wild canine, each of which often congregate on this space. One of many most important thoroughfares for these species sits on the confluence of the Kwando and Linyanti rivers, close to the Zibadianja and Osprey Lagoons. Migrating elephant mega-herds particularly love swimming via the lagoons—and after they do, they paddle proper in entrance of DumaTau, the posh camp from Wilderness Safaris. Simply reopened following a whole rebuild and growth, this upscale lodge now affords not only a prime, secluded place from which to absorb wildlife, but additionally a contemporary imaginative and prescient that includes wellness, mindfulness and holistic delicacies into its “restorative safari” expertise.
With the rebuild, the eight-suite DumaTau and the close by Little DumaTau—a four-suite camp-within-a-camp that may be booked individually—are actually a part of Wilderness Safaris’ Premier portfolio of lodges. “For the reason that camps are constructed of pure supplies, their lifespans are roughly between 5 and 10 years, so the earlier camp [that was on this site] was prepared for an improve,” Grant Woodrow, the corporate’s enterprise growth chief operations officer, tells Robb Report. “We felt this was an opportune second to make all of the enhancements to the camp to convey it in keeping with the spectacular setting.”
As seen in these unique first look photographs, the brand new model is subtle and alluring, and takes cues from the lagoon-side location. A collaboration between Luxurious Frontiers and Artichoke Interiors, in affiliation with artist Gina Waldman and Wilderness’s in-house design crew, the redo—which was completed with sustainability and conservation in thoughts—started with reorienting the visitor suites and most important eating room to supply higher water views, in addition to reducing the fireplace pit and including a floating deck for a similar causes. Every expanded suite incorporates a separate residing space, an out of doors lounge, a plunge pool, an out of doors bathe and “curiosity containers” that showcase informative tidbits about elephants and wild canine. Décor particulars, in the meantime, embody bar tiles hand-painted with maps of the Linyanti, hand-dyed cushions that includes imprints from recycled jeep tires and a shade palette of berry, blush, terracotta and inexperienced impressed by the lagoon’s flora.
Additionally new—and considerably novel for safari camps on the whole—is the addition of the Osprey Retreat, a wellness middle with a spa, a gymnasium, a boutique, a lined deck with daybeds and a deli space serving wholesome snacks. There’s additionally a pool with in-water loungers. The middle is a key a part of a brand new path for the model, as is the introduction of extra mindfulness actions and a reimagined culinary program that celebrates plant-based choices and regionally grown superfoods (suppose baobab and Kalahari truffle), supporting native communities and decreasing the general “food-print” and meals waste. “The brand new DumaTau represents the subsequent stage within the evolution of Wilderness Safaris’ give attention to friends’ holistic wellness,” says Woodrow, explaining that this strategy consists of serving to friends “embark on a self-led journey to recharge their bodily and psychological wellbeing, whether or not via the safari experiences themselves, the reimagined menu, aware leisure within the spa, or a contemplative yoga session.” And, in fact, he provides, the secluded location of the camp itself—and the truth that friends are in a position to absorb wildlife by barge, boat, strolling safari and conventional sport drives—affords “full immersion into nature as a retreat, within the truest sense of the phrase.”
The camp’s remoteness, intimate dimension and personal sanctuary entry are additionally pluses given the present want for security and social-distancing, and Wilderness has applied a bunch of different measures to deal with these points, from the vaccinating and common testing of employees and the upgrading of cleansing protocols to accommodating requests for personal sport drive autos. As a result of the corporate operates its personal Wilderness Air inter-safari airline, switch flights could be privatized, too (for an extra price), and to assist meet the US requirement for a damaging PCR take a look at to re-enter the nation, Wilderness is ready to fly in a nurse to manage a take a look at proper on the camp, in between your sport drives; outcomes are then delivered earlier than your worldwide departure. Charges begin at $1,762 per particular person, per evening, double occupancy, together with all meals. Botswana is at present open to US vacationers with proof of a damaging PCR take a look at taken inside 72 hours of arrival.