The current location of the main dining and reclining areas of the property overlook the ox-bow of the nearby Linyanti Channel, with views out to the Namibian wetlands and the horizon beyond. This situation affords the communal areas (and the rooms) an excellent vista that is truly unique in the region with plenty of animals coming down to the waterside during the day and even the occasional elephant who decides to browse along the water’s edge on the waterlilies. The open nature of this main area is, in fact, the reason that Wilderness have decided to make the changes they have to the camp as, especially in the cooler winter period (and high season in Botswana) the property can feel a little too cool.
Combined with a demand from the Botswana government to remove all of the approximately 30 tonnes of concrete that currently underpins this main area, the idea is to make this central area much smaller and more intimate with log fires and closable fronts to make the most of the views but also give clients a bit more protection from the chilly Botswana mornings.
Reducing the numbers of rooms from the current 8 down to 4 will allow the property to become even more intimate and the service all that much better.
The rooms are currently vast and to describe them as ‘luxurious’ would be a disservice. Featuring plunge pools and acres of space with indoor and outdoor showers, we expect that the levels will be more than maintained for the new camp.
As with both Duma Tau and Savuti, one of the main reasons to be on the waters’ edge is to use it as a means of transport. The camp currently has a barge that is useable throughout the year and with great game driving along the river and inland and access to an outdoor sleeping platform for ‘starbed’ sleepouts, there is plenty to keep even the most demanding occupied.
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