When it reopens in mid-2021 after a complete transformation, Camp DumaTau will offer an immersion in Wilderness Safaris’ new elephant conservation program.
In mid-2021, we will talk about the reopening of the DumaTau camp and the launch of its neighboring camp, Little DumaTau. Along with this opening, Wilderness Safaris is also launching a brand new conservation safari for future guests of the newly opened camp. When travelers can return home, they will have the opportunity to participate in a life-changing experience supporting elephant collars at Linyanti Private Wildlife Reserve in Botswana.
Throughout the coming year, Wilderness Safaris will stick 10 elephants in partnership with Ecoexist, an organization that seeks to foster coexistence between elephants and the people of northern Botswana. Through this initiative, the partnership aims to better understand elephant movement patterns and in doing so, identify potential elephant corridors between rural communities in order to limit human-wildlife conflict in these areas.
“With data obtained from satellite collars installed on Linyanti elephants, we can make an informed and important contribution to maintaining a balance between the security and livelihoods of local community members, and the necessary movement. and nature of elephants between protected areas, ”explains Neil Midlane, Group Impact Manager for Wilderness Safaris.
Wilderness and Ecoexist hope that the collaborative management of these corridors will ultimately allow the free movement of elephants between Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Angola.
The conservation experience
During a six-night itinerary, guests who sign up for this conservation-focused experience will spend time with the elephant researcher at DumaTau, boarded a helicopter to visit Ecoexist’s research base and get an overview of the issue of human-wildlife conflict and the measures taken to address it. The guests will then meet with the local Kgosi (chief) and help install a manual water pump in the community. This trip combines three nights in DumaTau with three more nights at Vumbura Plains in the Okavango Delta.
“For nearly four decades, Wilderness Safaris has used our ecotourism business to generate sustainable economic value, for conservation and rural communities, from Africa’s priceless nature and wildlife,” says Midlane. “Despite the current challenges, we feel a tremendous sense of responsibility to ensure that our people and our wildlife continue to benefit. This exciting itinerary will help maintain that and at the same time provide a truly unique experience for conservation and community-minded travelers.
All of the value generated from these conservation safaris will be used to cover the costs of the collar operation, as well as the installation of a borehole pump in a nearby community.
Stay at the new camp
Embarking on this conservation route is also experiencing the new DumaTau Camp look of Wilderness Safaris, which is now joined by Little DumaTau comprising only three tented suites for a more exclusive stay. Part of the Wilderness Safaris collection since 1997, the original DumaTau Camp has undergone a major renovation and upgrade, placing it – along with its exclusive new neighbor – in the safari specialist’s Premier portfolio.
Both camps pair spacious suites with terraces, plunge pools, and indoor and outdoor showers, as well as Star Sleep-out beds. During their stay at DumaTau, guests will also be able to enjoy a new wellness area, located between the two camps, consisting of a shaded terrace, a spa and a lap pool, ‘a delicatessen and a safari shop.
As the Wilderness Safaris camps operate in private concessions, guests will not see any other vehicles as they explore the wildlife-rich surroundings.