Design stories: DumaTau and Little DumaTau, Botswana

 Design stories: DumaTau and Little DumaTau, Botswana

Anomien Smith, director of architectural and interior design at Luxury Frontiers, discusses creating a sustainable retreat in southern Africa for our latest TOPHOTELDESIGN exclusive.

In April 2021, Wilderness Safaris successfully reopened DumaTau – and debuted its new sister camp Little DumaTau – overlooking the Osprey Lagoon in the Linyanti area of northern Botswana. Working alongside the conservation tourism operator’s in-house design and development team, Luxury Frontiers reimagined the architecture, while Artichoke lead interior designer Caline Williams-Wynn and Johannesburg-based artist Gina Waldman overhauled the interiors and art across the intimate scheme, which collectively features just 12 suites, a spa, and a dining and lounge area.

How did you come to be involved with the project?

Luxury Frontiers had recently completed a refurbishment of King’s Pool with Wilderness Safaris in 2019 and, upon the success of that project, were fortunately appointed for the redevelopment of the nearby DumaTau camp, also located in the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve in Botswana.

What was the design brief from the client?

It was both the client’s and our goal to maintain the soul and innate beauty of the beloved camp while expanding, upgrading and revitalising its public areas and accommodation units.

How did you go about delivering the client’s brief?

The iconic tented silhouette and architecture is the essence of the camp – we didn’t want to change that. So we kept…

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