Vumbura Plains

Sleeps
Resort
Okavango Delta
,
Botswana
Type
Rooms
Cabins
Location
Okavango Delta
Botswana

North of the Okavanga Delta, in a private concession bordering Moremi Game Reserve, Vumbura Plains is a luxurious, eco-friendly camp with a contemporary design. Rich with game and both water and land-based activities makes it perfect for adventurers.

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Lizzy Nelson

Vumbura Plains & The Okavango Delta

Captivating Vumbura Plains lies in the far north of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest inland delta on Earth. Perched on raised decks in the midst of the melapo – the annually inundated grasslands – the camp almost floats over water, radiant blue and pure enough to drink. Nestled under tree canopies and airily open to nature, Vumbura Plains serves up intimate wildlife encounters on the spectacular floodplains, studded with ilala palms and small islands.

The Camp

Stretched over 1.8km, Vumbura Plains is made up of two camps, the north and south camp. Each sharing the same view across the concession, from their open-sided lounge area, they are joined by elevated wooden decking with a large 360-degree bar at the centre. It boasts a contemporary balance of wood, glass, and canvas, reflecting the colours of the Delta. Its 14 spacious suites include indoor and outdoor showers, an en-suite bathroom, a private plunge pool, and an outdoor 'sala’ from where you can view the never-ending wildlife parade, for instance;‘mowing’ the grasses nearby; a baby elephant being taught how to use his trunk.A truly Okavango experience – even just watching the sunrise, where sun, Earth, and water meet, with the promise of a new adventure.

Food & Drink

There is plentiful food and drink to be enjoyed throughout the day, whether in the dining area, or in the comfort of your own room. Enjoy a well-stocked bar from which you can help yourself to a range of alcoholic and soft drinks. Or make yourself a fresh coffee as you sit and watch the game.

For the early risers and morning game drives, there will be a cooked breakfast buffet available, followed by a substantial brunch menu for those who like. Sweet and savoury snacks are available throughout the day with afternoon tea served ahead of the evening game drive. A magnificent 3-course dinner is then served on the decking as the plains are gently lit by evening starlight.  

Activities
  • Day & Night Game Drives
  • Boating (seasonal)
  • Mekoro Trip (seasonal)
  • Guided Walks
  • Catch and Release Fishing
  • Massage Treatments (extra cost)
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride (extra cost)
  • Helicopter Trip (extra cost)
Mokoro ride

There is no better way of exploring the Okavango than by traditional mokoro (dugout canoe). These excursions reveal the fascinating smaller creatures of the Delta including colourful frogs and lively waterbirds.

Facilities
  • Tented Camp
  • Family Accommodation
  • Solar Panels
  • Private Plunge Pool with each room
  • No wifi
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Wildlife

The annually inundated grasslands of the Okavango Delta surrounding Vumbura Plains are locally referred to as 'melapo' and offer good seasonal viewing of elephant, giraffe, impala, sable antelope, kudu, zebra, common waterbuck and reedbuck, tsessebe, wildebeest, red lechwe and Cape buffalo. Hippo and crocodile are common in the waterways. Predators include the African wild dog, several resident prides of lion, as well as leopard, cheetah and African wildcat. Birding is exceptional all year round.

Purpose

In addition to helping conserve the area, Vumbura Plains is part of a community participation plan that brings the benefits of ecotourism to the communities that live around the Okavango Delta:

  • Botswana Lion Genetics study
  • Okovango Community Trust
  • Pack for a Purpose
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