Vumbura Plains

A retreat of contemporary and unique design, Vumbura Plains comprises two separate satellite camps, Vumbura North and Vumbura South, consisting of 14 rooms overall (of which two accommodate families). Each camp has its own sumptuous raised lounge, dining and bar area with magnificent vistas across the Okavango Delta, while a deck with comfortable cushions protrudes into the floodplain, either for star-gazing or as a convivial camp fire setting.

The large, luxurious room is raised off the ground, with indoor and outdoor showers and an en-suite bathroom. A step down is the lounge area, open on three sides for that iconic view of the floodplains. Additional room features include a private plunge pool and 'sala' – a place from which to watch the passing parade of wildlife or indulge in a soothing massage.

The annually flooded 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.

Due to the location, Vumbura Plains offers both land- and water-based game-viewing activities, as ways of observing the range of life around us.

Game Drives

Morning and afternoon game drives are offered in open 4x4 Land Rovers each accommodating a maximum of seven people allowing each guest a 'window' seat.

   

Night Drives

Night drives with spotlights allow you to find those nocturnal animals you might not see during the day.

   

Mokoro Excursions*

There is no better way of viewing game and 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. *This activity is water-level dependent.

   

Boating*

Water-level dependent, boating is another idyllic form of water wildlife viewing. Vumbura has two boats seating six guests comfortably. *This activity is water-level dependent.

   

Nature Walks

On request, and depending on qualified guide availability, nature walks with skilled guides are wonderful ways of getting close to nature and observing the smaller things you miss when travelling by vehicle.

   

Hot Air Balloon Safaris*

Take the skies in style and soar silently over the rich ecosystem of the Okavango Delta in a hot air balloon. Gaze over scenic splendour, watch elephant playing far below and fly eye-to-eye with an eagle. This experience ends with champagne and snacks (April to September). *This activity is at extra cost.

   

Cultural Visits*

Visit one of the villages of the Okavango Community Trust, meet the people and learn about the local culture. *This activity is at extra cost.

   

Fishing

Fishing is on offer seasonally on a catch-and-release basis. A limited supply of basic equipment is available at camp.

   

Birding

The birding around Vumbura Plains is exceptional all year round, with migrant species present in the summer. Pel's fishing-owl is regularly seen, with other specials like wattled crane and slaty egret.

   

LOCATION

  •  Okavango Delta, north side
  •  Borders the Moremi Wildlife Reserve
  •  In a private concession

ACCOMMODATION
Vumbura Plains Camp comprises two smaller camps accommodating as follows:

Vumbura Plains South - Number of Tents
This camp can accommodate 12 guests plus 2 guide/pilot/tour leaders sharing, subject to concession numbers and/or concession availability.
6 units in total comprising:

  •  6 twin-bedded tents each with two extra lengths three quarter beds, which can be converted to King beds

Vumbura Plains North - Number of Tents
This camp can accommodate 16 guests and 4 children plus02 guide/pilot/tour leaders sharing, subject to concession numbers and/or concession availability.
8 x units in total comprising:

  •  6 twin-bedded tents each with two extra lengths three quarter beds which can be converted to King beds
  •  2 family units with two extra lengths three quarter beds in each bedroom (each unit consists of 2 bedrooms, with their own bathroom and entrance, separated by a deck). The family units do not have a sala.The main bedroom has a large sunken lounge and spacious showers whilst the second bedroom is smaller with standard facilities; no outdoor shower, no mini-bar and no ceiling fan.

Tent Description

  •  Luxury spacious contemporary tented rooms under thatch, on a raised deck. Both camps are connected by raised wooden walkways. Entrance into tent through a wooden door.
  •  Each tent has the bed situated in the middle of the room offering view out of tent, en-suite facilities with separate toilet, outdoor shower, mosquito net, private plunge pool, indoor sunken lounge area, sala (there is no sala at the family units), tea and coffee making facilities, mini-bar, hairdryer, electronic safe and exercise mat and weights.
  •  During winter months hot water bottles and extra blankets are provided.
  •  No air-conditioning, however, ceiling and pedestal fans are provided in all the rooms.
  •  Vumbura South rooms are wheelchair accessible.
  •  Two way emergency radios have been fitted in the rooms and may be used by guests to contact camp management in the event of an emergency only. Said radios are on a closed circuit and inter-room communication is not available.
  •  Seasonal bathrobes, slippers, liquid soap, body wash, shampoo and conditioner, body lotion, room spray, insect repellent, insect spray, mosquito coil, shower caps, vanity kit with cotton tip swabs and cotton wool pads, sewing kit, tissue dispenser, laundry bag and umbrella are supplied in each tent.

ELECTRICITY AND WATER

  •  100% solar powered (solar panels and inverters provide electricity and hot water). A 220V generator is used for   emergencies.
  •  220V multi-plug adaptor charging facilities for mobile devices. Additional charging facilities (available on request) for the use of sleep apnoea machines (guests to provide own device, spare batteries, charging unit and adaptors).

WIFI
In accordance with Widlerness Safari's Disconnect to Reconnect ideology, Vumbura Plains North and South are wifi-free camps.

CHILD POLICY

  •  Children of 6 years and older are accommodated.
  •  For families travelling with children between 6 and 12 years, private activities need to be booked and paid for.
  •  Children between 6 and 16 years must share with an adult/s in the same room.
  •  The minimum age for boating activities is 6 years, while mokoro and walking activities have a minimum age of 13 years.
  •  For the hot air ballooning activity, the minimum age restriction is 7 years old and a parent/guardian must accompany any child under the age of 16.

LAUNDRY FACILITIES
Laundry services are provided on a daily basis (weather permitting) and included on the FI rate basis. A mesh laundry bag is supplied for ‘smalls’ so that guests may place their underwear in this bag which will be machine washed and returned in the mesh bag. Note that laundry services may be limited at some camps as a result of water shortages.

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