Vumbura Plains is a remote location on a stunning and exclusive concession in the northern Okavango Delta. The camp is a sanctuary of contemporary design that blends effortlessly into the trees that shade it from the Botswana sun. Vumbura Plains offers year-round water and land based explorations into the Okavango where several prides of lion, leopard, cheetah and packs of endangered wild dog prey on vast herds of impala, lechwe, tsesebe and the magnificent sable antelope. Vumbura is a destination of luxury and adventure for couples and families alike.
A deck overlooking the panoramic delta
Vumbura Plains consists of two separate seven-roomed satellite camps. Vumbura north boasts two family rooms and is ideal for groups travelling together while the southern satellite is perfect for romance and honeymoon luxury.
The main lounge, dining and bar areas are airy and spacious tributes to contemporary African luxury with extensive decking and open sides offering spectacular vistas of the Okavango and the wilderness dramas unfolding there. There are both indoor and outdoor lounge areas of sumptuous comfort while the star deck – extending out into the waters of the delta where an astonishing abundance of bird, mammal and invertebrate life thrives – is a particular highlight for African fireside contemplation.
Like the main areas, the rooms are open, spacious and delightfully modern. The extensive outside deck with private plunge pool lie dappled by the shade of ancient African giants while the private sala, suspended over the flooded grasslands is the perfect place to luxuriate in a spa treatment. The deck leads to the polished wooden floors of the enormous double bedroom and lounge. The latter is a lower level refuge of delightful comfort offering endless vistas over the Okavango.
The highlight of the capacious bathroom is a huge glass-walled shower which allows you to watch the procession of delta wildlife on the plains below.
Discovery on crystal water and Kalahari sand
The flooded grasslands of Vumbura Plains boasts all-year-round water and land exploration of the Okavango wilderness. On the land, you will explore in a 4×4 game viewer with an experienced safari guide. You will track the seasonal herds of elephant and buffalo in amongst the herds of tsesebe, impala, kudu, giraffe, zebra and abundant lechwe frolicking in the shallows – all combining to create exquisite photographic opportunities.
The silence afforded by being on foot will allow you to appreciate the more delicate delta life – the frogs, the insects, the flowers – and also the amazing diversity of birdlife which approaches 400 species in the summer months.
Vumbura Plains has two flat-bottomed delta boats and a number of mokoro (traditional dugout canoes). Your mokoro guide will skilfully navigate the narrow channels while you marvel at the crystal waters brimming with fish and birdlife. The larger waterways are best enjoyed as the sun sets over the delta, a cocktail in hand, the pods of hippo grunting contentedly as the star-splayed African night emerges.
Travelling to Vumbura Plains
Travelling to Vumbura Plains is easy and convenient. You will catch one of the daily flights from Johannesburg, Windhoek or Kasane into Maun – gateway to the Okavango Delta. From there, you will enjoy a low-level flight over the green and blue mosaic of water and verdant vegetation right into the Vumbura concession. From the Vumbura airstrip, it is a short drive to the magnificent camp with your safari guide.
A feast of excitement awaits
There is so much to do in southern Africa – so much luxury, adventure and pure joy. Why not begin your African expedition in the Cape – either in exuberant Cape Town with its sophisticated gastronomy and natural beauty or out on the world’s most beautiful wine lands in the Franschhoek Valley. Vumbura Plains in the next logical step and from there, Iconic Africa suggests a flight the Zimbabwean or Zambian sides of the Victoria Falls where the luxury of a bygone era of exploration and adventure awaits. After the falls, you could travel to one of the world-renowned lodges of the Kruger National Park where luxury and epic game viewing will provide the perfect ending to your African adventure.
Vumbura Plains boasts a joyful exuberance of contemporary opulence nestled in the trees of the northern Okavango. Friendly Botswanan hospitality and spectacular game viewing – on land and in the water – make Vumbura Plains a brilliant Okavango destination. Contact Iconic Africa now to find out how Vumbura Plains can be part of your ultimate African itinerary.