Vumbura Plains

Endless Safari Adventures - Vumbura Plains Camp

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Melissa Siebert


Beloved Vumbura Plains – one of our flagship Botswanan camps – is getting a facelift. When it re-opens in April, it will be more gorgeous than ever, continuing to offer the ultimate Okavango Delta experience in sublime style.

Vumbura seems to float above the radiant blue Delta channels, facing onto the floodplains dotted with small islands and ilala palms. Redesigned doors and windows now maximise the views; the new décor brings in the landscape even more, with its palette of blues, purples, greens, and neutrals and cultural flourishes like walls of similarly hued baskets, locally made.

As always, Vumbura’s diverse habitats – mopane, acacia woodlands, floodplains, and permanent swamp – deliver exceptional land- and water-based game viewing year round, as well as a host of other adventures.

Adventure On Land

  • Game Drives – Exceptional wildlife encounters prevail at Vumbura. Lions in pursuit of prey; vast elephant and antelope herds peacefully grazing; African wild dogs on the hunt; a leopard guarding its kill; and countless other creatures.
  • Camp Visits – It’s an ongoing wildlife parade around camp. Elephants gathering around the deck. Hippos serenading. Watch from the safety and comfort of your room or the from the elevated common areas.

  • Walking Safaris – Discover the ‘smaller things’, flora and fauna, with your guide who expertly knows, and reads, the bush.
  • Birding – With more than 600 avian species on hand throughout the seasons, you’ll have a field day searching for the likes of Pel’s fishing-owl; carmine bee-eater; saddle-billed stork; lilac-breasted roller; slaty egret; secretary bird; various hornbills; and hundreds of others.
  • Olympus Photography – Get that great shot with state-of-the-art Olympus camera gear – available for your use, with or without the input of one of our guides.

  • Romantic Dining – Many options here: private suppers on your deck, next to your own plunge pool; dining by the fire pit, with a creature chorus around you and the stars above; meals served with panache in the bush, and more.
  • Massages – Order an in-room massage to ease you deeper into your Delta experience.

Adventure On Water

  • Boating – Hum along the channels, past reeds, waterlilies, and some wildlife surprises in a six-seater Delta boat.

  • Mokoro Rides – Slow down the pace and lay back in a mokoro, traditional dugout canoe, as you drift dreamily over the waters.
  • Catch-and-release Fishing – Test your casting skills – with some expert help, if required.
  • In the Air
  • Hot-air Balloon – From April to September, soar above the Delta’s serpentine waterways for a bird’s-eye view of wildlife below.

  • Helicopter Rides – Brave a safari by ‘copter and get your adrenaline going.

Or do it all…

Like regular Vumbura guest, ecologist Robert Taylor, does:

‘Vumbura is a truly Okavango experience’, he says. ‘There is water everywhere, and the multitude of aquatic and wetland habitats results in a diverse and constantly changing environment to explore.

‘Game viewing is done in style against a backdrop like no other. The forest along the waterways around Vumbura Plains is host to a vast array of bird species and a small female leopard which calls Vumbura Plains home. The wetland life around camp is exquisite – waterlilies flower in their thousands and bell frogs serenade you with their chiming calls as you eat supper…’

First prize, Robert says, is to explore Vumbura Plains from all angles, citing a recent ‘holistic experience’ there – non-stop adventuring capped by cooling off with sundowners and a delectable supper.

‘It started with high tea in camp, followed by a game drive to the Little Vumbura boat station, and a boat cruise to a remote palm tree-covered island where a helicopter was waiting. We flew over permanent papyrus swamp, spotting sitatunga and enormous crocs, then winding our way along the Nqoga River (aptly named after a slithering snake) and landing in the shallows, where the guests took off their shoes to wade calf-deep through cool, crystal-clear water to a gin bar, in the water, as the sun sank slowly over the horizon. A short night drive back to camp culminated in a delicious meal on the deck.’

Many others sing Vumbura’s praises. Including Wilderness Safaris Botswana MD Kim Nixon:

‘Vumbura’s diverse habitats and range of activities make this a must-visit destination – one that truly celebrates the best of Botswana’s natural and cultural heritage’.

Go see for yourself. The ‘new’ Vumbura Plains awaits you.

Let’s plan your next journey


When we say we’re there every step of the way, we mean it, literally. From planning the perfect circuit, to private inter-camp transfers on Wilderness Air, and easing you through Customs. We’re with you on the ground, at your side, 24-7, from start to finish. Ready to take the road less travelled? Contact our Travel Designers to plan an unforgettable journey.