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#21 of 76 Specialty lodging in Okavango Delta
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Vumbura Plains, a luxurious retreat of contemporary design, seems to float on a sea of waving reeds in the midst of a large floodplain. The sumptuous rooms, each with its own plunge pool and sala, are uniquely designed, spacious and raised on wooden decks to take in a wide-angled vista. Because the area is a mix of water and dry land, wildlife is diverse, so water-loving lechwe splash through the reeds, while rare sable antelope can be seen in the dry savannah. Lion, leopard, elephant, cheetah, wild dog and buffalo along with plains game and prolific birds provide an excellent all-round wildlife experience. • 14 tents • 100% solar • day and night game drives • village visit • mokoro • boat • nature walks • catch-and-release fishing • spa
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Dana C wrote a review Jun 2022
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This was our first Camp (of 4) on our first 11 day safari. It was a bucket list item for my wife, so I wanted to make it special. Wilderness Safari, Vumbura and the other camps did not disappoint. Firstly Wilderness Safari is a world class company. They hire the best from the community/county. Have an extensive internship/mentorship program to develop their team, appear to pay them well and have excellent benefits. Many of the leaders are also exceptional women which was wonderful to see. This shows up in the quality of service and authentic hospitality and hearts of the staff. They also pour into the local communities. While expensive, the experience was worth it and satisfying to know the money is also used to grow and support the wonderful men, women and communities of Botswana. Being our first safari, we did not know what to expect, other than knowing we would go into the bush to see a rich diversity of animals in an exotic landscape, We were jet lagged a bit but quickly got into the 2 safari's per day routine (6 am breakfast / 6:30 - 11:30 safari and 4pm - 7:30pm safari). The guide (Andy) was amazing with knowledge and personality. Too many wonderful animals and experiences to share. The one item that stood out for us at Vumbura was the landscape The bush was a perfect example of delta flooding with many large shallow pools that created a beautiful landscape and of course attraction for the animals. The one item that was not quite as nice as the others was the security of the room. It was wonderful, but unlike the others the door could not be locked and the screens were covered with roll down plastic which did not feel as secure from potential animals, the bugs and wind (btw it was in the 40s at night when we went). This would not deter us from going again as the other appointments were wonderful. Thanks again Nadia, Andy and staff for the wonderful experience and memories ... Dana and Joyce.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Richard A wrote a review Apr 2022
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We spent three nights in Vumbura South. What a great experience! The property and rooms are beautiful. We had a fantastic guide….Lettie! He was so knowledgeable and so personable and did everything he could to ensure our stay and time on the drives exceeded expectations! We can’t say enough about all the wonderful people who made sure our stay was exceptional…….Lindy, Lesh, Jackson, Fana, Tilley, KB, Otto,Obie, Steven and relief manager Olivia were all phenomenal! Cannot say enough nice things about them and their desire to make your experience memorable. Wildlife was plentiful and the water/ land combination was great. We would highly recommend a stay here.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 11 May 2022
Dear richardaO8842BL Thank you for your amazing review and recommendation. We e are delighted to see how much you enjoyed your journey with us, and will be sure to pass along your kind words to Lettie, Lindy, Lesh, Jackson, Fana, Tilley, KB, Otto. Obie, Steven and Olivia. Luxurious Vumbura Plains lies in an area that is a mix of water and dry land. The wildlife is diverse, so that both land and water activities on vehicles, mekoro and boats deliver an all-round African safari experience. We look forward to seeing in camp again soon. Thank you Wilderness Safaris
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Jurgen B wrote a review Nov 2021
Brussels, Belgium2628 contributions721 helpful votes
We loved this camp. Almost everything is already in my title, except for the great food. Of the 15 camps we have already been to, my partners favourite was this one (mine was another one of this chain: King's Pool).
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Response from Tenneil Zondagh, Owner at Wilderness Safaris Vumbura Plains
Responded 14 Dec 2021
Thank you for your brilliant review, we are delighted to see that you had such a great experience at each of our camps and that the experience for your partner was enhanced at Vumbura Plains. It is a glorious adventure and experience to see the dramatic changes between the different camps in the Okavango Delta. Each camp offers its own unique experience but there is nothing as unique as the changing Delta itself. The Okavango Delta is one of the most incredible wilderness sanctuaries in Africa. It is made up of 15 000 square kilometres of water channels, lagoons and islands. Each year, floodwaters flow from the central African highlands over 1 000 km away into the Delta to create this wondrous wetland within a desert. It is home to large numbers of wildlife from common mammals and birdlife to those that are not often seen elsewhere, such as sitatunga, wild dog, and wattled crane. We hope that you will visit us again soon Kind regards Wilderness Safaris
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Africantravellers wrote a review Nov 2021
Boston13 contributions8 helpful votes
We were completely WOWED by the Vumbura concession. The landscape is stunning and perfect if you're into photography. Willie, our guide, was brilliant. We were so lucky to get to see wild dogs hunting and lions and even a leopard! The lodge is located right on the water so you have a beautiful view from the main area and the rooms. We had a phenomenal time and can't wait to return!
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Response from Tenneil Zondagh, Owner at Wilderness Safaris Vumbura Plains
Responded 14 Dec 2021
Thank you for your wonderful review, we are delighted to see how much you enjoyed your stay with us as well as your experiences in camp. We hope you have many great photos to capture the memories of the wild dogs, lions and leopard. We too look forward to welcoming you back in camp soon again. Thank you again, Wilderness Safaris
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Merel238 wrote a review Nov 2021
Ermelo, The Netherlands23 contributions3 helpful votes
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It can't get any better than in Vumbura plains. The suite is as spacious as a loft, complete with its own pool and private view over the fantastic Okavango. During my stay I kept all sides open and the walls were only covered with gauze. It felt like I was sleeping in the middle of the wilderness in my king size bed: magic! Chris was my highly skilled private guide and had so much passion and fun for his job. Big compliments also to the chef. Never before have I had such an exclusive and delicious meal in Africa. I am very grateful that this fantastic camp has come on my way. And even after many many trips and safaris in Africa, Vumbura and her staff have surpassed my experiences again.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Response from Tenneil Zondagh, Owner at Wilderness Safaris Vumbura Plains
Responded 14 Dec 2021
Thank you for your delightful review, we are thrilled to see you had such a great time in camp and with Chris. We cannot wait to pass on your high praise to our hard working kitchen staff, such high praise is greatly appreciated, as theirs is often a job where they only receive feedback when guests are not happy. We hope you will visit us again soon to create more memories together. Kind regards Wilderness Safaris
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Wendy M wrote a review Oct 2021
Stellenbosch, South Africa18 contributions6 helpful votes
We went to Vumburu in possibly the hottest time of the year. Initially we were concerned that there was no air conditioning in the rooms (we have ducted aircon at home that is on most summer). The rooms are beautifully appointed with adequate ventilation. We enjoyed the cool breeze off the Delta. We had a family room. Chris's room was a small courtyard away which was just far away enough but we could easily chat to him. Raz and his special team could not do enough to make our stay enjoyable, comfortable and happy. This is clearly a great place to work because the staff enthusiasm and dedication cannot be bought. Nothing was too much trouble. Then there was Emang, our ranger and host extraordinaire. We had so many good laughs with him. We didn't see many cats (but we were not really concerned about chasing game sightings), saw loads of elephants (some very close up) and we made a huge dent in our birding list (120 different birds in 4 days). This is definitely a camp to enjoy the Delta. We went fishing 2 nights - well more of having sundowners and catching two bream while we relaxed and enjoyed the stunning sunset. Emang even organised for us to have a shallow swim in the Delta. That is a special memory. An evening spent on the mokoros is a definite. Having sundowners and watching ellies cross 50m away was quite an experience. The food was delicious and the portion sizes are just what you need. We never felt like we had eaten too much but there was more than enough to feed a 19 year old boy. We asked for quite a few of the recipes.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Responded 14 Dec 2021
Thank you for your wonderful review, we are delighted to see that you enjoyed your stay at Vumbura Plains Camp. . It is evident that every aspect of your stay far exceeded all expectations – the food, guide, staff and wildlife sightings. Travelling during the summer months is very advantageous as baby animals abound, with predators close on their heels. We are thrilled to have shared some of our lovely recipes with you, and hope you are having fun experimenting! We hope you will come back and enjoy many more sundowners with us. Kind regards Wilderness Safaris
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Meemsmom wrote a review Oct 2021
Chicago, Illinois3 contributions1 helpful vote
I title this review “be aware before you choose this camp“ as a warning to other travelers. I give this camp four stars as it is very good but there were some things I wish I knew before selecting this camp. First, there is no Air conditioning. While this is not a problem during certain times of the year, if you go when it is hot, there is no relief. There is no air-conditioning in the common areas nor in the rooms. Additionally, we did not have any sun blocking blinds in our room to help keep the temperatures down. Sun blocking shades would be a huge benefit! Second, the attention to detail, cleaning, checking the rooms before a guest checks in, cleaning the patios, furniture and pool is not there. Although these rooms are all indoor/outdoor, A quick cleaning, checking for bugs, pool cleaning, etc. just before check in would be an excellent idea for this hotel. Needless to say, our room had several insects In our room when we checked in and our hostess told us to just get the poisonous bug spray and to spray them ourselves. Our pool was filthy and we had to ask three times to get it cleaned. It turned out the pool pump and cleaner were broken so they just turned it off rather than fixing it. The patio and patio furniture was in need of a good cleaning also. The rooms are well appointed, but they could definitely use a facelift. The fabrics were old and worn, the phone didn’t work, some outlets didn’t work and other such details. As some others have stated, there are no trackers on the game drives. There is only a guide. We were lucky and ours was very good, but having a tracker and a guide is definitely an added benefit that it’s not here. When our vehicle got stuck in the sand and we were lucky that another employee just happen to be in the Jeep.. It took them a very long time to get our jeep out of the sand. It was very hot and sunny while we waited for them to get us back on the road. We have not been to other game parks in the Delta so I don’t have any other frame of reference, but this game park did have some very nice parts to it. I just wish I were aware of its shortcomings before selecting it. The highlights were definitely the animals that we saw, the quality of food and the beautiful location. I hope the owners read my review and implement some of my suggestions so that this hotel can rise to a five star resort!
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Response from Tenneil Zondagh, Owner at Wilderness Safaris Vumbura Plains
Responded 14 Dec 2021
Dear Meemsmom, Thank you for your review eventhough we are sorry to see that your experience was not as expected. We have spoken to our Operations and Customer Teams who sadly did not have a record of this information. We would love to investigate this more with you and ask that you contact your agent to get more information to us. Regards Wilderness Safaris
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London_John_Jane wrote a review Sep 2021
London, Canada123 contributions48 helpful votes
We spent 3 nights at Vumbura Plains North Camp in early September. It is situated on a lagoon with hippos in the water - beautiful setting and great sunrises over the water. It does make for some noise at nights due to the hippos in addition to the tiny frogs that are unbelievably loud. The rooms are as discussed by others and feature wide open screening (there are roll down covers if desired). Ours was close to the main area and very spacious and clean but it should be remembered that this is a camp not a Hilton. It is a unique experience we very much enjoyed. In the early morning and evening, the camp is lit up with gas lanterns and the result is quite magical. The camp is run largely on solar panels which is great but the lighting is somewhat dim at night. Given the wood construction and thatch roof, we had a few insects but they were not a bother. The meals are incredible. Steve the Chef/Cook whips up amazing meals and the serving staff was fantastic (special thanks to Ruby, PJ, Kay and Kaffy and Paul). Raz the camp manager and Gladys were always around checking on things. Of course, the highlight is always the game drives. Our guide (Lettie) was extremely knowledgeable and seemed to always be able to predict where animals were heading resulting in several incredible experiences like the wild dog hunt/kill, a lonely lion guarding his buffalo kill over several days, and a rare attack of one pack of dogs on another smaller pack. Lots of baboons, elephants, giraffes, a few ostrich and various antelope varieties. Our guide joined us every evening for dinner which meant a great way to recap the day and to have a more personal experience. Of course the water everywhere makes the delta such a unique experience so different from any other camps we have visited in Africa. The mokoro ride (thanks to Ola) was excellent and relaxing and gave us a chance to see the small frogs up close and lots of birds. Would highly recommend as a unique experience in the Okavango Delta area. It is outstanding.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Response from Tenneil Zondagh, Owner at Wilderness Safaris Vumbura Plains
Responded 14 Dec 2021
Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback about the staff, the food, the activities and the safari experience at Vumbura Plains! We will be sure to pass on your kind words to Lettie and the rest of the wonderful team at camp. Kind regards, Wilderness Safaris
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stevektrip wrote a review Sep 2021
Los Angeles, California47 contributions14 helpful votes
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We arrived at Vumbura Plains from Kings Pool, excited to experience a change in landscape. The camp and game drives did not disappoint. The variety of terrain at Vumbura includes water, flood plains, open savannah, mopane thickets etc - it is like 5 camps in one location. Our guide Mocks was outstanding - highly knowledgeable, good sense of humor and worked incredibly hard to deliver the best game viewing possible. We saw the Wild Dog pack every day, and went on several exciting chases with their hunts. "The dogs wake up the forest" Mocks told us, and it was incredible to see. At one point the dog pack was confronted by a small herd of sable, and we watched and they battled each other and the dogs were eventually driven off despite their interest in the sable calf. Later on we found a small group of lions who has successfully hunted one of the sable. Amazing to see. The mokoro ride is a MUST, and we were lucky to just calmly float while several breeding herds of elephants crossed the channel to play in the water a few hundred meters ahead of us. Bird life was spectacular, including watching a Maribou stork fight off vultures as they scavenged a dog kill. And much, much more. The camp itself is beautiful, the rooms are more contemporary than some other camps, and very elegant. Lovely private outdoor sala and plunge pool. We had a few cold mornings (45F), so were glad to have packed for it although blankets etc were provided by the crew. The food was high level gourmet, served in abundance, delicious. Doris the GM and her whole team were simply amazing. Vumbura Plains camp is highly recommended in all categories.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Responded 14 Dec 2021
Thank you for the amazing review, we will be sure to share your high praises with Mocks, Doris and all the amazing people at Vumbura Plains. We are delighted to see how much you enjoyed your time with us and that you enjoyed so many wonderful sightings, as well as your Mokoro trip. We hope you will visit us again soon. Bush regards Wilderness Safaris
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Mena wrote a review Jul 2020
Rio de Janeiro, RJ26 contributions3 helpful votes
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Everything about Vumbura is remarkable: rooms, settings, game viewing, the sunrise. The camp lies in a beautiful picturesque area of the Delta, on the edge of a large floodplain, which draws a constant influx of animals in and out. Rooms are spacious, bright, full of character and offer gorgeous views of the surroundings. From the open plan shower or the private plunge pool you can watch herds of elephants, gazelles, warthogs. Game drives were exceptional and very exciting… Wild dogs on a hunt, a cheetah surveilling the area with 2 adorable cubs, a beautiful leopard marching slowly in broad daylight… On a particular occasion we found ourselves surrounded by dozens of giraffes, elephants and zebras… The sun coming through the trees, these animals silently moving around, feeding themselves… It felt like such an intimate experience with them… Our guide, Lazy, was fantastic at spotting game, one of the best guides we had in our African safaris. The mokoro trip has exceeded all expectations, so beautiful and serene… We have really enjoyed the boat trip on the deeper channel as well, it gives you a different perspective of the area. Food was great, service was excellent. The surprise lunch in the bush was such a delight! Even some elephants passing through seemed intrigued by it… Overall, a dream of an experience. Unforgettable!
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Responded 14 Dec 2021
Thank you for your beautiful review of Vumbura plains, the Delta is truly a great wander. We are glad you got to see such a vast amount of wildlife while with us. We are proud to have a great guide such as Lazy working for us and even more so to be able to share such a great individual with you and many other guests. We hope you have many great photos of all your fond memories and we look forward to welcoming you back at camp again soon. Bush regards Wilderness Safaris
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$3,612 - $3,665 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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BotswanaNorth-West DistrictOkavango Delta
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What are some of the property amenities at Wilderness Safaris Vumbura Plains?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Wilderness Safaris Vumbura Plains?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Wilderness Safaris Vumbura Plains?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Wilderness Safaris Vumbura Plains have airport transportation?
Yes, Wilderness Safaris Vumbura Plains offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.