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Vumbura Plains

Vumbura Plains luxury safari camp in the north of the Okavango Delta in Botswana.

Vumbura Plains camp suite

Open fronted suites, modern yet simply styled furnishing.

Game viewing from Vumbura camp

Enjoy watching the game congregate on the flood plains near camp.

Vumbura Plains camp interior

Elegant and spacious guest areas for relaxing evenings.

Camp suites

Large suites each with it's own plunge pool and sala.

Beautiful luxury safari camp in Botswana...

Vumbura Plains Camp in Botswana

Vumbura Plains is a luxury camp situated on a private concession in the extreme north of the Delta.

The concession, which is leased from the neighbouring community, includes a wide variety of habitats, diverse wildlife and an enormous traversing area of 130 000 acres.

The camp comprises two separate seven-roomed satellite camps, each with its own raised dining, lounge and bar area tucked beneath a canopy of cool, shady, indigenous trees and with a magnificent vista across the floodplains. A star-gazing deck with comfortable cushions protrudes into the floodplain, a place to gaze upwards, or a convivial camp fire setting.

If you're expecting a classic safari-style camp, Vumbura Plains breaks all those expectations. Each large, luxurious room is raised off the ground on wooden decks and each comprises a bedroom, lounge, shower and bathroom - with indoor and outdoor shower of course. It is open on three sides, and the billowing curtains between the various areas create the sense of a yacht floating through the floodplains. Each room also has a plunge pool and 'sala' - a comfortable area to lie and relax, watching the waving grasses of the floodplain.

What makes the Vumbura concession so unique is its position on the extreme north of the Okavango. This position encompasses such a wide variety of habitats and species that it has representatives of just about every animal that occurs in the Okavango biome.

Vumbura Plains offers both land and water activities, principally nature viewing in varied habitats in open 4x4 vehicles, nature walks, mokoro trips and boat excursions. Whilst exploring the spectacular ecology of this area, one can enjoy close-up viewing of lion, leopard, elephant, cheetah and buffalo along with all the plains game. Birding is fabulous here with immense species diversity and mind-boggling numbers. The Vumbura area is possibly the only area in the Okavango where one can see red lechwe (an animal that inhabits the fringes of the waterways) and sable antelope (an animal that prefers the dry countryside) on the same game drive.

Vumbura Plains is situated in the extreme north of the Okavango in what is known locally as the Kwedi Concession. It is unique in that it offers perhaps the widest diversity of habitats of all the areas in the Okavango Delta.

The permanent swamp and island habitat abounds with beautiful islands of every size, surrounded by permanent waterways, which are created either by the summer rains or the annual floodwaters that pass through the Delta in the winter season. Common trees found here are the jackalberry, African mangosteen and the ubiquitous sausage tree, which provide shade, food and shelter for a fantastic range of wildlife. Here it is possible to encounter hippo, crocodile, lechwe antelope, and, if you are lucky, the shy sitatunga antelope. Birdlife is astounding, with the possibility of sighting some endangered species, such as the stately Wattled Crane, Slaty Egret, White-backed Night Heron and the wonderfully adapted Pel's Fishing-Owl.

Surrounding the permanent swamp are large areas of annually flooded "grasslands" or floodplains. Locally known as "melapo," these floodplains are used seasonally by zebra, tsessebe, wildebeest and Cape buffalo along with red lechwe. During the dry season and lower flood years, this is the type of area used by the magnificent sable antelope for which the Vumbura Plains area is well known.

Lion, leopard and hyena, can all be found throughout the Vumbura Plains concession area. Occasionally, small packs of wild dog also hunt through the area.

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