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Wilderness Vumbura Plains

WILDERNESS Vumbura Plains is a high end lodge located overlooking beautiful wetlands in the heart of the Vumbura concession in the northern Okavango Delta.

Wilderness Vumbura Plains is a wonderful property if you are looking to combine a high level of luxury (and a little pampering and personal service) with fantastic game viewing and a lovely Okavango Delta experience. The Vumbura concession is varied and beautiful, and whilst super for game viewing, it also offers good wetland Okavango experiences with boat cruises, mekoro excursions and fishing all possible. This makes Wilderness Vumbura Plains one of the best lodges from which to enjoy the full range of Okavango habitats and activities. The lodge is expensive, especially in high season, but for guests accepting of the price tag, Vumbura Plains is fantastic lodge in a great area.

Wilderness Vumbura Plains is divided into two properties, North and South, which are independently operated camps. North Camp caters for 20 guests in eight suites, two of which are family suites with extra sleeping accommodation for children, whilst South Camp accommodates up to 12 guests in six suites.

Rooms

All the solid framed open-plan accommodation suites are the same in both camps, being raised off the ground on wooden platforms and linked by raised wooden walkways through to the main reception areas. Accommodation is well appointed and furnished to a high standard with open plan en suite facilities including double vanity, both indoor and outside plumbed showers and a separate toilet. The beds are centrally placed and have wonderful views. Fans help during the hotter months. A few steps down takes you to a sunken lounge with a mini bar. Outside each room there is an extensive wooden deck with a private plunge pool and sala overlooking the plains, perfect for relaxing in between game drives.

Central Areas

Both main reception areas (one for each camp) are open plan and also raised on decking. They have spacious lounge and bar areas, covered indoor and outdoor dining areas and extensive viewing deck with a fire pit and wonderful views out over the floodplains. There is a centrally located curio shop which serves both North and South Camp.

Facilities

Wi-Fi – Yes
Power for charging – Yes
Swimming pool – Private Plunge Pools

Habitat & Wildlife

The Vumbura private concession is extremely exclusive with some 230 sq. miles of pristine big game territory and waterways to explore. The habitat is a wonderful mix or permanent waterways, seasonal floodplains, mature woodland, scrub bush and open plains. Game drives are very productive with all major predators seen regularly and night drives can be good too with nocturnal creatures such as honey badger, leopard, civet, serval, genet and porcupine often encountered. The area is also a good place to see the rare and beautiful Sable antelope – a particular part of the concession is known for them.

A permanent channel flows through the concession so water activities are available year round, though more extensive exploration of the delta is possible during the flood season from May to August (during this time, game drives often require driving through shallow water in areas close to the permanent water). Birdlife is excellent and varied with woodland, grassland and wetland species all in abundance.

Activities

Wilderness Vumbura Plains offers the full range of Okavango activities, including nature walks, mekoro safaris (dugout canoes), boating trips, fishing and game drives by open four-wheel drive vehicles (by day and night). Helicopter scenic trips and hot air balloon flights (seasonal between April and early October) are available at an additional cost.

Seasons

Wilderness Vumbura Plains is open all year round, though game viewing is best from June through to early November. Water activities are best from May to September when water levels are highest. Fishing is not permitted in Botswana during January and February.

The variety of activities on offer and the high levels of personal service offered by the staff make Wilderness Vumbura Plains an exceptional high end safari and wilderness experience for any family. North Camp is most suitable for families with children who need to sleep close to one another as they have two spacious family units (with extra bedrooms though not internally connected), whilst South Camp is more orientated towards couples only. A complimentary, and optional, Bush Buddy service is offered where children may be paired with a local mentor for the duration of their stay who is experienced in childcare and engaging with children.

Wilderness Safaris established the Children in the Wilderness programme (CITW) focusing on the children from villages close to the remote areas in which they operate, educating them in environmental awareness and training them in the life skills needed to care for and nurture their natural environment. Some of these programmes include operating annual camps for up to 30 children at a time in their lodges, running regular Eco-Clubs in rural schools, Youth Environmental Stewardship (YES) which mentors particular children who have shown a strong interest in their environment and scholarship programmes for primary, secondary and tertiary education.

The Wilderness Wildlife Trust is involved in conservation, anti-poaching, community empowerment and education. The Trust has many projects throughout Botswana (Wildlife Research Increasing Capacity), Namibia (Desert Dwelling Giraffe Study), Zimbabwe (Hwange Elephant Movement Study), Zambia (Zambian Carnivore Program), Malawi (Mobile Response Unit) and Rwanda (Shoebill Arial Survey).

In 2019 Wilderness Safaris joined the Lion Recovery Fund and several of Africa’s other safari operators to form the Lionscape Coalition to raise funds for and awareness of lion conservation.

Projects closer to Vumbura Plains include the Botswana Lion Genetics Study which is funded by the Trust and researches the past and present genetic structure of lions in the Okavango Delta. The Vumbura Concession is in a Wildlife Management area and is leased to Wilderness Safaris through The Okavango Community Trust ensuring the five local villages benefit from the operation (for example, all staff members that are employed on the concession must be from one of the villages). CITW focuses on the children from these villages, with 10,000 rural children across seven African countries have benefited from CITW. Wilderness Safaris also offers its guests the option bring a donation of supplies in partnership with Pack For A Purpose which will assist the ongoing Vumbura Plains community projects.

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