Wilderness Safaris is proud to announce that their latest premier camp, Vumbura Plains, is now open. Designed by renowned South African eco-architects, Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens, this luxury chaleted camp is situated in the private Kwedi concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve, in the extreme north of the Okavango Delta.Vumbura Plains is located in an enormous tract of prime wildlife country. The entire camp overlooks a vast, attractive floodplain and the rooms are built in the natural shade of the surrounding trees. The vegetation ranges from the vast open flood plains to dense mopane bushveld and offers spectacular game viewing and birding opportunities all year round. Vumbura Plains consists of 14 luxury chalets, each with its own large, very comfortable bedroom, lounge, “sala”, private plunge pool and en-suite facilities with shower, bath, flush toilet and an outdoor shower under the stars. The Chalets are raised off the ground on wooden platforms with walkways connecting them to the main living areas consisting of dining, lounge and pub area, which is also raised off the ground and tucked beneath a canopy of shady, indigenous trees with a wonderful vista.
This entire area of over 100,000 hectares has been ceded by the Botswana Government and the Tawana Land Board to the people who live along the Okavango’s northern boundary, so that they can derive direct benefits from the wildlife and environment on their doorstep. To ensure that the benefits from this arrangement are spread throughout all the people in this area, the annual payments Wilderness Safaris makes go to a trust called The Okavango Community Trust, which represents their interests. They also get the first job opportunities, training and benefits of other community projects that Wilderness Safaris runs in the area from time to time.
The Vumbura reserve offers both land and water activities in a park that has a wonderful variety of habitats and a great diversity of wildlife. The main activity at Vumbura Plains is game viewing in wonderful and varied countryside. Open 4x4 Land Rovers allow close proximity to animals in the savannah and forested areas. 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 a Sable Antelope (an animal that enjoys the dry countryside) on the same game drive. Add in Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Cheetah and Buffalo along with all the plains’ animals and one has an excellent all round wildlife experience in a remote and private part of the Okavango. Birding is fantastic with large varieties and quantities to be seen. Walks, mekoro’s and boating give Vumbura’s guests the opportunity to enjoy Africa from a different perspective.