This is my 3rd trip to Vumbura Plains (VP) and they have always exceed my expectations. My wife and I spend about 25 days/year in the Delta on vacation and have visited a lot of the Wilderness camps. We have also spent about 20 days specifically at VP (North and South) and so I write this from a perspective of seeing a few different managers/guides in action under many situations. Their performance at VP (and at all wilderness camps) is consistently professional and their focus is on the details and on hospitality/service. They know hospitality and their people are every well trained in it; from the managers to the room staff … AND wilderness does it so well. They have 30+ camps all over Africa and from the many I’ve stayed at they are the best! Nobody knows more about the African Safari experience better than Wilderness does. Send me a note and I’ll go out of my way to fill in the details that I may have left out below. We are headed back to the Okavango Delta (Wilderness Camps) in a few months for 3 weeks!
ADVICE FOR FIRST TIME TRAVELER AND RETIREES: Don’t be concerned about going to VP by yourself or not as part of a tour group. You’ll have a great time and the managers (Hamish and Millie) and your guides will take care of you. This is a place you can go without someone leading you as part of a tour/photography group. I am also envious of you; to have VP be your first African experience and it will be one of the highlights of your life. Wilderness provides such a unique experience that you can go with friends or alone. They have all the logistics worked out for you from the moment you land in Maun until you are watching wild dogs. They handle every detail and their logistical processes with getting people in and out of the camps is flawless. Your experience will also be better if you stay for 7 days. You’ll love the outdoor showers too ☺
PHOTOGRAPHERS: The key to getting great photos is being in an area where there’s plentiful game and to have a guide that knows how to position you when you see the anmials. VP has both of these in an intimate setting with very few vehicles. The guides at VP (I always ask for Ron and Ban) are local Botswana people that have had extensive training in the Okavango Delta to look for game and are VERY experienced guides. Not only did they grow up in the delta, they have professional training in guiding and animal behavior. I would be VERY VERY VARY cautious if someone says they know animal behavior or the Okavango Delta better than Wilderness Safari guides like Ban and Ron. After you go on your trip to VP, it’s the local guides and the memories with the animals that last. How special it is to see the animals from the local’s perspective; this enriches the experience and are the memories that will last a lifetime. You might not remember the people you meet in life, but you’ll always remember the guide you have in Botswana. They know so much about the history of Botswana, the political situations, economy, and they can give you a locals perspective (not something someone read out of a book) I took a D4 and D800 with the 70-200mm and 200-400mm lens. This was perfect!
ET CETERA: I agree with the other 5 star comments on the food, comfortable vehicles, décor, room size, accommodations, and the drinks.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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 ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Vumbura Plains Camp Hotel Moremi Game Reserve
- Wilderness Safaris Vumbura Plains Camp Botswana/Okavango Delta