Vumbura Camp

Okavango Delta & Moremi, Botswana

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Vumbura Camp

Vumbura Plains Camp is a luxury camp situated in a private concession in the extreme north of the Okavango Delta. The concession includes a wide variety of habitats, diverse wildlife and an enormous area of 60,000 hectares.

UNLEASH IT: AT THIS LUXURY CAMP IN THE NORTHERN OKAVANGO DELTA, COMPRISING OF TWO SEPARATE SATELLITE CAMPS.

 

We Love
  • Vumbura Plains Camp is part of a community participation plan known as the Okavango Community Trust (OCT) - bringing the benefits of ecotourism to the communities that live in the Okavango Delta.
  • This Camp has representatives of just about every animal that occurs in the Okavango biome.
  • Each room also has a plunge pool and 'sala' - a comfortable area to lie and relax
  • Birding around Vumbura Plains Camp is incredible.
Need to Know
  • Children of 6 years and older are accommodated.
  • The minimum age for boating activities is 6 years, while mekoro and walking activities is 13 years.
  • The Camp has 50% Game drives, 50% Water activities (but can change depending on flood levels).
  • The Camp has 220v generator powered electricity

The Review

Vumbura Plains Camp comprises of 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. Magnificent vistas across the Okavango Delta floodplains are a feature. A star-gazing deck with comfortable cushions protrudes into the floodplain, a place to gaze upwards, or a convivial camp fire setting.

Wildlife
Elephant are found all year round but peak roughly from May till late Oct. Lion are seen regularly and it is a good area for Leopard and Wild Dogs. Plains game is good year round but peaks in the dry months with sightings of giraffe, impala, sable antelope, kudu, zebra, common waterbuck and reedbuck, tsessebe, wildebeest, red lechwe and Cape buffalo. Encounters with hippo and crocodile are common in the waterways. Excellent birding especially Carmine Bee-Eaters in summer.

Why Stay
This luxury camp, comprises of two separate seven-roomed satellite camps, each with its own raised dining, lounge and bar area tucked beneath a canopy of shady, indigenous trees and with a vista across the floodplains. The main area lays emphasis on relaxation furnished with soft sofas and idiosyncratic objets d’art.

Vumbura Plains Camp is unlike any safari camp you will have seen before. Each large, luxurious room is raised off the ground on wooden decks and each comprises a bedroom, lounge, shower and full en-suite bathroom. Outdoor showers are standard. 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.

Experience
Vumbura Plains Camp 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.

The birding around Vumbura Plains Camp is as varied as it is exceptional all year round. In the summer many migrant species are present. Pel's Fishing Owl is regularly seen, with other specials including Wattled Crane, Slaty Egret, Chirping Cisticola, Little Bee-eater, Fan-tailed Widowbird and possibly Rosy-throated Longclaw.

Getting There

The Vumbura Camp is located in a private Kwedi concession on the North side of the Okvango Delta, bordering the Moremi Wildlife Reserve Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and is accessed by a short 40 min flight on a light aircraft. The flight from Kasane takes one hour and 15 mins. The flight from Kasane to Victoria Falls takes 20 mins but allow additional time for customs and immigration. There is a luggage restriction on this flight of 10kg (22lbs) per person, soft sided luggage.

 
Vumbura Camp Okavango Delta & Moremi, Botswana

Vumbura Plains Camp

Rating                          Premier Camp
Type                            Safari Lodge
Friendly                        Children
No. Rooms                    14
Max Occupants              28 plus guide/tour leader
Special Interests            Birding, Nature, Wildlife
Location                        Kwedi Concession


Accommodation

Vumbura Plains Camp comprises two smaller camps each accommodating fourteen guests, as follows:

Standard Tents – South
There are six twin bedded tents and one double bedded tent. The single beds can be pushed together to make a double bed. There is one twin bedded guide/pilot room which is much smaller than a standard tent.
No of Units: 7

Standard Tents – North
There are four twin bedded tents and one double bedded tent. The single beds can be pushed together to make a double bed. There is one twin bedded guide/pilot room which is much smaller than a standard tent.
No of Units: 5

Family Tents
There are two family tents at Vumbura North each accommodating four guests comprising two bedrooms each with own bathroom facilities. The main adult room has a large sunken lounge and spacious showers whilst the second child’s room is smaller and has standard facilities.
No of Units: 2

Leader/Guide Tents
There is one Leader/guide tent (though not of same standard as guest room)

Tent details
Large, spacious contemporary style canvas tents are under thatch. Entrance into tent is through a wooden door with a bed in middle of the room with view out. All units are with en-suite facilities including a separate toilet, double vanity and basin. There is an indoor & outdoor shower. Soaps, shampoos, hairdryer, Mosquito net and insect repellents are supplied. Rooms have ceiling fans, safe and a mini bar (Engel fridge). Every room has an exercise mat and weights (2 x 1kg and 2 x 2kg weights). There is a sala (except the family rooms) and plunge pool on each tent deck.

Camp Description
The Camp main area encompasses open bar, dining room and lounge under canvas with views of lagoon. An open air Kgotla (boma) is used for dinner around campfire. There is small library, fire deck and curio shop. Menu of massage treatments (additional charge) - conducted in the privacy of the guest’s tent.

Electricity & Water
Camp has 220v generator powered electricity that runs for 7hrs per day when guests are out on activities. When guests return from daily activities, generators are generally switched off (for peace in camp). Inverter system is used for lighting and fans in each guest room 24hrs/day. Plug points are available in each room for charging of batteries and sleep apnoea machines only. Please bring spare battery, charging unit and adaptors. Water is geyser-heated.


Activities

Type – 50% Game drives, 50% Water activities (but can change depending on flood levels)

Game drives via 6 x 10-seater open 4 x 4 Land Rovers each accommodating maximum seven guests, allowing all guests an outside seat. All vehicles are equipped with books on trees, birds and mammals along with a pair of binoculars and Peaceful Sleep insect repellent. Walking safaris are organised on request as these are dependent on the availability of walking guides. Night drives are  undertaken with spot light.

Mokoro excursions in 6 mokoros (each mokoro seats two guests). Two motor boats that seat six comfortably in each.

Fishing is on a catch and release basis (prohibited in January and February for fish breeding purposes). The camp has a small stock of basic rods and reels but if interested bring your own fly fishing equipment.
Guided visit to a local African village

Suggested Daily Activity Schedule
The Premier camps are very flexible with meal times/venues and activity times and thus this is an indication only.

Morning wakeup call is between 0500h and 0600h. Morning tea and light continental breakfast before departing for morning activity. Return to campsite by about 1000h for a brunch which has a selection of breakfast and lunch dishes. Afternoons are at leisure or spend your time at the hide.

Afternoon tea (at 1600h or earlier in winters) is with a selection of sweet and savoury snacks. This is followed by game viewing activity which generally ends with drinks and snacks for sundowners, returning to the camp around 1900h, depending on the game sightings.

Pre-dinner drinks and snacks are served at the bar around 1930h. These are followed by a three-course dinner. All courses are served at the table except on Mondays (traditional night) when the starter and dessert are served whilst the main course is buffet style. By 2100h the group generally congregates around a campfire where coffee and liqueurs are served.

Seasons
Festive Season        20 December 2013 to 10 January 2014
Low Season            11 January 2013 to 31 March 2013
Shoulder Season      01 April 2013 to 14 June 2013 & 01 November 2013 to 19 December 2013
High Season            15 June 2013 to 31 October 2013


Policies

Child Policy
    Children of 6 years and older are accommodated.
    For families travelling with children between 6 and 12 years, private activities need to be booked and paid for.
    Children between 6 and 16 years must share with an adult/s in the same room.
    The minimum age for boating activities is 6 years, while mekoro and walking activities have a minimum age of 13 years.

Other Policies
    All drinks are included in the nightly tariff, with the exception of premium wines & champagne, and premium liqueurs & spirits.
    Laundry is done on a daily basis and inclusive in the nightly tariff.
    Payment can be effected by cash (US$), travellers’ cheques or the following credit cards: Visa or MasterCard.

Taxes and fees
    All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
    Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay (e.g., room service, minibar, in-room movies, etc).
    A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.

Additional Services
    Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
    Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call AwimAway.com on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
Check in:         2:00 PM
Check out:     12:00 PM
Minimum stay:    1 night

 

Kwedi Concession

The 90,000-hectare Kwedi Concession in the northern Okavango Delta comprises Duba Plains and Vumbura areas. While its western parts, notably the large Duba Island, have seasonally inundated floodplains and small palm islands, the eastern region consists of diverse habitat types: permanent swamp, seasonal floodplains, acacia woodlands, and mopane / Kalahari appleleaf stands.

The concession is leased from five communities through the Okavango Community Trust in a groundbreaking partnership, ensuring that the benefits of ecotourism are shared with rural stakeholders. Duba is known for regular interaction between large buffalo herds and resident lion prides, as well as fantastic viewing of unusual small carnivores such as aardwolf, bat-eared fox and side-striped jackal.

Vumbura features a wider range of large mammals including a broad complement of antelope, good populations of elephant, buffalo, hippo and giraffe, and large predators: lion, spotted hyaena, leopard, wild dog and cheetah.

Birdlife
Bird life is abundant with Okavango specials such as Rosy-throated Longclaw, Black Coucal and Wattled Crane found. The woodlands in the east harbour White-breasted Cuckooshrike and Racket-tailed Roller.

Gratuity Schedule
The following is the suggested gratuity schedule only and is subject to service standards:
Guides – £6.00 per person per day
General Camp Staff and Mokoro paddlers – £3.00 per person per day
Specialist Guides (if applicable) – £6.00 per person per day


When to go

Botswana’s winter is during our British summer, and the weather is hot during the day, but it isn't a stifling heat, and cold at night. The summer months (British winter) can be hot and humid and there is a chance of rain. Botswana has one rainy season which runs between mid-December and runs through to mid-March.

Visa
All visitors to Botswana need a valid passport for at least six months, but no visas are required by citizens of most Commonwealth countries, EU countries, USA and other selected countries. A valid return ticket is required. On arrival you’ll get a 30-day entrance stamp.

Visas are also not required by transit passengers, provided they are continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft, and do not leave the airport.

Health
Travellers arriving from or having transited through countries where yellow fever is endemic will be required to show a suitable certificate of vaccination in order to gain entry into the country. This includes endemic countries such Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda, as well as of marginal risk countries such as Somalia, Tanzania and Zambia.


Getting There

The Vumbura Camp is located in a private Kwedi concession on the North side of the Okvango Delta, bordering the Moremi Wildlife Reserve Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and is accessed by a short 40 min flight on a light aircraft. The flight from Kasane takes one hour and 15 mins. The flight from Kasane to Victoria Falls takes 20 mins but allow additional time for customs and immigration. There is a luggage restriction on this flight of 10kg (22lbs) per person, soft sided luggage.

Airstrip Details
Located 40minutes’ drive from camp. Is licensed for heavier aircraft up to 5700kg, such as King Airs provided that they have flotation gear.
Airstrip co-ordinates: S18.57.24, E022.48.72
Airstrip services Vumbura Plains and Little Vumbura Camps