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Vumbura Plains

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Luxurious accommodation
- Strong game, year round
- Prime position
- Private plunge pools

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Overview

Vumbura Plains is one of the most luxurious lodges in Africa, situated in the Okavango delta, Botswana. A seriously high property with a number of extra facilities, this is an ideal choice for some big game viewing and incredible private accommodation.

Vumbura is made up of two satellite camps, both eco-friendly and of contemporary design. Each camp has its own dining, bar and lounge areas raised on decking with sweeping views of the Delta. An outdoor area with comfy sofas and blankets is the perfect place to take in the stars or spot some passing wildlife.

The main focus here is vehicle safari. However, thanks to the wide range of habitats the Delta provides, both land and water based activities are offered to guests. Game drives are led twice daily by experienced rangers in open top 4X4’s. African wild dog, lion, leopard and cheetah can all be seen here and the birding is exceptional year round. Guides also lead walking safaris, night safaris, motorboat and canoe safaris (season permitting) which are all great ways to get a closer look at some smaller wildlife. The atmosphere here is very laidback and it is worth noting activities here tend to be less intensive than at some other camps.

14 rooms are equally split between the two camps, with two family rooms available. The rooms are airy and spacious, with floor to ceiling windows providing some impressive views. Every room has a large double bed, secluded lounge area, private plunge pool and indoor and outdoor showers. A modern ensuite bathroom looks out on to an outdoor decking area or ‘sala’. Although Vumbura is slightly larger than most camps in the area, splitting into two makes the accommodation feel much more intimate and you won’t fail to be impressed by the sumptuous rooms.

Children above 12 are welcome at Vumbura and those between 8 and 11 can be accommodated if a private vehicle is booked. There are no specific children’s programmes but staff will do their best to tailor the experience.

Vumbura Plains is one of the best properties in the area providing a luxurious, relaxing experience with plenty of privacy. Albeit with an expensive price tag, its good year- round game can be an ideal way to sidestep high peak season prices and take advantage of an area that can offer a high quality safari throughout the year.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 508 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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