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Posted by Gracie Leader on 4 May 2022
Wilderness Safaris Vumbura Plains, set in the heart of the Okavango Delta World Heritage Site in Botswana, has reopened after an extensive refurbishment of both the camp’s exteriors and interiors.
The refreshed look and feel showcases its sense of place and culture, enhanced by an outstanding menu and courteous hospitality. Vumbura offers holiday-makers a sublime African wilderness journey, prepare to experience arguably the best wildlife encounters in the Delta on your honeymoon.
"We are delighted to have completed this extensive refurbishment of one of our flagship camps – in excellent time, despite the trials of the pandemic. Vumbura epitomises the serene beauty and year-round wildlife diversity of this iconic Delta destination, and I have no doubt that the rejuvenated camp will continue to delight guests and deliver life-changing journeys in this remarkable wilderness area – carefully conserved for over two decades," noted Kim Nixon, Wilderness Safaris Botswana MD.
Vumbura’s prolific wildlife and varied habitats offer guests an exciting year-round water and land based Delta adventure with extraordinary game viewing. Wilderness experiences include day and night drives, walks and mekoro (dugout canoes) activities, with hot-air ballooning – from April to September each year – as well as scenic helicopter flights. If you and your new partner are self-confessed thrill seekers, Vumbura Plains is the perfect place to begin your first adventure as a married couple.
Various new design elements also pay homage to this surrounding wilderness with patterns, textures and colours bringing nature inside. All furniture and interiors have been replaced or enhanced to honour the natural surrounds. While significant upgrades have improved the camp’s structure, Vumbura’s (gentle) footprint continues to reflect the immense space of the wilderness area. Horizon-wide views from your room are the perfect sight to help you unwind on your honeymoon.
To coincide with the launch, Vumbura has introduced a revitalised menu, even more closely aligned with traditional local fare. Its scrumptious dining options celebrate the delicious local, seasonal ingredients of the region, its traditions and Wilderness’ partnerships with the local farmers, suppliers and artisans.
Ingredients are purchased locally, thereby reducing the food miles inherent in every meal, and providing neighbouring communities with an alternative revenue stream. Each meal is a journey into the culture and traditions of the people of northern Botswana, while in-camp interaction with chefs and service staff brings the stories and proverbs associated with each dish to life.
Since 1983, Wilderness Safaris has been dedicated to conserving and restoring Africa’s wilderness and wildlife by creating life-changing journeys and inspiring positive action.
The 60,000-hectare Vumbura Plains Private Wilderness Area is leased from five villages, through the Okavango Community Trust, a partnership that spans 20 successful years of impactful conservation tourism in the area.
The camp’s new design celebrates this core purpose and partnership with the OCT, with thoughtful detail and bespoke pieces applied throughout the camp to celebrate its sense of place and culture.
Vumbura Plains’ unique community concession agreement means that many of the professional guides here grew up in this area, adding an extra layer of authenticity and cultural relevance to their expert tracking and identification skills.
“With its iconic Delta landscapes and phenomenally diverse habitats, Vumbura is truly a must-visit safari choice, one that unreservedly celebrates the best of Botswana’s natural and cultural heritage. It is encouraging to see travellers returning to Botswana, and we look forward to welcoming them to the beautiful new Vumbura Plains”, concluded Kim.