Reviews of Vumbura Plains
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Outstanding sightings at Vumbura Plains
Must have been outstanding when it opened now in the “shabby chic” stage. They are beginning to update the camp with a new boardwalk being installed and re-thatching the rooms. This is starting with Vumbura North so the South suffers from partial replacement work and less than optimal conditions. I’m assuming this is in part as the owners were waiting to see if their lease was renewed.
I would say the camp is now in the Classic category rather than Premium. Although the size of the rooms is impressive the fittings are dated and in bad repair (stained cushions, filthy outdoor furniture) and the plunge pool looked like a health hazard, stained and uninviting. It was also curious that at many times (afternoon tea especially) there were more staff than guests, yet when a thunderstorm rolled through it was one of the managers who came round to wind down the blinds (I couldn’t figure out how to do it as the mechanical winder was hidden away) so the room furniture, floors, steps and some of my gear was drenched, luckily nothing irreplaceable.
That said the wildlife is outstanding and our guide Ron was brilliant at finding the lions, we also saw leopard and cheetah as well as wattled cranes and a selection of raptors. Would highly recommend for the wildlife and I am thinking about visiting little Vumbura on a second trip.
Expert Africa comments
We contacted the operator Wilderness Safari's regarding some of the comments this traveller made regarding the maintenance of Vumbura Plains. Wilderness acknowledged that Vumbura Plains has an outstanding safari experience year round, which has been Expert Africa's own experience in this concession as well. However Wilderness commented that it has made operations efforts somewhat tricky trying to find the opportune time to undergo the necessary renovations whilst causing the least disturbance to guests. They sincerely apologise to the traveller for any inconvenience as it was their aim to do so without compromising guests experience in anyway.
In this effort they have sectioned off the camps, room by room until all of them receive a new thatched roofs as well as replacing all 1.6 km of boardwalk. This was arranged purely in accordance to availability of rooms. They acknowledge however that housekeeping should have picked up on the state of the furniture both outdoors and indoors and are looking into this and make sure it does not happen again. After the completion of each of the chalets renovations Wilderness have replaced almost all décor and specifically those that were marked or unsightly. The pools have also been overhauled and repaired one by one. So hopefully with all these completed renovations and refurbishments Vumbura Plains is now looking very smart. We will be keeping a close eye on this and will have someone out to see the camp in the near future.
A deluxe experience in the heart of the Delta
Vumbura was everything we expected from this high end accommodation and location. Extremely, luxe and comfortable. Small and intimate, Superb staff and excellent food. Wonderful wildlife presented by engaging and knowledgeable guides.
The quintessential high-end Delta experience.
Wow room on Safari
The rooms here are amazing!
The food at this camp was excellent, varied and wonderfully presented. Thebe even cooked us Ostrich for breakfast one day as the rest of our party had not had it before and ostrich/game was not on the menu during our stay. The evening of entertainment in the BOMA was great fun.
Very varied terrain here from being in several feet of water in the jeep one minute to being on dry plains the next. The mokoro experience was very pleasant for an afternoon activity. One game drive was particularly memorable as we saw many baby animals, elephant, giraffe, zebra and leopard cubs.
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Vumbura Plains was also fantastic and enjoyed it!!Read more about the whole safari
A spectacular place to which I will return
Vumbura Plains was unsurpassed in luxury and indulgence, yet still felt relaxed and intimate. The charming manager greeted us with facility and innate friendliness while anticipating our every need. The layout is stunning and romantic and the tents are luxurious beyond imagination. Every detail is thought through and the tasteful and despite all of the creature comforts we were still in the midst of the wild, with elephants wandering by and kudu waiting by the path to the pool.
Our guide, Emang, was scholarly in his knowledge and affable. He led us to some of the most breathtaking and spectacular sightings, including three magnificent cheetahs and a noble sable in the evening's golden light. My only regret was that I did not get to say goodbye to Ernest, the representative from the community who accompanied us, which was a great addition to the trip. Another highlight was the mokoro ride amidst the painted Angolan reed frogs. I loved hearing about the lily pads and the dangers of securing the edible roots and using the tube as drinking straws. It was a magical day...
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Luxury rooms. Excellent guide. Terrific food. Great introduction to Botswana.Read more about the whole safari
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Great and Kind Staff !! +++++ A mustRead more about the whole safari
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Absolutely fantastic location, and the guiding was excellent. We were given a family room, which was well over the top for our needs. Hosting, management and food was as expected for a camp of this high standing.
The eco system was quite different to the other camps we visited, much more lush and water based. Again, we had fantastic wildlife experiences: four leopards (including a mother and her cub), a pride of eight lions, two lone wild dogs which we tracked through mopane for some time and large herds of elephants.
We particularly enjoyed dinner in the bush, which was arranged as a surprise and it certainly was.
Unfortunately a premier camp like this attracts some rather garish and ignorant people who insisted on talking throughout what should have been wonderful wildlife experiences; i.e. talking loudly whilst lions were drinking at a waterhole. This should have been a lovely experience.
Wildlife was abundant. Due to a lack of predators, herds of every species were quite relaxed, allowing a closer approach by our jeep. Our guide here, Mork, is a stellar example of the best you can imagine as a guide & teacher. He provided tremendous insight about the whole ecosystem here. We enjoyed every moment of our time with him.
The mokoro excursion was relaxing but not particularly memorable. It would be best suited to the season when birds are more abundant.
We also had a fabulous evening dinner under the stars with staff putting on a wonderful program of singing and dancing.
The luxury of this place--particularly the enormous living area, including expansive patio & private pool--were for us excessive. I think it is suited more to those who might not want to mingle with other guests & plan to stay at least 4 days. Unless you skip the game drives, there was no time in 2 nights to avail ourselves of this.
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After 3 nights in the Kalahari desert, Vumbura looked like the Garden of Eden - lush and green, with a multitude of ponds and animals big and small everywhere. Magical!
When first entering the camp (Vumbura North), we were greeted by the glorious sight of the lagoon.
The rooms are just like on the Wilderness website, huge and luxurious with modern furniture. Ours looked like a picture from an art & deco magazine, with its own outdoor lounge and plunge pool...
Annabelle and Roger were excellent hosts, we always had a good time at dinner with either - I enjoyed sharing a glass (or two!) of wine with Annabelle by the fire after dinner by, and I must thank Roger again for taking such good care of me when I was sick one day.
The food was top class - we were surprised with a dinner in the bush one evening, what a treat to be eating al fresco under the stars!
Service was very good but could be a little uneven at lunchtime, as sometimes there was no staff to be seen in the restaurant area - not a big deal though.
Our guide, Lazarus, was the best guide on our Botswana safari. We had some pretty good sightings with him, including an elephant/lion showdown by sunset, and a female leopard that we followed for about an hour - the height of excitment for everyone in the car! We managed to take some impressive shots of her jumping across a stream.