The Vumbura Reserve offers both land and water activities in a park that has a wonderful variety of habitats and a great diversity of wildlife. Vumbura Plains overlooks a vast, attractive floodplain and the rooms are built under the cool shade of the trees.
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About Vumbura Plains Camp
Vumbura Plains Camp (and Little Vumbura)
are situated about 25 km's north of Mombo in the neighbouring northern private
reserve of nearly 130,000 acres, within Botswana's Okavango Delta. These two
camps offer an excellent combination of water and land activities. The two camps
are owned and operated as separate camps by Wilderness Safaris. These camps
offer perhaps the best combination of water and land activities anywhere in the
Delta. The area also boasts a wonderful variety of habitats and a great
diversity of wildlife, including large numbers of Sable Antelope (rarely seen
elsewhere in Botswana) and offers excellent fishing.
>Vumbura Plains is new for 2005 and replaces
the "old" Vumbura Camp. The new camp overlooks a vast, attractive floodplain
and the rooms are built under the shade of cool and shady trees. Vumbura Plains
consists of two 14-bedded camps (2 x 12 until August 2005) linked by raised
boardwalks, with its own dining, lounge and bar area, although all 28 beds or
parts thereof can be utilized for larger parties. All 14 of the luxury rooms are
raised off the ground on wooden platforms with walkways connecting them to the
main living areas. Each room has a large, very comfortable bedroom, a lounge, a
"sala" and en-suite facilities with a shower, a flush toilet and an outdoor
shower under the stars. The main dining, lounge and pub area are also raised off
the ground and tucked beneath a canopy of shady, indigenous trees with a
wonderful vista across the floodplains. Each room has its own plunge pool.
Little Vumbura is the companion camp to
Vumbura and is located a few minutes boat ride along the channel from Vumbura
Camp. Little Vumbura accommodates ten guests on a wonderful private island,
typically reachable only by boat. The focus at Little Vumbura is slightly more
on the water activities than at Vumbura as the camp is surrounded by water. This
camp is also closer to the permanent waters of the big, fast flowing rivers,
however game viewing by vehicle is very much one of the highlights. Little
Vumbura has five tents under an enormous canopy of ancient Okavango forest with
ebony, marula, knob thorn, garcinia and fig being the dominant trees. Attractive
palms give the island a wonderful tropical feel and bring the Elephants onto the
island, especially towards the end of winter. Each tent is large and roomy and
has en suite facilities, as well as an outside shower for those who want to be
even closer to nature. The dining room and pub are under canvas and have been
built in and around the existing trees. There is a pool for relaxing by in the
quiet of the day. One of the camp's attractions is the outdoor dining area.
Wooden decks have been built on the floodplains and dinners under the stars are
a wonderful experience.
Vumbura Plains & Little Vumbura offer
both water and land activities as this area has scenic waterways and is also
close to the Okavango's outermost open savannahs. The water levels around the
camps change each year depending on the level of the annual floods from central
Africa. The privacy of this area is one of Vumbura's main attractions - along
with its great wildlife and superb all round Okavango experience.
The main activity at both camps is game
viewing in wonderful and varied countryside. Open 4x4 Land Rovers allow close
proximity to animals in the savannah and forested areas. The Vumbura area is
possibly the only area in the Okavango where one can see Red Lechwe (an animal
that inhabits the fringes of the waterways) and a Sable antelope (an animal that
enjoys the dry countryside) on the same game drive. Add in Lion, Leopard,
Elephant, Cheetah and Buffalo along with all the plains animals and one has an
excellent all-round wildlife experience in a remote and private part of the
Okavango. Birding too is great with large varieties and quantities. Walks,
mekoro?s and boating give Vumbura's guests the opportunity to enjoy Africa from
a different perspective.
Night drives are possible nearly all
year, but may be restricted for a few months in the middle of each year if there
are extremely high flood levels. Walking safaris are a must for anyone who has
only experienced Africa from a vehicle - getting close to nature with a
knowledgeable guide should not be missed. The mekoro safaris here are also
excellent as well as motor boating through the Delta's lagoons and channels. For
those who enjoy fishing, Vumbura is one of the Delta's best areas to catch Tiger
Fish, Bream and Tilapia.
The variety of wildlife here is stunning. Guests can go out
by boat in the morning and see Hippos, Crocodiles, Red Lechwe and all the
aquatic wildlife and then travel out by Land Rover in the afternoon to see
Elephant, Sable and all the dry savannah game. Sable Antelope are fairly
prolific here (they are less often seen elsewhere); in fact, guests will usually
see more Sable here than Impala. Herds of Buffalo and Elephant also occur here,
along with the predators - Lion, Leopard, Wild Dog and Cheetah. Guests who enjoy
their birding will love the combination of all the Okavango water "specials"
with acacia and dry woodland species.
Vumbura Plains and Little Vumbura are part
of the same community participation plan as Duba Plains. The aim is to bring the
communities who live around the Okavango Delta into the tourism mainstream. The
villagers who live to the north of the Okavango have been granted the rights to
this area, which allow them to derive direct benefits from the wildlife through
significant concession fees, employment opportunities and training.
Dereck and Beverly Joubert and the
Okavango Community Trust
Dereck and Beverly Joubert, two of the
most successful wildlife film makers in the world, are partners in Vumbura
Plains, Little Vumbura and Duba Plains. They are also dedicated conservationists
who are committed to the preservation of wildlife, in particular in Botswana.
Dereck and Beverly have worked in the remotest of wild places around the world
for the National Geographic Society, producing some of the Society's highest
rated and awarded films, books
and magazine articles. They lived and worked in Savuti and Linyanti for years
and made that area world famous through their films: "The Stolen River",
"Eternal Enemies", "Zebras: Patterns in the Grass" and "Lions of Darkness"
before moving on to the Linyanti. There they continued their work with "Journey
to the Forgotten River" and "Reflections on Elephants" that put another area in
Botswana into the public's hearts and minds.
Working very closely with the Botswana Defense Force, they teamed up to expose
poaching in the far north, and through their joint efforts have created the
support and means to all but completely eradicate poaching in Northern Botswana.
Their latest film, "Whispers: an Elephant's Tale", is yet another first. For
Walt Disney Pictures, this film brings the adventures of a baby Elephant to the
big screen, the first mainstream wildlife film in theatres in recent history.
All the Jouberts' films follow a similar goal: to bring the wonders of wild
places to audiences around the world, to break down barriers between us and
them, and to show that animals have personalities.
After all these adventures, having lived and worked in some of the most exciting
wildlife land in the world, and editing films in London, Washington and Los
Angeles, the Jouberts have returned to Africa and turned their sights and
cameras on the Vumbura/Duba area. They have carefully chosen this place and for
them the area is perfect. The untamed wildness, the abundance of "big game" and
the variety of exciting habitats make it ideal. But, most of all, it is a place
where they can implement their conservation principles. For years the Jouberts
have had a belief in the importance of communities in the successful future of
wildlife. At Vumbura, Dereck and Beverly are working to create a model for
community/wildlife partnerships that will lead the way for that future.