Vumbura Plains

Okavango Delta, North West, Botswana

If it's old-style African safari ambience you're looking for, then this camp is not for you. These state-of-the-art buildings are all about space, shape, light, and texture on a grand scale. Public areas are decorated with rag rugs, beaded throws, enticing hanging chairs and some exquisite indigenous African artwork. The art deco–style carved wooden bar divides the lounge area from the dining area, which is decorated with dry hollow palm trunks and hanging lamps that mimic the local "sausage" trees. Sip your coffee or after-dinner drinks in deep padded L-shaped sofas by firelight on the deck as frogs pipe and fireflies dance. There are many steps and long up-and-down boardwalks between the widely spaced rooms. If this seems a bit challenging, you may want to stay someplace else. Each en-suite room has a huge wooden outside deck, with comfortable lie-out chairs, a sala (thatched, outdoor daybed area), and plunge pool, and the enclosed living spaces have floor-to-ceiling windows and mesh doors that capture every source of light, from the early rays of dawn to the blazing sunset. Curl up with a book in your cushioned, sunken lounge, snooze in your king-size bed, or cool off in the emperor-size, mosaic-floor shower. Suspended woven rugs divide the sleeping and bathroom areas, and the decor of cream, grey, soft browns, and moss green melds with the outside environment. Vumbura has the same community relationship with the Okavango Community Trust as its neighbor, Duba Plains. Don't miss out on the superb curio shop; it's one of the best in Botswana.

PROS

  • Manhattan in the bush
  • awesome game

CONS

  • not for the traditionalist
  • rooms have an open floor plan

Location

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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 27–11-807–1800

HOTEL DETAILS

14 rooms
Rate Includes: All meals

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