Fodor's Expert Review Vumbura Plains

Okavango Delta, North West, Botswana

If it's old-style African safari ambience you're looking for, then this camp, which was renovated in 2022, is not for you as these modern-style buildings are all about space, shape, light, and texture on a grand scale. Public areas are furnished with aquamarine sofas, wall stencils, 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. Each en suite room has a huge wooden outside deck, with comfortable lie-out chairs, a thatched sala (daybed area), and a plunge pool. Inside, 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. Underwater waterlily landscapes line the back wall and shower screen providing a welcome splash of color amid the predominantly neutral decor. A hot air balloon based nearby provides a novel break from the regular safari activities in winter.

Don't miss out on the superb curio shop; it's one of the best in Botswana.


  • uniquely modern design
  • awesome game
  • hot air balloon rides


  • concession can get busy on game drives
  • many steps and long up-and-down boardwalks between the widely spaced rooms
  • pretty pricey




Phones: 27-11-257–5000-in South Africa


14 rooms
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive

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