Short Luxurious Okavango Safari

For those looking for a short but stylish Okavango safari, we suggest the exclusive and chic Vumbura Plains Camp. With a stunning location on a beautiful and game rich private concession in the eastern Okavango, Vumbura Plains is a superb choice for a short but complete Okavango experience. With year round water, excellent resident game and impressive predator numbers this is a fantastic choice for a complete Okavango safari at any time of year. The excellent game viewing is matched by the wonderful in-camp experience – this may be a short safari but it will be a memorable one.

The Vumbura Concession lies to the north of the Moremi Game Reserve and is well known for its beautiful landscapes and abundant game. Lovely grass plains see zebra, wildebeest, impala, zebra and more wandering by. Tall Palm island dot the landscapes, the trees often shaking as elephants shake the fruit free. Riverine forest and glistening waterways are home to a wide variety of animals. This area is known to good resident plains game and this keeps the predators stalking these plains. Lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and wild dog are all found on this large and lovely concession.

Being set on a private concession allows greater freedom of activities- Vumbura Plains offers a full range of experiences with morning, afternoon and evening game drives, off-roading, walking, mokoro, boating and fishing (mainly tilapia and tiger fish). Boating will depend on the water levels. Scenic helicopter flights can also be arranged and are highly recommended (booked at an additional cost).

For those interested in hot air balloon safaris Vumbura Plains is one of the few camps able to access the only balloon launch site in the Okavango. This only run from April-August and helicopter transfers are required to access the site. Please speak to us for more information, pre-booking is essential.

You guide will discuss your particular interests and activity preferences and work these into your schedule across the three days.

Day 1 - Vumbura Plains Camp

On arrival into Maun Airport you will be met by a representative and assisted onto your flight to Vumbura, a flight of about 25 minutes. You guide will be waiting to meet and transfer you to camp, a game drive of about 45 minutes, depending on sightings along the way.

Vumbura Plains stretches out along the waterline of a beautiful floodplain which attracts a variety of animals throughout the day. The rooms are vast with equally spacious outside decks featuring a plunge pool and shaded sitting area. Inside the room, an stylish open plan room includes a huge bed, sunken sitting area with mini bar as well inside and outside showers. A perfect haven to relax between activities.

After some refreshments and having been introduced to the camp and team you will set off on your afternoon activity, perhaps taking to the water to explore the surrounding waterways or a game drive to see more of the concession.

Your guide will discuss the area and your choice of activities with you and plan your days with you to ensure you make the most of your time in the Okavango.

With all activities you will make a stop at a scenic spot to toast the setting sun with a drink and some snacks before returning to camp as its gets dark, where a roaring fire and dinner await.

Day 2 - Vumbura Plains Camp

The next morning you wake early with your choice of hot drink delivered to your tent, followed by a light breakfast. Then you are off on your first safari activity, as agreed with your guide the day before.

Mornings are a great time to track the movements of the night before when predators are most active, so perhaps you will head out in the 4x4 and see if you can catch some of the action before the animals retreat to the shade. Alternatively you may enjoy a guide walk in the cool of the morning, a chance to learn more about this unique and beautiful eco-system and for your guide to share his tracking skills.

Morning activities last around 4 hours, around half way you will stop for a coffee break and some snacks, returning to camp around 10-11am for a hearty brunch and a few hours to relax. No activities run in the heat of the day when most animals rest in the shade- as do you! A great chance to enjoy your incredible room.

Meeting at around 3.30pm for high tea you enjoy some light refreshments and then head out on your afternoon activity- perhaps this time exploring the waterways which are truly beautiful at sunset and attract many animals who come to drink at the end of the day. This is a truly peaceful end to the day.

Over dinner in camp you will plan your final day on safari with your guide.

Day 3 - Vumbura Plains Camp

The next morning it another early start, and after a quick breakfast you set off for your final full day in the Okavango. Once again you will do an early morning and late afternoon activity, with a few hours between to relax at camp.

For those interested in a scenic helicopter flight over the Okavango or Balloon ride, this is the perfect time to do so. This is a truly amazing experience and really showcases the beautiful and diversity of the Okavango. Especially for those on shorter itineraries, a helicopter ride is a real highlight.

Day 4 - End of Safari

The time for your flight to Maun will be finalised the day before and your guide will advise you what time you will be leaving camp. Time permitting you will still enjoy a morning activity though this may be a little shorter than usual.

The flight will always be schedule to connect with any onward travel arrangements. Depending on the time of departure, as discussed with your guide, you will enjoy on final morning activity and brunch before bidding farewell to the Okavango. The flight to Maun will take approximately 25 minutes, depending on stops along the way. On arrival a representative will meet you to ensure you connect to your onward travel arrangements.

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Vumbura Plains Camp

Vumbura Plains Camp

Vumbura Plains Camp

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