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Visas are the responsibility of the traveller. It is best to consult with the high commission of the country being travelled to in the country being travelled from as requirements vary and change constantly. Botswana Safaris will not be held responsible for any incomplete or incorrect information regarding the visa process gathered by the traveller.

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Why Visit Botswana?

  • Vast stretches of untouched, un-fenced wilderness with unrivaled game viewing
  • One of the largest game populations in Southern Africa
  • Annual zebra migration
  • The Big Five as well as the rare and endangered African wild dog
  • Over 600 indigenous bird species
  • Home to the world’s largest inland delta and UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Okavango Delta
  • The largest elephant herds in the world in Chobe National Park
  • Over 3 500 San rock paintings at the World Heritage Site of the Tsodilo Hills

 Eco-retreat offering the best of the Okavango’s wildlife and activities

A retreat of contemporary and unique design, Vumbura Plains comprises two separate satellite camps, consisting of 14 rooms overall (of which two accommodate families). Each camp has its own sumptuous raised lounge, dining and bar area with magnificent vistas across the Okavango Delta, while a deck with comfortable cushions protrudes into the floodplain, either for star-gazing or as a convivial camp fire setting.
Each large, luxurious room is raised off the ground, with indoor and outdoor showers and an en-suite bathroom. A step down is the lounge area, open on three sides for that iconic view of the floodplains. Additional room features include a private plunge pool and 'sala' – a place from which to watch the passing parade of wildlife or indulge in a soothing massage.

Highlights

  • Game viewing at Vumbura is enjoyed on both land and water year-round
  • The habitat mix means just about every species found in the Okavango can be seen
  • Excellent predator sightings, from lion to wild dog
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Details 11 Jan 2017 to 31 May 2017 1 Apr  2017 to 31 May 2017 1 Jun  2017 to 31 Oct 2017
Per Person  US$ 1,005 US$ 1,435 US$ 2,445
Single supplement US$ 255 US$ 355 US$ 365
Details 1 Nov 2017 to 19 Dec 2017 20 Dec 2017 to 10 Jan 2018
Per Person US$ 1,150 US$ 1,770
Single Supplement US$ 270 US$ 360

Guide and Pilot Accommodation

Seasond 11 Jan '17 - 31 Mar '17 01 Apr '17- 31 May '17 and
01 Nov '17- 10 Jan  '18
01 Jun '17 - 31 Oct '17
Classic & Premier camps US$ 165 US$ 175 US$ 185

1. The pilot / guide rate includes accommodation, all meals, park fees, laundry and all local drinks - excludes premium imported brands and champagne.

2. In some cases, the pilot / guide rate does not guarantee the occupant automatic participation in guest activities. In addition, the nightly rates for pilot / guide accommodation are priced per person per bed and not per room.

3. Note that the pilot / guide accommodation available at most of our camps is not of the same standard as guest rooms and usually comprises of twin rooms which may be on a shared basis
with other pilot / guides. For guaranteed single room use, minimum 2 must be charged i.e. US$160 x 2 per night.

Details 20 Dec 2017 to 10 Jan 2018 11 Jan 2018 to 31 Mar 2018 1 Apr 2018 to 31 May 2018
Per Person  US$ 1,770 US$ 1,040 US$ 1,480
Single supplement US$ 360 US$ 260 US$ 350
Details 1 Jun 2018 to 31 Oct 2018 1 Nov 2018 to 19 Dec  2018 20 Dec 2018 to 10 Jan 2019
Per Person US$ 2,520 US$ 1,185 US$ 1,825
Single Supplement US$ 760 US$ 360 US$ 550

Guide and Pilot Accommodation

Seasond 11 Jan '18- 31 Mar '18 01 Apr '18 - 31 May '18
 
 
Classic & Premier camps US$170 US$ 185  

1. The pilot / guide rate includes accommodation, all meals, park fees, laundry and all local drinks - excludes premium imported brands and champagne.

2. In some cases, the pilot / guide rate does not guarantee the occupant automatic participation in guest activities. In addition, the nightly rates for pilot / guide accommodation are priced per person per bed and not per room.

3. Note that the pilot / guide accommodation available at most of our camps is not of the same standard as guest rooms and usually comprises of twin rooms which may be on a shared basis
with other pilot / guides. For guaranteed single room use, minimum 2 must be charged i.e. US$160 x 2 per night.

These special rates are applicable to SA residents only.

Rates are subject to currency fluctuations and Wilderness Safaris reserves the right to amend rates, accordingly.
 
Rates inclusive of 14% V.A.T. • South African Rand • Subject to Availability
  15 Jun 2016 to 14 Jun 2017
Per Person Sharing R6, 640.00
Single Supplement R2,325.00

It is a condition of travel with Wilderness Safaris that guests have travel insurance. Should they not have insurance cover, they will be personally responsible for any costs incurred as a result of a medical emergency or evacuation, as well as any other insurance claim situation such as loss of luggage.

Terms and Conditions

The below terms and conditions are in addition to the normal Wilderness Safaris terms and conditions.

Seasons:

Unless otherwise indicated, one rate applies for both low and high seasons, but please note that high season is only bookable 1 month prior to travel.

Inclusions and Exclusions:

Accommodation on a full board basis including twice daily scheduled camp activities, local drinks, laundry, park fees.

Flights, gratuities and items of a personal nature are excluded in all regions.

Child rate which is 50% of the adult rate, applies only when children (aged 6 - 16) share with 2 adults in a family unit.

Guide accommodation , at all camps is ZAR1,245.00 per night in sharing guide accommodation. Includes meals. Activities are excluded and only guaranteed when booking private activities. Standard terms and conditions apply - please refer to the General Information manual for details.

Private Vehicle:  ZAR3,560.00 per day, max 7 guests.
Validity:

  • Valid for all SADC residents living in the SADC countries at time of booking and travel, and for a minimum of 6 months per year.
  • Not valid for SADC passport holders/citizens living abroad. We reserve the right to request proof of residency upon booking and/or check in.
  • SADC Resident countries: Angola · Botswana · Democratic Republic of the Congo · Lesotho · Madagascar · Malawi · Mauritius · Mozambique · Namibia · South Africa · Swaziland · Tanzania · Zambia ·
  • Zimbabwe (Kenya is included for the purposes of this special)

Premier Camp

Our fully inclusive rates are not just about the level of accommodation or the thread count of the linen. They encompass elements that cannot be counted or measured, such as exclusive access to vast tracts of Africa’s best wildlife areas, creating a unique sense of seclusion, comfort, privacy and space. In turn, your presence helps us in the conservation of all these areas.

Notes

1. Where no rates are shown, our camps are not in operation over this period.
2. Accommodation rates are on a per person per night sharing basis, and single supplement rates are per person per night.
3. Rate includes accommodation, all meals, twice daily scheduled camp activities, park fees, laundry and all local drinks - excludes premium imported brands and champagne.
4. Access to / from the camps is excluded from the above nightly rates. Please contact your Journey Specialist for further details.

 WILDERNESS SAFARIS CHILD POLICY

      Off-peak Season Rate Peak Season Rate
Age Categoty Rules 11 January to 31 May  
&
01 November  to
19 December '
11 January to 31 May '
&
01 November to
19 December  
0 - 2 years Infant Discounted child rates only apply to children sharing with adults - in
family rooms or standard twin rooms in camps that have a family room.
Must be at camps that accept children of all ages, OR if sole use of camp is
booked at Classic and Premier Camps.
 
FOC FOC
3 - 16
years
Child Discounted child rates only apply to children sharing with adults - in
family rooms or standard twin rooms in camps that have a family room.
3 – 5 years: Must be at camps that accept children of all ages, OR if sole use
of camp is booked at Classic and Premier Camps.
6 – 12 years: Private vehicle must be booked at Classic and Premier Camps.
 
13 – 16 years: No private vehicle needed at any camp.
65% off adult rate 35% off adult rate
17 years &
older
Adult Any room type. Full adult rate Full adult rate

Notes

1. Off-peak Season - 11 January to 31 May and 01 November to 19 December, 65% discount extended with the exception of Kalahari Plains where this is peak season and 35% discount applies.

2. Peak Season - 01 June to 31 October and 20 December to 10 January, 35% discount extended with the exception of Kalahari Plains where this is off-peak season and 65% discount applies.

3. The discounted child rate is only applicable to bookings in family rooms or standard twin rooms in camps that have a family room (should the family room not be available for your particular booking). Child rates do not apply at those camps that do not have family rooms, with the exception of Abu where the child rate may be extended to a triple booking.

4. Children under the age of 17 years are required to share accommodation with at least one adult at all times.

5. Child rates apply only when children aged 16 years or under are sharing with full paying adult/s and must be calculated accordingly i.e. 2 adults and 2 children in a family, charge 2 x adult sharing rate plus 2 x the applicable child rate.

6. In addition, at our Classic and Premier camps, parties with children 12 years and younger are required to book and pay for private activities unless the camp is booked as exclusive use or they have filled a vehicle (6 guests). A family booking will depend on availability of the private vehicle/activities at the selected camp for the period requested.

7. Child participation in activities will vary depending on the camp and the activity.

8. Triple share accommodation is on a request basis and only allowed for children 16 years and under sharing with adults - not for three adults sharing. Guests must accept that there is usually an impact on space and comfort in the case of triple share accommodation. Please contact your Journey Specialist for assistance and pricing.

 

Due to our location, Vumbura Plains offers both land- and water-based game-viewing activities, as ways of observing the range of life around us.
Game Drives

Morning and afternoon game drives are offered in open 4x4 Land Rovers each accommodating a maximum of seven people allowing each guest a 'window' seat.

Night Drives

Night drives with spotlights allow you to find those nocturnal animals you might not see during the day.

Mokoro Excursions*

There is no better way of viewing game and exploring the Okavango than by traditional mokoro (dugout canoe). These excursions reveal the fascinating smaller creatures of the Delta including colourful frogs and lively waterbirds. *This activity is water-level dependant.

Boating*

Water-level dependent, boating is another idyllic form of water wildlife viewing. Vumbura has two boats seating six guests comfortably. *This activity is water-level dependant.

Nature Walks

On request, and depending on qualified guide availability, nature walks with skilled guides are wonderful ways of getting close to nature and observing the smaller things you miss when travelling by vehicle.

Hot Air Balloon Safaris*

Take the skies in style and soar silently over the rich ecosystem of the Okavango Delta in a hot air balloon. Gaze over scenic splendour, watch elephant playing far below and fly eye-to-eye with an eagle. This experience ends with champagne and snacks (April to September). *This activity is at extra cost.

Cultural Visits*

Visit one of the villages of the Okavango Community Trust, meet the people and learn about the local culture. *This activity is at extra cost.

Fishing

Fishing is on offer seasonally on a catch-and-release basis. A limited supply of basic equipment is available at camp.

Birding

The birding around Vumbura Plains is exceptional all year round, with migrant species present in the summer. Pel's fishing-owl is regularly seen, with other specials like wattled crane and slaty egret.

PRIVATE ACTIVITIES

Service Rate Notes
Private activities at Premier camps 11 Jan 2016 - 10 Jan 2017 US$ 715 Per party per day, maximum 6 guests  
Private activities at Premier camps 11 Jan 2017 - 10 Jan 2018 US$ 735 Per party per day, maximum 6 guests 
Private activities at Premier camps 11 Jan 2018 - 10 Jan  2019 US$ 760 Per party per day, maximum 6 guests  

 Notes

1. The private activity service includes all the standard activities in that camp, be it guided walks, game drives, boating, mekoro, etc.

2. The private activity service commences with the afternoon activity on the day of arrival and ends with the morning activity on the day of departure.

The annually flooded grasslands of the Okavango Delta surrounding Vumbura Plains are locally referred to as 'melapo' and offer good seasonal viewing of elephant, giraffe, impala, sable antelope, kudu, zebra, common waterbuck and reedbuck, tsessebe, wildebeest, red lechwe and Cape buffalo. Hippo and crocodile are common in the waterways. Predators include the African wild dog, several resident prides of lion, as well as leopard, cheetah and African wildcat. Birding is exceptional all year round.

ABOUT THE LODGE

  • First time to Africa

    First time to Africa

    Take a morning game drive through habitats of all kinds to see a range of wildlife. Spend the afternoon watching the comings and goings of wildlife from the comfort of camp. Float down a crystal-clear Okavango waterway on a mokoro, seeing reed frogs and waterlilies.
  • Travelled to Africa

    Travelled to Africa

    Take a walk through the bush with a guide and get up close to a journey of giraffe. Boat through the Delta channels, watching wildlife move through the water and reeds. Enjoy a massage out on your beautiful pool deck.
  • Seasoned Traveller

    Seasoned Traveller

    Catch a glimpse of a Pel’s fishing-owl on a mokoro excursion Dine under the stars in our boma and enjoy traditional singing and dancing. Take a shower under the glorious African night skies.
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