Top ChoiceLodging in Okavango DeltaVumbura Plains Camp
One of Wilderness Safaris' flagship properties, this regally luxurious twin camp is on the Duba Plains in the transition zone between the savannahs and swamps north of the delta. Although divided into north and south sections, with separate eating and other common areas, this is essentially a single lodge. It inhabits the Kwedi Concession and the wildlife viewing is superlative. The rooms, arrayed along the shores of an expansive floodplain that has water for most of the year, are supremely luxurious and represent a refreshing change from the traditional safari look – everything here has a stylish contemporary feel and the massive, split-level rooms are simply gorgeous. They are some of the largest rooms in the delta. Gloriously comfortable beds, open-sided showers (as well as outdoor showers), wooden floors, a sunken sitting area with plush cushions and wildlife field guides, and large terraces right by the water are just some of the highlights. Floor-to-ceiling glass on three sides creates a wonderful sense of light and space without compromising on privacy. Rooms also have their own private plunge pools. This is one of few camps to offer both full water-based activities (including mokoros and motorboats, although availability depends on water levels) and wildlife drives. When it comes to the latter, there are good chances of sighting leopards, lions, African wild dogs, red lechwes and abundant birdlife over the course of your stay. Other activities include scenic helicopter flights (30/45/60 minutes per person US$445/565/695) and hot-air balloon rides (one hour US$430 per person). The public areas – the restaurant, bar and cushioned seating areas – face the setting sun across the water, and even the 'public' loo has a view. Whenever you visit, and whichever part of the camp you find yourself in, you may never want to leave.