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Wilderness Botswana: Chitabe, Vumbura Plains & Duma Tau
7 Nights, From $9,450
A landscape so beautiful it seems like a dream, teeming with wildlife and sensational camps: Botswana is one of Africa’s biggest success stories. The country’s low volume, low impact approach to tourism has resulted in some of the most exclusive luxury camps in Africa, with a real sense of remoteness in their lack of fences within vast private concessions. With this special offer, featuring accommodations at Chitabe Camp, Vumbura Plains Camp and Duma Tau Camp, you can access discounted rates (with approximate discounts of nearly $4,000, per person), with complimentary charter flights to transport you in comfort.
Rate: $9,450 per person, for seven nights’ accommodations in a double-occupancy tented room.
This offer expires on October 1, 2021, and can be booked for travel dates between November 1, 2021 through December 19, 2022 and from January 6, 2023 through April 30, 2023.
This Special Offer Includes:
- Discounted rates for seven nights’ accommodations at Chitabe Camp (three nights), Vumbura Plains Camp (two nights) and Duma Tau Camp (two nights)
- All camp-scheduled wildlife viewing and cultural activities (twice-daily)
- All meals, local alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (excluding imported spirits and Champagne)
- Scheduled charter flights between lodges
- Tax, conservation and park admission fees (please note that gratuity and Covid-testing fees are not included)
- Laundry services
- Crafted with your needs—and your safety—in mind, this package itinerary includes the services of our expert team in preparation for departure and on the ground, so that you can get back out into the world with greater confidence.
- You may also have access to special private charter rates (subject to availability, at additional cost), when flights are booked in combination with this package. Contact our team to learn more.
About The Properties:
The Chitabe concession in the eastern part of the Okavango delta borders the Moremi Game Reserve and is one of the richest wildlife zones in the country. It was established by the Botswana Department of Wildlife and National Parks and awarded as a lease to its current holders. The camps were opened in 1997 by owners Dave and Helene Hamman, who are still intimately involved in the camps running, even though they are now part of Wilderness Collection. The Hammans come up to Chitabe three or four times a year from South Africa and each time Helene tweaks the design somewhat. Her attention to detail comes through in everything from the wine selection to the art in each guest tent.
Set on raised decks above the marshland and connected by boardwalks with rough tree trunk railings are eight guest tents in each Chitabe and Chitabe Ledibe (the sister camp next door). The canvas cottages have polished wood floors softened by area rugs, cozy club chairs with reading lamps and desk areas. Helene has always overseen the camps’ design and refurbishment. She has chosen every décor detail from the lovely Provencal-style boutis quilts on the beds and vintage-like suitcases that contain the coffee and tea services in each room to the tribal crafts in the lounge area and the leather bound books in the library. Her husband Dave is a well-known photographer and his black-and-white prints hang over each bed. Bathrooms have indoor and outdoor showers as well as double sinks with a tusk towel bar in between the basins.
The communal areas in large thatched tree house like structures include a living room, dining room (meals are communal except when a private dinner is arranged) and a small library tree house with club chairs and a selection of Africa-focused books. On another deck is a small raised pool with loungers and great views of the floodplains. Helene has also been deeply involved with the camp staff, hiring each member and working with many of them on continuing their education and skills by introducing a training and learning center in the camp. This has resulted in a distinct Chitabe pride and warmth among her team that infects guests.
Chitabe is a land-based camp so activities include day and night game drives and, depending on the season, walking safaris, but these can only be done in winter when the grass is low enough to ensure guests’ and guides’ safety. With open plains areas on this tree island, Chitabe supports lots of plains species like zebra, wildebeest, tsessebe and lechwe, which attract predators like lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and wild dog. Both the diversity of animals and birds one can see here and the frequency of high drama feline spottings make Chitabe a favorite among Botswana wildlife enthusiasts.
One of the most soulful camps in the Okavango, Vumbura Plains, like Jao Camp, was also the design vision of North Island architects Silvio Rech and Leslie Carstens. Surprisingly contemporary and utterly different from an old-school safari camp, Vumbura has a modern, almost Bohemian design that is not for safari purists: think hanging egg chairs in muted colors, sunken seating areas with glazed ceramic tables and acres of pale gray cushions enlivened by crocheted pillows in the bright blues and greens of the delta. It’s remarkably eco-chic, with lots of bleached wood decking outside and the pine inside sourced from a sustainable supply.
The camp is split into Vumbura North and South, with similar main lodge areas, nearly identical accommodations and a shared curio shop. (It takes about ten minutes to walk along a raised boardwalk from each camp to the shop or twenty minutes between the two camps, and many restless guests enjoy the trek as a daily exercise). Guest rooms all have plunge pools and lovely shaded outdoor seating salas for enjoying the view between game drives. The thatched cottages have the same modern eco feeling as the lodge with floor-to-ceiling views of the delta, sunken couches, a platform bed with mosquito netting and open shelves and hanging rods for clothes. There are indoor and outdoor showers, with the indoor one surrounded by four curtains that drop from the ceiling.
As with all Wilderness premier camps, the food is shockingly good for the bush, with menus that include such trendy options as beetroot and cumin soup and quinoa salad with olive, tomatoes and feta. Unlike at some camps, guests at Vumbura Plains tend to dine on their own rather than communally. Among the most special aspects of the camp are that it is on a private community-owned concession and most of the staff (virtually all except for some guides and managers) come from the five nearby villages. This means that many of the staff have worked here for a decade, and many have also grown up together in the same village, creating a contagious comraderie.
In the magical waterworld of the Okavango delta, some camps lie in areas that are distinctly land-based or water-based, but some are blessed with a true mix and are thus called combination camps. Guests can do game drives or mokoru rides and will see an amazing variety of wildlife doing both. Depending on the season, fishing trips and walking safaris are also available, and massages are offered during down time.
The newest camp in the Linyanti Concession, Duma Tau offers a super chic safari experience in the elephant-rich north of Botswana. Just a few years ago, the Savute Channel was dry, but waters began flowing in the region again in 2008, and game has streamed in with it, making this one of the best wildlife spots in northern Botswana. Though its name, Duma Tau, means “roar of the lion,” the area’s varied landscapes—marches, waterways, forests and grasslands—are home to one of the densest concentrations of elephants in Africa. Here, however, guests can enjoy seeing the majestic beasts without the crowds that can be found in neighboring Chobe National Park. In fact, the camp, which has ten tents, has been set between two “elephant highways,” ensuring dramatic herd sightings.
Day and night games drives are offered as well as nature walks, boating, barging and fishing (depending on the season). In the stay of a few days, you are also likely to see lion, leopard, giraffe, hippo and wild dog. The camp hosts no more than twenty guests at a time who arrive to a tented living area that looks like a backdrop for Ralph Lauren ad campaign. The canvas walls roll up for full views of the lagoon that is part of the Linyanti River right out front. Wooden floors are covered with sisal rugs and comfy couches invite lingering over wildlife books. African objects like straw baskets, large glass vessels, coconut wood mirrors and framed maps evoke the sense that this might be home of a modern day explorer or brilliant botanist.
Boardwalks with rope railings lead to the ten guest tents, including two family suites. The tents have a modern, airy aesthetic with wooden floors and one wall of floor-to-ceiling screens facing the water. Vintage trunks serve as bedside tables and National Geographic magazines adorn the desk. All of the tents, including the two family suites, have lovely outdoor seating areas so you can admire the landscape and animal sightings from your porch. Even the pool has a view of the lagoon so you are never far from the water and its unending drama: be it an amazing sunrise, hippo parade or elephant shower show.
Terms & Conditions:
- This offer is subject to availability.
- This offer expires on October 1, 2021, and can be booked for travel dates between November 1, 2021 through December 19, 2022 and from January 6, 2023 through April 30, 2023.
- A valid credit card guarantee is required at time of booking.
- A 20% nonrefundable deposit is due at the time of booking. Final payment is due 90 days before the day of travel and is also non-refundable.
- The resort reserves the right to release bookings without prior notice if full payment is not received on time.
- This offer applies to new bookings only. Other restrictions may apply.
The health and safety of our guests is our number-one priority. We are committed to upholding the highest safety standards, while providing world-class hospitality and seamless travel experiences. We are in close contact with our partners to ensure that they are committed to the health and comfort of our travelers by practicing enhanced sanitization and disinfecting procedures, respecting social distancing guidelines, and remaining as low-contact as possible. For more information and questions about specific protocols that have been put into place at this property to make your stay as safe as possible, as well as entry/exit requirements for Botswana, please reach out to our team at firstname.lastname@example.org.