9 May 2023 – Exciting news just in, as Wilderness Vumbura Plains has been recognised on the Conde Nast Traveler 2023 Hot List as one of the Best New Hotels in the World!
The annual Hot List of the best new hotels, cruises, restaurants, cultural destinations, and transportation projects is a well reputed travel stamp of approval and is now in its 27th year. A curated collection, it is a labour of love for the Conde Nast Traveler global team, which spends the year researching, visiting, and vetting the entries to then publish the definitive directory of places whose style, ethos, and service set new standards for hospitality. This year’s best new hotels in Africa and the Middle East range from the mega resorts of the UAE to the forested safari camps of Botswana, and Okavango Wilderness Safari’s very own Vumbura Plains has been recognised in truly illustrious company.
“Botswana’s wondrous Okavango Delta is the largest inland delta on the planet—and this contemporary retreat (recently rebuilt from scratch) lets guests observe the ebb and flow of life in this fascinating stretch of wilderness. The lodge’s new look and feel celebrates a sense of place, centering the local staff’s talents and the minutiae of Delta wildlife through walls of illustrations of smaller beasts and the beautiful weavings of staff members, displayed and available to buy. The 14 thatched bedrooms are connected by timber walkways—high enough to let a hippo pass under—and are spacious and contemporary. Seeing the waterways, palm islands, lagoons, and floodplains of this spiritual landscape is a once-in-a-lifetime affair, and Vumbura Plains is a magical launchpad from which to do it. Push the boat out and book a chopper ride over the surrounding floodplains to see crocodiles sunbaking on sandy white banks and hippos etching their channels under the clear water”, the publication notes.
Wilderness Vumbura Plains epitomises the ultimate Okavango Delta luxury safari, offering both land and water experiences. The camp is as lavish and lush as its beautiful surroundings. Dreamy Delta waterways, green island woodlands and golden grasses, teeming with an ongoing wildlife parade – ever-changing with the seasons and always awe-inspiring.