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Hot Air Ballooning Safari at Okavango Delta

Publishing Date : 08 April, 2019

Author : KEAMOGETSE MOTONE

Wilderness Safaris has announced the start of its hot air ballooning season at Vumbura Plains and Little Vumbura camps in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. From 1st April through 7th October 2019, guests can enjoy a unique hot air balloon safari, drifting slowly over the pristine 60 000-hectare Vumbura Concession.


The Okavango Delta is a World Heritage Site, and one of the largest inland delta systems in the world; it is home to hundreds of species of animals and birds. The Vumbura Concession comprises a varied mix of mopane, acacia woodland, floodplains and permanent swamp.
Key mammal species include herds of elephant and buffalo, sable, zebra and wildebeest. In addition to the resident lion pride, cheetah, spotted hyena and wild dog are also seen.


Attorney Vasco, the Wilderness Safaris Botswana Sales Manager shared that they are bringing an exclusive and an exciting excursion for tourists. “This exciting excursion offers more than just a balloon ride; it is the ideal opportunity for us to share with our guests the wonders of the Delta from a completely different perspective, offering a bird’s eye view of some of the spectacular remote areas that are not often explored on game drives,” he said.


The balloon safari adds to the diverse list of already popular activities on offer at Vumbura, including mekoro, game drives, game walks and boating — giving guests the opportunity to enjoy a truly life-changing adventure.  “A maximum of eight guests are transferred to the balloon launch site with a helicopter flight, this full air safari offers an extraordinary opportunity to explore some of the waterways in search of wetland species like elusive sitatunga and forgotten pods of hippo in remote areas,” he said.


“After taking in the spectacle for approximately 45 minutes, guests are met with a celebratory glass of champagne upon landing, before returning to camp for a delicious brunch. Guests can also choose to add on a 15- or 30-minute scenic helicopter flight back to camp, at additional cost”. Vumbura Plains comprises 14 rooms, and Little Vumbura is an intimate six-tented camp; both are perfect bases from which to explore the pristine wilderness area. Both camps are also strongly rooted in a core purpose, and deeply committed to Wilderness Safaris’ 4Cs sustainability ethos of Commerce, Community, Culture and Conservation.


The Vumbura Concession is leased from five villages, through the Okavango Community Trust, in a partnership that ensures that the benefits of ecotourism are shared with its neighbouring rural stakeholders, positively impacting the local community. He further shared that guests visiting the concession can be assured that their life-changing journey is one that not only gives back to the conservation of the incredible Okavango wilderness area, but to the empowerment of its people.


Wilderness Safaris prides itself as Africa’s leading authentic and sustainable ecotourism operator, specialising in memorable wildlife experiences in some of the most remote and pristine areas in Africa. In this way it offers its guests private access to almost three million hectares of Africa’s finest wildlife reserves, while remaining fiercely committed to protecting the planet’s precious natural and cultural resources. Wilderness Safaris operates camps and safaris in some of Africa’s best wildlife and wilderness reserves across six countries: Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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