Reviews of Little Vumbura
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Simply incredible. A true delta experience.
Getting to the lodge is in itself an incredible experience as you have to a 20 minutes boat trip, "meeting" with hippos and birds, to get to the Island where you will discover a "little paradise". Everything is perfect, super stylish and comfortable yet in a very authentic way. If you can, try to stay there on a Monday as the staff give an amazing show, singing, dancing, making you feel incredibly privileged.
The landscapes are mindblowing and the wildlife is great. Our guide did an amazing job "reading the bush" to track a leopard, which had just caught a monkey. Probably one of our best memories!
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The location is wonderful--based on an island with lots of water based activities. We enjoyed the'speedboat' at 6.00am to get to the safari vehicles. The guides were excellent and the game viewings good.
The accommodation was good and well maintained.
Our only concern about this camp was that the food was moderate and often there was not enough of it. This is our second visit to Botswana and this was our 5th camp and we have never experienced this before.
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This was a particular highlight...for the birds and game- saw lions (many, including witnessing a buffalo kill at very close quarters, 7 lins involved!!) elephants, zebras , hyenas, leopard, black and rhinos together, hippos, etc. etc.!!
Would seriously recommend Okavango Delta as a truly wonderful place to visit, and Little Vumbura as a great camp
Superb venue, great game drives
A fantastic camp in a superb setting. It gave us the best of both a 'wet' and 'dry' safari.
Our guide Savara was excellent and made us feel as though he was on the same voyage of discovery we were on, even though he has seen it all before. His enthusiasm and manner of explanation are a credit to the team at Little Vumbura.
Even though we had an unlucky start with vehicle breakdowns ( 4 in all!), it did not detract from what was a most enjoyable start to our safari.
Fifth Visit to Little Vumbura
Little Vumbura remains a very special place for us and this fifth visit did not disappoint. It remains comfortable, intimate, friendly and on this occasion the food was by far the best of all three camps we visited. There were niggling housekeeping and service errors but these were greatly outweighed by the game drives and boat rides we had.
Tsessebe 'making up' in a mud wallow, sable 'in flagrante', lion galore, wild dog, 2 hyena females each with twin pups and a first sighting of the uncommon white headed vulture. All this set in the most wonderful golden light that one gets at this time of year.
Our guide was Rain, a highly accomplished, educated and amusing companion on all our game drives. We were also privileged to meet up again with Madala Kay who had been our guide on our last Little Vumbura visit. One of the great men of the delta.
Little Vumbura is a very beautiful place but the change in the reed cover in the area has restricted the boat rides which used to be a key feature of the camp. Nonetheless the game drives amply overcome this limitation and we can happily recommend the camp as a truly memorable experience.
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The trouble with our holiday is that we chose the best camps to stay in and while they were all different they were all 5 star.
We loved every day and were treated like Royals.
We thought that the canoe safari might be a waste of an afternoon however we thoroughly enjoyed the trip and the sundowners with the other guests. It was perhaps the change from so many road safaris.
Peace on the water
We had seen most all the game available while at our previous camps, so appreciated the slow (and fast) water activities at Little Vumbura. We had the treat of getting close enough to photograph some very small, but colorful, little frogs and some insects, which was great as my daughter is an entomologist.
We again had the gift of wildlife hanging out right by our cabin, similar to Chitabe Lidaba. I think these were various species of antelope cows waiting to give birth. Guiding was excellent as was the food.
Little Vumbura - a good few days
We liked Little Vumbura but I think our expectations were too high because we knew that it's a very popular camp. Don't get me wrong. It's a lovely camp and I think it is just that we wanted to like it more than we did.
Camp was nice, rooms were clean and well cared for, food was pretty good (although not as good as at Selinda) and staff were friendly.
Going to and from drives by boat was lovely and very picturesque. We did a mokoro trip which is always relaxing and interesting and we really enjoyed that. Game drives were hit and miss in terms of what we saw. We saw sable for the first time and they were beautiful. We also saw a herd of 3,000 buffalo and followed them for a long time.
Because the camp was full, over a 4 days we shared a vehicle with a number of different people. The only disadvantage was that every time we had someone new in the car, it was like we were starting from scratch and we would go back to finding the buffalo to see if the lions were around. This wasn't our guide's fault but more a case of what other guests wanted to do. That said, we had some lovely sightings of a young leopard which were really memorable.
An amazing time at Little Vumbura
Little Vumbrua is a lovely camp run by a superb team of staff. Our tent was comfortable, spacious and immaculately maintained. The food was excellent, with variety at choice at every meal. We particularly enjoyed the pre-dinner singing from the staff each evening, which made for a lovely atmosphere.
The game was incredible - we had lenghty encounters with leopards, wild dogs and sable (which we've not seen in Southern Africa for many years). On our first evening drive, we were lucky to witness a very rare and unusual battle between a leopard and her cub and honey badgers - the mother leopard dived into they honey badger sett, dragged the youngster out and ran up a tree, closely followed by the mother honey badget. A fight ensued in the tree in which both honey badgers escaped and bolted back into their sett. The guides were as excited and astounded as we were, never having seen such behaviour before.
We would thororghly recommend Little Vumburu to other travellers.
Return to Little Vumbura - 6 years later
We liked Little Vumbura in 2007 and liked it just as much this time.
The re-built camp is very good, well organised.
We had some very good animal sightings, our guide tried really hard.
Sadly, compared with last time, there were at least 30-50% less animals to see. The small pride of lions has no senior males, no cubs. We were told about the safety fences for protecting cattle from a pulmonary disease - maybe that is one of the reasons?
Throughout our whole Botswana trip we didn't see a single large (even medium) buffalo herd; elephants only in small groups.