Reviews of Little Vumbura
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The best guide of them all: Madala Key
Our tent was a little far away for Max to walk comfortably back and forth, even though we requested a tent nearby the common areas. It was also quite a walk for Max from the docking area to the common areas.
Very efficient, friendly and helpful management and staff.
The food was quite nice and the rooms were the most comfortable we have had all around, and the most spacious. They were absolutely nice when we arrived the first day, after a long flight and no lunch, to arrange a nice meal just for the two of us, so we did not have to wait 2 hours until tea time.
Our guide was the best we have had in our entire trip: MADALA KEY. He made our stay unforgettable.
Excellent wildlife viewing with great experiences - including Lions interrupting sundowners, an elephant interupting coffee and a full fight between lions and Hyaenas ! They also accomodated a fishing trip.
That said, this was probably our least favourate camp. I am not sure why but the concession felt busier, they could not get our dietry requirements right and it was not entirely clear who was in charge.
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As with Kwetsani, the staff were all lovely and made our stay a real delight.Read more about the whole safari
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This is one of our favorite camps and getting to the island by boat is fun.
We had an exceptional guide, (Mandela K), who had been declared one of the top 25 in Botswana. We saw all kinds of animals, including stalking lions. The staff and managers all seemed to enjoy their work and mingled with each other and the guests freely. The chef even made a special bobotie for my husband and me one night. It was a very pleasant way to end another wonderful safari in Botswana.
final camp in order of visit only
Each camp seemed even more wonderful than the last although in reality all were excellent and although different - all on a pretty even par experience.
The guide here was rumored to be amoung the best in Africa and served as both guide and tracker.
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Little Vumbura is set in an area that feels like an untouched paradise. Great care is taken to keep the place as pristine as possible and the low density of visitors certainly helps to keep it this way. The camp and staff were delightful and we felt privileged just to be there.
One of our highlights strangely enough was a boat trip that went wrong. It meant that a motley crew had to resort to use 1 wooden pole, 1 garden shovel and 2 cool box lids to propel our boat in order to save us from spending a night with the hippos after the engine and radio died on the boat.
Sevara (one of the guides) is a great character and we learned a lot from him about this beautiful place.
Great start to our trip at Little Vumbura
Excellent accommodation and service. particularly liked the "island" location with access and egress by water.
Tents nicely equipped and maintained with good privacy and outlook.
Staff were particularly good.
Pre dinner drinks by campfire were a highlight.
Mokoro trip well worth doing.
Breakfast and Lunch were excellent but cuisine at Dinner was a slight let down,
Would recommend this camp to anyone- overall probably the best we have experienced
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Arriving by boat in the summer is a short ride from the parking spot but a lovely way to arrive at the camp. The rooms are of a good size and have a traditional feel. The food here was of extremely high quality and very varied. The traditional evening in the boma provided us with a huge variety of food in three courses and the entertainment from the staff was very enthusiastic. The staff were relaxed and seemed to genuinely enjoy working at the camp.
Our guide Kay was knowledgeable but not as chatty or easy to get on with as other guides. We discovered wild dogs on our last day and were privileged to be able to follow them tracking their prey.
Little Vumbura is an Okavango Delta Must See
After a 30 minute drive from the airstrip you get to experience the magic of Little Vumbura when you take a short boat ride to the island on which the camp is located.
Millie and Hamish were fantastic hosts throughout my 3 night stay and have great team of staff behind them. Food was great, room was great and there was a really good atmosphere around the camp.
My guide was Madala Kay and this guys game spotting and tracking skills were a sight to behold. Within 2 days we had seen a few Leopards, Cheetah, Sable Antelope, Hyena Pups and much much more.
We had a surprise lunch in the bush one day which made a nice change.
The highlight of the trip was probably and afternoon/evening boat trip when after seeing plenty of Hippo's and a Bull Elephant feeding in the water we experienced the most amazing sunset while enjoying our sun-downers. Unfortunately the Wild Dogs that were about the week before had disappeared.
Little Vumbura is a truly special place
We travelled in October so the start and end of every game drive is a 2-3 minute boat trip which was lovely. We understand that when it's wetter, that boat trip may be longer but it's a lovely way to start and end your drive.
Lovely spacious tent with instant hot water, fluffy towels, great outdoor sitting area. We didn't feel that the food was the best and was always a buffet so unless you're first up, we felt we were eating someone else's leftovers. The lighting in the dining area is poor of an evening and this should be addressed. Venison stew with bones isn't the easiest to eat without decent illumination.
We changed our guide after 24 hours and were very, very happy with our new guide. The usual lion, elephants, great sable, very good leopard sightings, ground hornbills, honey badger, wild cat etc and a pack of wild dogs we saw on three occasions. More than once we spent maybe two hours watching a herd of ellies so animal behaviour was great to watch.
We requested a full day game drive which was lovely to see areas of the park that aren't normally seen and had a lovely bush brunch. Sadly, despite a boma, we couldn't have dinner anywhere else other than the poorly lit table in the main area as they didn't have sufficient paraffin.
Expert Africa comments
The team at Little Vumbura were very grateful for this feedback, and commented: Weve noted these portions may not have been as generous as they should have been, and so our Food Experience Manager is going to work on this with our chefs, to ensure that we get it right.
Concerning the lighting, the paraffin was the problem; a long truck strike effected the camps deliveries and we ran out of paraffin putting out some of the camps lights. We did burn extra candles, the only alternative to supplement the overhead lights, but clearly they werent as good as paraffin lanterns. Fortunately, the truck strike has finished and paraffin supplies are back to normal!