Little Vumbura

Reviews of Little Vumbura

Excellent(96%) From 72 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 72 of our travellers who have visited Little Vumbura, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs W from Edinburgh
Arrived on: 14-Nov-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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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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Mr & Mrs F from Sussex
Arrived on: 10-Nov-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Little Vumbura review

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.

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Mr N - Harefield
Arrived on: 17-Oct-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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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

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Mr & Mrs B - Wokingham
Arrived on: 3-Oct-2012 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Praise indeed!

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.

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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!

Mr R & Ms Z from the Netherlands
Arrived on: 31-Aug-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Little Vumbura review

Little Vumbura is an exceptional location on an island. We used all opportunities including a boat trip, a mokoro trip and the drives. Kay was our guide on all trips and took his own mokoro to make sure that our waterroute was safe. Kay is an exceptional guide to which his great sense of humor should be added. We saw lions, red lechwe, tsessebe, sable antilopes and a pack of appr. 28 wild dogs. Beatrice and Aaron replaced the permanent managers. They did a very good job, including a surprise brunch in the bush. We regret they did not manage the diabetic food requirements submitted in advance which at dinner they left to the kitchen staff. This caused some substantial problems on our last night, which they blamed (to our great regret) on the kitchen staff.

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Ms C - Canada
Arrived on: 12-Aug-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great Safari at Little Vumbura

I had an absolutely amazing stay at Little Vumbura.

The staff was amazing, the food was great and the tents were very comfortable. I also had some of the best game viewing I've ever had: three leopard sightings in three days, lions up a tree, leopard kill and feast, sable antelope and hyena puppies. It was my first time in a mokoro and I really enjoyed the experience. I had an absolutely amazing three day stay at Little Vumbura.

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Mr. S & Ms. Y - London
Arrived on: 17-Jul-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Little Vumbura review

A lovely little camp, with comfortable tents and excellent guides (Rain was our guide for all the drives, but we spoke to the others during drinks and dinner and found them all to be very knowledgable). In our 3 days here, we saw lots of wildlife including leopards on a number of occasions, a lioness with cubs every day, a large group of sable antelope, wild dog, a good number of elephant, a huge herd of buffalo, hyena, and lots of bird species (including the rare Pel's Fishing owl). We thought the setting of the camp was very picturesque, and the mokoro trip we did one afternoon a surprising highlight - even though we didn't see many animals other than elephants making their way through the reeds and playing in the water, it was so peaceful and a great way to experience a different side to the Delta.

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Mr & Mrs D from Caldicot
Arrived on: 22-Jun-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Little Vumbura review

Camp good but animals sightings rather disappointing.

We found the boat trip to and from the camp really reduced our time on safari.

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Mrs V from the Netherlands
Arrived on: 12-Jun-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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perfect combination of delta en plains

An intimate camp at a nice location; the camp is in the delta itself and surrounded by water, but game drives are made on the mainland/ plains. It takes about 20 minutes by boat from mainland to camp and vice versa.

I did one trip with the mokoro too, which was nice.

The cabins/tents are very much OK. The camp is quite small and intimate (6 tents I believe).
The management is nice and do their utmost to make you feel comfortable (young couple from Scotland/Zimbabwe) and the guide was just great (Kay). I didn't want to go to the delta in first instance, but I am glad I did.

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Mrs and Mr C - Toronto
Arrived on: 21-May-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Little Vumbura review

This was the highlight of our trip. The setting was perfect and we had the best guide, a thoughtful, serious man who shared his country with us. We were so impressed with his knowledge and sensitivity. He went out of his way to find the animals we wanted to see, and provided them all - even our elusive leopard. He was great company at meals, explaining details of life in the delta.

Management was terrific, helping when I was a bit sick, and the staff were all happy - eager to see everyone enjoy a good time. It was an extremely well run camp but beautiful accommodation. The 20 minute boat ride to and from camp added to the whole experience, peaceful remote beauty. And we loved the hippos and elephants sloshing past our tent every night.

We were amazed by the quality of food, presentation, service, and entertaining staff.

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