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 K from Lyme Regis
Arrived on: 10-May-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
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Breath taking location

In many ways this was the best camp of the three. But was somewhat spoilt by the lack of flexibility shown by management/staff however this was overcome.

Did not appreciate the style of approach of staff initially experienced when we arrived.

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Mr and Mrs O - Somerset
Arrived on: 26-Apr-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
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Excellent
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Facilities:
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An Island Gem

This was probably our fourth visit to Little Vumbura in 10 years and once again it lived up to expectations in every respect. The intimacy provided by being in a camp only accessible by boat is still very real and coupled with the 'small camp' feel makes it very special indeed.

Everything worked; the rooms, the staff, the food and the guiding were all special. Knowing we had just fallen out of a mind numbing journey, a gentle boat trip to a spectacular sundowner via hippo, malachite and crocodile was exactly what we needed as our first activity. Such is the professionalism of the Little V team, that it was fed to us by osmosis so that we thought it was our own idea!

A special thanks needs to go to Kay our guide. He is, like all his fellow guides in Wilderness, a consummate professional. We saw all that there was to see with the highlights being no less than two herds of sable with enchanting young and hunting wild dogs returned that day from an absence of 2 months. However the absolute icing on the cake was the utterly awesome (in the true sense of the word rather than the modern excuse for poor vocabulary) sight of the coalition of 4 mature, male brother lions currently dominating the Vumbura concession. Their total disdain of any potential competition is palpable and to see them focused and acting as a well drilled team on a buffalo hunt was mesmerising. We felt especially privileged.

Do we recommend Little Vumbura? Oh yes, very strongly.

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Mr & Mrs F from Salop
Arrived on: 18-Apr-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Excellent
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Activities:
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Facilities:
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Little Vumbura review

Another beautiful location. White knuckle ride in the dark one evening getting back to camp.

Our guide was not always quite as polite as he could have been.

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Mr & Mrs. H - Cambs.
Arrived on: 20-Mar-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
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Activities:
Excellent
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Little Vumbura review

Great for game drives. Very friendly small camp.

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Ms T & Mr B - France
Arrived on: 21-Nov-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Excellent
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Facilities:
Excellent
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Little Vumbura review

Once again, friendly and excellent staff. Unusual and beautiful setting.

We particularly appreciated Frank - one of the managers.

Sevara was a superb guide. On one occasion, he spotted lioness tracks which we started to follow. He then noticed zebra tracks alongside. We continued for some time, and finally came across the lioness, her 4 cubs and a half-eaten zebra. Very impressive!

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Mr. G Essex
Arrived on: 14-Nov-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Little Vumbura review

We did not feel that the camp was up to the usual standard and rather disappointing compared with our previous visit.

The staff did their best but we felt they required more training/backup from managers.

The guide - Sam - was great and we thoroughly enjoyed our game drives with him.

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Expert Africa comments

We passed on these comments to Little Vumbura and they were naturally disappointed to hear this less than positive feedback about the camp. Little Vumbura acknowledged that during the month in question a relief duty manager had had a difficult time engaging and working with staff and that this could be put down to “a clash of personalities”. We have been assured that these matters have since been dealt with and that the usual general manager has now returned to the helm. Both management and staff have looked closely at their own performance during these guests’ stay and identified where they can improve in the future. The lodge accepted however that this unfortunate episode was unacceptable and have apologised unreservedly.

We were very happy to hear that these travellers had a good first visit to Little Vumbura but disappointed to read that the next experience didn't meet expectations. We do have great confidence in the management and staff of Little Vumbura though and are glad to hear the issues have been dealt with quickly.

Mr E - Arizona
Arrived on: 22-Jun-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
Excellent
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Food:
Excellent
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Activities:
Excellent
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Facilities:
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Little Vumbura review

Overall, as indicated above, we really had a wonderful time in Little Vumbura. This was the first camp on our trip, and the staff really helped orient us, since we were a bit jet-lagged a that point. The wildlife viewing was outstanding - especially the leopard with the fresh baboon kill. Our guide, Ka, was experienced and informative; we always felt we were in good hands with him.

All of our meals and "teas" were excellent, and we feel that, overall, it was probably the best food of all three camps. On our third evening, the dinner was served in their boma. They created a special, celebratory atmosphere; the food, service. and attention to detail were wonderful.

The only problem that occurred was the water supply - twice an elephant that roamed the camp broke a pipe. However, they fixed the breaks quickly, and none of them happened while we were showering!

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Prof & Mrs H from Bristol
Arrived on: 16-Jun-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
Excellent
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Food:
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Activities:
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Facilities:
Good
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Little Vumbura

Oustanding. Great friendly staff who were very attentive with excellent attention to small details.

As with Duma Tau, the game viewing rules made for good game viewing and we saw leopard on three consecutive days again as well as most other game. Would go back!

The 'visitors' to camp (elephant, hippo and kudu) made things 'interesting'!

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Dr L - Maryland
Arrived on: 14-Jun-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
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Activities:
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Facilities:
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Also a lovely camp

After Kwetsani, was difficult to follow. Room was even nicer - but low boardwalks and view not as terrific as Kwetsani.

Our guide was fabulous, but most of other staff not as engaging.

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Mr & Mrs K - Maidstone
Arrived on: 15-Feb-2011 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
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Activities:
Excellent
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Facilities:
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Little Vumbura review

Little Vumbura is an excellent location where, by virtue of being separate from the main land area (by only two minutes boat trip), you feel that you are not part of a large operation and therefore have your own private area shared with a few other guests.

In February there was still a lot of water left over from above average summer rains and this prevented the whole area being available to traverse, but the loss of amenity did not restrict us too much - the additional water provided a very different scene for our photography and took us away from some of the traditional photo scenes so giving us pictures of the animals walking and running through water.

The game viewing was still very good (including wild dog on our first game drive) and the bird photography opportunities were excellent.


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