Reviews of Little Vumbura
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Best camp in the Delta
Lovely camp, very comfortable and picturesque. Our favourite camp in the Delta. Best game viewing of the trip.
Gavin was a fantastic guide - we really appreciated such a wonderful, all round knowledgeable and competent guide, particularly as some of my interest lie in the smaller mammals and birds as well as the "big game".
We had some fantastic sightings, and got great photos thanks to Gavin who managed to get us into good positions with respect to the light.
Management in Camp (Sarah, Tendani, Oda (sp?) were lovely and extremely friendly and there was a wonderful relaxed friendly atmosphere. We were very sad to leave.
Little Vumbura doesn't disappoint
We'd heard a lot about the charms of this camp and it didn't disappoint.
We were expertly guided by Kay, who always seemed to know exactly what was going on in the bush. One noteable evening we saw leopard, cheetah, hyena and sable all within 3km of camp! Another highlight was the hyena den with its very young hyenas and their slightly older minders.
The camp staff were very friendly and the setting and accomodation were beautiful.
The food was tasty and excellent vegetarian options were available at lunchtime but not in the evening. This was noticed by the camp manager on the first evening of our stay. She expressed her disappointment, but it wasn't susequently addressed, which was odd as the camp had several vegetarian guests.
Fantastic camp. Staff great, rooms great, location great - what can more can we say. From the moment we stepped off the boat on arrival to the moment we left the airstrip we had a fantastic time. Lots of highlights on this part of our holiday - sitting by the campfire having pre-dinner drinks, really nice food, laid back and friendly staff who made you feel like 'part of the family'.
Our guide here was Kay (Madela Kay) who was just the best ever - the best barman in the bush, gin & tonics will never taste the same again!!! His knowledge was amazing and his personality made our drives great fun.
Leopards, elephants ( with babies - wow!), buffalo, wildebeest, verbet monkeys, baboons, red lechwe, giraffes, sable antelope, hippos and millions of macdonalds (impala) and pyjama horses (zebra) - Kay's descriptions not ours!! Fantastic birdlife as well - vulchers, fish eagles, lilac breasted rollers, pied kingfisher to name but a few. Truly excellent experience and one that we'd recommend to everyone!!
Little Vumbura review
Little Vumbura is our favourite Okavango lodge. This was our third visit but the first since the modernisation programme. It is still a truly wonderful camp, set on its own on a small island. The boat trip before and after every game drive adds a very special feel and we are sure the island setting leads to an intimacy between staff and guests almost impossibel to replicate in other camps.
As died in the wool dinosaurs we much preferred the old canvas walls and ceilings but appreciate the new man made coverings are probably more cost effective. We did however find the public sitting space very much hotter in early afternoon with the heat radiating from the ceiling. However, none of this detracts from the special atmosphere we have always experienced here.
In true Winderness tradition the staff, both camp and guiding, are top notch and willing to go out of their way at any time to ensure their guests have everything they need. I am sure we will go back for a fourth time in 2009!
Fantastic guide, huge diverse landscape
This was the other highlight of our trip to Botswana. We were lucky to have "Moa" (Moamowedi Monwela) as our guide for 4 days.
The area used by this camp is extensive, so you can go for game drives and not be on the same roads each time. But we were lucky that over 4 days we had time to do a walking safari, and two water trips.
My wife is an educator, and a teacher of teachers, and she was blown away by Moa's ability to integrate and synthesize information, to use pattern to illustrate process. His knowledge of the animals, plants, birds is very deep, but his ability to explain what is really going on to people at very different levels of experience and knowledge was extraordinary.
Otherwise, the camp seemed to be run along the lines of other Wilderness Safari camps. Meals with a few staff, but mostly you talk to other guests. Self assured, very competent, but a little generic. The staff likes to stroke the guests' egos, which I guess is important to some, but a little tiresome to others.
Superb. Our first experience with Widerness Safaris - the camp runs like clockwork, the team - Lawrence, Molly, Uno - as well as Kay, our guide, were just wonderful. Food was excellent (we learned that the L.. V. chef is well known for that). We met several people who were there multiple times and keep coming back.
We expected a lot from the drives and our expectations were exceeded. We were also very fortunate to get to a pride of some 8 lions about 5 minutes after they killed a buffalo; we watched & followed them for 2 days. Of course we saw a lot of other wildlife. Found a cheetah on our last drive. Also a group of wild dogs who had just arrived.
L.V. is just about the perfect combination: small enough, great drives, friendly. Lots of good images, our guide was very helpful in positioning the car.
A little gem in the Delta
Little Vumbura was a favourite among many travellers and guides we met. We can understand why as it has water and land game viewing and the size of the camp with just six rooms makes it feel friendly. We saw a huge range of birds and animals here.
The rooms are huge and very luxurious for the bush, though our room (no 3) was not very light and the deck did not get any sun at all during the siesta period - so was actually quite cold to sit on due to a stiff wind on some days.
As I have commented before, nobody uses the pool as the water is so cold. This is a shame given the expense of installing the facility. Can't it be heated - solar power should not be too expensive.
Extremely nice management team and guides. And we enjoyed the company of our fellow guests.
Expert Africa comments
These travellers visited Botswana in its coolest time of year, and there’s a valuable general point to note here: nights in Botswana in August, and mornings and evenings too, can be very cold.
The Little Vumbura team commented that as it gets hotter, into September and October, the pool heats up – but they’ll keep the idea of solar heating in mind for their coolest months.
As temperatures pick up (as I write on 1st Oct, they are above 40 degrees C), a slightly cooler, more shaded room will be really lovely – and ideal for someone who is less used to the heat. If you would like to stay in this room, please ask us to request it for you when you book.
Idyllic safari at Little Vumbura
This was our favorite camp. The newly constructed camp is beautiful and luxurious, the tents perfectly sited. The staff is capable and very friendly; especial kudos to Dudley and Molly. Our guide, Emmanuel, was knowledgeable and respectful of the animal life as well as of his guests. The game drives, boat and mokoro rides, were just the right length. The quiet time on the water was a pleasant contrast to game drives, as was the morning walk one day. We arrived back in camp in the evening with enough time to gather ourselves before dinner.Read more about the whole safari