Reviews of Little Vumbura
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Little Vumbura- the Best there is..
Wow - what can i say about Little Vumbura - from the moment we were picked up by Kaye - who has to be the best guide in Africa - to the moment all the staff danced and singed for us as we arrived at the camp, we knew we were in for a treat and we were not disappointed at all.
Kaye was almost talking to the elephants - really was!! - and it was as if they respected and knew him. He has been at Little Vumbura for 28 years and it shows. If you go there, do request him.. We tracked and found leopards, wild dogs, a majestic male lion, buffalos and the elusive sable antelope with ease. My highlights included the fantastic sundowners looking at fisheagles on the trees, the numerous hornbills, egrets, and a really special sighting on our mokoro trip of a malachite kingfisher - which might not sound special but believe me - when on a mokoro in the delta at sunset and a sighting of this amongst the papyrus, it really was special.
Food and facilities were fantastic and talking to the guests, definitely a better bet than vumbura plains lodge. Everyone here was one happy team. We even had an okovango delta trust inspector called Wilson on our guides and it was his job to monitor the preservation of the delta etc and he was assigned there for 3 months.
All the other guides were winding him up e.g. hey wilson - hope you are behaving yourself etc - and it was all very friendly banter.
My son-aged 24y and daughter aged 22y were having a great time taking photos and videos etc..
Met some nice people from all over the world and some interesting conversations with this guest who was a private guide from Zimbabwe about his penchant for game hunting in Zimbabwe - aaarggh - which proved to be a highly interesting and provocative topic for after dinner drinks around a fire - all conducted positively!
An elephant swan across the lagoon and into our camp also and a leopard had left its kill outside our lodge the previous week - so of course we declined the open air bath tube on our patio!!! Some brilliant photos and videos here which i will ask my kids to add to this review.
If in doubt where to stay in the Delta, then just go to Little Vumbura..
Three nights at Little Vumbura in June
Access to this camp is by vehicle and a five minute boat ride. Game drives are four guests per vehicle and four guests per boat. Our guides were Nas and Sam. They were both very good and worked hard to create great sightings and experiences.
The most memorable sighting was of a herd of large, beautiful sable antelope.
We had two exciting and informative trips by boat going at fairly high speed through narrow channels between reeds and papyrus along the banks.
The staff was excellent, happy and professional. The food was excellent.
Little Vumbura was like being in paradise
We loved the delta and the water. Little Vumbura was a wonderful camp in every way.
The staff went beyond what was expected to provide a most enjoyable stay. We loved being surrounded by the water. Sam was a fantastic guide and Busi was so helpful with every request.
Wonderful three days and nights spent at Little Vumbura
Beautiful Little Vumbura
A wonderful location, the access to the camp by boat was lovely. Not so many game sightings but we did see our first leopard up a tree, tssebee, lechwe and and a glance of a honey badger.
The water excursions were great, especially the mokoro.
Food was excellent, the camp was very friendly and we enjoyed sitting around the fire before dinner and then having the staff singing that our dinner was ready..
Only problem was that it was very cold and windy in the mornings and evenings and the first night our accommodation was cold. The next day we did put up the external covering to the windows and this was much better.
3 day stay
Great camp on an island. Only took a few minutes by boat from where jeeps parked but I understand this can take longer when in full flood.
Naz did a great job guiding and we saw a lot of game - only one lion sighting and one leopard but huge heard of buffalo and plenty of other game. Staff were very welcoming but not as skilled at blending guests as we found elsewhere .Went out on mokoro and boat trip to gain a sense of the delta proper and enjoyed driving through water-covered roads.
Room was of a good standard, nice thermos of hot water for making drinks replenished regularly - outside bath a treat!
Little Vumbura Visit 6
Little Vumbura remains one of our firm favourites and one of the 'must visit' lodges in the Okavango. Having requested Kaye as our guide we were delighted to spend another 3 days with him. He is one of the grand old men of Delta guiding and we greatly enjoy his company and knowledge.
Being constrained by space on the island to just 5 tents and surrounded by water, the camp ensures excellent contact with the other guests. Once again we made some good new friends. Oddly and for the first time in 6 visits we failed to see a single lion but were amply rewarded by the full range of Okavango sightings including treed leopard, buffalo writ large and a host of wonderful birds.
A lovely, small camp.
Great water location even in dry season
We were really pleased we booked a trip to Little Vumbura as even in the dry season there was water! The location is fantastic and gives the option to do water activities all year round.
All the staff are friendly and helpful and are present in noticeable numbers (compared to other camps) so all runs very efficiently.
The tented rooms were slightly smaller than other chalet style rooms, but very comfortable.......a little warm in high temperatures though.
This was a slick professional camp which would be expected from Wilderness given their huge operation.
As usual there is potential tension between people who are on Safari for may be the first time and want to see "everything", and those who want a more leisurely and specific drive from the camp may be focusing on a couple of animals. An example overheard is the US couple who did not want to look at wild dog but insisted the guide went to see the lions. Perhaps it is a good idea to advise people they can book private drives for themselves.
Flying in on a small-plane is a something of an experience. Unlike others we had a longish trip from Kasane but we were on our own for the first part of the flight and the pilot asked us if we wanted to take the direct route or follow the Chobe river and fly low to see the game - guess what we chose!
After landing at the air strip we were met by the guides from the camp and taken by Land-Rover along the dirt roads for about 30 minutes with lots of game viewing en-route. We arrived late morning so we were taking direct to the camp for lunch but other guests who had arrived on the afternoon flight from Maun had gone directly on an afternoon game drive ("from London to Leopards in less than 24 hours"). The last part of the trip is by motor boat as Little Vumbura is on an island. Or arrival at the camp there is a great welcome with cool wet towels and welcome drinks from smiling staff and a super lunch.
Our room could hardly be described as a tent. For sure it had canvas style walls and roof but inside with varnished wooden floor, a huge king-size bed, desk and comfy chairs, en-suite shower room and toilet it looked like a huge stylish hotel room but with great views over the delta. We had a shaded balcony with a sofa and loose chairs and a great view of Kudu grazing just below.
Game viewing is great at Little Vumbura. Each guide is typically allocated two couples but some take larger groups if they arrive together. On our last day we were out on our own with the guide as the other couple had left for their next camp. The concession includes other camps ant Vumbura North and South and so game viewing is shared with others but the guides have strict instructions not to have more than 3 vehicles at each sighting. Regular communication on radio aids tracking of game and we were able to see a lion kill and great extended viewing of a leopard and her cub as well as lots of elephant, giraffes, impala plus wildebeest and buffalo. Altogether the guide identified 60 different birds.
We were lucky to be there for the Monday Boma meal with entertainment by the camp staff. The show was great and they clearly love doing the show even if some are a little shy. The fire and food cooked over open fires was great - tasty and a huge variety, including local dishes to try. Other dinners were also taken communal style with a buffet - ladies first please. There was a good choice of food, manly international style with good flavours and lots of vegetables and garnishes to accompany meats and fish and a vegetarian option.
Breakfast is taken before the morning game drive at 6.30 with a good choice. After the game drive brunch is served with a good range including freshly-cooked eggs. High tea is taken before the afternoon game drive at 4.30 pm but we were glad to take rest and perhaps have a sleep in the heat of the day (especially hot in October while we were there).
The staff at Little Vumbura are super-friendly and we were sad to leave. Most guests only stay for 3 days but you feel that the staff could be your friends for ever, even if they greet the next guests with the same enthusiasm soon after you leave.
Beautiful Camp on an Island
Little Vumbura is a beautiful camp on an island at the border of the Okavango Delta only accessible by a short boat ride. So you have both: water and mainland activities - game drives, boat cruises, mokoro, fishing. Even during daytime the camp was visited by elephants and we also saw several times Kudus and baboons close-by to our tents.
When we arrived nobody seemed to expect us but after a while somebody of the management appeared and welcomed us. Except of this management and staff was very friendly and helpful, the (only 6!) tented rooms are comfortable and spacious, the food very good. The pool area is fine and the perfect place for cooling down during siesta.
The Vumbura concession is fantastic: a pretty area with different landscapes and great game viewing with varied species. Our guide was Kay, probably one of the most experienced guides around the delta! The boat cruise was nice but we only saw a few herons - as Kay told us late September is not the best time for boat cruises. But the game drives were amazing: We saw beautiful male lions, leopards every day (mother with 2 cubs!), hyena cubs at their den, a pack of wild dogs and also rare sable antelopes, many different bird species and, and, and .....!!!