Reviews of Little Vumbura
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Little Vumbura review
Little Vumbura provided an appropriate ending to a memorable trip overall.
Our guide, Russell, had a genuine fondness for the animals which he allowed us to see at such close quarters. Highlights here have to include a pair of adorable, 2 month old leopard cubs climbing a tree in which their mother had stored an antelope kill and watching five 6 month old lion cubs working out what to make of their two 2 month old half-siblings being introduced to them for the first time.
We thoroughly enjoyed our first mokoro adventure here, made even more memorable by the fact that Tom, our poler, located an unexpected bonus for us on the island where we stopped for sundowner drinks; a 6 foot black mamba returning inoffensively into its hole in a tree for the winter. This was the story of the day around the campfire that night!
The staff collectively took a personal interest in all their guests throughout their stay, contributing significantly to the special atmosphere of this lodge.
Little Vumbura review
Very much enjoyed the camp.
Beautiful architecture and great views overlooking the water. Russell was the best guide we had on our trip.
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We transferred from a dry camp Chitabe to Little Vumbura to have a wet camp experience and it certainly provided a great contrast with all the entries and exits via water. The staff, many of whom came from local villages to learn hospitality, were welcoming, friendly and helpful. The food was good and almost too plentiful.
Highlights were the game viewing which included plenty of animals however the wide range of birdlife is definitely a selling point. The moroko canoe trip through the reed lanes made by the hippos to an island for sundown was memorable as were the dawns and sunrises. A hippo right outside our room one night was a thrill.
Great place for safari
Little Vumbura is an intimate very well located place for safari with great facilities and very good food.
Our guide Kay was a great person and professional.
Little Vumbura, big heart.
A short three minute boat ride takes you to and from Little Vumbura. It really is the most beautifully located camp. Steve, Mandy and their entire team are always on hand and the welcome back lavender towels were heaven.
The only reasons for the scores on Rooms is that they could do with more drawer space. There is plenty of opportunity at the desk and under the wash hand basins.
For dinner at Duba Plains we received plated food which had been ordered beforehand from Pierre's red meat, white meat and vegetarian options, which he described perfectly before we left for our afternoon game drive. At Little Vumbura it was buffet style. Also, heaven forbid - no marmalade here!
Brand new Land Rovers were very quiet and comfortable.
A final word. Sevara was an exceptional guide both in knowledge and personality. Even if he was a Chelsea supporter.
Little Vumbura was a fabulous experience for us. We enjoyed every aspect of our tie here.
Our only complaint was that we couldn't stay here longer than 2 nights!
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Our guide here, Sam, was excellent and went out of his way to be helpful and to show us everything.
The camp itself was comfortable and clean and staff were very helpful. They were always ready to use the flashlight to guide us to our room in the evening.
The game viewing was very good and it was nice not to see other jeeps as we did our drives.
Little Vumbura review
One of the highlights of the trip.The location, animal viewing, accommodations, and especially the people and our safari guide. Really cannot say a negative thing about this. Would gladly return. An elegant and deeply touching experience of Africa.Read more about the whole safari
Little Vumbura review
We loved this camp also. What a wonderful setting as you arrive by boat, greeted by singing, cold towels and a drink! We so enjoyed the small, intimacy of this camp and the warmth of the managers and staff.
We were so fortunate to have "K" as our guide, and Emma as our tracker in training! We were told that "K" is rated as the third best guide in Africa and we would agree he is the best.....he "talks" to the animals and they listen! He has been guiding his whole life and his father and grandfather were raised in the bush. He can find everything and he did.....we saw prides of lions, herds of cape buffalo, hyenas, hippos.....everything!
The best experience was that I hoped to see wild dogs on this trip and we could not find them anywhere. On our final morning we had an early departure from the airstrip so decided to sleep in before our long journey home and skipped the morning drive. Well "K" found the wild dogs that morning....he radioed back to camp, had them wake us up, and sent us out in another vehicle to find the dogs so I could see them before we left Botswana! I was so thrilled he took the time and caring to do this for me and I got to see every animal that I longed to experience. Thank you "K"!!
Little Vumbura review
We had a wonderful stay at Little Vumbura. The setting on the water is lovely, especially from the main lounge and dining areas. The food was superb, especially the bush picnic, complete with beef wellington and omelets cooked to order over the open barbecue grill. The picnic was scheduled on our last day and was held at a specific time that would allow us to enjoy this final event before boarding our plane for the next camp. Steven and Mandy, the camp managers are wonderful and extremely accommodating. Kelly is a delightful and charming hostess with an unforgettable smile. The fact that Vumbura offers both land and water activities is a real plus and is something that we would highly recommend to enrich the overall experience in Africa.
However, given its very positive reviews, we were a bit disappointed in Vumbura, in that the tents there are not as generous space-wise as any of the other camps at which we stayed. The layout inside the tent just isn't the greatest to be frank. The bed is rather cramped in the space provided and there is only one comfortable reading chair that ends up being in the middle of the dressing area right by the shower room and sinks. It just doesn't compare with the layout or space provided at either Savuti or Little Tubu. Also, the shower room is a disaster. The door gets wet when you enter or exit because it passes right under the water stream. Also, the door won't stay closed unless you stuff a wash cloth in the opening. The wind blows through the shower room from the outside with cold air so it is not very inviting. Also, there is really no place to hang wet towels. The clothes storage (even for the minimal amount you bring in your duffel) is also not well designed. My vote would be to replace the Vumbura tents with the same ones that are at Little Tubu.
Although we really had a very delightful overall experience at Vumbura and are torn about stating some negatives, we were extremely disappointed in the ranger/guide Kaye that we were assigned. We came away with the distinct impression that he was not happy in his work. His negativity permeated the bush drives and we did not see the amount of game that other guests whom we had met who had other guides at Vumbura experienced. He demonstrated some unprofessional behavior in calling out to the animals at times with sounds and calls. This behavior was rather startling to say the least. Since your ranger/guide joins you for meals, his attitude made for a less than congenial mealtime experience.
Expert Africa comments
Wilderness Safaris sent us the following in response to this feedback:
Thank you for the feedback we received from these guests. We are so pleased to note that they had a wonderful stay at Little Vumbura, enjoying the superb location, delicious food, the company of the camp managers Steven and Mandy, as well as Kelly. We certainly do agree that the offering of both land and water activities at the camp provides such a well balanced experience of the delta and all it has offer.
We were disappointed to learn that the guests did not enjoy their accommodation very much. Their concerns regarding the size of the tent, layout inside, shower issue and lack of spaciousness has been brought to the attention of our Botswana Operations. At this point in time, there is very little they are able to do to improve on these areas, but the guests comments have been noted and will certainly be taken into account when Little Vumbura is next scheduled for a refurbishment. What the team are able to rectify quite quickly is to provide more hanging space for towels et al and relook at improving the luggage storage setup. We really to appreciate their insightful comments and recommendations, they will certainly be taken into consideration.
With regards to the guide Madala Kay, we were most disconcerted to learn that their experience was not a very good one. He is a very popular guide who is often spoken about by guests and receives rave reviews and is requested very often. It may very well be that the guide and guests, personality wise, were incompatible which is very unfortunate. Please do assure the guests that the feedback has been addressed directly with the guide by the guide trainer as well as camp management. We do understand that the guiding offering forms an integral part of the guests experience whilst on safari and we really want the guide to learn and grow from his interactions, so it is best to work through this kind of constructive feedback with the guide so he has a better insight into how he could go about refining his skills. It is a pity that the guests did not make mention of the guide’s behaviour whilst in camp, so that the management team could have addressed it then and there. We can only apologise for the awkwardness these guests experienced in this situation.