Reviews of Little Vumbura
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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 .....!!!
Little Vumbura review
Lovely camp - our favourite of the 3. Plenty of variation in the activities due to its location in the Delta. Robes and slippers supplied.
Al the staff wore name labels - so very useful. I wish all camps would follow suit.
The Land Rovers were covered and the seats seemed extra padded - very comfy when bouncing about on the "roads" having an "African massage"!
Guides very good.
Unforgettable lepard on a tre
Outstanding location, extraordinary landscapes (mix of dry and wetland) which allow a wonderful mix of activities (car, boat, mokoro).
The lodge is very beautiful, the staff was nice and effective across the board. The service level was outstanding. We experienced marvelous drives (highlights were a lion family and a leopard from very close) during which we learned a lot. The food was absolutely delicious and we enjoyed great dinners with some very interesting co-guests.
Also, we much appreciated our siestas with swimming in the nice pool.
Not much to say - good or bad. But the staff need to know when to back off. We aren't there to entertain them and teach them English.... it was impossible to be on your own as soon as you left your tent. Our guide, Kay, has I am sure seen it all and is very experienced (at 58 years old) but we haven't and we found it very odd that he was the first to tuck in to the snacks at sundown drinks!
Great location but there didn't seem to be much wildlife - the mokoro trip was worthwhile but we frankly got bored on the game drives.
It is a very pleasant lodge, with comfortable rooms.
The staff and guides were very good.
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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.
Little Vumbura experience
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.