Reviews of Little Vumbura
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Fifth Visit to Little Vumbura
Little Vumbura remains a very special place for us and this fifth visit did not disappoint. It remains comfortable, intimate, friendly and on this occasion the food was by far the best of all three camps we visited. There were niggling housekeeping and service errors but these were greatly outweighed by the game drives and boat rides we had.
Tsessebe 'making up' in a mud wallow, sable 'in flagrante', lion galore, wild dog, 2 hyena females each with twin pups and a first sighting of the uncommon white headed vulture. All this set in the most wonderful golden light that one gets at this time of year.
Our guide was Rain, a highly accomplished, educated and amusing companion on all our game drives. We were also privileged to meet up again with Madala Kay who had been our guide on our last Little Vumbura visit. One of the great men of the delta.
Little Vumbura is a very beautiful place but the change in the reed cover in the area has restricted the boat rides which used to be a key feature of the camp. Nonetheless the game drives amply overcome this limitation and we can happily recommend the camp as a truly memorable experience.
Little Vumbura review
The trouble with our holiday is that we chose the best camps to stay in and while they were all different they were all 5 star.
We loved every day and were treated like Royals.
We thought that the canoe safari might be a waste of an afternoon however we thoroughly enjoyed the trip and the sundowners with the other guests. It was perhaps the change from so many road safaris.
Peace on the water
We had seen most all the game available while at our previous camps, so appreciated the slow (and fast) water activities at Little Vumbura. We had the treat of getting close enough to photograph some very small, but colorful, little frogs and some insects, which was great as my daughter is an entomologist.
We again had the gift of wildlife hanging out right by our cabin, similar to Chitabe Lidaba. I think these were various species of antelope cows waiting to give birth. Guiding was excellent as was the food.
Little Vumbura - a good few days
We liked Little Vumbura but I think our expectations were too high because we knew that it's a very popular camp. Don't get me wrong. It's a lovely camp and I think it is just that we wanted to like it more than we did.
Camp was nice, rooms were clean and well cared for, food was pretty good (although not as good as at Selinda) and staff were friendly.
Going to and from drives by boat was lovely and very picturesque. We did a mokoro trip which is always relaxing and interesting and we really enjoyed that. Game drives were hit and miss in terms of what we saw. We saw sable for the first time and they were beautiful. We also saw a herd of 3,000 buffalo and followed them for a long time.
Because the camp was full, over a 4 days we shared a vehicle with a number of different people. The only disadvantage was that every time we had someone new in the car, it was like we were starting from scratch and we would go back to finding the buffalo to see if the lions were around. This wasn't our guide's fault but more a case of what other guests wanted to do. That said, we had some lovely sightings of a young leopard which were really memorable.
An amazing time at Little Vumbura
Little Vumbrua is a lovely camp run by a superb team of staff. Our tent was comfortable, spacious and immaculately maintained. The food was excellent, with variety at choice at every meal. We particularly enjoyed the pre-dinner singing from the staff each evening, which made for a lovely atmosphere.
The game was incredible - we had lenghty encounters with leopards, wild dogs and sable (which we've not seen in Southern Africa for many years). On our first evening drive, we were lucky to witness a very rare and unusual battle between a leopard and her cub and honey badgers - the mother leopard dived into they honey badger sett, dragged the youngster out and ran up a tree, closely followed by the mother honey badget. A fight ensued in the tree in which both honey badgers escaped and bolted back into their sett. The guides were as excited and astounded as we were, never having seen such behaviour before.
We would thororghly recommend Little Vumburu to other travellers.
Return to Little Vumbura - 6 years later
We liked Little Vumbura in 2007 and liked it just as much this time.
The re-built camp is very good, well organised.
We had some very good animal sightings, our guide tried really hard.
Sadly, compared with last time, there were at least 30-50% less animals to see. The small pride of lions has no senior males, no cubs. We were told about the safety fences for protecting cattle from a pulmonary disease - maybe that is one of the reasons?
Throughout our whole Botswana trip we didn't see a single large (even medium) buffalo herd; elephants only in small groups.
Excellent stay at Little Vumbura
As Expert Africa says this is a very special camp set in beautiful scenery and very good game viewing. This was the camp that showed what it was like to be reliant on the yearly flood and we spent a lot of the time being driven through water and mud.the skill of the drivers in some situations was outstanding.
Highlights were seeing a pride of lions getting ready for hunting , wild dog and sable antelope.
The bird life was particularly good in this area.
Our best animal encounter was a leopard with a three month old cub eating an antelope which had not long been killed.
Sitting quietly in the jeep whilst elephants with tiny babies were so close to us and a group of kudu passed in front of us, magic!
Staff were all very good and helpful .
The best guide of them all: Madala Key
Our tent was a little far away for Max to walk comfortably back and forth, even though we requested a tent nearby the common areas. It was also quite a walk for Max from the docking area to the common areas.
Very efficient, friendly and helpful management and staff.
The food was quite nice and the rooms were the most comfortable we have had all around, and the most spacious. They were absolutely nice when we arrived the first day, after a long flight and no lunch, to arrange a nice meal just for the two of us, so we did not have to wait 2 hours until tea time.
Our guide was the best we have had in our entire trip: MADALA KEY. He made our stay unforgettable.
Excellent wildlife viewing with great experiences - including Lions interrupting sundowners, an elephant interupting coffee and a full fight between lions and Hyaenas ! They also accomodated a fishing trip.
That said, this was probably our least favourate camp. I am not sure why but the concession felt busier, they could not get our dietry requirements right and it was not entirely clear who was in charge.
Little Vumbura review
As with Kwetsani, the staff were all lovely and made our stay a real delight.Read more about the whole safari