Reviews of Little Vumbura
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Little Vumbura review
We did not feel that the camp was up to the usual standard and rather disappointing compared with our previous visit.
The staff did their best but we felt they required more training/backup from managers.
The guide - Sam - was great and we thoroughly enjoyed our game drives with him.
Expert Africa comments
We passed on these comments to Little Vumbura and they were naturally disappointed to hear this less than positive feedback about the camp. Little Vumbura acknowledged that during the month in question a relief duty manager had had a difficult time engaging and working with staff and that this could be put down to “a clash of personalities”. We have been assured that these matters have since been dealt with and that the usual general manager has now returned to the helm. Both management and staff have looked closely at their own performance during these guests’ stay and identified where they can improve in the future. The lodge accepted however that this unfortunate episode was unacceptable and have apologised unreservedly.
We were very happy to hear that these travellers had a good first visit to Little Vumbura but disappointed to read that the next experience didn't meet expectations. We do have great confidence in the management and staff of Little Vumbura though and are glad to hear the issues have been dealt with quickly.
Little Vumbura review
Overall, as indicated above, we really had a wonderful time in Little Vumbura. This was the first camp on our trip, and the staff really helped orient us, since we were a bit jet-lagged a that point. The wildlife viewing was outstanding - especially the leopard with the fresh baboon kill. Our guide, Ka, was experienced and informative; we always felt we were in good hands with him.
All of our meals and "teas" were excellent, and we feel that, overall, it was probably the best food of all three camps. On our third evening, the dinner was served in their boma. They created a special, celebratory atmosphere; the food, service. and attention to detail were wonderful.
The only problem that occurred was the water supply - twice an elephant that roamed the camp broke a pipe. However, they fixed the breaks quickly, and none of them happened while we were showering!
Oustanding. Great friendly staff who were very attentive with excellent attention to small details.
As with Duma Tau, the game viewing rules made for good game viewing and we saw leopard on three consecutive days again as well as most other game. Would go back!
The 'visitors' to camp (elephant, hippo and kudu) made things 'interesting'!
Also a lovely camp
After Kwetsani, was difficult to follow. Room was even nicer - but low boardwalks and view not as terrific as Kwetsani.
Our guide was fabulous, but most of other staff not as engaging.
Little Vumbura review
Little Vumbura is an excellent location where, by virtue of being separate from the main land area (by only two minutes boat trip), you feel that you are not part of a large operation and therefore have your own private area shared with a few other guests.
In February there was still a lot of water left over from above average summer rains and this prevented the whole area being available to traverse, but the loss of amenity did not restrict us too much - the additional water provided a very different scene for our photography and took us away from some of the traditional photo scenes so giving us pictures of the animals walking and running through water.
The game viewing was still very good (including wild dog on our first game drive) and the bird photography opportunities were excellent.
Little Vumbura review
Would definitely recomend this campRead more about the whole safari
At Little Vumbura you truly feel isolated. The reserve is big, and it feels even bigger because you end up going in a roundabout way on the game drives due to the delta. We had amazing viewing on our game drives. Due to the heat, the afternoon/evening drives had much better viewing than the morning drives when it was hot. We had several leopard sightings and also saw lions, giraffe, and many elephants. We also caught glimpses of the red lechwe, though these tend to get scared of people.
The tends were nicely furnished, and the balcony was comfortable and private. The camp felt like part of the wilderness, though it was comfortable. The food was generally excellent, though a few dishes missed the mark. Brunch was a particular highlight as they offered both a full breakfast and substantial lunch options.
The camp managers were very friendly and excellent at facilitating conversation. The bar was always open, and drinks were excellent.
Excellent camp and safaris
K was by far the best guide of all our trip. Thoroughly enjoyed every minuite of our 3 days here.
Our first genuine safari and being in the delta enjoyed the boating aspect of the trip. Would recommend this venue to others.
Close shave with elephants at Little Vumbura
Little Vumbura is on an island which makes it an exceptionally beautiful location among the reeds. There is a speed boat journey through a channel to reach it which due to exceptional flood conditions (highest in 30 years) took about 15 minutes (longer than usual apparently), although that afforded some great views of wading elephants (we gave way to them). Coming back at dusk you needed sunglasses as protection against swarms of small insects.
A highlight was the arrival of two young bull elephants which we watched approach the camp and then take up browsing rights alongside the walkway to the communal area thus delaying tea!
The guiding was excellent (as throughout our time in Botswana). We saw a leopard in a tree by day - and Sam went to great lengths to help us find whatever we asked for (a particular treat was coming across a pair of secretary birds after searching for owls).
Little Vumbura's position in the reeds gave it its own particular character. The management staff were, as usual, professional, helpful and friendly - we particularly enjoyed the knowledgeable company of Ryan, and One for whom nothing was too much trouble. The boma braai was great fun and the singing wasthe best we heard on the trip.
Close encounters wanted & unwanted
We arrived at little Vumbura by helicopter - a new experience for us. Due to the exceptionally high water levels the vehicles had to be parked a considerable distance from the camp itself with a 25 minute boat trip along a narrow channel in the reeds. this was quite exhilarating at first, but became a bit tiresome when undertaken four times a day for morning & afternoon game drives. It also meant that night drives were unavailable as the lightweight aluminium boat couldn't be safely negotiated along the channel due to he presence of hippos.
The camp itself was beautifully situated & well appointed, but somehow lacked the happy atmosphere of the other two caps already visited. The accommodation was very comfortable & the food excellent.
Sam, our guide, was every bit as good as the guides we'd met so far, but let us down by forgetting to bring glasses for our first evenings sun downers & bring navy rum the second evening instead of the brandy we had requested. However his skills at finding game made up for this.
In addition to the usual, we saw ostrich, ground horn bill (our favourite birds) water buck & black backed jackals. He demonstrated superb driving skills when driving at speed before it became too dark to reach a reported leopard on a kill & in avoiding the unwanted attentions of a female elephant ("one crazy lady" - Sam) who decided to turn a mock charge into the real thing in thick bush & later pursued us down the track for 200/300 yards.
We achieved two more of our targets with, firstly, a group of beautiful sable antelope & secondly, in the last hour of our stay before the transfer to Mapula, a stunning female leopard in bright sunlight lying along a horizontal branch, just above us. The photos & video footage we obtained will be one of the highlights of the holiday. thank you Sam - all is forgiven.