Reviews of Little Vumbura
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Resourceful team at watery Little Vumbura
Area around the camp island has more water in it than ever before! Previous guests had been stranded in their Land Rovers in water and had to be towed out. The Company therefore acquired Devil boats from Tuba Tree to cut an access channel through the reeds in the surrounding flood plain so that we could access the camp by boat and circumvent the need for road access. Not ideal experience at night with ++ bugs but the company went out of their way to make guests comfortable and satisfied in difficult circumstances for them.
Shop was the best of all the camps and camp open layout was the best design. Staff exceedingly helpful and friendly - meeting guests on jetty with glass of sherry a particularly nice touch. Suvara the guide excellent with good viewing of lion with cubs and pangolin!!!!
Less game evident here overall, compared to other camps - ?due to prevalence of surrounding water. This should not dissuade others going there. The experience was very varied and a trip to the Delta would not have been representative without visiting Little Vumbura. Lovely camp!
Wonderful start to holiday at little Vumbura
This was my first camp in the Okavango and a truly wonderful start to my Botswana Safari experience. Everybody there made me feel welcome and I loved my time there. My guide Sevara proved so adept in all aspects of his vocation. A great communicator, with a fine sense of humour who really pulled out all the stops on all our drives. We saw very young lion cubs on our first ( all day ) drive and had close encounters with elephants and a herd of buffalo we stumbled on suddenly.
The exceptionally high water levels in the Okavango, did keep some animals like the Sable antelope I had been looking forward to seeing, away but we still saw plenty of fine Kudu and others. The exhilarating boat rides in to camp and the Mekoro trip were great ways to appreciate the delta. Our landrover did get stuck a couple of times in floodwaters but I have great admiration for the skill of everybody in resolving the "problem".
The managers and staff were all first class and it was very nice to see the singing and dancing, and enjoy the traditional dinner in the Boma on Monday night.
One morning the "resident" camp bull elephant made for entertainment as he pulled down branches nearby as we ate breakfast! before promptly wading across the channel into the reed beds opposite
I can think of nothing negative to say about this camp, and if I had to choose afavourite on my trip this would probably be it.
Interiors and exteriors at Vumbura
The flight in from Chitabe flew over the delta proper and it was such a privelege to fly over this untouched and spectacular wildernes; Ireland does not have the monopoly on '40 shades of green' ! Each flight was far more than a taxi link - it was an expeience to rival the land-based drives!
The decor in this camp was beautiful. I was torn between trying to photograph the animals and capture the interiors of our room! All the staff were friendly and very helpful; it was like a houseparty with friends instead of visiting a 'hotel'. As a typically reserved Brit I was initially sceptical of this arrangement but thanks to the lovely staff (Uno and Karen in particular) it was home from home.
Highlight had to be the mokorro ride where we felt we were truly 'in the Delta'. (But watch out for sunburn from the reflections from the water.) Sharp-eyed guides found us Cape Clawless Otters and were patient as we tried to photograph the jewel-like frogs whilst not upsetting the dugout.
We might have appreciated a little more local knowledge/opportunity to seek out more of the Delta's endemic species of birds - as at all camps the emphasis was on the mammals and as birders we sometimes felt that we would have liked support from a local fellow birder eg no-one semed to know if the Pels Fishing Owl was around. (We did find a pair!).
The drives were through lots of high water but Lazarus our guide was an expert off-roader!
Lovely position and a great guide
We loved the position of this camp. Our guide, Kay, was highly knowledgeable and had a tremendous sense of humour. The bird life here was not as good or as varied as in Chitabe though what we did see reinforced our previous sightings. We liked the water activities, this added another dimension to our previous experiences as did the grazing hippo just outside our tent!
The bedroom/bathroom standards were somewhat higher than in Chitabe.
The variety and standard of the food did not match that of the other camps. Orange juice was not available on one of the morningsI
Much more serious, however, was the absence of temperature controls. Food was always warm, never cold or hot. There was one exception to this - a hot mousse(spinach).
In any event I contracted food poisoning. I believe the culprit to be the duck, I never did find out whether it was meant to be hot or cold!
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Little Vumbura review
Fantastic location and probably the best accomodation on our holiday. Staff, management and food all excellent.
Wildlife viewing was slow to start with the main interest being 3 male lions and the boat trip. Again weather was mixed with one drive being curtailed. Things really picked up though for our last 2 game drives as we saw Sable antelope and a large herd of elephants with young.
The real highlight on both drives though was spending large amounts of time with a pack of 20 Wild Dogs including 2 kills in 5 minutes. Our guide, Rain, really pulled out all the stops to get us in the right place at the right time and allowed us unforgettable views of these wonderful animals.
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An excellent place to start our trip in the Delta at the beginning of November.
Able to do game drives, walks, boating and mokoro from same location.
Staff at camp excellent and guide knowledgeable and wonderful company on activities.
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A quite delightful location. The island location provides excellent seclusion while there is still easy access to "the mainland" for game drives.
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As we arrived by boat the welcome was fantastic. All the staff were there singing and dancing on the jetty and the warmth and hospitality of all was truly memorable.
Lazarus (our guide) was a star. We saw all the animals we could have hoped to have seen amd many beautiful and colourful birds.
Our first trip into the Delta was very special . Our stay in the Honeymoon Suite was the icing on the cake.
Little Vumbura holds very special memories and the highlight of the holiday. What more can we say.
Wonderful safari at Little Vumbura
We had a truly wonderful time at Little Vumbura. The staff were very friendly and extremely helpful. The room which we had was really comfortable and the people was met during our time there made the whole trip truly memorable. The highlight of the trip has to be the first night where we came across a pair of mating leopards while at the same time developed a flat tyre on the land rover.
Sitting on the side of the Land Rover and looking down at the leopards directly beneath us while trying not to move will remain with us for the rest of our lives. After that everything else appeared tame although that was certainly not the case for the remaining two days, it's just that how do you top that !!
We did come across a full grown male lion on the next day and some fantastic herds of elephants along with young ones and very very attentive mothers !!
Little Vumbura is a beautiful little camp, in a wonderful location, with good facilities and good food, backed up by a very friendly and helpful staff.
Best camp in the Delta
Lovely camp, very comfortable and picturesque. Our favourite camp in the Delta. Best game viewing of the trip.
Gavin was a fantastic guide - we really appreciated such a wonderful, all round knowledgeable and competent guide, particularly as some of my interest lie in the smaller mammals and birds as well as the "big game".
We had some fantastic sightings, and got great photos thanks to Gavin who managed to get us into good positions with respect to the light.
Management in Camp (Sarah, Tendani, Oda (sp?) were lovely and extremely friendly and there was a wonderful relaxed friendly atmosphere. We were very sad to leave.