Little Vumbura, Okavango Delta: The Lowdown

 

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If we could tell you two things that show how amazing Little Vumbura is, they would be these: it’s fully booked nearly 90% of the time, and when we visited there were two groups of guests staying who’d visited more than 5 times each. Trust us- this does not happen often.

What’s Little Vumbura really like?

Really? Little Vumbura’s a lovely camp, it really is, but if you ask people about it, they almost never tell you what the camp’s like. Instead they’ll tell you about how good the guides where, how many big cats they saw and how utterly tranquil the mokoro trips are. However, back to the camp. Little Vumbura is very intimate, with just six tented chalets, raised up on stilts above the floodplain. These are comfortable and cosy, though not vast, with a small outside deck. Wooden walkways (low enough that they don’t trip up the hippos) lead back from here to the main mess, where there’s a bar, dining area, lounge, pool and a firepit. Meals are wholesome and tasty, if not unnecessarily gourmet, and dinner and wine are announced with great pride by the staff each evening.

What can I do at Little Vumbura?

As we’ve already mentioned though, your life-long memories of Little Vumbura (and the Okavango Delta as a whole) will probably come from the activities you do rather than the room you stay in. On the islands between the waterways there are game drives- usually very rewarding with great sightings of plains game and the predators that come a little higher up the food chain! Walking safaris can sometimes be arranged too, but this depends on there being a walking guide in camp, so please make sure to let us know if you want to do one. Little Vumbura also offers boat safaris and mokoro rides through the papyrus and reeds. As our mokoro poler told us- these aren’t so much about big game as “bringing your heart closer to the water” and understanding the Okavango Delta as a whole. Read our first hand account of a mokoro trip hereThere are tiny frogs with booming voices, flittering birds and water plants that have a myriad of uses from crunchy snack to sunscreen. Little Vumbura is near some pretty deep water so water activities are on offer most of the year but it’s absolutely critical to note that these are totally depending on water levels (which rely on distant rainfall in Angola) so while we’ll try to give you a guide as to what to expect, only Mother Nature can make any guarantees. Lastly, the latest addition to the activities at Little Vumbura are hot air balloon safaris (normally available from mid-April till late September.)

Giving back at Little Vumbura… Little Vumbura takes small steps to look after the environment with eco-friendly bath products and refillable water bottles for guests, and makes bigger steps to ensure the longevity of the ecosystem by ensuring the local community benefits from tourism. The land Little Vumbura sits on is managed by a community trust which directly benefits from the camp and guests are also welcome to contribute to the community project with Pack for a Purpose.

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