Little Vumbura nestles on an island in the heart of the exclusive, private Vumbura concession on the north-eastern edge of the Okavango Delta. The intimate camp lies in the shade of an ancient forest of ebony and African Mangosteen, and has a star deck that is unparalleled for relaxing and gazing up at the southern sky at night. This camp is only accessible by boat, giving it the feel of a luxurious private island.
The vast open plains around Little Vumbura, and the mosaic of tree islands and meandering water-ways attract enormous herds of buffalo, inevitably followed by prides of lion – lots of them. The area is well known for some of the best interaction between these two perpetual nemeses, creating some of the most exciting game viewing on offer. The mixed habitat draws almost every species of animal that occurs in the delta, including the rare sable antelope.
One of the seven wonders of Africa, the Okavango Delta is a massive inland delta covering over 15 000 square kilometres. The flood waters of the Okavango River drain the water from the Angolan highlands, taking about 4 months to travel its 1 200km course to its final destination, where it transforms the delta into a network of waterways, forested islands and open grassy plains. Animals and birds migrate here in their thousands from the arid Kalahari regions that surrounds this paradise, including buffalo, elephant, letchwe, lion, leopard, hippo, crocodile and many more.
Each of the 6 tented suites have been specifically designed to blend in with the landscape, and there is a beautiful view from each of the spacious en-suite tents. The main area of the camp has a friendly, charming feel to it, with the bar, lounge and secluded lookout deck perfectly situated for bird watching.
The camp’s central fire deck is the heart of the camp, where fireside tales and fishing stories are exchanged after an exciting day of game viewing. The library, swimming pool, curio shop and reading deck/star gazing deck are all beautifully designed, infused with a charisma and charm that makes Little Vumbura special.
Surrounded by water, and with access to large rivers from the floating jetty, the water-based activities are excellent. Makoro rides and boat cruises show the delta in a different light from the vantage point of the waterways, and the catch and release fishing is exciting, if you are lucky you may even hook a ferocious Tiger Fish!
On top of that, the morning and afternoon game drives in open 4x4’s offer an up close and personal view of the wide variety of animals that inhabit the drier savannah areas. As the sun goes down, the night drives bring out the best of the predator viewing, as they are usually more active at dusk and into the night.
Guided walks again offer an entirely different experience, and is a chance to see some of the smaller, fascinating aspects of the intimate ecosystem of the delta. The guides are friendly and knowledgeable, and are experts at conducting intriguing experiences.
Little Vumbura is part of a community project that involves the local communities around the delta. Helicopter trips to one of these villages can be arranged if there is interest, and it is a great way of meeting new people, and experiencing a new culture. The people here are friendly and kind, and are always willing to share stories about growing up in the delta, and what it is like to live in such a unique place.