Little Vumbura Camp
distinctive Camp | Okavango Delta, Botswana
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An intimate escape hidden on a picturesque island, Little Vumbura Camp is surrounded by floodplains and the deep, clear channels of the Okavango Delta, a magnet for a diverse array of wildlife. Little Vumbura sits within a private concession in the northern reaches of the delta, with excellent access to the diverse habitats that sustain a multitude of species. Mokoro canoe rides and wildlife drives put guests in the midst of all the wildlife action.
Our Expert Says
Little Vumbura is on an island, with a focus on great water activities, but you can also experience traditional wildlife drives—the best of both worlds of the famed Okavango Delta, in my opinion.
– Court Whelan
Location: Okavango Delta
Number of Tents: 6
A sense of remoteness and adventure grows as you approach Little Vumbura Camp, which is accessible only by boat. The annually flooded grasslands of the Okavango Delta that surround the camp offer optimal viewing of the area’s large wildlife populations and abundant birdlife. Little Vumbura is comprised of six tented rooms shaded by canopies of old trees. Each spacious tent is luxuriously appointed with locally inspired decor, wood floors, en suite facilities, showers with a view, plush towels and scenic vistas of wetlands and wildlife from the private verandas. Open-air lounges and raised walkways make guests feel at one with the delta. A plunge pool and reading area overlook the floodplains, while a stargazing deck is accessible from an intimate outdoor dining area.
Facilities & Amenities
- En suite bathroom with open-air shower (1 tent has outdoor shower and tub)
- Family Accommodation: 1 family unit, 2 en suite inter-leading bedrooms (1 king bed and 2 twin beds) with private entrances connected by shared deck
- Shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion and insect repellent
- Room fan
- Tea/coffee in room
- 220v charging outlets in room
- Wi-Fi available
- In-room safe
- Central pool
- Laundry included
- Local drinks included (house alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks)
- Credit cards accepted (Visa and MasterCard)
- No air conditioning, hair dryer, telephone or cellular coverage
Wildlife Viewing & Activities
Surrounded by water and lying close to large rivers, water-based activities are a focus at Little Vumbura Camp. Traditional mokoros meander through the floodplains captained by experienced polers. Motorboats make their way along the permanent channels offering seasonal viewing of elephant, giraffe, impala, sable antelope, kudu, zebra, common waterbuck and reedbuck, tsessebe, wildebeest, red lechwe and Cape buffalo. Encounters with hippo and crocodile are also common along the waterways. Wildlife drives in open 4x4 Land Rovers allow guests to get strikingly close to the wildlife of the drier regions. Predators include African wild dog, several resident prides of lion, leopard, cheetah and the African wild cat. Walks around the islands (seasonal and subject to a walking guide being in camp) provide opportunities to experience nature from a more intimate perspective. Year-round the birding around Little Vumbura is exceptional, with many migrant species present in summer. Highlights are Pel's fishing owl, wattled crane, slaty egret and fan-tailed widowbird.
The Okavango Delta is a year-round wildlife viewing destination, with the peak mammal viewing in the dry winter between June and October and fantastic birding all year. The below chart shows major wildlife sightings. Other typical sightings may include small mammals, such as jackals, foxes, caracal and serval, and a wide variety of birds and reptiles. Exact sightings will depend on weather and wildlife movements and can vary from camp to camp, since many camps are located on islands.
|Usually viewed||Frequently viewed||Occasionally viewed||Sporadically viewed||Rarely to never viewed|
|January||90° F||64° F||4.21 in|
|32° C||17° C||107 mm|
|February||88° F||63° F||3.11 in|
|31° C||17° C||79 mm|
|March||86° F||61° F||2.8 in|
|30° C||16° C||71 mm|
|April||84° F||54° F||0.71 in|
|28° C||12° C||18 mm|
|May||79° F||45° F||0.2 in|
|26° C||7° C||5 mm|
|June||73° F||43° F||0.12 in|
|22° C||6° C||3 mm|
|July||75° F||46° F||0.0 in|
|23° C||7° C||0 mm|
|August||81° F||48° F||0.0 in|
|27° C||8° C||0 mm|
|September||91° F||57° F||0.0 in|
|32° C||13° C||0 mm|
|October||95° F||59° F||0.91 in|
|35° C||15° C||23 mm|
|November||91° F||66° F||2.2 in|
|32° C||18° C||56 mm|
|December||91° F||66° F||3.39 in|
|32° C||18° C||86 mm|
Little Vumbura Camp is part of a community participation plan known as the Okavango Community Trust (OCT), which brings the benefits of ecotourism to the local communities of the Okavango Delta. The five villages, which are located on the northern perimeter of the Okavango Delta in the Moremi Game Reserve, are part of the trust, which helps to manage the affairs of the community to ensure that rewards are fairly distributed. The Okavango Community Trust has developed a partnership with the owners of Little Vumbura Camp in order to create a mutually beneficial ecotourism model for Botswana residents and visitors alike. The land on which Little Vumbura Camp is located is leased from the community. Locals benefit from employment opportunities, skills development and the camp’s ongoing commitment to support higher living standards in the community.
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