Little Vumbura Camp

Okavango Delta & Moremi, Botswana

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Little Vumbura Camp

The Little Vumbura is situated on a wooded island in the same region as its sister camp, Vumburu Plains. Designed to blend in with its surroundings, Little Vumbura is a beautiful six-roomed tented camp shaded by the canopy of an ancient Okavango forest.

UNLEASH IT: ON A WOODED ISLAND IN THE SAME REGION AS ITS SISTER CAMP, VUMBURA PLAINS.

We Love
  • The vegetation around the camp offers game viewing and birding opportunities all year round
  • Game drives in this region are incredibly productive
  • Little Vumbura Camp is part of Okavango Community Trust (OCT) - bringing the benefits of ecotourism to the communities that live in the Okavango Delta.
  • Locals benefit from the many employment opportunities, skills development that helps uplift the living standards of the community.
Need to Know
  • Children of 6 years and older are accommodated.
  • The minimum age for boating activities is 6 years, while mekoro and walking activities have a minimum age of 13 years.
  • The Camp has 50% game drives and 50% water activities (depending on flood levels).
  • The Camp has 220v generator to charge 12w battery to power lighting and fans in each guest tent 24hrs/day.

The Review

Little Vumbura Camp is situated in the extreme north of the Okavango Delta in what is known locally as the Kwedi Reserve. Here the vegetation ranges from open floodplains to dense mopane bushveld - offering spectacular game viewing and birding opportunities all year round.

The permanent swamp and island habitat abounds with beautiful treed islands of every size, surrounded by permanent waterways created both by the summer rains and the annual winter floodwaters of the Okavango Delta.

Wildlife
The annually flooded grasslands of the Okavango Delta surrounding Little Vumbura Camp (locally referred to as 'melapo') offer 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 common in the waterways. Predators include the African Wild Dog, several resident prides of lion, leopard, cheetah and the African wildcat.

The birding around Little Vumbura Camp is as varied as it is exceptional all year round. In the summer many migrant species are present. Pel's Fishing Owl is regularly seen, with other specials including Wattled Crane, Slaty Egret, Chirping Cisticola, Little Bee-eater, Fan-tailed Widowbird and possibly Rosy-throated Longclaw.

Why Stay
Little Vumbura Camp is situated on an island in a private concession in the northern reaches of the Okavango Delta, in the same region as its sister camp, Vumbura Plains.

Little Vumbura Camp is a beautiful six-roomed tented camp shaded by the canopy of an ancient Okavango Delta forest. Each tent is large and roomy and has en-suite facilities. A plunge pool and reading area overlook the floodplains and a star deck leads off the dining area.

Surrounded as it is by water and lying close to large rivers, water-based activities are a focus at Little Vumbura Camp with mokoros traversing the floodplains under the guidance of experienced polers. Motor boats make their way up and down the permanent channels.

Activities
Game drives in open Land Rovers allow guests to get close to animals in the savannah areas. Walks (on request) around the islands are an opportunity to enjoy Africa from a different perspective. Game viewing is consistently good all year round at Little Vumbura Camp with lion, leopard, elephant, sable and buffalo along with extensive plains game providing an excellent all-round wildlife experience in this remote corner of the Okavango Delta.

Getting There

The Little Vumbura Camp is located in a private Kwedi concession on the north side of the Okavango Delta and the Moremi Wildlife Reserve. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and is accessed by a short 40 min flight on a light aircraft. The flight from Kasane takes one hour and 15 mins. The flight from Kasane to Victoria Falls takes 20 mins but allow additional time for customs and immigration. There is a luggage restriction on this flight of 10kg (22lbs) per person, soft sided luggage.

 
Little Vumbura Camp Okavango Delta & Moremi, Botswana

Little Vumbura Camp

Rating                       Classic Camp
Type                         Safari Lodge
No of Units                 6
Max Occupants           12 guests plus 1 tour leader/guide
Interests                    Birding, Nature, Wildlife
Location                    Kwedi Concession


Accommodation

Standard Tents
There are five standard tents with four twin bedded tents and one king size bedded tent. There is one guide/pilot tent which is more basic than the standard tents.

Family Tent
There is one family tent which accommodates four guests comprising two rooms and two bathrooms each with their own entrance as well as an inter-leading door.

Accommodation in Little Vumbura Camp can be clubbed  with her sister camp Vumbura Plains (please note however that Vumbura Plains is a Premier camp and Little Vumbura a Classic camp and thus the amenities do differ) for larger groups.

Tent details
Canvas tents have en-suite bathroom facilities under same canvas roof within same tent as bedroom. Entrance to the tent is through double door and each unit has a veranda. Both the bedroom and bathroom have a view, i.e. they are landscape shaped. Soaps, shampoos and insect repellents are supplied. Each tent has a safe, fans and mosquito net.

Camp Description
This is a great multi-activity camp with privacy. The main area encompasses bar, dining room and lounge under canvas on saligna decking. An open air Kgotla (boma) is used for dinner around campfire. There is a plunge pool, curio shop, library and a reading area overlooks the flood plains.

Electricity & Water
Camp has 220v generator powered electricity that runs for 7hrs per day when guests are out on activities. When guests return from daily activities, generators are generally switched off (for peace in camp). Inverter system is used for lighting and fans in each guest room 24hrs/day. Plug points are available in each room for charging of batteries and sleep apnoea machines only. Please bring spare battery, charging unit and adaptors. Water is solar-heated.
Solar heated water.


Activities

Type – 50% game drives 50% water activities (but can change depending on flood levels)

Game drives via 3 x 10-seater open 4 x 4 Land Rovers each accommodating maximum 6 or 7 guests, allowing all guests an outside seat. All vehicles are equipped with reference books on trees, birds and mammals along with a pair of binoculars and Peaceful Sleep insect repellent. Guided walking safaris are arranged on nearby islands and must be requested prior to travel as this activity is subject to season and the availability of a qualified walking guide. Night drives are also undertaken.

Birding and water game viewing is in mokoro (a traditional dug-out canoe) 4 x 2 seater mokoro. There are three motorised boats seating 8 guests.

Fishing is on a catch and release basis (prohibited in January and February for fish breeding purposes). The camp has a small stock of basic rods and reels but if interested bring your own fly fishing equipment.

Suggested Daily Activity Schedule
Morning wakeup call is between 0500h and 0600h. Morning tea and light continental breakfast before departing for morning activity. Return to campsite by about 1000h for a brunch which has a selection of breakfast and lunch dishes. Afternoons are at leisure.

Afternoon tea (at 1600h or earlier in winters) is with a selection of sweet and savoury snacks. This is followed by game viewing activity which generally ends with drinks and snacks for sundowners, returning to the camp around 1900h, depending on the game sightings.

Pre-dinner drinks and snacks are served at the bar around 1930h. These are followed by a three-course dinner. All courses are served at the table except on Mondays (traditional night) when the starter and dessert are served whilst the main course is buffet style. By 2100h the group generally congregates around a campfire where coffee and liqueurs are served.

Seasons
    Festive Season: 20 December 2013 to 10 January 2014
    Low Season: 11 January 2013 to 31 March 2013
    Shoulder Season: 01 April 2013 to 14 June 2013 & 01 November 2013 to 19 December 2013
    High Season: 15 June 2013 to 31 October 2013


Policies

Child Policy
    Children of 6 years and older are accommodated.
    For families travelling with children between 6 and 12 years, private activities need to be booked and paid for.
    Children between 6 and 16 years must share with an adult/s in the same room.
    The minimum age for boating activities is 6 years, while mekoro and walking activities have a minimum age of 13 years.

Other Policies
    All drinks are included in the nightly tariff, with the exception of premium wines & champagne, and Premium liqueurs & spirits.
    Laundry is done daily and is inclusive in the nightly tariff.
    Curios, imported drinks and tip/gratuities can be billed to the tent number and settled on check out. Payment can be made by cash (US$), travellers’ cheques or the following credit cards: Visa or MasterCard.

Taxes and fees
    All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
    Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay (e.g., room service, minibar, in-room movies, etc).
    A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.

Additional Services
    Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
    Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call AwimAway.com on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
    Check in:         2:00 PM
    Check out:     12:00 PM
    Minimum stay:    1 night

 

Kwedi Concession

The 90,000-hectare Kwedi Concession in the northern Okavango Delta comprises Duba Plains and Vumbura areas. While its western parts, notably the large Duba Island, have seasonally inundated floodplains and small palm islands, the eastern region consists of diverse habitat types: permanent swamp, seasonal floodplains, acacia woodlands, and mopane / Kalahari appleleaf stands.

The concession is leased from five communities through the Okavango Community Trust in a groundbreaking partnership, ensuring that the benefits of ecotourism are shared with rural stakeholders. Duba is known for regular interaction between large buffalo herds and resident lion prides, as well as fantastic viewing of unusual small carnivores such as aardwolf, bat-eared fox and side-striped jackal.

Vumbura features a wider range of large mammals including a broad complement of antelope, good populations of elephant, buffalo, hippo and giraffe, and large predators: lion, spotted hyaena, leopard, wild dog and cheetah. Bird life is abundant with Okavango specials such as Rosy-throated Longclaw, Black Coucal and Wattled Crane found. The woodlands in the east harbour White-breasted Cuckooshrike and Racket-tailed Roller.

Birdlife
The birding around Little Vumbura Camp is as varied as it is exceptional all year round. In the summer many migrant species are present. Pel's Fishing Owl is regularly seen, with other specials including Wattled Crane, Slaty Egret, Chirping Cisticola, Little Bee-eater, Fan-tailed Widowbird and possibly Rosy-throated Longclaw.

Gratuity Schedule
The following is the suggested gratuity schedule only and is subject to service standards:
Guides – £6.00 per person per day
General Camp Staff and Mokoro Polers – £3.00 per person per day
Specialist Guides (if applicable) – £6.00 per person per day


When to go

Botswana’s winter is during our British summer, and the weather is hot during the day, but it isn't a stifling heat, and cold at night. The summer months (British winter) can be hot and humid and there is a chance of rain. Botswana has one rainy season which runs between mid-December and runs through to mid-March.

Visa
All visitors to Botswana need a valid passport for at least six months, but no visas are required by citizens of most Commonwealth countries, EU countries, USA and other selected countries. A valid return ticket is required. On arrival you’ll get a 30-day entrance stamp.

Visas are also not required by transit passengers, provided they are continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft, and do not leave the airport.

Health
Travellers arriving from or having transited through countries where yellow fever is endemic will be required to show a suitable certificate of vaccination in order to gain entry into the country. This includes endemic countries such Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda, as well as of marginal risk countries such as Somalia, Tanzania and Zambia.


Getting There

The Little Vumbura Camp is located in a private Kwedi concession on the north side of the Okavango Delta and the Moremi Wildlife Reserve. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and is accessed by a short 40 min flight on a light aircraft. The flight from Kasane takes one hour and 15 mins. The flight from Kasane to Victoria Falls takes 20 mins but allow additional time for customs and immigration. There is a luggage restriction on this flight of 10kg (22lbs) per person, soft sided luggage.

Airstrip Details
Uses Vumbura’s airstrip which is located 45 minutes drive followed by 5 minutes boating from the camp.
Is licensed for heavier aircraft up to 5700kg such as King Airs provided that they have flotation gear.
Airstrip co-ordinates: S18.57.13, E022.48.71.