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Little Vumbura
Six-Roomed Tented Camp

Little Vimbura is a beautiful six-roomed tented camp shaded by the canopy of an ancient Okavango 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.
Kwedi Concession - Okavango Delta, Botswana


Year Round

Botswana is an all-year-round wildlife destination. However, there are certain seasonal concerns of which groups with special interests should take note: The best birding months are November - March, when the delta is brimming with migratory birds. The best botanical months are December - May, when the vegetation is lush and green and most plants are in flower. Botswana's popularity as a destination is such that seasonal differences are not as marked as in other African destinations. Traditionally, however, peak season is from July to October and middle season is from May to June. Note that availability is at a premium during these seasons so you will need to book well in advance. November to April is a less popular time for travel to Botswana. This is the wet season, and due to the abundance of water, it is less certain that one will see wildlife at perennial water holes. Also, the heavy rains can make dirt roads impassable.

Water-Based Activities with Mokoros, Motor Boats, Game Drives & Nature Walks.

Surrounded as it is by water and lying close to large rivers, water-based activities are a focus with mokoros traversing the floodplains under the guidance of experienced polers, and motor boats as the permanent channels. 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 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 Delta. Little Vumbura is part of a community participation plan bringing the communities that live around the Okavango Delta into the tourism mainstream.

Local Info

Vumbura Plains and Little Vumbura are situated in the extreme north of the Okavango, in what is known locally as the Kwedi Reserve. The vegetation ranges from the vast open flood plains to dense mopane bushveld which offers 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, which are created either by the summer rains or the annual floodwaters that pass through the Delta in the winter season. Common trees found here are the jackalberry, African mangosteen and the ubiquitous sausage tree, which provide shade, food and shelter for a fantastic range of wildlife. Here it is possible to encounter hippo, crocodile, lechwe antelope, and, if you are lucky, the shy sitatunga antelope.

Surrounding the permanent swamp are large areas of annually flooded 'grasslands' or floodplains. Locally known as 'melapo' these floodplains are used seasonally by zebra, tsessebe, wildebeest and Cape buffalo along with red lechwe.

Game drives in the area are very productive, often starting on the transfer to camp from the airstrip. General game species are abundant around Little Vumbura including impala, kudu, zebra, common waterbuck, chacma baboon, red lechwe, vervet monkey and common reedbuck. Sable antelope, giraffe, elephant, tsessebe, Cape buffalo and hippo are also often seen. Wild dogs frequently move through the concession and other predators include several resident lion prides, leopard, cheetah and the African wildcat.

The birding here is excellent and varied throughout the year. In the summer months 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.

Little Vumbura is a small camp hidden on a pretty island surrounded by the floodplains and deep, clear channels for which the Okavango is famed. Mokoro, boating and game drives take advantage of the plethora of both habitat and wildlife.
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.

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. Little Vumbura Camp is also part of a community participation initiative at Wilderness Safaris - bringing the communities that live around the Okavango Delta into the tourism mainstream.

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