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Little Vumbura Camp

Little Vumbura is an excellent 'combination' camp in the extreme north of the Okavango Delta, bordering the Moremi Game Reserve. This private concession of over 130,000 acres incorporates some of the most diverse habitat in the Delta, and is probably the only concession in Botswana where one finds an abundance of both the aquatic Red Lechwe antelope as well as the savanna-dwelling Sable antelope. 

 

Activities at Little Vumbura are plentiful and varied, utilizing both the scenic waterways and dry savanna. The concession is home to a broad diversity of game, and can provide some of the most exciting game viewing in the Delta. Guests can go out by boat in the morning and see hippos, crocodiles, red lechwe and all the aquatic wildlife - and then travel out by open Land Rover in the afternoon and evening to see elephant, sable and all the dry savanna game (including good concentrations of the major predators). Guided walks with your professional guide provide a more intimate and interactive exploration of the concession's terrestrial habitats.

 

The same diversity is also to be found in the region's birds, and birders will enjoy the combination of all the Okavango water 'specials' and woodland species. To explore the waterways and channels of the Okavango Delta, the camp offers excursions by motorized pontoon as well as the uniquely Okavango experience of "mokoro" - gliding silently across the floodplains, being poled along by your guide, absorbing the magic of one of Africa's most exquisitely beautiful ecosystems.

 

 

 

Little Vumbura is set under a spreading canopy of ancient ebony, marula, knobthorn, and fig trees. The common areas, including dining room, living room, bar, and attractive plunge pool, are creatively dispersed among the giant trees creating a relaxed atmosphere with an abundance of private spaces. A raised wooden walkway leads to a charming "tearoom," where one can while away the afternoon, reading or just enjoying the spectacular view across the floodplain.

 

 

Guests are accommodated in six large and luxurious tented rooms set on wooden decking. Each is individually decorated using sophisticated and elegant patterns, textures and colors. The masculine modern ambiance provides a neutral foil for the wild bushveld outside the canvas walls. Bathrooms are well-appointed and en suite, with hot and cold running water, a shower and flushing loo. A private deck with comfortable banquette seating completes the welcoming ensemble.

 

In all, Little Vumbura Camp offers a stylish and diverse Okavango Delta experience, combining all the comforts that a discerning traveler could expect with a sense of remote wilderness that is so unique to this unspoiled jewel of Africa. The wide range of habitats, species, and activities makes Little Vumbura a perfect 'combination camp' from which to explore both the 'land' and 'water' elements of the Okavango Delta.

 

 

        Conservation Dimension

The Vumbura concession is an exciting example of the way eco-tourism in southern Africa is evolving. The camps came about as a result of a partnership between the rural community to the north of the concession (under whose management this prime piece of wilderness was placed by the Botswana government) and southern Africa's leading camp operator, Wilderness Safaris. The villagers formed the "Okavango Community Trust", and entered into a partnership with Wilderness Safaris; the community is now directly benefiting from substantial cash and auxiliary returns, jobs, skills transfer, and training. As a result, their disposition towards wildlife has changed significantly, and they have become some of the most ardent protectors of game and wilderness in Botswana.

Many believe that it is only through such direct eco-tourism benefits to adjacent communities that Africa's wildlife has any hope of survival, and Little Vumbura is at the cutting edge of this development.

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