Fodor's Expert Review Little Vumbura

Okavango Delta, North West, Botswana Fodor's Choice

This goldilocks of the safari circuit appears to have it all: situated on its own, tiny private island, Little Vumbura has a genuine water camp feel, yet just a five-minute boat drive away lies the predator-packed Vumbura concession. Conical, canvas roofs peek above tall, wispy papyrus in an almost seamless transition between artifice and nature. Inside the en suite tents, grass mats decorate a wooden floor on which sits a writing desk, armchair, and twin beds, splashed with aquamarine cushions, while wooden sliding doors reveal your outside deck furnished with a futon. The inviting open-walled lounge has ethnic ornaments and wicker furniture colored by multiple shades of cobalt and sapphire, echoing the surrounding waters. A winding walkway climbs up to a small look-out library with hanging chairs below which mokoro canoes sit ready among the lapping waves. Sip your predinner drink on a floating deck beneath countless twinkling stars, warmed by a crackling fire. Your only dilemma will be whether to leave your intimate, cocooned environment to track the predators that roam the mainland.

PROS

  • best of both land and water activites
  • tranquil
  • relaxed ambience
  • tranquil, relaxed ambience

CONS

  • separate shower room is a bit small
  • can get booked up a long way in advance

QUICK FACTS

Resort
Intimate
Remote
Local Flavor
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 27–11-807–1800-in South Africa

HOTEL DETAILS

6 tents
Rate Includes: All-inclusive

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