Widely recognised as the finest safari camp in Africa, Mombo Camp is Botswana’s flagship lodge. The larger Mombo and smaller Little Mombo are owned by the luxury operator Wilderness Safaris, regarded as one of Africa’s leading lodge owners. Located in the heart of the Okavango Delta’s Moremi Game Reserve Mombo and Little Mombo are stunning camps situated in one of the continent's finest game viewing regions. Phenomenal concentrations of Africa’s big game surround both camps making Mombo one of the leading wildlife camps in the world. To put it simply, Mombo is as good as it gets!
Mombo - The Details
Located in the heart of the Okavango Delta’s Moremi Game Reserve on the northern tip of Chiefs Island, Mombo is approximately one hours flight from the International airport at Maun. The camp is accessed by its own private bush airstrip which is roughly 30 minutes game drive from camp.
Mombo – Botswana’s 'Place of Plenty' - looks over a floodplain that literally teems with game. The main communal area has stunning views over a wide stretch of the plain. Consisting primarily of a main thatch structure that is home to the lounge, bar and small library as well as a long wooden dining room table, the camp also has a wide decking area for meals under the stars. There is also a fire place and boma as well as ample space for private dining.
The whole of the camp is raised up onto a wooden deck with wooden walkways between the rooms; buffalo often sleep under the rooms at night. Each of the 9 luxurious tents are identical, set out to stretch across the island - all have good views over the floodplain. Each room is equipped with a decking area and an outside sala (double bed!) to enjoy the scenery in your own privacy. The rooms are absolutely beautiful, made of the highest quality and fit well with the surrounding environment. The rooms are linear in design with the bathroom and two showers at one end. The mid section has a large wardrobe and towards the opposite end is a gigantic bed followed by your very own living area equipped with a mini-bar and selections of snacks.
The Mombo reserve boasts massive concentrations of plains game and an incredible concentration of the predators. Wild dog and cheetah are rarely seen but the dominant female from a wild dog pack has remained and adopted up to 15 black-backed jackals and created a pack, with which it hunts and lives. It even regurgitates its food for the young, in true wild dog style.
According to Mombo guides you are almost guaranteed a lion sighting every drive and if not, then certainly every two drives. Chief's Island also has some of the highest concentration of Rhino in Botswana after the successful reintroduction programme – numbers are actually on the up in this specific part of the Delta. The guiding is top notch and Wilderness channel the best and most sought after guides to Mombo. The staff and in-house service is well up there with some of the best hospitality in Africa - they excel in the food and beverage department.
Mombo only offers game drives during the daytime. Night drives are not permitted due to the camp's location inside the Moremi Game Reserve. Water levels are too low for boating activities.
When staying at one of the finest safari camps in Africa, you have to be sure you are staying at a camp which protects the environment which it boasts. Luckily, with WIlderness safaris you are sure to be doing just that. Please see our blog post, with a photo of how Wilderness ensure their camps are built with a low carbon footprint.
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