This was seventh trip to Africa, but my first visit to Mombo. I had heard lots of things over the years about this camp, and so this camp had lots to live up to.
The game viewing here was excellent, with close to 70 lions in this area, don't be surprised if you become a bit blasé about seeing them, not that lions are ever run of the mill. In fact one sighting we drove straight past our fourth different pride that we had seen at Mombo in order to see a leopard with a fresh impala kill! We saw the lone Mombo wild dog, and on my last morning I had the pleasure of seeing a pearl-spotted owlet sitting on a tree stump, out in the open. Sometimes the littlest things are the most fun. Don't forget to look out for the famous he/she lion (female lon with a mane).
The accommodation here is some of the best in Botswana, not quite as plush as the top places in the Sabi Sands, but remember this is in the middle of the Okavango Delta. The food is good (thanks Marco) and the staff are friendly. Maybe this is because this wasn't my first visit to a Wilderness camp and I had met a number of staff at some of their other camps.
I highly recommend Mombo and think it is a notch above Chief's Camp (the camp to the south of Mombo) which I stayed at the previous year.
- Also Known As:
- Mombo Camp Hotel
- Mombo Camp Hotel Moremi Game Reserve
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mombo Camp – Mombo ConcessionMombo Camp, overlooking a plain invariably dotted with wildlife, offers arguably the best big game viewing in Botswana.About Mombo CampMombo Camp, on Mombo Island, has nine spacious tents raised off the ground and under shady trees, all built to maximise the view over the floodplain. The tent interiors are elegantly furnished with polished parquet floors, an outdoor thatched sala, and en-suite bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers. The main living and dining area is under thatch and there is a boma for traditional dinners, small library and a plunge pool to relax in the heat of the day. Environment and WildlifeThe area has prolific concentrations of plains game such as giraffe, zebra, warthog, red lechwe, tsessebe, wildebeest, kudu, elephant, buffalo and impala. Abundant predator sightings include lion, spotted hyaena and leopard. Chief’s Island is also home to the only white and black rhino in the Okavango Delta. The birding, a result of diverse habitats, is equally attractive. Large concentrations of plains game often occur in front of camp and their almost ubiquitous presence is a feature of the area.Experiencing Mombo CampMorning and afternoon game drives in open 4x4 vehicles ... more less