From beginning to end, this was a truly fabulous experience. Friends had visited this camp last year and strongly recommended it to us and we are delighted that we took their suggestion.
Where to start. The staff were all wonderful. The camp directors (assistant director Elizabeth was great) were always available and helpful. The wait staff, cleaning staff etc. were all friendly and hard working. The guides (Tsile was a marvel) were incredibly knowledgeable and experienced, friendly and amazingly good at finding the animals we wanted to see.
The accommodation is first class. Although you are in "tents" - really, other than the fact that they are primarily constructed of very heavy duty canvas, all resemblance to a tent is pretty fictional. Each "tent" sits at the end of a raised wooden walkway leading off the main raised wooden walkway connecting all of the buildings comprising the camp. The tents include three rooms - a large sitting room with a big comfortable seating area as well as a desk; a bedroom area with a large closet space and a huge bathroom with double vanity and double shower, private wc and, beyond, a very private outdoor shower.
All along the entire outside of the "tent" looking out over the grasslands on the side away from the paths, is a large deck with railings and seating that lead out to an attached gazebo with extra seating. that entire side of the "tent" is open mesh so that you can always, but in complete privacy (except for the animals) see outside and enjoy the view.
There is, due to the particular construction (mesh as opposed to glass windows) no a/c. However, even though it was very warm, being their summer when we were there, with the large overhead fans and the extra electric fan, it was cool enough at night not to interfere with our sleep. The beds were very comfortable and the towels were incredibly soft and thick. Remarkably luxurious for a so-called tent.
Food was very good and abundant - because you are on game drives twice a day - early and late - really there is food pretty much whenever you want. There is a fridge in your room kept stocked with whatever liquid refreshments you want as well as little goodies here and there.
There is a swimming pool just outside the main lodge - very cool to stand in the pool watching elephants grazing no more than a 100 m away! There is also a little gym for those fanatics in need of some exercise. There is a library and a small shop as well and of course a well stocked bar. Of course (except for vintage wines) absolutely everything in the way of food and drink is included in the price.
Our game drives were particularly entertaining - not only was our guide able to find an amazing number of interesting animal experiences for us to enjoy but he was experienced enough to be able to recognize, pretty much always without prompting, when and where to stop for that special photograph with just the right light etc.
Yes it is very expensive but it truly was a once in a lifetime fabulous experience. It was very cool to be right in the grasslands so that there were often animals in and around the camp to see very close up.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "The place of plenty" - for predators and plains game alike.Lying on Chief's Island, the largest landmass in the Okavango, Mombo Camp's setting within an area steeped in nature's riches is echoed in the camp itself: rich, opulently furnished lounge, bar and dining areas shaded by large trees as well as each individual tented room all look out over a plain more often than not dotted with wildlife. A plunge pool, spa and gym all add to the sumptuousness of the camp's surrounds. HighlightsMombo Camp lies within the Moremi Game Reserve; its location and productive habitat mean that it offers arguably the best big game viewing in Botswana. Game drives uncover spectacular numbers of plains game such as zebra, red lechwe, impala, giraffe, warthog, wildebeest, greater kudu, elephant and buffalo. Such wealth of prey means that predators are abundant, with especially high densities of lion, giggling clans of spotted hyaena and movie star-quality leopard. 9 Tents: Large tents, elegantly furnished with polished parquet floors; outdoor sala; en-suite bathroom; outdoor shower; run 100% on solar powerExperiences: Morning and afternoon game drives in open 4x4 vehicles. Little Mombo - Your own private camp in the Okavango's premier wildlife viewing area. Little Mombo lives up to its name: a smaller, more intimate version of Mombo Camp, yet with the same high standards. It is connected to its sister camp by a raised boardwalk, complete with a gym and inviting pool along the way. Sited under a shady canopy, it has three luxurious and spacious guest rooms under canvas, as well as its own dining room, lounge and plunge pool raised to look out over a loodplain enclave; plains game can often be seen in front of camp. Highlights include: Little Mombo, situated at the heart of the old hunting grounds of Chief Moremi, offers the identical abundant big game viewing as Mombo Camp. Highlights include sightings of large prides of lion, charismatic leopard, elephant herds, spotted hyaena, big herds of plains game like zebra, red lechwe and giraffe and a dazzling variety of birds. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mombo Camp Hotel Moremi Game Reserve