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“Loved the Mombo experience” 5 of 5 stars
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5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Mombo Island, Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Loved the Mombo experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2008

We spent 3 nights at Mombo with a photography group. It is a beautiful property; the tents are large and well-appointed; the staff is very responsive; the guides are top-notch; and, the wildlife is amazing. We loved it.

  • Liked — It's in the Moremi Game Reserve
  • Disliked — the distances between buildings
  • Stayed May 2008
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2008

Right next to the camp is a plain with the greatest diversity of wildlife we saw in any one place.

Stayed July 2004
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San Francisco, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2008

Seasoned safari travellers know you can't "expect" anything, but this is the place on the continent! Incredible wildlife viewing- I experienced cheetah hunts, juvenile leopard viewings and hordes of lions, elephant, buffalo and hoofed game. Truly a photographers haven.
Accommodations, food and guides were all top notch. My best experience in Africa and worthwhile if you can splurge

  • Liked — seamless luxury safari experience
  • Disliked — N/A
  • Stayed May 2005, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2007

We visited Mombo Camp for just two nights in February 2006 - in the middle of sme of the heaviest rain that Botswana has ever experienced; there were streams everywhere and large areas of standing water.

Despite this, the staff coped very well and the guides did sterling work of trying to find us good game - succeeding with lion aplenty, leopard and rhino. We were lucy enough to have the chief guide there, Brandon, who really was a first-rate gide with excelent eyes, great experience and a real depth of knowledge.

Despite this, he got bogged down in the sodden soil here, and we were stuck for an hour in the open-sided 4WD vehicle watching the pouring rain - but it's a tribute to how impressive he was that there wasn't a single complaint from anyone there!

Mombo's expensive, and quite full and hard to get into ... but it is worth it!

Stayed February 2006
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2007

My husband and I just got back from a three week vacation in Africa and have to say that this camp blew our expectations out of the water! Words can not describe all that we saw during our stay at Mombo Camp. If you are looking for a camp that truely captures nature at its best and worst...book your stay here....the staff, food and safaris were top notch....no wonder National Geographic spends much of their time filming here! It is worth every penny Mombo charges.....true animal and nature lovers won't be disappointed....Mombo delivers....but if you are the type who is more interested in the spa treatments ....look elsewhere......this place is not for you....although the accomodations are luxurious...tented camp with large rooms, balconys, outdoor/indoor showers.....its focus is on the quality and quantity of animal life you experience....not a pampered vacation...book well in advance during any season as this place sells out quickly and for good reason.

  • Liked — Fantastic views of the animals...
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2006

This was quite simply the most outstanding, spectacular, beautiful & inspiring stay. I grew up in Zimbabwe & have spent many holidays in Kenya, so I am biased in that I love Africa, but this was something extraordinary.

We were in Mombo for our honeymoon.....what a honeymoon. We arrived & were shown to our room to be greeted by an elephant that just happened to be wandering by & was scratching an itch on his shoulder on the tree that was propping up our balcony! The lodge is beautifully set out. The main sitting room & dining room face onto a beautiful plain, & we were lucky enough to see the transformation that the water coming into the Delta made to the plain....as our stay progressed we saw the water level rise & the threads of green grass transform into lush swathes of grass.
I would have been quite happy just sitting in the sitting room area looking out at the game that was clearly visible from the raised lodge area. But you don't go on safari just to sit around!
We loved our room (spectacular, ridiculous levels of comfort considering you're in the bush!) - the room is exceptionally large .....a kingsize bed, writing table, large sitting area with sofa looking out to the delta, then large dressing area then large bathroom....with the added bonus of an outdoor shower (that a couple of baboons had fun swinging around on!...once they had slid down the top of the tent a couple of times just for fun!). It is very thoughtfully appointed, & very comfortable....understated luxury. No gold taps or tacky animal skins (sorry if you like that kind of thing).
There is also a plunge pool, which was lovely to cool off in & then have a snooze either on your huge covered daybed on your verandah, or by the pool.
Ok, the game. I cannot relate to one of the other reviewers who thought the game disappointing.....I think it was extraordinary (& I've been on a few safaris). The variety & number was fantastic, and my eyes were opened to a whole new world of birdlife that our fantastic guide (Malinga) pointed out to us - his enthusiasm was infectious. But we saw everything you could possibly hope to see........rhino (within 2 metres), elephant (not as many as I thought we would.......no big herds, but still several), hippos, lion....(several different prides, with about 8 cubs) giraffe, kudu (so majestic) and leopard. Yes, when we met Malinga & he asked us what we'd like to see, I said ' don't worry, we know this isn't a zoo' but my husband said 'I'd like to see leopard'! - I elbowed him in the ribs as I didn't want us to come across like people that just have a shopping list that they want to tick off.......but Malinga said graciously, I"ll see what we can do!
We saw 5 different leopard in one day. Amazing. One sighting was just as we were walking back through camp & one of the guides motioned to us to stand still as we were crossing the walkway to the lodge........& then a leopard just hopped up onto the walk way & langurously sloped off.... We also saw a mating pair which I think is quite rare to see. We also saw wild dogs, hyena, plus a HUGE herd of buffalo that were on the move right past camp....it took 40 minutes for them to walk past...I sat on our verandah & took it all in.
We had buffalo sleeping (& snorting!) under our room, & there were lion in camp one morning too. But you always feel safe as guides walk you back to your rooms. You are in Africa & you know it.
The staff were outstanding; knowledgeable, friendly, funny & passionate. I will never forget all the staff singing the 'welcome to Botswana' song by the campfire.
Oh yes, I am a real foodie & the food was sensational. There isn't much of a choice, but it was all superb.
I cannot recommend this place more highly.....but be warned, it will spoil you. If you go to another camp after this you may be disappointed.......you will not get the same concentration & variety of game in many other places. And we only saw one other truck whilst we were out........this isn't like the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania were there can be as many trucks as animals.

This is an extraordinary place.

  • Liked — very luxurious without being brassy
  • Disliked — the snoring buffalo under our room were a bit scary on the first night!
  • Stayed April 2005, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2006

We eagerly anticipated a visit to the Okavango Delta and Mombo camp for a two-night stay in early May and the remarkable game drives for which Mombo is famous. It was well worth a visit, if overpriced on a relative basis, given the services and the game sightings. Our ranger was very proficient with bird species and also spotted a first-time view of three young lion cubs. Many of the guests the first night visit frequently and have a warm relationship with the staff. Our impression? Wilderness Safaris has taken a leadership role in promoting a particular program of ecotourism. If that approach intrigues you, you will have a fantastic visit. The staff is knowledgeable and very proud of their association with Mombo. Our visit was during a transition in camp management; this may have explained why the guest service was less consistent or personal than the other two camps we had visited. No spa services are available. The gift shop was open for two hours a day over lunch.

Breakfast and evening meals are taken at a communal table to encourage mixing and conversation amongst the guests and senior staff. Lunch is at smaller table groupings. Food quality is very high; choices seem unduly limited given the tariff charged. In the evenings, one starter and entree are offered for the evening meal with a vegetarian entree option. The staff asks if you'd like to change anything; outside of substituting salad for soup, it's hard to know what is feasible. The entrees were local dishes that we enjoyed very much.

Game sightings involved fewer species than we had seen at the other two camps. This was certainly offset by the much larger groups of those we did see. The last of Mombo's famous cheetahs ("the steroid boys") died a few days before we arrived. The rhino re-introduction project had tracked the rhinos outside of the Mombo game drive areas. We saw the cape buffalo, elephants, hippos, giraffes, wildebeests, hyenas, jackals, baboons, warthogs and lions. The cape buffalo herd numbered in the hundreds. No leopards, cheetah, wild dogs or rhino were sighted. The species checklist is designed for all Wilderness camps within Africa, making it difficult to check off the species you saw. The bird section is designed for avid birders, so novices would find it nearly useless.

The rains fell particularly hard this year. We experienced a full-bore spring storm the first night in camp. For some reason, the tent flaps outside were rolled up and we were not going to attempt rolling them down in a rainstorm well after dark. Wind and rain blew in our tent all night. The tents are unheated (save for a hot water bottle) so it was a chilly evening. The toilet is on the very far end of the tent, making for a very long walk at night. A large cape buffalo was just off the walkway the next morning, just awake and staring at us. The afternoon rest times allowed us to sit outside on the balinese bed & watch the animals roaming the plain outside our tent. The lion pride moved into camp the second evening and roared to each other all night. It's an amazing experience to hear them. Flights back to Maun and onto Capetown were goofed up, exacerbated by a late flight out of Mombo to Maun. The Wilderness Safari rep was not able to resolve the issues to our satisfaction in Maun, so we scrambled to get things sorted out. It was an unfortunate end to an otherwise very good visit to Mombo.

  • Stayed May 2006
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Mombo Island, Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana
Location: Botswana > North-West District > Okavango Delta > Moremi Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Moremi Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Wilderness Safaris Mombo Camp 5*
Number of rooms: 9
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 
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