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Reviewed November 13, 2015

We had Room 1 in Mombo--at the end of the boardwalk with outstanding views of the savanna and game. The room was enormous and well equipped--chilled drinks, outdoor shower, private outdoor viewing area. We enjoyed our time there but felt a bit overwhelmed by all the luxury in the midst of a drought. If you want a wild experience and pampering, then Mombo will do. Upon arrival, we learned a lion pride had killed a buffalo a day earlier in front of the camp! Over the next day, we watched the lions, hyenas, jackal and vultures finished off the huge carcass--down to the horns and a few bones.
Our guide was the best of all the guides we had on our 4 camps, professional, humorous, and thoughtful. He handled our interests perfectly. The food was great, the service excellent. But this is best if you do not want to do anything active. You can take advantage of the gym, which we did. Otherwise, it is game drives twice a day--bouncing in back seats. No walking permitted except during sundowners (cocktails in the bush).
The baboons would not let us sleep past 6 am on the one day we stayed away from the 5 am game drive. But it all added up to a good time in the wilds of Africa. If we return, I would like to see Mambo after it rains.

Room Tip: Depending on time of year, beware of a tented room that baboons like to use as a trampoline. Cute but noisy. You won't sleep.
  • Stayed: November 2015, traveled as a couple
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WildernessSafaris, Manager at Wilderness Safaris Mombo Camp, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2015

Thank you FlorafromHawaii, for your fabulous feedback, we are thrilled to hear what a great stay you had with us and how much fun you had with your guide.

Sadly most of southern Africa is in the midst of a draught, but thanks to the eco-friendly systems put in place throughout Wilderness Safaris properties we are able to carry on as normal for the time being. In keeping with Wilderness’ objective of reducing energy consumption and fuel use at all its camps, Mombo is 100% solar powered, with electricity and hot water provided via solar panels and inverters. Waste water (sewage and grey water) is treated in an Above Ground Sewage Plant, ensuring that the water is clean before being allowed to enter the natural environment. It is the greater area which surrounds us that is our greatest concern at this time.

Thank you again and more so for your concern,
The Team at Mombo

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Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

This is pure heaven and the best place if you are interested in safari and wildlife. Everything in this camp is perfection. The guides, the attention to details, the location and the tents and camp are truely exceptional. Mombo is truely amazing! A lifetime experience!!

Stayed: August 2015, traveled as a couple
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WildernessSafaris, Manager at Wilderness Safaris Mombo Camp, responded to this reviewResponded November 19, 2015

Dear skyandsands

Thank you for your fabulous feedback, we are thrilled to hear what a great stay you had with us and hope you will return soon.

"The place of plenty", Mombo Camp is located in the Mombo Concession, on the northern tip of Chief’s Island within the Moremi Game Reserve. The area boasts enormous concentrations of plains game and predators which begin virtually on Mombo’s decks, with the surrounding floodplains teeming with game year-round.

Thanks again,
The Mombo Team

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Reviewed October 27, 2015

I have had the chance to visit many safari lodges in Botswana and elsewhere in Africa and Mombo would certainly make it in my top three. The overall experience is close to perfection. The quality of the game viewing is outstanding. We were there during the dry season, which meant that large amount of game congregated just in front of the lodge's breakfast area to go for a morning drink.

The camp itself is luxurious, without overdoing it. Rooms are spacious and well designed. But what really sets Mombo apart is the quality of service. The staff is experienced, knowledgeable and friendly. I came with my fourteen year old son who had a blast challenging staff members to table tennis (he ultimately lost to Neil, one of the managers). Despite this unforgivable offense, both Neil and Hamish, the managers, were fantastic at making us feel at home. But a special mention must be made of Yompy, the best guide in all of Africa!

Of course, Mombo is not cheap and it may be hard to quantify the extra value it brings for this price compared to other top end lodges, but we still loved our stay there and would gladly come back. The one negative point is the quality of the two pools, which were unappealing (they rarely are in the bush, though).

  • Stayed: October 2015, traveled with family
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2  Thank sikorskd
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WildernessSafaris, Manager at Wilderness Safaris Mombo Camp, responded to this reviewResponded November 3, 2015

Dear Sikorskd,

Thank you for your beautiful review, we are delighted to hear how much you and your son enjoyed your time with us, except for the table tennis, we hope Neil was not a sore winner.

Mombo is situated on an island just off the north-western tip of Chief’s Island, and more or less in the centre of the Okavango Delta. The Mombo area supports an incredible diversity of mammals, birds, and plant life, due to the variety of habitats found here. Drier island areas have the acacia woodland or thornveld so typical of Chief’s Island, and these areas contrast with the wide open floodplains studded with wild date palm islands. Mombo has exclusive use of the area. This means that much of the wildlife has become extremely habituated to our presence and this allows for superb viewing and photographic opportunities.

Thank you again and we hope you will visit us again soon,
The Team at Mombo

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Reviewed October 19, 2015

Little Mombo is the smaller of the two camps at Mombo, with just 5 rooms, making it very cosy and private. The whole setup overlooks the plains, with frequent wildlife sightings as you dine in the outdoors or relax in your room.

The rooms in Little Mombo are large, airy and very comfortable. They open on to a large balcony area perfect for animal-watching. We had daily sightings of big game from zebras to elephants to hippos. Daily laundry service is available, and the mini-bar is well-stocked with soft drinks/wine and replenished frequently.

Meals at Little Mombo are absolute joys. The early morning breakfasts and afternoon teas before you go out on your drives are beautiful setups in Little Mombo's open air dining area. Lunch and dinner menus are superbly delicious, cooked with excellent quality ingredients (an item that stands out in mind is the ostrich burger). The staff are the best I've ever come across; they remember every little detail about your dining preferences, friendly and polite but not at all over-bearing.

Knowledgeable and professional guides who show you wildlife and explain its behaviours on the two daily game drives make the stay at Little Mombo truly memorable. On every evening drive, we would stop at a pretty location for sunset drinks (your choices will be noted at the start) while watching the animals in their natural habitat before heading back to camp for dinner.

I cannot recommend this camp enough if you are visiting the Okavango Delta. As Wilderness's tagline says -- "Our journeys change lives", my trip to Little Mombo has certainly changed my life and I cannot wait to return.

Room Tip: Choose Little Mombo over Big Mombo for a more private and secluded stay.
  • Stayed: November 2014, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank stylesetter17
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WildernessSafaris, Manager at Wilderness Safaris Mombo Camp, responded to this reviewResponded October 22, 2015

Dear iamdrdrea,

Thank you for the amazing review, we are overjoyed to see that you had such a great experience in camp and that we were able to share this life changing journey with you.

We cannot wait to share your kind words with all the staff especially the hard working team in the kitchen. As a conservation organisation and a responsible ecotourism operator Wilderness Safaris believes fully in its vision of the 4Cs – Commerce, Conservation, Community and Culture – as contributing meaningfully to the wildlife and the people of Africa. Community is all about the people at the heart of our business: Internal Community, which is our staff across all our regions, and External Community – comprising the rural communities that either own the land on which we operate or live adjacent to these areas.

We look forward to your next visit,
The Team at Little Mombo

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Reviewed October 10, 2015

This was our 2nd time @ Mombo Camp and the game viewing both times was nothing short of spectacular! You come tot Mombo for the opportunity to see wildlife and you do! Mombo has the most experienced & professional guides who do their utmost in game tracking and sharing their knowledge. Mombo is luxurious in their accommodations and they are kept immaculate by a very attentive staff. We would rate the food as average on both of our stays @ Mombo (2013 & 2015) but we didn't come for the food but for the game viewing. We'll be back even with the high price per person.

Room Tip: Number 9 @ Mombo is best!
  • Stayed: May 2015, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Ann P
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WildernessSafaris, Manager at Wilderness Safaris Mombo Camp, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2015

Dear Ann P,

Thank you for your beautiful review, we are overjoyed to see that we were able to, once again, give you the experience you had hoped for.

Mombo and its neighbouring camp, Little Mombo, are the most remote camps within the Moremi Game Reserve and the Mombo area is undoubtedly one of the finest areas in Africa to view predators and a high diversity of general game, supporting very high concentrations of plains game such as zebra, wildebeest, impala and red lechwe. Herds of elephant and buffalo are regularly seen in the area. Naturally the high density of prey species attracts many predators, so the area has a particularly high concentration of lion and spotted hyaena, and is a renowned area for leopard sightings. The more elusive cheetah and wild dog, as well as the shyer, smaller predators – aardwolf, caracal, serval and jackal – are rarely seen.


Thank you again, and we will make sure the next time you visit that the menu will also knock your socks off.
The Team at Mombo

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