My wife and I spent two nights at Pom Pom Lodge in early July of this year as part of a honeymoon trip around the world, and it was easily one of the major highlights of our entire trip! We were planning on doing some traveling through Southern Africa, including Victoria Falls and South Africa, and Okavango was the first part of the trip. Our trip was booked through Perfect Africa travel agency, and I must say that Kathryn (agent) did a fabulous job!!
Being high season, it was very costly, so we decided to spend only two days there since we had somewhat of a budget. We kind of got there through an atypical route. We flew into Victoria Falls, were driven to the Zimbabwe/Botswana border, crossed the border, different driver from the border to Kasane Airport, then charter flight into the private airstrip for the camp.
Upon arrival, we realized why it cost what it did. This is a wonderful little camp! Warm reception on arrival, only 9 tents, so can mostly accommodate max about 20 people, very friendly staff and experienced rangers and trackers. Ince we planned on spending a few nights in Kruger National Park SA, we decided to skip Chobe National Park.
I have now been on 3 different African Safaris, including Masi Mara (Kenya), Okavango Delta, and Kruger, and I must say that the Delta during the wet season is something very special (not to take anything away from the other locations which were also amazing but much different). One of the highlights for me were the amazing views of the wetlands from the charter plain while flying to the camp. Could not stop taking pictures!
A good friend of mine had been to Okavango and told me to expect to see many birds, but fewer animals. I guess we were very lucky then, because we saw many animals including lions, leopards, hyenas, elephants, many types of antelope. I thick we saw everything except rhinos, which we were told do not usually inhabit the area. The Mocoro rides were very peaceful, and truly displayed the beauty of the delta. We also went on a private fishing trip one morning and caught plenty of fish. Our tracker found an Eagle, and was able to feed it one of our fish which was really cool.
The evening drives were accompanied by a stop for drinks and snacks while watching the sunsets. In fact, there was plenty of alcohol and beverages throughout the stay at the lodge, all of which were included. The staff at the lodge were very friendly, and the food was top notch! My wife actually felt that the food here was some of the best food she had during the entire 2-month honeymoon trip! I greatly enjoyed the open bar, and the drinking by the campfire in the evenings
Tents were very nice, and had all the necessities of any hotel room. We also heard animals roaming around our tent in the middle of the night, but it was not frightening. We did however head the warnings and did not walk around alone in the evenings. Given the small size of the camp, there are much fewer tourists, which is a big plus. You definitely get to meet new interesting people from around the world and share stories, but you don’t feel overwhelmed with people and there is plenty of personalized attention to go around.
Special thanks to our tracker Dalton who did an amazing job. Was able to track a leopard which we were able to follow around for about a 30 min at close very range.
Just to mention, that although it is very cold in the middle of the night and early mornings, our morning drives would depart after breakfast at about 8 or 9 am, when the temp was much warmer (in Kruger we would depart at 5;30-6am where it would very VERY cold, until it would start to warm up later in the morning)
Overall, an unforgettable experience, somewhat different than other types of safaris, very close to nature, very non-commercial, very personalized, and well worth the price! Which we were there for more days and would highly recommend!
- Also Known As:
- Pom Pom Camp Hotel Okavango Delta
- Pom Pom Camp Botswana/Okavango Delta