Mombo is the flagship of Wilderness Safaris’ already impressive fleet. Set on a private concession on Chief’s Island in the middle of the Okavango Delta, Mombo arguably offers the best big game viewing in all of Africa. All of the big cats, spotted hyaena, black and white rhino, herds of elephant and abundant general game roam the concession in astonishing numbers. You could of course see all of this from capacious comfort and sophisticated style of the glorious Mombo suites – suites that will rival your own home for creature comforts and a sense of belonging.
Mombo Camp is exclusive, extravagant and simply stunning. At the same time, much of the camp’s power is provided by a solar farm in keeping with Wilderness Safaris’ genuine commitment to conservation.
The main lounge and dining areas boast an atmosphere of inviting and contemporary African style that is unashamedly opulent while the expansive decks leading out from the thatched living area provide unimpeded views of the Delta. The two raised plunge pools offer the best possible respite from the Okavango heat while you sip your favourite cocktail.
There are just nine luxurious tented suites at Mombo Camp. Each is raised two metres from the ground and linked by raised walkways so you will always feel like you are floating above the delta while the wildlife is completely unimpeded by your presence. Each suite vaunts extensive private decking where you can rest in seclusion or enjoy an exquisite spa treatment from the comfort of your own thatched Sala – suspended over the flood plains of the Okavango.
Inside, whether it’s from the king-size bed, cosy lounge or generous bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers, you will luxuriate in ultimately tasteful African luxury – always with a panorama of the wilderness beyond.
Mombo’s cuisine is an abundant collection of uncomplicated but delicious fare that can be enjoyed in the privacy of your deck, in the eerie but delightful boma or even out in the wild.
Fame in the wild
One of National Geographic’s most famous films – Eye of the Leopard – was shot at Mombo. The famous leopardess, Legadima is still a constant and confiding feature of this concession as is the legendary Maporota Pride.
Dawn and afternoon game drives are likely to offer you the chance to spend time photographing or simply being astonished by the beauty of Legadima and her cubs. The dynamics of the awesome lion prides offer constant excitement while the huge herds of impala, tsesebe and lechwe frolicking in the delta shallows epitomise the abundance of the Mombo concession.
In the quiet of the midday, you might visit the exquisite hide where you can photograph the plethora of bird life that the Okavango has on offer all year round.
Wilderness Safaris has been a huge supporter of the re-introduction of rhino (both black and white) to Chief’s Island and you might spend time tracking down these ancient remnants as they seek sanctuary in the Mombo wilderness.
Travelling to Mombo
As with all other destinations in the Okavango, Maun will be your first stopping point. There are daily flights into Maun from Johannesburg and if you are coming from Namibia, Windhoek is also serviced daily as is Kasane near Chobe. From Maun you will catch a light aircraft for an epic low-level flight over the Okavango’s mosaic of channels, islands and iconic wildlife. From the airstrip it is a short and scenic drive to the magnificence of Mombo Camp.
So much else to experience
Iconic Africa suggests that you begin your trip to Mombo with a few days in and around Cape Town where you can enjoy the cuisine, natural wonder and sublime coastlines of the world’s most beautiful city and surrounding wine lands. After Mombo, you might like to fly across to Victoria Falls for an experience of nature’s awesome power and pioneering adventure. We suggest rounding off your trip with a visit to one of the world-famous Sabi Sands lodges in the Kruger National Park.
- Best big game viewing in Africa
- Genuine conservation ethic
- Vast tented luxury
- Middle of the spectacular Okavango
Mombo is the pinnacle of Okavango luxury and game viewing embedded in a genuine ethic of proven conservation. The suites are tributes to the abundance of the delta all around while the big game viewing is unrivalled.