Mombo Camp has long held a reputation as being the place to view wildlife in Botswana.
The Mombo concession is located just below where the Okavango River splits into three primary channels, and supports a diversity of game hard to find anywhere else in Africa. When the water levels of the Okavango rise during winter floods, many animals move to find dry land on the 1000 square kilometre Chief’s Island. Mombo Camp is nestled in the northern tip of the island.
The far-reaching floodplains and diversity of habitats invite a number of different prey species in abundance, drawn in particular by the fertility of the area and the high-quality grazing and browsing that results.
And where there is prey, you find the predators.
Mombo Camp underwent a refurbishment in 2018, although the lodge was careful to use much of the same material and not expand their footprint at all so as to minimise impact on the environment in which they find themselves. Beautifully constructed walkways weave through the riparian vegetation to link the guest suites with the large main area, which features beautifully furnished areas to lounge in as well as a well-stocked library of reference works and novels.
The bar, open throughout the day, is well-stocked and just the place to enjoy a cool gin and tonic whilst gazing out over the lush floodplain. The fireplace adjacent to the main indoor dining area is a welcome addition during the winter months when temperatures can drop quickly after dark.
Eight spacious suites, all constructed out of wood and canvas, afford sweeping views over an open floodplain that teems with wildlife. Elephants graze in front of your deck, lechwe saunter parts displaying impressive horns, and a slinking leopard is likely not far away.
Each suite offers a sitting room; separate bedroom and bathroom; indoor and outdoor showers; elegant copper bathtub; and outdoor private sala with a double day bed, sunken couch, plunge pool, and wrap-around veranda, all immersing you deeper into the bush and the wonders of Mombo’s private traversing area.
The high nutrient density of the soil around Mombo results in a wildlife experience that is truly like no other. Wild dogs, lions, cheetahs, leopards… it is possible to see all over the course of a single morning’s game drive.
The guiding standard at Mombo is particularly high, and a long history of sensitive approaches to game viewing has ensured that the wildlife is completely relaxed around the Land Cruisers.
If you would like to find out more about this incredible destination, don’t hesitate to get in touch so we can start planning your safari…