The flagship of the Delta camps, Mombo is situated on Mombo Island, adjoining the northern tip of Chief’s Island (arguably Botswana’s prime game viewing area) within the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta. The island is surrounded by open floodplains and the camp itself is largely built in and around the shade of some large mangosteen, ebony and fig trees, overlooking a wonderful floodplain teeming with game.
The camp has nine luxuriously furnished tents. The rooms and connecting walkways are up to two metres off the ground, thus allowing game to wander freely through the camp while at the same time ensuring guests’ safety. The stylish tented rooms are spacious and well-appointed and have en suite facilities with an additional outdoor shower for those who enjoy star gazing. The dining room, bar and living area overlook the open plain in front of the camp and there is a plunge pool for relaxing in the heat of the day.
Game viewing activities at Mombo are undertaken in open 4×4 vehicles throughout the day – Moremi Game Reserve restrictions and fluctuating water levels mean that only game drives are offered from camp.
The Mombo area is renowned for having the most exceptional game viewing in the Okavango Delta, with a high concentration of plains game and predators including big cats. Lion sightings are particularly good and guests may also see leopard, large herds of buffalo, cheetah, wild dog, elephant, hyena, giraffe, wildebeest and zebra. Black and white rhino have been reintroduced to the area with outstanding success (although most are to be found far away from camp) thanks to the Botswana Rhino Reintroduction Program.
Tented rooms, outdoor showers, dining room, pub, plunge pool, gym, massage room.
Lion, leopard, large herds of buffalo, cheetah, wild dog, elephant, hyena, giraffe, wildebeest and zebra. Black and white rhino if lucky.
Game drives included on a shared basis.
Make sure you spend at least a morning at the nearby hide for really close views of birds and mammals.
If you have any questions regarding our Botswana tours, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965
On behalf of my wife and myself, I would like to thank all at Reef and Rainforest for arranging so superbly yet another exceptional wildlife experience. As you are aware our ‘expeditions’ tend to be species led and this year’s brief was to observe and photograph the ‘Three Big Cats of Africa’ in a truly wild setting (i.e. no fences). Your recommended destination, Botswana, did not let us down, in fact the whole trip proved an outstanding success in all aspects.
We stayed in three camps (three nights in each) across the Okavango Delta and surrounding area, each provided a different environment which ensured our aims were met. Each camp was run to a very high standard, was extremely comfortable and provided excellent meals. The quality of guiding and tracking in all our camps was of the highest standard. As Botswana manages its natural resources so well all the camps were small (no more than 18 guests) ensuring a very intimate safari experience in pristine wild African habitat.
I am delighted to report our big cat objectives were realised. All observations were lengthy and offered excellent photographic opportunities. However, unexpectedly, the highlight of our spectacular trip turned out to be sightings of two separate packs of African Painted Dogs. We visited two dens, the first had a very healthy number of adult dogs, approximately fifteen and eighteen pups. The second had seven adult dogs and sixteen pups. At Lebala we had the privilege of spending a prolonged period of time following the pack of dogs as they hunted, an experience we will never forget.
When one also considers the significant mammal and bird species we observed, Botswana is truly a must visit destination for the wildlife enthusiast. Incidentally we also observed three serval and two African wild cats. We also thoroughly enjoyed our few days at Victoria Falls, possibly the most spectacular waterfall in the world, the hotel in Zimbabwe was excellent. Viewing the falls from the Zambian side and also the helicopter flight are both well worth doing.
This was our third consecutive trip with Reef and Rainforest, and I would be very surprised if there is not a fourth being planned very soon. Thank you all once again.