Mombo

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stamp3Why photographers love Mombo

  • On Chief’s Island—possibly the best big-game viewing in the Okavango Delta
  • Near the deep water area of the Delta in Moremi Game Reserve with a fantastic reputation for game viewing year round
  • Excellent for lion and leopard
  • Usually large herds of game found here
  • Many books and documentaries feature Mombo’s photogenic animals,like Lagadima, the now famous leopard

How we rate Mombo

Wildlife starstarstarstarstar
Wilderness starstarstarstarstar
Lodge starstarstarstar
Dining starstarstarstar
Vehicles starstarstarstarstar
Guides starstarstarstar

Mombo at a glance

Mombo comprises two camps, both of which are part of Wilderness Safaris’ “Premier Collection” denoting their largest and most luxurious camps. The main camp has nine spacious en suite luxury tents. There is also a gym. Little Mombo is the adjoining camp with just three en suite tents.

  • Maximum 20 guests
  • Air conditioned chalets with minibars
  • Laundry, drinks included
  • 220-volt charging in rooms

The concession

Mombo Camp is located in the Mombo Concession, on the northern tip of Chief’s Island within the Moremi Game Reserve. This is one of the only areas in Botswana that offers the Big Five since rhino were recently reintroduced. The surrounding floodplains are rich with game year round. The area boasts good concentrations of plains game and large numbers of predators, which roam right up to and sometimes under Mombo’s decks. . Mombo shares traversing rights of Chief’s Island with just one other camp, so the wilderness experience is excellent.

The seasons

  • Mombo has great game viewing all year round, but June to October is usually best for game viewing.
  • Out of season rates are competitive, andnewborn animals and migrant birds make for interesting game viewing.

Costs and logistics

  • $2000 – $2700 per person per night
  • Reached by light aircraft from Maun, Kasane or other camps with Wilderness Air.

Photographers need to know

The demand for Mombo has put prices up and up and up. Mombo has not been refurbished for some years. It does also have the same ups and downs of game viewing as might be experienced at other areas. Having said this, Mombo is regarded as the ultimate game viewing area in Botswana. As Mombo is within a national park, no night drives are permitted, and all guests must be back in camp between sunset and sunrise.