Nestled under the shade of Sausage and Jackalberry trees, in the heart of the Okavango Delta on Chiefs Island inside the Moremi Game Reserve, Mombo and Little Mombo overlook floodplains teeming with one of the richest concentrations of game in Southern Africa. It’s not surprising that this area is affectionately known as ‘the place of plenty’.
With outstanding game viewing all year round, including Africa’s biggest predators and the Big 5, guests are utterly spoilt when they stay at the newly refurbished camps in the middle of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Widely recognised as Africa’s finest safari camp, Mombo and neighbouring Little Mombo camps were recently refurbished and reopened to guests in 2018.
Accommodation at Mombo and Little Mombo
Comprising nine luxury canvas tents in total at Mombo and another three tents at neighbouring Little Mombo, guests can relax in understated sophistication and old-world elegance whilst surrounded by the sights, sounds, and smells of Africa.
Each tent has a front door and is connected to the communal areas by raised walkways that are shaded by indigenous trees. Each room has sweeping views of the floodplains that where elephant, buffalo and zebra wade through the waters and raptors soar overhead, treating guests to spectacular sights from the moment they wake up.
The tasteful interiors blend seamlessly with the surroundings of the bush, providing an authentic African safari experience without compromising on comfort. Each tent features its own bedroom with en-suite bathroom, double shower, outdoor shower, a living room, verandah and a private plunge pool and guests can slip into the plush bathrobes and slippers provided after a day out in the bush.
Tents at Mombo can accommodate 18 adults, two children, and two guides while the three tents at Little Mombo can accommodate up to nine adults.
Activities at Mombo and Little Mombo
With a high concentration of predators and an abundance of wildlife, the game viewing in this section of the Moremi is second to none. Head out on guided safari game drives from an open-top vehicle with a front-row seat to Africa’s Big 5. Pack your camera, binoculars and bird books, because the waterways and floodplains of the Delta, recognised as an IBA (Important Bird and Biodiversity Area), allow for some of the best birding opportunities in Southern Africa. Adding to these already amazing activities, picnic baskets can be arranged for all-day excursions.
If you’re used to an active lifestyle and want to keep up your fitness routine, then head down to the state-of-the-art gym for a workout. As Mombo and Little Mombo are connected by wooden walkways, guests staying at either camp can make use of the shared gym, outdoor yoga deck, spa treatments, or beat the heat of the African sun and take a dip in the cool waters of their lodge pool or the suite’s private plunge pools overlooking the floodplains.
Those seeking a little more adventure can take a thrilling helicopter or hot-air balloon ride over the Moremi Game Reserve. Here, birds-eye views of incredible scenery and game sightings are guaranteed to take one’s breath away.
After a day of game viewing and soaking up all the activities the bush and Mombo has to offer, guests can enjoy wining and dining on sumptuous cuisine in the outdoor boma dining area. Enjoy a gourmet meal paired with world-class South African wines under starry skies, while listening to the chirps and calls of the nocturnal animals that come out after dark.
Conservation and Sustainability at Mombo and Little Mombo
As Wilderness Safaris’ flagship camp, Mombo has been working with the Botswana government in an innovative rhino conservation project since 2001. Their focus is on the critically endangered black rhino and threatened white rhino. Over the past 17 years, they have seen breeding populations of both species increase significantly, reintroducing them into Botswana’s wilderness areas and guests can consider themselves lucky to spot these majestic creatures while staying in the Mombo Concession.
In line with their approach to conservation and sustainability, the luxury canvas tents have been designed to retain the integrity of the surrounding fauna and flora and are built using natural materials, reducing the camp’s and its guests’ carbon footprints, while harnessing the intense African sun to make the camp 100% solar-powered.
Because of this, conservation and sustainable travel are at the heart of their purpose. Mombo and Little Mombo not only want to enhance the importance of nature conservation to everyone who travels throughout Africa but also to highlight the importance of cultural conservation and inclusion in creating a sustainable continent that can be enjoyed for generations to come.
Extend your Botswana safari vacation
Botswana is teeming with wildlife and game viewing opportunities, but that’s not the only thing to enjoy when you visit Southern Africa. Book one of these bespoke tours with us and soak up more than just a safari when you stay at either Mombo and Little Mombo Camp in the Okavango Delta.
To experience Botswana’s Okavango Delta and the magic of the African bush, book a tour or get in touch and we’ll help you plan your dream safari vacation in Botswana.