Mombo Camp is considered by many to be the finest camp in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Located in the heart of the delta, within the renowned Moremi Game Reserve, the camp sits on the north western tip of Chief's Island. The wildlife here is dense and varied, and game viewing is among the best in the world, making this a prime setting for BBC and National Geographic wildlife documentaries. Excellent birding is a bonus.
Mombo Camp, one of a small group of top-of-the-range ‘premier’ safari camps, (designed by the award winning duo Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens), combines stylish architecture and luxury with the ease of home comfort. Its sister camp, Little Mombo, shares the same exceptional standard of luxury. You would need to book early as both camps fill up many months in advance.
Mombo and Little Mombo, although close together, are two distinct camps. Mombo has nine vast and luxurious tents, all raised off the ground on wooden decks and all with lounge as well as bedroom areas. Every tent has an expansive bathroom and outdoor shower. Whilst Mombo Camp is land-based, tents and common areas have scenic views over the Delta floodplains. The camp has a plunge pool for a refreshing dip, and a boma for dining under the stars.
Mombo Camp is in a highly photogenic area of shallow floodplains, with excellent all-year round game viewing and regular sightings of all the major predators. You may see buffalo, elephant, hyena, impala, lion, leopard, tsessebe, warthog, and zebra. In addition, there is a resident population of cheetah in the area, and a large pack of wild dogs regularly hunts in the locality.
While black and white rhinoceros used to live in this region, by the 1980s they had vanished due to poaching. The Botswana Department of Wildlife and National Parks, assisted by other naturalists, has embarked on an effort to reintroduce rhino to the Moremi Game Reserve. In 2001, five white rhino were set loose in Moremi, and they have settled in well on Chief's Island. A visit to Mombo will give you the best opportunity of spotting one of these, free-ranging white rhino of Botswana.
The birdlife around the camps is abundant. Raptors such as the White-backed, hooded, and Lapper-faced vultures are common, and other species of vulture are also in residence. You may see oxpeckers, Wattled cranes, Secretary birds, Kori bustards, African crakes, Pygmy geese, Dwarf jacanas, and Slaty egrets, too, while in the dry season, pelicans, Saddle-billed storks, Marabou storks, Black egrets, and herons abound.
Expert guides lead walking tours and game drives, and private game drives can be arranged. With changes in game reserve rules expected shortly, night drives should begin.
Children are welcome from the age of eight. For children between 8-12 years, game drives must be private and there may be an extra charge for this. For advice on family-friendly safari options, speak with our consultants.