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Wilderness Safaris Mombo Camp
Reviewed 3 October 2008

When on safari in Africa, there is Mombo, and then there are all the rest. The difference in the game viewing between Mombo and the other camps is just not something that can be ignored; if you want to see animals in abundance, this is the place. We booked 18 months in advance, spent ghastly amounts of money, had a rigorous day of flying just to get there, and loved every minute. Lizzy and Jeremy make you feel like you are their most important guest ever, and sitting around the campfire at night has a special feel that was just lacking at the other camps. We had riotous fun even though we got attacked by Stompy the Elephant and got dust in our eyes and mosquito bites on our legs out in the rugged wilds of Botswana. This is the place to see the Delta in action, and the experiences we had here in game viewing were just not duplicated anywhere else. The food, the drink, the warm welcome you receive . . . just take a deep breath and spend your money . . . Mombo is worth every penny.

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 August 2008

I have been meaning to write this and regret I have neglected to do so earlier.

The best guide ever is Richard Coke. He was simply the most charming and patient person, the best teacher, an outstanding scout, a solid driver, and an amazing philosopher that one could ever dream to have as a guide.

Mombo Camp was terrific. too. Simply extraordinary how they can keep such a high standard when they are so remotely situated. The beds and rooms are true safari interior design. Spotlessly clean and luxe beds, pillows and linen. Two sinks, two showers - inside and outside.

Like all camps we visited, one is walked to and from the room on the elevated walkway at sunset or sunrise on and when there are animals under/near it.

Unlike some camps where one has to drive a long way to get to the animals over very bumpy sandy roads, Mombo's animals seem to be just around the corner from the Camp itself.
One lunch time someone shouted "Lion kill". We dropped our forks and plates, ran for the vehicle and Richard said "Hang on"! Four of us had the ride of our lives to see a lion attack a buffalo. It was hilarious and exhilarating as we slid and skidded around the corners We all totally trusted Richard's skill and knowledge.

He is a quiet, charming and a fascinating person. We would ask for him to be our guide in a heart beat if we returned to Africa.

We later figured out why Mombo is one of the top Botswana camps. It has top geography, top and plentiful animals of all species, top guides and top prices. It was worth every penny.

It is so popular - book at least a year ahead. Do not miss it. Simply sensational in all ways!

  • Stayed: September 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 June 2008

Before we even landed at Mombo, its reputation for abundant wildlife was evident from the air--plains animals grazing on the savannah and a lion pride feasting on a cape buffalo kill with vultures patiently waiting in the background. Welcome to Mombo. It is one of 3 Botswana safari camps visited in May 2008.

Of the 3 camps, Mombo has the most luxurious, spacious accommodations. Each tent has a separate living area, four post beds, and an enormous dressing/bath area with double sinks, double showers and an oversized full length mirror. There’s also a huge veranda with a sala, where one can relax and leisurely take in the animals on the flood plains during the day. The curio shop was well stocked with many choices. The food superb and the staff, very friendly and accommodating.

Camp activities consisted of morning and afternoon game drives. There were a few drive highlights including observing multiple lion prides over the 2 days we were there; successfully tracking white rhino, having a sundowner at the hippo pool, and seeing a couple of hippos on land one evening at camp. In addition to these we saw huge baobab trees, cape buffalo, giraffes, zebras, impalas, red lechwe, hippos, jackals, steenbok, reedbuck, wildebeest, kudu, mongoose, wart hogs, elephants, tssebe, baboons, mongoose, and a variety of birds (i.e. lilac breasted roller, storks, francolin, heron, hornbills, vultures, fish eagle).

We were also entertained at night. The night sounds were stronger than the other camps. It literally was as if the buffalos, hippos, and lions were in the tent. On the first night a friend spotted a mouse inside her tent. That incident coupled with the night sounds made it difficult to sleep. So we highly recommend bringing ear plugs.

Although we did not request a private guide, we thought it interesting that at Mombo, the premier camp, we shared our guide with other guests unlike at the other 2 classic camps. Also our guide by the second day seemed a little scripted in his delivery and it was more apparent we were on a fixed schedule.

Each Wilderness Safari camp was awesome and special, and made for a very diverse, rewarding, and exciting first safari experience. We were extremely happy with all of our choices.

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled on business
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Reviewed 10 June 2008

We stayed at Little Mombo two days in June 2007. Fantastic Camp, wonderful guides, excellent array of wildlife (lions, elephants, giraffe, zebra, rhino, monkeys, and a wide variety of bird life...all in vast array).
Good experience.

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Reviewed 3 June 2008

I spent 12 days in Botswana and Zambia at the premier Wilderness Safari properties and this was the best in terms of game viewing, spacious accomodation, great food and attentive service.

This is the most expensive camp in Botswana (and Africa) but then you get what you pay for. People book 12-18 months in advance to get into this property and its top rated guides and premium service. This is also the only place to see rhinos (black and white) in Botswana and home of Poster--the top rhino expert in Botswana on these animals who gives a fascinating evening presentation to guests a few times a week.

Main Mombo has 9 guest roooms for 18 guests. Little Mombo has three guest rooms for 6 guests looking for a more initmate experience, small groups or families. (Children have to be at least 12 to stay at Mombo. If children are younger you have to book the whole place and Little Mombo is handy for that.) Both camps have the same food prepared by a fabulous local chef who has trained with the best. expat chefs. Accomodation is in tents on a wooden platform but so spacious you wouldn't know you are in a tent. There is lots of privacy and each room over looks the plains. Hippos and buffalos come right up to the camp so you need to be accompanied to your room by a guide at night! (If you are a light sleeper bring earplugs as the animals and tiny painted reed frogs will serenade you through the night.) There are multiplugs for US, SA and European plugs to charge your cameras, etc. Like most premium camps in Botswana, there is no Internet or telephone as people are here to get away from it all. You can ask to borrow a hairdryer though none are provided in the rooms. There is a nifty little gift shop but their selection of post cards is not so good. Mombo will, however, post your card for free.

Mombo is in a national park and so no game viewing is allowed after 6:30 PM. To compensate for this, you are woken up at 5:30, get a light breakfast at 6 AM and start your game drive at 6:30 until about 11:30 Am. You then get brunch and have the afternoon to relax while the guides do transfers to the airstrip. Tea is served at 4 PM and you then do another game drive from 4:30-6:30. It's pretty intense and tiring so relaxing at a water based camp in the Delta like Jao with less emphasis on game viewing after Mombo is a great idea. This is not a camp you want to arrive at jet lagged (65% of guests are from the US and many come straight off the plane after more than 22 hours of flying!) as it would be a shame to pay all that money and sleep or not feel up to the game viewing. Unless you pay for a private safari, you will be in a land rover with a total of 6 other guests--though they try to reduce this to 4 guests per vehicle and no more than one change of other guests in the vehicle for your stay. (This gives the guides a chance to get to know guests and balance the needs of those who have already seen game from the just arrived who are initially mesmerized by every graceful impala.)

It can get very cool in winter so bring warm clothes if travelling then. (They sell nice fleeces, gloves and hats in the gift shop.) You get a hot water bottle in your bed and even on game drives during the winter months!

I loved this place and recommend it to anyone who can afford it. I will definitely be back.

  • Stayed: May 2008
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Additional Information about Wilderness Safaris Mombo Camp

Address: Mombo Island, Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana
Region: Botswana > North-West District > Okavango Delta > Moremi Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 29 Speciality Lodging in Moremi Game Reserve
Price Range: ₹ 87,245 - ₹ 3,08,099 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Wilderness Safaris Mombo Camp 5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A nostalgic look back at our roots as safari pioneers in Botswana, Mombo Trails Camp is a light-footprint tented camp that has been specially erected to provide accommodation during the rebuild of Mombo and Little Mombo camps. As such, there are no permanent structures, but all the luxury and comforts of a Mombo experience, along with Mombo’s world-famous spectacular game viewing on offer. Eight elegantly furnished and spacious guest tents with en-suite facilities are situated on slightly raised decks to minimise impact on the site, all under large, shady trees, and often within sight of a variety of the area’s wildlife. Set under towering jackalberry trees, the dining, bar and lounge area offers beautiful views over the floodplain. Delicious meals are enjoyed here or under the stars, while veteran Mombo guests, guides and staff gather around the campfire to relive the history of one of our longest-running camps. ... more   less 
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