The world’s largest inland delta, teeming with game, offering outstanding land and water-based mokoro safaris and world-class bird-watching.
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One of the best-known camps in Botswana for game, Mombo (and its smaller sister camp, Little Mombo) are built on Chief’s Island in the heart of Botswana’s Moremi Game Reserve. As one of the few camps permitted in this area, it feels extremely wild and isolated.
Set in beautiful thick hardwood and palm forest, Mombo overlooks grasslands into which game frequently wanders to graze and hunt. Sightings of the Big Five are common, as well as occasional cheetahs and wild dogs; the camp operates morning and afternoon game drives to see it all. Game at this nine-suite camp is so prolific that walkways are raised, so animals can walk beneath undisturbed.
Rooms all overlook the plains, as do the communal areas, such as the boma (where dinner is eaten) and splash pool (popular in the midday sun). Rooms are far apart enough to feel private, yet not remote. Private dinners can be set up on decks, under the stars.
Unlike most other delta camps, Mombo does not have water-based activities – it features only game drives. The diversity of its game means this is a great camp to combine with a more water-based camp in the Okavango. Remote, quiet and in tune with nature, this camp is expensive and often fully booked in high season.
Taking the kids
Dedicated kids’ activities include walks with bushmen and giraffe stalking, cooking chicken in the ground and pizza making in termite mounds, and at night, dancing and drumming workshops.
The reserve is a 30-minute flight from Botswana’s Maun airport.
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