Mombo Camp

Okavango Delta & Moremi, Botswana

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Mombo Camp

Mombo Camp is located on the northern tip of Chief's Island within the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. This area boasts enormous concentrations of plains game and predators - providing arguably the best big game viewing in all of Africa.

UNLEASH IT: ON MOMBO ISLAND THAT OVERLOOKS FLOODPLAINS TEEMING WITH WILDLIFE.

 

We Love
  • Major activities here are Big-5 watching and game drives
  • Black and white rhino have been reintroduced to the region with outstanding success.
  • Little Mombo and Mombo Camps are integrally involved in the Botswana Rhino Reintroduction Project.
Need to Know
  • Children of 6 years and older are accommodated.
  • Children between 6 and 16 years must share with an adult/s in the same room.
  • The Camp has 100% Game drives. No water activities although guests will see water in the area at times.
  • The Camp is 100% solar powered. A 220v generator is used for emergencies.

The Review

The Camp is located in a drier region of the Okavango Delta which is quite unlike the water-inundated areas elsewhere. Habitats here vary from secluded island sanctuaries with papyrus fringed channels to low sandy islands and dry grasslands where the vegetation and wildlife flourish.

Wildlife
Renowned as one of the best game areas in Africa, the Mombo Camp is a predator haven with frequent excellent sightings of Lion, Leopard. Wild Dog can be seen and inter-predator interaction is a feature. Plains game is prolific – Zebra, Wildebeest, Buffalo, Giraffe and all the delta antelope are present in numbers. Year round birding is superb.

This abundance and variety of wildlife owes much to Mombo Camp's positioning on the ecotone between east and west Okavango Delta. Between March and May, when the waters come, large mammals are able to move into the Chief's Island area, which contains rich resources of grass and Acacia woodland.

By September and October the waters have started to recede and leave behind vast floodplains of short, green grass when the islands are now at their driest. This is the secret to the amazing diversity and quantity of wildlife in the Mombo region.

Why Stay
Mombo Camp is built under large shady trees and overlooks a wonderful floodplain teeming with wildlife. Accommodation comprises nine spacious tents raised off the ground, all built to maximise the vistas over the plains. The tent interiors are elegantly furnished with polished parquet floors, complete with an outdoor thatched sala – an ideal vantage from which to watch passing game. Bathrooms are en-suite, with indoor and outdoor showers.

The main living and dining area is under thatch and there is a boma for traditional dinners, small library and a plunge pool to relax in the heat of the day. Large concentrations of plains game often occur in front of camp and guests may view a variety of animals without even leaving the veranda.

Experience
Activities at Mombo Camp include morning and afternoon game drives. Open 4x4s provide an excellent vantage for viewing the high concentrations of plains game and all the predators - including the big cats. Lion sightings are frequent. Guests at Mombo Camp can also expect to see leopard, wild dog, spotted hyaena, large herds of buffalo, elephant, white rhino, southern giraffe, blue wildebeest and Burchell's zebra.

Getting There

The Little Mombo Camp is located in Central Okavango Delta. It is at the northern tip of Chief’s Island Moremi Game Reserve on Mombo Island. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and is accessed by a short 30 min flight on a light aircraft. The flight from Kasane takes one hour and 20 mins. The flight from Kasane to Victoria Falls takes 20 mins but allow additional time for customs and immigration. There is a luggage restriction on this flight of 10kg (22lbs) per person, soft sided luggage.

 
Mombo Camp Okavango Delta & Moremi, Botswana

Mombo Camp

Rating                       Premier Camp
Type                         Safari Lodge
No of Units                9
Max Occupants          18 plus 1 tour leader/guide.
Interests                    Birding, Nature, Wildlife
Location                    Mombo Concession


Accommodation

Standard Tent
There are nine luxurious guest tents with two twin beds in each tent. Custom made linen enables twin beds to be converted into a king sized bed on request in all tents.

Guide Tent
There is one guide tent which is shared with Mombo Main Camp – it is of similar standard as a guest tent, but much smaller in size.

Tent Details
Luxury tented rooms have thatched roof and en suite bathroom facilities with a separate toilet, inside as well as outside shower. Soaps, shampoos, mosquito net and insect repellents are supplied. Rooms have ceiling fan, a safe and a sala. Hairdryer on request. Each unit is on raised decks overlooking the surrounding plains.

Camp Details
The Mombo Camp is located deep within Moremi Game Reserve, beneath huge trees on the edge of a scenic floodplain. The main area has a dining room, lounge and bar under thatch is on a deck is connected with raised walkways to guest tents and Little Mombo main camp. An open air boma is used for dining under the stars. There is a gym area and two plunge pools. Massage treatments (at an additional cost) can be conducted in the privacy of the guest’s tent. A curio shop is shared with Little Mombo camp. There is a private lounge for smaller groups, private dinners or honeymooner’s dinners (shared with Little Mombo camp)

Electricity & Water
The camp is 100% solar powered (solar panels and inverters provide electricity and hot water. Supplies power for hairdryers, fan and mini bar). A 220v generator is used for emergencies. Multi-plugs are available for charging camera and video equipment and laptops in the tent. Guests are also urged to bring two batteries for video recorders or cameras, as a battery can only be charged when the generator is in use.


Activities

Type – 100% Game drives. No water activities although guests will see water in the area at times.

Best game viewing in Botswana
The main activity here is game drives via 4 x 10-seater open 4 x 4 Land Rovers each accommodating maximum six guests, allowing all guests an outside seat. Reference books available in each guest tent for use on drives. Binoculars and Peaceful Sleep insect repellent are available in a centre console on each row of seats. The camp has a supply of bean bags for guests to use to steady their camera while on a game activity. Game drives are on Chiefs Island.

Private vehicle is available on request (there are 5 vehicles in the concession with 3 primarily being used at Mombo main camp, 1at Little Mombo and 1 available for private vehicle booking).
Hippo hide located 20 minutes from camp which can be used for bush brunches.

Suggested Daily Activity Schedule
The Premier camps are very flexible with meal times/venues and activity times and thus this is an indication only.

Morning wakeup call is between 0500h and 0600h. Morning tea and light continental breakfast before departing for morning activity. Return to campsite by about 1000h for a brunch which has a selection of breakfast and lunch dishes. Afternoons are at leisure.

Afternoon tea (at 1500h or earlier in winters) is with a selection of sweet and savoury snacks. This is followed by game viewing activity which generally ends with drinks and snacks for sundowners, returning to the camp at sunset or dependent on park rules.

Pre-dinner drinks and snacks are served at the bar around 1930h. These are followed by a three-course dinner. All courses are served at the table except on Mondays (traditional night) when the starter and dessert are served whilst the main course is buffet style. By 2100h the group generally congregates around a campfire where coffee and liqueurs are served. Cigars available.

Seasons
    Festive Season: 20 December 2013 to 10 January 2014
    Low Season: 11 January 2013 to 31 March 2013
    Shoulder Season: 01 April 2013 to 14 June 2013 & 01 November 2013 to 19 December 2013
    High Season: 15 June 2013 to 31 October 2013


Policies

Child Policy
    Children of 6 years and older are accommodated.
    For families travelling with children between 6 and 12 years, private activities need to be booked and paid for.
    Children between 6 and 16 years must share with an adult/s in the same room.

Other Policies
    All drinks are included in the nightly tariff, with the exception of premium wines & champagne, and premium liqueurs & spirits.
    Laundry is done on a daily basis and inclusive in the nightly tariff.
    Curios, imported drinks and tips/gratuities can be billed to the tent number and settled on check out. Payment can be effected by cash (US$), travellers’ cheques or the following credit cards: Visa or MasterCard.

Taxes and fees
    All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
    Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay (e.g., room service, minibar, in-room movies, etc).
    A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.

Additional Services
    Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
    Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call AwimAway.com on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
    Check in:         2:00 PM
    Check out:      12:00 PM
    Minimum stay:    1 night

 

Mombo Concession

The Mombo Concession comprises 45 000 hectares of the Moremi Game Reserve and is located on Chief's Island in the central Okavango Delta. In the interior of Chief's Island, mopane woodland is interspersed with belts of Kalahari sand and acacia. Towards the edges of the island regular seasonal flooding creates shallow floodplains dotted with wild date palm islands and riverine forest. Mombo offers arguably the best big game viewing in Botswana with prolific concentrations of general game such as giraffe, zebra, warthog, red lechwe, tsessebe, wildebeest, kudu, elephant, buffalo and impala. Abundant predator sightings include lion, spotted hyaena and leopard. Chief's Island is also home to the only white and black rhino found in the Okavango Delta.

Birdlife
Birdlife is prolific around Little Mombo Camp, with waterfowl like African Jacana, Pygmy-Geese, massive Goliath Heron and migrant waders in summer being particularly common.

Gratuity Schedule
The following is the suggested gratuity schedule only and is subject to service standards:
Guides – £6.00 per person per day
General Camp Staff – £3.00 per person per day
Specialist Guides (if applicable) – £6.00 per person per day


When to go

Botswana’s winter is during our British summer, and the weather is hot during the day, but it isn't a stifling heat, and cold at night. The summer months (British winter) can be hot and humid and there is a chance of rain. Botswana has one rainy season which runs between mid-December and runs through to mid-March.

Visa
All visitors to Botswana need a valid passport for at least six months, but no visas are required by citizens of most Commonwealth countries, EU countries, USA and other selected countries. A valid return ticket is required. On arrival you’ll get a 30-day entrance stamp.

Visas are also not required by transit passengers, provided they are continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft, and do not leave the airport.

Health
Travellers arriving from or having transited through countries where yellow fever is endemic will be required to show a suitable certificate of vaccination in order to gain entry into the country. This includes endemic countries such Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda, as well as of marginal risk countries such as Somalia, Tanzania and Zambia.


Getting There

The Little Mombo Camp is located in Central Okavango Delta. It is at the northern tip of Chief’s Island Moremi Game Reserve on Mombo Island. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and is accessed by a short 30 min flight on a light aircraft. The flight from Kasane takes one hour and 20 mins. The flight from Kasane to Victoria Falls takes 20 mins but allow additional time for customs and immigration. There is a luggage restriction on this flight of 10kg (22lbs) per person, soft sided luggage.

Airstrip Details
Mombo airstrip located 15 minutes’ drive from camp
Licensed for heavier aircraft up to 5700kg MAUW (maximum all up weight), can take King Airs provided that they have flotation gear.
(Mombo Main Camp is five minutes away from Little Mombo).
Airstrip co-ordinates: S19 12.68, E022 47.51