Mombo is often described as the finest safari camp in Africa – and it has always been a favourite at YZ. The property will continue to be owned and operated by Wilderness Safaris, a company whose portfolio across Safari Africa includes a number of other five-star camps and lodges – Ruckomechi (Zimbabwe), Bisate (Rwanda), and, in Botswana’s Linyanti, DumaTau. Mombo is classed as a Premier Camp, an elegant offering characterised by ultra-luxury and harmony with the natural surroundings. The latter involves ensuring the lightest carbon footprint possible and, specifically to Mombo, assisting in the restoration of locally extinct black and white rhino. The rhino project is ongoing – every day, monitoring teams are at work protecting and studying this species.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
Chief’s Island is located within the Moremi Game Reserve, considered the beating heart of the Delta due to the astonishingly high concentrations of wildlife it contains! Access to Mombo Camp is available by charter flight from the international airport at Maun. The journey into Moremi is wonderfully scenic, offering the opportunity to look out for wildlife on the way!
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
Each of the nine tented suites has been recently rebuilt on the same spot it occupied previously, with a little extra room allotted to… drumroll… a private veranda complete with plunge pool! The interiors feature a very well appointed bedroom and a separate lounge. The en-suite facilities comprise flush toilet, twin washbasins, indoor and outdoor showers, and a bathtub boasting copper and brass finishings. Either side of every suite, tall trees provide ample shade and privacy.
The camp features recycled “twisting” balustrades, boardwalks that weave so as not to disturb the elephant pathways, and divine en-suite tents with private verandas. Mombo has a well-stocked bar too, in addition to a fire-pit for pre-dinner drinks and a couple of plunge pools for cooling off between activities.
Due to its location in one of the most wildlife-rich regions of all Safari Africa, Mombo has always offered exceptionally good game drives. The quality of this activity is set to stay high. Concentrations of mammal and bird species are truly outstanding, and the camp is often referred to as ‘The Place of Plenty’ for this reason! All the big cats are in residence – lion, leopard, and cheetah. Other predators you’ll be likely to see include hyenas, jackals, and wild dog. Among the herbivores, the presence of rhino, elephant, and buffalo completes the classic Big Five, while huge herds of giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, and an assortment of antelopes make for a really spectacular show here.
There are numerous bird highlights too, such as martial eagle, wattled crane, lesser jacana, and the intriguing Pel’s fishing owl. Guests will have access to a hide too, situated just 20 minutes from camp and a must-visit for keen photographers! And there will be regular talks on Mombo’s rhino project, well worth attending to appreciate all the efforts Wilderness is making to conserve the species.