Mombo Camp was recently named ‘Best Hotel in the World’ by Travel+Leisure, and deservedly so. It is sumptuous and ultra luxurious. The raised camp nestles under large, shady trees and overlooks a floodplain that is generally filled with life. Located in the midst of the Okavango Delta on the northern point of Chief’s Island, guests enjoy exceptional game viewing in an area that is generally referred to as the ‘predator capital of Africa’.
Mombo is known as the ‘place of plenty’ because of massive concentrations of plains game and predators. Arguably the best big game viewing in all of Africa, this is a bountiful hunting ground for large prides of lion, including the famous Maporota lions. Mombo Camp has become particularly well known for its star-struck leopards after the ‘Eye of the Leopard’ was filmed here. Mombo Camp offers an incomparably superior, all-round safari experience.
Mombo Camp is set on Chief’s Island, in the exclusive Mombo Concession within the Moremi Game Reserve – a huge area of waterways, plains and forests. Viewing high concentrations of plains game and their predators is the order of the day at Mombo. These include all the big cats, of which lion sightings are frequent - setting the stage for incredible predator interactions. Leopard sightings are superb.
You can also expect to see cheetah, spotted hyena, large herds of buffalo, elephant, white rhino, giraffe, blue wildebeest, Burchell's zebra, jackal, lechwe and much more. Both species of rhino have been reintroduced onto Chiefs Island, and it is always a treat to view hippo grazing during the day. Birdlife is prolific, with African Jacana, pygmy-geese, goliath heron and migrant waders in summer being particularly common.
Mombo Camp’s extremely spacious and luxurious en-suite tents are raised two metres from the ground and connected by wooden walkways. The tents offer spectacular views of the waterways, the birdlife and the teeming animals below. They feature expansive en-suite sleeping quarters, a large indoor shower overlooking the plains, and a dedicated lounge area that opens onto a long veranda with an outdoor shower and shaded seating.
Mombo Camp's extensive main living and dining areas and bar are under thatch and provide unforgettable views. The decks offer ample opportunities to spot passing wildlife in cushioned comfort. There are two plunge pools, an in-room massage service, and for those looking to exercise, there is a gym where you can sweat it up and work off the excellent food.
The cuisine at Mambo is a feast for both eye and palate, from breakfast and the substantial brunch, followed by game drive snacks, high tea, and sundowners, to the exquisite evening meals, which may be taken on the raised timber deck overlooking the Delta or as a private romantic dinner for two at your ‘tent’. The open-air boma adds traditional flavour to a delicious dinner under the stars, serenaded by the evocative African music of the Mambo Choir.
Thrilling game drives in open 4x4 Land Rovers each accommodate a maximum of six guests, allowing each guest an outside seat. Private drive vehicles are also on offer. Although night drives are not permitted in the Moremi Game Reserve, the raised nature of the camp allows for safe and exceptional viewing of animals, day and night, as they wander freely below.
Mombo offers outstanding birding. There is a hide twenty minutes from the camp, from which you can view and photograph both animals and birds.
The 4Cs Centre is an interactive experience where you can learn about Wilderness Safaris’ sustainable operations by committing to the four dimensions of Commerce, Conservation, Community and Culture.