Mombo Concession, central Okavango Delta,
Moremi Game Reserve,
Listed on the Stock Exchange
Date of Creation
The camp was first created in 1990.
Exclusive Luxury Safari Camp
Hoanib Skeleton Coast
History & Story
Long known as “the Place of Plenty,” Mombo boasts enormous concentrations of plains game and predators and is considered to be one of the best areas for game viewing in Africa.
Rebuilt in 2018, Mombo aims to maintain the traditions and history of the camp, as well as to celebrate our Conservation Purpose – indeed, one of our greatest conservation successes: the reintroduction of black and white rhino into the wilds of Botswana.
The nine spacious tents afford sweeping views over a floodplain teeming with wildlife. The sitting room, separate bedroom and bathroom, indoor and outdoor showers and bathtub with copper and brass fittings all contribute to the Wilderness ideal of responsible luxury.
Complete rebuild in 2018. Architects and designers : Nick Plewman Architects and Associates, and Caline Williams-Wynn from Artichoke.
Main Strengths, Special Touch
– Wilderness Safaris Flagship camp in the heart of the Okavango Delta.
– Arguably the best big game viewing in all of Africa – known as the Place of Plenty
– Bountiful hunting ground for large prides of lion and star-struck leopard
– An opulent safari camp in the very heart of the Delta
The Mombo Concession comprises 45 000 hectares (111 000 acres) of the Moremi Game Reserve and is located on Chief’s Island in the central Okavango Delta.
The Mombo Concession is known as “the Place of Plenty,” highlighted by the massive concentrations of plains game and predators that live here. These include all the big cats, of which lion sightings are frequent. Leopard, spotted hyaena, large herds of buffalo, elephant, giraffe, blue wildebeest, Burchell’s zebra and more abound, while cheetah and wild dog sometimes move through the area. It is here that black and white rhino were first reintroduced into the Delta, to be seen occasionally by a lucky few.
Key sites/activities in the area
- Safaris (game drives) in one of the most wildlife-rich area of Africa
- Spa (extra cost)
- Helicopter scenic flights and excursions (extra cost)
- Gym, Pool, Yoga
Purpose : Since 2001, Mombo has been the centre of a unique partnership between Wilderness Safaris and the Botswana Government in a pioneering rhino conservation programme that has seen healthy breeding populations of both Critically Endangered black rhino and Near Threatened white rhino reintroduced to and living in the Okavango Delta.
Children aged 13 years and older are accepted at Mombo. Between the ages of 13 and 16 years, children must share with an adult.
No children 12 years and younger, unless sole use of camp is booked.
• Number of rooms, (keys) in all: 09 x units in total comprising:
– 08 x twin-bedded luxury canvas tents each with two twin beds.
– 01 x family unit, comprising two luxury canvas tents (both en-suite) sharing an entrance and deck.
– Mattress converters are available that transform twin beds into double beds. To be arranged prior to arrival.
Plus guide/pilot/tour leader accommodation comprising:
– 01 x twin-bedded tent with shared en-suite facilities (this is shared with Little Mombo; tent of same standard as a guest tent).
– Luxury canvas tent on an elevated wooden deck overlooking the surrounding game filled plains and connected with elevated wooden walkways. Entrance to the tent has a door.
– Each tent with en-suite facilities comprising double indoor shower, outdoor shower, bath, separate toilet, double vanity basin and a well-lit dressing table/ vanity area.
– Tent facilities include a private plunge pool, open-air lounge area and deck, mosquito screen sliding doors, mosquito net, electronic safe, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, mini-bar, lounge area, sala on deck, exercise mat and weights (02 x 1 kg and 02 x 2 kg) and charging facilities with USB ports.
– No air-conditioning, however, ceiling fans in all the tents (with the addition of a pedestal fan on request should it be needed).
– Amenities supplied in each tent; seasonal bathrobes, slippers, liquid soap, body wash, shampoo and conditioner, body lotion, room spray, insect repellent, insect spray, mosquito coil, shower caps, vanity kit with cotton tip swabs and cotton wool pads, sewing kit, tissue dispenser, laundry bag and umbrella are supplied in each tent.
Restaurants & Bars
Fully inclusive offering
• Dining area is under canvas on a raised deck.
• Ambient fire place in the main lounge area.
• Camp fire area.
• During winter months shawl blankets are provided during dinner.
• Traditional boma for dining under the stars.
• Pizza oven.
• Gym with one stationary exercise bike, two treadmills, one rowing machine, Yoga mats, Pilates and medicine balls, skipping ropes, kettle bells and a range of free weights. Convenient shower rooms can be found off both the gym and spa.
• Spa with two in-house beauty therapists (treatments at an additional cost, possible for in-tent massage treatments to be arranged as part of the mobile therapy service offering).
• Yoga deck, yoga sessions with an instructor (on the yoga deck or in the bush) available on a request basis.
• Lap pool located at the gym.
Extra Notable Features
• 100% solar powered.
• Stargazing with a laser pointer.
• Skimmer hide, an approximate 30 minute drive from camp is an elevated structure overlooking the flood plain and can accommodate six guests at a time.
• Kubu Kaya hide, an approximate 20 minute drive from camp is an elevated structure overlooking a seasonal channel which is home to a number of hippos. Can accommodate six guests at a time.
• Rhino conservation talks, presentations or talks on the return of the rhino to Botswana, and our pioneering role in it, are held regularly by one of our available rhino conservation experts.
• Scenic helicopter flights offering views of the ecosystem and an insight into its formation, flights range between 30, 45 or 60 minutes.
Hotel and restaurant Awards
• August 2018 – Mombo listed as a finalist in the SBID International Design Awards
• August 2018 – Mombo shortlisted for a PURE Award for Mindful Design
•August 2018 –Mombo listed in Condé Nast Traveller’s Hot List
• August 2018 –Mombo listed as finalists in the AHEAD MEA Awards
• June 2018 – Mombo win Condé Nast Traveller Hot List Awards
• May 2018 – Mombo listed in the Town & Country Hotel Awards
• April 2018 – Bisate and Mombo listed as finalists in the AFAR Traveler’s Choice Awards
• September 2017 – Wilderness Safaris rhino monitor at Mombo, George Njunja James, shortlisted for PURE Award
• July 2017 – Mombo receives Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards
• October 2016 – Mombo, listed in Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards
• July 2016 – Mombo and Little Mombo listed in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards
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