Recommended Accommodation in Botswana

Mombo Camp, Mombo , Okavango Delta, Botswana

Located in the heart of Botswana's Okavango Delta, Mombo Camp is the flagship property of the luxury safari operator Wilderness Safaris. Widely recognised as the finest safari camp in Africa, Mombo is Botswana's most famous property, offering an incredibly high safari experience and a unique approach to hospitality.

Described by some guests as canvas 'pavilions' and not tents, the accommodation at Mombo is some of the most luxurious to be found throughout Africa. Mombo Camp itself has nine luxuriously furnished 'pavilions', all raised off the ground and connected by wooden walkways (that provide cover for the resident buffalo herd at night, amongst other things!!); they are perfection in enabling guests to feel at home and in harmony with their surroundings.

Each 'pavilion' opens up through a solid wooden panelled door into a cool and tranquil environment. The rooms are beautifully designed with private balconies giving you your very own view of the floodplain in front, double headed power showers in each of the en suite bathrooms and huge four poster beds (and an additional outdoor shower for those of you wanting to shower under the stars!). Each room has a hallway that gives potential guests some idea of just how vast these rooms actually are. Each en-suite comes with his and hers washbasins (along with the twin headed power showers), a flush toilet, full length mirrors and an array of organic bath salts and lotions that compliment the constantly fresh and fluffy bath towels.

The dining area, complete with a vast eucalyptus carved table, chunky made-to-order silver cutlery and canvas and teak directors chairs, has its own decking area where al fresco meals are served under the stars. Dining at Mombo is one of the camp's priorities, and something it excels at - tuna carpaccio and chili calamari being just a couple of tasters of the head chef Craig's menu - not many camps will attempt and succeed at seafood in a landlocked country!

The main areas at Mombo are raised on wooden decking under cool thatch. Situated to look over the widest part of the floodplain, an area often visited by vast numbers of game including all the predators, the views from the communal areas are stunning; it is not uncommon to be overlooking the floodplain enjoying views of a diverse selection of wildlife found in the area.

The living area also overlooks the open plain in front of the camp. Huge comfy leather sofas with velvet cushions often capture a tired guest who has intended to relax for a few minutes (Gin and Tonic left un-drunk on the sea grass coffee table!). The open fronted area is surrounded by polished mahogany floors that lead away to the bar and onto the camp's library - an area that provides the perfect respite to relax and shy away with a good book or recent game viewing report. Hidden away to the left of the main area is the camp's plunge pool; a welcome respite to escape the heat of the day

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.

Black and white rhino have been reintroduced to the region with outstanding success (albeit most are further away from Mombo Camp), thanks to the Botswana Rhino Reintroduction Programme.