Four superb days at Duma Tau set a high standard, but two at Little Mombo did not disappoint in terms of game drives with Cisco. Spent a good hour n the soft light of late afternoon observing and photographing a leopard devouring an impala it had dragged up into a tree, plus a lot of hippo activity close by on a trail. Many eagles appeared over the course of a day, including the stunning sight of a martial eagle swooping down into a low-flying flock of Egyptian geese and taking one to the ground, which it carefully guarded while we watched from 50' distance. The eagle stood immobile on its catch, glaring until we drove off in hopes of spotting two lion cubs whose mother reportedly was off hunting. When that effort proved unavailing, Cisco drove us back to the eagle, which we watched kill the writhing goose with its talons before spreading its huge wings and trying to fly off with the goose. The photographers among the three guests got excellent closeup shots of the eagle struggling to gain altitude with its dangling prey, then gliding into a nearby bush to devour the meal. An extraordinary sight.
Bird life around Mombo was astonishingly varied, especially the various weavers, lilac-breasted rollers, saddle-billed and open-billed storks, and a gorgeous giant eagle owl perched in a tree that Cisco somehow managed to spot. Saw large elephant herds with very large bulls and a good number of infants , a solitary female lion calling for her pride, a good number of handsome giraffes and a large croc, while a white rhino leaving very fresh tracks managed to evade us and cheetahs were nowhere to be seen. The entire surroundings, whether acacia woodlands or permanent marshes, were lush and vivid despite the winter season.
Accommodations were luxurious. The tent was extremely large, extremely well-finished and well-furnished (including a decanter of sherry and an ice chest stocked with good liquors and snacks), looking out across a gorgeous marsh where a fish eagle was perched on the opposite side and birdsong filled the air.
The significant downside of Little Mombo was the restaurant-like atmosphere at meals, where the food were selected from a printed menu and eaten at individual tables, without the camaraderie or at least social contact that typified the buffet-style meals eaten communally at "classic" camps. Beyond fewer food choices, Mombo's dining style eliminated the opportunity to eat with the guides, a pleasant and informative time at other Wilderness camps. The service at meals also seemed somewhat impersonal, and breakfast definitely had a routine quality about it, including mediocre coffee. In short, very glad to have experienced the beauty and rich wildlife of Chief's Island once in a lifetime, but don't feel compelled to return here as opposed to other camps in the general vicinity.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A nostalgic look back at our roots as safari pioneers in Botswana, Mombo Trails Camp is a light-footprint tented camp that has been specially erected to provide accommodation during the rebuild of Mombo and Little Mombo camps. As such, there are no permanent structures, but all the luxury and comforts of a Mombo experience, along with Mombo’s world-famous spectacular game viewing on offer. Eight elegantly furnished and spacious guest tents with en-suite facilities are situated on slightly raised decks to minimise impact on the site, all under large, shady trees, and often within sight of a variety of the area’s wildlife. Set under towering jackalberry trees, the dining, bar and lounge area offers beautiful views over the floodplain. Delicious meals are enjoyed here or under the stars, while veteran Mombo guests, guides and staff gather around the campfire to relive the history of one of our longest-running camps. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mombo Camp Hotel Moremi Game Reserve