The History of Mombo Camp
In the late 1970’s Mombo, or Borea as it was then called, was known to only a
few safari hands. The area, seemingly
out of reach from most due to the high water levels that flooded the region at
that period in time, remained untouched and on the most part unexplored.
The regions water levels meant that the area was well known for good numbers of
sitatunga and lechwe, both water dwelling species of antelope much sort after by
hunters. Needless to say, in 1984 a leading Botswana businessman set up the
first hunting camp at Mombo.
The eighties however saw a dramatic increase in the popularity of photographic
tourism and in 1991, after a brief ownership by another safari company, the
lease for the concession was bought by the current owners of Mombo. They had
heard of the quality of the game but were increasingly fascinated by the
populations of Wild dog that had taken up residency in the area.
Over the next few years Mombo’s wildog were studied, becoming the starring role
in a film by National Geographic and the lead characters in Running Wild, a book
written on the wild dogs of Mombo. It was at this point that Mombo’s reputation
of hosting some of Africa’s finest predator game viewing had started.
In 2000 the camp was moved to its new location, where it stands today. The old
site had become somewhat over used and the constant shift in the Okavango’s
flood meant that the original site no longer had views of the floodplains.
16 June 2000 saw twenty guests moved from the original site to Mombo Camp. One
guest commented ‘I could not believe that this was a camp that had just opened.
It did not feel like we were the first guests. The camp looked like it was part
of its surroundings. The tents nestled into the trees as if they had been
there for many years’.
It has not changed and now, six years later, Mombo is Botswana’s most sought
after camp, regularly booked at least one year in advance.