Mombo or Vumbura?

May 2nd, 2005, 02:02 PM
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Just thought I would add another vote for Mombo. We were there in 2002 and it was absolutely spectacular. We started there and althought the rest of the Wilderness camps were also fabulous (Duma Tau--elephants, Duba Plains--lion big time and onto to Chobe at a lodge there)-we couldn't help but compare everything to Mombo. Literally game everywhere --including a two week old baby leopard experience. Lions on a giraffe kill, two cheetah's taking down an lechwe...White Rhino - I hear they have new babies now. We saw the big five within 24 hours of arriving.

Mombo isn't to be missed if you can afford it.

We are heading back there in July and cannot wait. The camp itself is incredible-our room/tent had an outdoor lounge bed,outdoor shower, huge living area.. with an extraordinary staff. We would rest in the afternoon on the outdoor bed and literally couldn't take a nap due to all of the creatures (hippos, monkeys, warthogs, monitor lizards, birds galore) to watch in the trees, along the waterbanks etc. We had to have guides walk us back to the tent at night due to elephants crossing. Lunchs in outdoor hides above the river watching elephants and hippos, dinners with music and african dancing in the boma. Fabulous dinners/desserts via Chef Craig (who is tons of fun).

You really can't beat it in my opinion if price isn't an option.
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May 3rd, 2005, 05:30 AM
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Clematis, from memory, the negative reports on Mombo experiences spanned a much shorter time period than your post suggests. Certainly in 2001 when we went all the reports I read jived with our own absolutely fantastic experience and continued to do so for several months afterwards.

In 2003 they reverted to same.

I think there was a period in 2002-2003 where they definitely failed to deliver their usual high standards but it seems they resolved it long ago now.

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May 3rd, 2005, 06:03 AM
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Yet another comment. I am certainly in awe of the wildlife Mombo offers and believe it is in a category of its own.

But to emphasize the chance element in all wildlife viewing, one of Mombo's guides told me this: For two whole weeks once during the dry season, when wildlife should be easiest to spot, there were 0 cat sightings. Not even a lion.
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May 3rd, 2005, 07:53 AM
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Atravelynn, good reminder that all gameviewing is absolutely down to chance no matter which camp you choose.

We generally don't have any specific aims in terms of what we're hoping to see so we're happy with any sightings, whether it's cats, birds, hyenas, zebras, porcupines or frogs! It's all good!
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May 3rd, 2005, 08:20 AM
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I'm at Mombo in July also, maybe our paths will cross.
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May 3rd, 2005, 08:48 AM
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Kavey, you are right about the time frame. Now about the animal sitings, it's easier for someone who has had many successful game drives to not care what they see next than for the first-timer who thinks this may be her only trip to beloved Africa who is not seeing any cats! You don't do your "once in a lifetime" safari to see frogs for goodness sakes! (fondly and with and tongue in cheek)
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May 3rd, 2005, 08:56 AM
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That probably holds true for many visitors but wasn't the case for us, even on our first trip.

We just genuinely delight in the smaller stuff just as much as the bigger.

That said, I appreciate how most people want to tick off the big stuff first.

I think that choosing at least 3 camps in different areas should maximise one's chances since, if one camp has a dearth of the big animals they'll likely still be in abundance at another camp!
Kavey is offline  
May 4th, 2005, 07:29 AM
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Hey Napamatt- maybe our paths will cross, what dates are you at what camps? We are at Xigera, Kings Pool and then little Mombo - at little Mombo July 5-7.

Also rereading my earlier post and the ones that follow, I realized I made a typo- our trip was in 2003 not 2002. Sorry for the date mixup and again, it was an absolute 10 at Mombo. Saw many many cats (lions, cheetah and leopard - even a two week old baby leopard)
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May 4th, 2005, 11:59 AM
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Does anybody yet know if Vumbura will go the Mombo route and not discount low season prices?

Jao, although also a 6-paw camp, continued to offer low season discounts, but of course I realize that Jao, from a gameviewing perspective, is not near as highly regarded as Mombo.

To my knowledge, currently, Mombo is the only Botswana camp that does not discount in low & shoulder seasons.
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May 4th, 2005, 12:43 PM
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I doubt even WS know since I would imagine it will depend wholly on demand throughout the year. If the new 6 paw Vumbura is oversubscribed even in low season and they have reason to believe they can maintain this then I'm sure they will decide not to discount - it's pure supply and demand economics. Since they probably don't yet have a really accurate idea of whether that will happen or not they probably haven't nailed down their long term pricing strategy on it yet...

Just my guesss...
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