One of the original upmarket camps in the Delta, Pom Pom (GPS: POMPOM 19°35.072’S; 22°50.560’E) is barely 5km southwest of Kanana, though this is about 45 minutes’ drive. Pom Pom was originally opened here by Ker & Downey in 1985, but was later re-built by Wilderness when they took it over in 2001.
Pom Pom’s six tents are all on the ground on the edge of a small island overlooking a lagoon. Two are west of the central area; four are on the east side. These are standard Meru-style tents furnished with twin or double beds, a wicker chair, and a wooden dresser and wardrobe. The toilet and washbasin are en suite, whilst the private (hot) shower is reached through a zipped entrance at the back of the tent and covered by a canvas roof.
Activities here include day and night drives, mokoro trips and short walks. These walks were expertly led by one of the camp’s managers, Brian, on our last visit. Excursions by boat are only occasionally possible when water levels are very high. (The main flood hits here around May, often filling the dry lagoon in a day. The area’s highest water levels usually occur around June to August.)
This rustic camp looks out on to a small permanent lagoon, fringed by lilies. The bar is a simple wooden counter with a few stools built around a large strangler fig and there are two dining areas, one under canvas and the other open. The wooden coffee tables and wicker chairs of the lounge stand under a canvas roof, together with a small but informative selection of books and a backgammon set. This proved a very friendly and compact little camp when last visited; it had a great atmosphere.[Editor's note - Pom Pom has changed hands since this text was written]