This is the flagship Wilderness Safaris' camp in Botswana – one of their two 'Platinum' camps and probably the most expensive photographic camp in Botswana.
It all stands on wooden decking raised high off the ground. The main dining area has, under a high thatched roof, a long polished wooden table for candlelit dinners. One side of this structure opens on to the decking outside, via roll-down grass blinds (used for rare bouts of inclement weather).
The adjacent lounge/bar overlooks wide floodplains and is furnished comfortably with hand-woven 'sea-grass' coffee-tables and colonial leather sofas. Next to this are the glass-fronted cases of a well-stocked small library, amidst easy chairs around a wooden Pygmy bed, imported from the Congo, which doubles for a coffee table.
Behind the lounge is a large boma where braais are sometimes served, while in front on the decking is a campfire, surrounded by deck-chairs, for after-dinner drinks. Near to the small plunge pool some loungers and hammocks cluster in a patch of shade.
Mombo's 'tents' are very large. They're made of canvas, supported by wooden poles, and connected by raised wooden walkways. There are five to the east of the main area, and four to the west, plus Little Mombo (for details, see below). The furthest, number nine, is the 'honeymoon tent' – close to a small 'honeymoon lounge' that is used for private dinners.
Each tent's large wooden door opens to reveal twin beds, or a double, surrounded by walk-in mosquito nets, a sofa, a writing desk, two bedside tables with lamps and a free-standing electric fan. To one side the bathroom has a double indoor shower (two shower heads and lots of space), free-standing twin sinks (the plumbing disguised by a crisscross wooden lattice) and a rather magnificent mirror – 7ft tall with a wide polished wooden frame. Underfoot is polished parquet, held together using dowels.
The zipped gauze panels at the front of each tent open on to a decked balcony, where a table, chairs and a lounger are shaded from the sun by the canvas roof. On one side is a thatched 'sala,' or small gazebo, with a mattress and cushions, which makes a nice shady spot from which to watch game. That said, the area underneath the decking of the chalets themselves seems to be a popular evening spot for buffalo.