MOMBO CAMP


My favourite Mombo Camp images. Mombo Camp is an area of particular interest for me, as well as my speciality destination.

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WALL OF STRENGTH A wall of strength and courage moves steadily towards me; but I fear not, as this family is led by a wise old matriarch who has grown tolerant of humans that pose no threat in this vast expanse of wilderness known as the Okavango Delta. A typical Mombo scene, with a giant acacia (umbrella thorn) proving a characteristic African backdrop.
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GREEN EYED LEOPARD The green-eyed beauty was recently spotted mating with the well-known Blue Eyes leopard of the Mombo concession. She usually is a timid animal who seldom allows visitors to watch or take images of her activities. I guess with this intent look in her eyes she was more focused on attracting and winning over her famous partner than worrying about our presence.
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GIRAFFE UNDER BAOBAB Mombo is loaded with giraffe, and herds in excess of 40 animals seem quite commonplace. It's little wonder that our lion population is starting to take advantage of the situation, but these three little fellas have stayed side by side since day one. Often found browsing in the valley of 'Baobab Bob' close to camp, they have avoided the dangers of nature and provided a delightful beginning to every safari departure.
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BOB THE BAOBAB The gatekeeper to the ‘Place of Plenty.’ The past few days have delivered welcomed rainfall giving the northern tip of Chief’s Island well over 50 mm of much-needed pula (rain in Setswana). Anybody who has visited Mombo would recognise this mammoth of a tree standing firm in our fertile and abundant lands.
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ELEPHANT DUST BATH A monitored research elephant recently walked over 200 kilometres across the Delta, navigating rivers and crossing enclosed tribal farmland. These big grey beasts often move in the cool of night showing no fear for the dangers that lurk in the darkness. By day they feed, bathe and pamper themselves in social gatherings with much excitement and appreciation of the natural offerings our peaceful land has to offer.
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BONDING This large male leopard will remain with his female as her devoted leader and protector over the coming days to ensure that her offspring carry his dominant bloodline.
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WHEN MAGIC HAPPENS When the sun goes down at MOMBO magic happens. A large herd of buffalo settle in for the night as the cattle egret head for the skies.
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BATTLE FOR TOP DOG Everybody loves dogs, yet African wild dogs have been considered vermin by farmers of livestock for decades due to their ferocious appetite which stigmatises them as ruthless killers of whatever they confront. Fortunately, in the Okavango Delta, we have a healthy population of these Endangered predators, with no need for them to encounter domestic animals as prey.
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BLUE EYES Seemingly all the MOMBO cats are ‘hiding’ from my family; however, Blue Eyes did make a short arboreal appearance last night. With only his head poking out, and my daughter pulling at my sleeve, I had a limited time to capture this shot.
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INQUISITIVE PUPPY one of 18 wild dogs which spent a few days hunting on the floodplains of northern Chief’s Island, he was happy to leave the pack momentarily to sniff my camera equipment before bolting off into the distance.
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Peace is costly but it is worth the expense” ~Kenyan proverb "A peaceful morning at Mombo Camp Botswana, the perfect setting for a luxury escape!
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THEN CAME THE RAIN With storm clouds starting to build it was a steamy afternoon here at Mombo Camp yesterday, ance again, the Mombo Magic never let us down, and Pula shared a final shadow dance before slipping away into the cover of darkness…