01 September 2021GABORONE - Long known as “The Place of Plenty,” Okavango Wilderness Safaris Mombo, situated in the heart of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, boasts enormous concentrations of plains game and predators, and is considered to be one of the best areas for game viewing in Africa. As Okavango Wilderness Safaris’ flagship camp, Mombo is deeply committed to conservation tourism that makes a sustainable impact – playing a key primary role in the conservation and biodiversity protection of the Moremi Game Reserve, the core of the Okavango Delta..Mombo’s financial success and world-renowned recognition has positively impacted conservation tourism to not only Botswana, but to southern Africa as a whole. Mombo’s high-end luxury offering drives conservation tourism to the region, making a sustainable impact on the biodiversity protection of the Moremi, which boasts enormous concentrations of plains game and predators.Mombo's isolation and sheer diversity of suitable vegetation makes the area ideal for wildlife conservation and tourism. Its eight spacious suites afford sweeping views over a floodplain teeming with wildlife, and all contribute to Wilderness Safaris' ideal of responsible luxury. To reduce energy consumption and fuel use at the camp, Mombo was converted to 100% solar power in March 2012. The system is made up of two installations with a combined power of 160kW, combining the latest Li-ion technology and power efficient systems to produce approximately 960kWh of power per day. A strong focus has been placed on ensuring the camp runs as efficiently as possible with a low electrical demand..Reverse osmosis water filtration is used to produce both sparkling and still water for staff and guests, eliminating the use of bottled water in camp. All waste water is treated in an above ground sewage treatment plant which prevents any contaminated water from entering the pristine landscape. All waste is separated, with the installation of a bailing machine and can crusher enabling recyclable waste to be crushed and bailed on-site, reducing its carbon footprint in the transport of this waste out of camp and to the recycling facility. All water in camp is heated using a combination of solar and thermodynamic geysers, further reducing its carbon footprint. The camp is also largely plastic free, with all single use plastics being removed from its operation. Like all Wilderness Safaris camps, Mombo’s footprint is managed and monitored against very strict in-house environmental standards, so only approved eco-friendly detergents and chemicals are used..“We have been privileged to witness three generations of Mombo Camp, undoubtedly one of Africa’s foremost wildlife and ecotourism destinations. Launching the fourth Mombo in 2018 was a dream come true for Wilderness Safaris, and we are extremely proud of the way the camp maintains Mombo’s traditions and history stretching back nearly 30 years, having been remodelled to the highest and most innovative standards. Mombo is dedicated to making a positive impact on conservation, as well as to the local economy through employment opportunities and other income-generating projects”, notes Okavango Wilderness Safaris MD, Kim Nixon..As a result of Mombo’s success, much of the company’s history with citizen empowerment began at Mombo – with some of these employees still in the business. Due to the success of the camp and subsequent move of trained and highly experienced citizens from Mombo to other concessions as the company expanded, Okavango Wilderness Safaris has been operating an in-house Training School, fully accredited by the Botswana Qualification Authority, since 2005. The school was formed in 1998 in consultation with, and at the request of, Government. To date, more than 400 people have been trained in a variety of career-shaping skills, thus helping to uplift communities, build careers and generate more wealth for staff, as well as assist the government achieve the localisation of the industry..Mombo is undeniably a “Place of Plenty” that conserves and protects an enormous number and variety of animals, with each Mombo guest playing a vital role in the ongoing biodiversity protection of this remarkable area, as well as positively impacting the local economy. Mombo is truly a place of harmony: a balance between the camps, the environment and the people who stay here.ENDS.