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Pom Pom Camp

Pom Pom Camp

Pom Pom Camp is situated on its namesake island within the private Matsebe Concession in the heart of Botswana’s iconic Okavango Delta at the head waters of the Xudum River system. And if the locale is not enough, the camp also lies on the western boundary of the world-famous Moremi Game Reserve.

The legendary drama of Botswana’s Okavango Delta is re-created each year as millions of gallons of water gush down from the Angolan highlands and into northern Botswana. Two Angolan rivers converge to form the Okavango River which in turn spills its water into approximately 5,800 square miles of the Kalahari Desert . . . and the delta is born!

There is some amount of permanent water here, but without seeing it first-hand, it is difficult to imagine the transformation that occurs when water floods the arid terrain. This anomaly of wetland and desert cohabiting for a time is what makes the delta extraordinary. The seemingly impossible concentration and diversity of plants, amphibians, birds, mammals, and reptiles is what draws tourists here year after year.

Although access to Pom Pom Camp is by twenty-minute flight from Maun, the short jaunt is a highlight in its own right, providing a unique perspective on the terrain. Pom Pom Camp perches on the banks of a permanent lagoon where hippos claim dominance and grunt and posture to prove it.

The main building at Pom Pom is attractive, constructed of thatch and canvas. The lounge, dining area, bar, gift shop, boma, and pool are all here. Accommodation is in nine traditional en-suite safari tents that sleep two guests each. The bathrooms are open to the sky but enclosed on the sides for privacy and security. Each tent is nestled under shady trees and offers stunning views of the lagoon. Close to the main lodge is a larger tent that can accommodate up to four guests.

Many game species are regularly seen at Pom Pom Camp including baboon, black-backed jackal, cheetah, dwarf mongoose, elephant, giraffe, hippo, honey-badger, hyena, impala, lechwe, leopard, lion, monkey, pangolin, porcupine, side-striped jackal, spotted-necked otter, tsessebe, warthog, wild dog, wildebeest, and zebra. Pom Pom is also a birdwatcher’s paradise as the waterways and reeds are home to a fantastic variety of species including Pied Kingfisher and African Jacana. Giant eagle owls are resident in the camp, and rare Pel’s Fishing Owls are regularly sighted.

Professionally-guided morning and evening game drives within the Matsebe Concession will give you the opportunity to view predators, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, and wildebeest. Nocturnal animals such as cerval, civet, and genet may be seen on night drives, and hippo and crocodile are found in the deeper lagoons in the area.

Guided bush walks may be the best way to authentically encounter the bush and its animals. You will learn to appreciate the smaller aspects that make up the whole. Travel through the waterways in traditional mokoro and access animals that might otherwise be hidden by riverine forests.

Birdwatching in the delta is wonderful as there are more than 450 bird species here. Fishing is also encouraged, and guides have their secret spots where the pike and bream are plentiful. You may bring your own flies and tackle or use the basic gear provided by the camp.

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