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Book: Mombo - Okavango's Place of Plenty


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#1 Guest_nyama_*

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Posted 17 June 2009 - 03:55 AM

A book not only for WS fans... but for all friends of the Okavango Delta.


Mombo: Okavango's Place of Plenty, by Mike Myers, Penny Hoets & Grant Woodrow

Wilderness Safaris, October 2004, ISBN 0-620-31800-7

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Hard cover, 327 pages, 273 colour photos, 25 illustrations, 6 maps.

Foreword by Ian Khama, dedication by Colin Bell, introduction by Mike Myers.

Photos by Colin Bell, Dook, Russel Friedman, Chris Greathead, Richard Goss, Dave Hamman, Hélène Hamman, Martin Harvey, Conrad Hennig, Lex Hes, Gregg Hughes, Graham Johansson, Beverly Joubert, Deon Kruger, Ian Michler, Mike Myers, Michael Poliza, Alistair Rankin, Stephen Rimer, Iva Spitzer, Craig Thomassen, Charles van Rensburg, Andy van Smeerdijk, Keith Vincent, James Weis & Grant Woodrow. 2 illustrations by Paul Augustinus.



Ask your preferred WS TA if (s)he can organize a copy.

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Posted 17 June 2009 - 05:55 AM

There's some images of a few old friends of mine up in the back pages.

Although i do not own the book I've read it a few times (or flicked through it) at various camps.
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Posted 17 June 2009 - 08:56 PM

The old Mombo was a wonderful place when Dave Hamman was the manager. If only it could have stayed like that. I

was there in 1993, and just loved it. But the next time I was there they had put in a pool surrounded by decking and so

began the slippery slope. I went back in 2007 and just hated what had happened to the place. Worst of all was how

the guests had changed. I won't go back.


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I haven't seen the book.

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Posted 17 June 2009 - 10:34 PM

I haven't seen the book.

But I'm quite sure, Jan, that you know this one. :)

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Posted 24 September 2010 - 09:48 PM

Mrs. Pangolin just acquired this book in the silent auction at her annual conference. Most of us have expressed our displeasure with the changes over the years at Mombo, but putting that aside, the book is full of excellent photos and a good history of the camp and the area, as well as some good information on the formation and evolution of the delta itself.

Many photos and stories by folks some of us have met.

Definitely worth thumbing through if you ever come across it.
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Posted 24 September 2010 - 10:12 PM

Pangolin,

I tend to agree that it's a wonderful book with great photos/stories. :) An interesting tale about the different cycles of dominant predators in the area. Some people tend to forget that it's a dynamic environment ...

But today Mombo is also an icon for WS's greediness/opulence.

Don't know if you ever stayed at Kaparota in the past? What a fantastic camp that was!!!

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Posted 25 September 2010 - 03:45 PM

No doubt at all - a wonderful coffee table book. Up there amongst the top safari based CT books.

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#8 Pangolin

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Posted 27 September 2010 - 02:45 PM

Don't know if you ever stayed at Kaparota in the past? What a fantastic camp that was!!!

I know where it is, but I never stayed there.

I stayed at the old Mombo Trails (Little Mombo) in 1996 and it was great!
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Posted 29 September 2010 - 02:20 PM

Don't know if you ever stayed at Kaparota in the past? What a fantastic camp that was!!!



Yes, Kaparota was a great little camp. I stayed there in 2002 with my brother-in-law when Moalosi was

manager. We were guided by Richard Coke who I keep bumping into in Botswana, once on a plane back to

Jo'burg, when I had just met Hari! For me Botswana gets smaller and smaller!

It's a great pity that the little, simple places like Kaparota are no longer available to us. I'm lucky that I still

have them stored away in my head!


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Posted 29 September 2010 - 02:25 PM

Yes Jan, I remember him from our plane ride back to JNB -

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 07:40 AM

I stayed at the old Mombo Trails (Little Mombo) in 1996 and it was great!


So did I. It was the start for me. But I was glad I never went back because things went downhill, as they so often do...you discover a gem and after a while the commercial drive turns it to dust.

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 03:15 PM

I stayed at the old Mombo Trails (Little Mombo) in 1996 and it was great!


So did I. It was the start for me. But I was glad I never went back because things went downhill, as they so often do...you discover a gem and after a while the commercial drive turns it to dust.

Enstein-

Were you on the Jacana overland safari (like some other members here in the late 90's)? We did the safari in September 1996, with Little Mombo being the first stop. Dogs, cheetah, leopards, lions, caracal, serval, etc. It was amazing.
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Posted 01 October 2010 - 08:47 AM

Not quite as grand. By air to Mombo, Xigera and Savuti bush camp, then overland to Chobe.

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 03:38 PM

Actually, that sounds very similar to the Jacana overland. Same general type of itinerary and transport, just a couple of specifics that differ.
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Posted 02 August 2014 - 05:16 PM

Seen snippets of this and it looks interesting. Does anyone own it or know anywhere where it can be found for a reasonable price? Not the £200 Amazon thinks I will go to...


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Posted 02 August 2014 - 08:06 PM

@Big_Dog

I own a copy but not sure I can help in finding one!

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 10:34 PM

We also have a copy that was given to us.  It was published in 2004.  I would go on line and check out the used book sellers.. Good Luck!



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Posted 02 August 2014 - 10:47 PM

Strange...Amazon in the US has three new copies at $120.



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Posted 03 August 2014 - 11:33 AM

Thanks both for help!
@marg £70 is certainly a big step down...will keep my eye on that, thank you. :)
Checked ebay, abebooks, alibris and all to no avail, done a classic google search too but this book has me stumped. Normally I'm good at finding used copies but this seems to be quite a rare one. Anyone know of any good used book sellers about on the web? :)


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Posted 03 August 2014 - 05:16 PM

just checked Amazon again...now down to one new at $120 and six used at $209.49!







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