Teetering as we swung around in the wind our light plane bumped onto the dirt runway at Pom Pom Camp. After climbing into the open air safari 4wd we made a quick dash down the side of the runway, then parked as the little 4 seater plane taxied and prepared to take off. A necessity to ensure safety as wildlife wanders freely in the area, the last thing you’d want to see as a pilot on landing or taking off is an elephant scooting into your path.
Once wheels are up, the driver casually mentions he’d seen an elephant in the area just 15 -20 minutes or so ago. With a quick “let’s go see if we can find him”, we lurch into the bush along a partial track. Quickly locating him gnawing on the bark of a boabab tree, my camera’s out and to my surprise getting a closer view means we just drive off the glimmer of a track and go totally off road. Continuing on towards camp the 20 min drive has turned into a mini game drive as we pass by Wildebeest and Tsessebe frolicking with their young.
The “wow” feeling takes over after the welcome song as soon as you enter the large, open-air common area that sits on the edge of a small lake enveloped by bush.
The tents are pretty much the same as Gunn’s – twin beds in a spacious main room, a small sitting room with a lounge and desk, outdoor shower and a fabulously large front deck that overlooks the gorgeous delta.
The managers buzz about chatting and making sure everyone is being looked after; the meals were great with varying choices available each day – more than enough to satisfy; the guides are all extremely knowledgeable and mix well with guests, while the activities are first class.
Pom Pom is very well run and you can certainly feel it in the ambiance – it was absolutely the highlight of my trip!