December 6th 2012. By Diane Byrne.

Nobiskrug Mogambo: Global Cruising, Sheer Indulgence

The wild adventures of the heart and mind as portrayed by Hollywood inspired this megayacht’s design.

What could an African safari possibly have in common with a luxury yacht? When that yacht is Mogambo, built by Germany-based Nobiskrug, plenty. The owner of this 241-foot yacht is a fan of a movie from 1953 also titled Mogambo. Featuring Clark Gable as a big-game hunter who falls for both Ava Gardner and Grace Kelly, the film has all the drama and passion you’d expect from such superstars. It sets their love triangle against the wilds of Kenya.

While Mogambo the yacht won’t be setting out in search of lions or other animals, she does feature dramatic elements, beyond her sheer size. She’s engineered for global cruising and designed for indulging in indoor and outdoor delights.

There’s a growing trend for megayachts measuring upwards of 200 feet in length and more. While they can unfortunately become too big-looking, even bulky, Nobiskrug and Reymond Langton Design avoided that problem with Mogambo. Her decks are well balanced, and she actually looks somewhat sleek. The slope of her hull sides aft help in that regard, and both they and the continuation of grey paint into just part of her superstructure add more visual interest.

fantasy megayacht

Mogambo’s forward-most profile shows a few key design elements. First, note the large ports along her side. The biggest ones are floor to ceiling, situated in the master suite. Similarly large windows are back aft (not visible), in the dining area and saloon. Also note the PWCs stowed on deck, just forward of a sunpad. Most yacht buyers would want this area solely for relaxation and have all toys kept in a garage, but Mogambo’s owner had different ideas.

salon in a megayacht

Recall the large ports just mentioned—you can see just how dramatic an effect they have here in Mogambo’s saloon. Equally dramatic is the decor, with ebonised walnut flooring and sycamore wood paneling. If you look toward the right part of the photo, you’ll see the dining area, unusually not separated from the saloon. As comfortably laid out as the saloon is, Mogambo’s owner reportedly prefers the upper-deck lounge.

fine dining on a mega yacht

Formal dining can be formal indeed in this setting. Note once again the floor-to-ceiling ports, which flank both sides of the room. A party of 12 can gather here. Of course, like any private mega-yacht, Mogambo also has alfresco dining options. All should certainly be put to good use whether the owner is aboard or Mogambo is entertaining charter guests.

master suite

Headroom here in the main-deck master suite and throughout the rest of the deck is impressive, just shy of eight and a half feet. Other impressive features of Mogambo’s master include a fold-down balcony off the starboard side. It’s not visible here, just a few feet aft of the seating area. Also not visible is a Pullman berth, intended for children or even a personal assistant.

nobiskrug megayacht guest suite

Two queen cabins, one of which has a Pullman, and two twin cabins below decks accommodate Mogambo’s guests. The twin berths can be pushed together to take care of couples. Extra-special guests get treated to the VIP stateroom forward of the upper-deck lounge. The 18-person crew makes for a good crew-to-guest ratio.

cinema on a megayacht

What would a mega-size megayacht be without a cinema these days? It’s located on Mogambo’s bridge deck. Because no movie night can be complete without popcorn and drinks, there’s also a pantry with direct access to the cinema. That pantry in turn has a dumbwaiter connecting to the galley on the main deck.

nobiskrug ship yard magambo

Beach clubs are omnipresent aboard large yachts these days, but Mogambo’s owner put a twist on the typical arrangement. Rather than have it span the entire beam of the transom, it occupies just amidships. That’s because tender garages lie outboard to each side. Even with that, the beach club has a massage area, a sauna/steam room, a beauty salon, and this lounge that becomes open-air when the transom folds down.

magambo sun deck

Swimming, sunning, and shade can all be enjoyed on the sundeck, whether Mogambo is at anchor or running at 14 knots, a speed that affords a 5,000-nautical-mile range. And midnight movies can also be enjoyed on the sundeck. How? Nobiskrug applied a special paint to the forward bulkhead to make projections clear. Speakers overhead pump out the sound.

megayacht Nobiskrug Mogambo

The grey hull paint accentuates the strong lines that Mogambo’s design teams gave her. The yacht bears naval architecture by Nobiskrug’s in-house department, along with styling by Reymond Langton Design, a London-based company that is among the most sought-after firms. The shipyard and design firm previously collaborated on another project, Graffiti, measuring the same LOA as Mogambo.

LOA: 73.5m (241ft 2ins) * Beam: 12.5m (41ft) * Draft: 3.6m (11ft 10ins) * Displacement: 1,525.8 tonnes * Fuel capacity: 182,017 litres.

Germany-based Nobiskrug is among a handful of shipyards, mostly in Europe, competing for ultra-large yacht projects like Mogambo. In fact, Nobiskrug has positioned itself within the 60- to 200-metre size range, or 197 to 656 feet. That latter size may sound unreal, but Nobiskrug has the facilities to do it. Its construction hall in Rendsburg is 495 feet long, and it has a drydock in excess of 630 feet on site and one nearly 1,400 feet long in Kiel. Will we see megayachts measuring the size of skyscrapers in the near future? Certainly: The builder has at least one project measuring more than 300 feet under construction. That won’t take away from Mogambo, of course. After all, a 241-foot, custom-crafted mega-yacht is no disappointment.

For more information, contact Nobiskrug.

-Diane Byrne

Diane M. Byrne is the founder and editor of the daily updated website Megayacht News. A longtime yachting writer, she also contributes to Yachts International, Boat Exclusive, and other magazines. She is additionally a member of the International Superyacht Society Board of Directors and Vice Chair of the U.S. Superyacht Association.