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Old Mondoro

Our rating

9/10

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Highlights

- Intimate, select camp
- Wonderful riverside location
- Premium service and guiding
- Wildlife in camp

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Overview

Old Mondoro is an exclusive yet authentic bush camp on the banks of the Zambezi River in Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park. This select, upmarket camp offers polished service, high levels of comfort, and superb, informative guiding. Offering just four riverside chalets for guests uninhibited by higher prices, Old Mondoro will suit travellers seeking an intimate and immersive wildlife experience. Set in a tranquil acacia and winterthorn grove, the camp overlooks a group of islands frequented by hippo pods and bull elephants. This remote eastern corner of the park sees little tourist traffic, and offers superb wildlife viewing, including high numbers of elephant, lion, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, and waterbuck, along with frequent sightings of leopard.

A 45 minute transfer from Jeki airstrip, the camp is one hour downstream from its larger sister camp, Chiawa. Whilst offering similar high standards of cuisine, service, and activities, the focus at Old Mondoro is simpler and more elemental, with many visitors choosing to combine a stay at both camps. Old Mondoro is open from April to November, although visitors from October onwards should come prepared for the extremely high temperatures which coincide with the area’s peak wildlife density.

The thatched, open-sided main area or ‘chitenge’ comprises a comfortable lounge and dining area with a large communal table. Outside is a lovely campfire area overlooking the Zambezi. Mealtimes are usually al fresco, featuring delicious, high quality Afro-European cuisine. Guests can enjoy buffet style lunches in a remote bush location or out on the river, and multiple course dinners by the campfire or under the stars.

Numerous activities include day and night game drives, and bush walks. The camp is renowned for its excellent walking safaris, facilitated by top notch guiding and good visibility in the surrounding woodland and floodplain. Water-based activities include exciting canoe excursions along the Zambezi, relaxing river safaris, and catch-and-release fishing.

The accommodation comprises four open-sided reed and canvas chalets with roll-down canvas blinds. Built on raised decking, each chalet has one king or two twin beds, draped with mosquito nets. An ensuite bathroom comprises twin basins with hot and cold water, and flush WC, whilst outdoors is a huge stone bathtub and luxurious shower overlooking the river. A shaded veranda with superb views includes a daybed for relaxation. The chalets have 24 hour electric lighting, charging points, and electric fans, although note that Wi-Fi is not available.

Children over eight years are extremely welcome. A fifth and larger family unit has a similar specification to the other chalets, with an additional second bedroom and bathroom. Note there is a minimum age of 12 years for canoe safari and guided walking. The camp does not offer child specific activities, and may be more suited to older children. As this riverside camp is unfenced and wild animals, particularly elephants, regularly roam through, parents are reminded that children should be supervised at all times.

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 502 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

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