Old Mondoro Bush Camp
Lodge style Safari simplicity
Old Mondoro is an intimate, simple safari camp in Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park. The camp is situated in a grove of acacia and winter thorn trees, strung out along the banks of the Zambezi River and overlooking a maze of hippo-inhabited channels. It is about an hour downstream from its, slightly more luxurious, sister camp, Chiawa. The area is characterized by vast flood plains and open woodland making it ideal for walking and game viewing. Not only does the Old Mondoro Bushcamp attract guests seeking a pure safari experience, the camp also attracts elephants that come to feast on the juicy leaves of the winter thorn trees (especially during September and October). While you nestle into one of the cosy nooks to finally read that book, peek at the grey giants foraging for food with their agile trunks in these incredible trees. This camp is unfenced - expect some wild visitors – and therefore, may not be for the ‘faint of heart’. But no worries, with only room for eight guests in the entire camp, the staff will constantly look after you and has your back.
The camp has four screened-in reed chalets with canvas roofs creating that authentic ‘back to the bush’ atmosphere. Chalets have king size beds with crisp, Egyptian cotton linens that face out onto the Zambezi. But the best part? A large outdoor stone splash tub and shower open to stunning views of the stars and landscape; nothing like cooling off with a bath while watching elephants play in the lagoon. In the tent you will also find an indoor flush loo and twin sinks. Take in the expansive views on your own private deck where there is a shady day bed for those well-deserved naps in the afternoon. Reminiscent of traditional walking safari camps, facilities are basic yet comfortable, radiating pure African vibes. Main areas consist of an open lounge and dining area with 360° views of the Zambezi River, an outdoor boma area and riverside breakfast spot. This is where you will enjoy the most yummy bush cuisine, prepared by the talented culinary staff. Whatever your diet requirements are, the kitchen team will deliver. (Some say their gluten free bread is even better than what you can find in most specialty stores.)
Activities at Old Mondoro Bush Camp
With three guides for eight guests, here at Old Mondoro, the focus is on the personal safari. Game drives are offered in the morning and late afternoon; this is still the best way to see an abundance of Zambian species since you can cover much ground and get reasonably close without disturbing the animals. This area is known for great leopard and lion sightings, vast herds of buffalo, healthy elephant populations, hyenas, zebras, over 400 birds species and many more. Want some awesome photographs to ‘show off’ back home? The guides here know exactly how to position their vehicle for the best shots. Another great way to view wildlife from a different perspective is joining a canoe safari. Together with an experienced guide, you glide downstream while passing elephants, hippos, crocodiles, amazing river birds and other small carnivores and omnivores. For those who prefer a real look ‘behind the scenes’, opt in for a walking safari, where each step will take you closer into this unique world. Don’t forget to print the mammal and bird checklists from the Old Mondoro website to learn even more. Pure safari simplicity combined with in-depth knowledge of the area: is there a better combination?
Tripadvisor comments Old Mondoro Bush Camp
We stayed at Old Mondoro in mid-August and had a wonderful time. The setting was terrific on the bank of the Zambezi and the bathtubs (open air) were fun. The wildlife was ever present. Multiple leopard sightings. Fun canoeing the river. Our hosts and guides and camp staff did everything to make our visit memorable.Lugena and Dave W from Riverside, California
We have just returned from staying at Old Mondoro Bush Camp and sister camp, Chiawa. Wonderful experience, a real balm for the soul. Enjoyed having the elephant visit right next to the terrace and we were lucky enough to see both the pangolin and African wild cat on one of our game drives plus a total of six good sightings of the leopard during our three night stay. Excellent staff, efficient, courteous and friendly. A really magical place which I will never forget.Vivienne L from Eastbourne, UK
The accommodation and food is great (including gluten free vegetarian fare) but it is the setting, the intimacy of the camp, the wildlife - if you want to see leopards, honey badgers, porcupines and more - and the guiding that makes it special. I loved the chance to do canoeing, walking, game drives, and boat trips. One of our best wildlife experiences was from our chalet with elephants wading through the lagoon and then surrounding us - very special. You will feel very looked after at Old Mondoro.Sue W