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Old Mondoro

What a setting and what a great camp. Our last consultant here had thirty elephant in camp the day he was leaving and literally had to be picked up by vehicle from his room! Recently a vote in the office put Old Mondoro as one of our favourite adventurous camps in the whole of Africa. The setting is exceptional and the unpretentious atmosphere in camp is superb. A great camp to go to after a few luxury nights at Chiawa. But also, a destination in itself. Needless to say, we really, REALLY like this little camp.

Old Mondoro - The Details

Owned by the Cumings family who also own the super luxurious Chiawa Camp, Old Mondoro is a four roomed camp set in a great spot on the banks of the Zambezi. Rustic in style, Old Mondoro is similar to the bush camps of the Luangwa valley and attracts an adventurous crowd.  
Located towards the eastern side of the park, in a wonderfully open area of faidherbia forest, Old Mondoro Bush Camp, is a far simpler affair than its sister camp, Chiawa. Here glowing paraffin lamps enhance electricity (the rooms have electric reading lights and charging facilities), bathrooms open to the stars with steaming showers on tap, deep splash tubs for a wallow and the four delightful en-suite chalets are of local pole, canvas and reed construction. Yet like Chiawa, only an hour west by boat, guiding levels, activity choice, service and excellent home-cooking remain trademarks.
The comfortable rooms are strung out along a hippo-friendly channel off the Zambezi, enjoying great views with their half-height walls and wide decks, each with a comfy day bed.
Activities at Old Mondoro focus on game drives, walking, canoeing and boating, catch & release angling also available though the elephant and hippo activity around camp are enough to encourage a lodge-based safari! Tasty meals are served fireside or in the open-sided thatched dining room, and star-gazing in this remote spot makes a perfect pastime.
The simplicity and size of the camp leads to a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere and as an antidote to the pressure and pace of modern city life, you couldn’t ask for a better retreat.


Guide price: $1070 per person
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5 nights for the price of 4

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A very special place, so full of soul. Ryan & Pam were great hosts & all the staff were great with the girls (including extra hot water bottles & ‘beanie’ hat for Lucy on the cold morning game drives, special cooked breakfast for them both on final morning & involved them in conversations). Food was excellent & topped off by a surprise bush lunch & also a birthday cake for Claire. Location was stunning. The hippos caused much amusement, with 1 particular grumpy-sounding one named after my dad! Family unit was perfect. Claire enjoyed viewing the elephants in camp from the comfort of the bath! Guiding (Victor) was outstanding & included 1 day spent tracking the resident 2 pride males. We finally located them just after dark (pin-pointed by their sound). They’d split up but were calling to each other. Watching & listening to 1 of the males roar, just feet away from us is a memory that will last with us all forever (so too the sound of 3 giggling girls, who, after all the excitement needed a comfort break on the trip back to camp!) Loved the variety of activities at OM. River cruise was great & I thoroughly enjoyed the canoe trip & encounters with hippos. Just to top off the whole experience as we headed to Jeki for our flight out we came across a beautiful black manned lion with the remains of a male waterbuck he’d killed.
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