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.