Highlights of Old Mondoro Camp
- Especially good walking safari country with open terrain
- Noted for its wild dog sightings
- No electricity
- Ideal combination with Chiawa Camp or Sausage Tree Camp
Old Mondoro Camp, in the Lower Zambezi National Park of Zambia, lies on the banks of the beautiful Zambezi River in possibly one of the best sites in the whole park. The small bush camp with only four tents is in an area of vast open flood plains with beautiful old mature mopane woodland.
The camp has an open and adventurous feel and offers an authentic Zambian safari concentrating on the wildlife and bush experience. Four beautifully simple canvas and reed chalets each have screens left open during the day and lowered for privacy and security at dusk. Each chalet at Old Mondoro Camp is built around an ancient winterthorn tree and has beds draped in mosquito nets, 24 hour lighting is supplied by an ingenious green 220v electricity supply. En suite bathrooms at Old Mondoro have flush loos, basin, outdoor shower and a huge ‘splash tub’ overlooking the river. Outside there’s a shaded wooden deck facing the river, complete with comfy daybed for relaxation in the heat of the day.
The ‘mess tent’, which serves as a lounge and dining area, rests under a winter thorn tree with glorious Zambezi River views. The traditional bush kitchen serves good cooking and freshly baked bread daily at Old Mondoro. The entire experience is unpretentious and uncomplicated.
Game-viewing at Old Mondoro
This area of the Lower Zambezi National Park offers excellent sightings of leopard, wild dog and serval, as well as for zebra and kudu. It doesn’t have as many elephant or buffalo as further upstream but the regular sightings of lion & hyena more than make up for it. There are occasional roan and eland sightings as well. Old Mondoro Camp is also noted for its wild dog sightings as the dogs often den in the vicinity, and was the base for the African Wild Dog Conservation researcher for two years.
Although 4×4 game drives, boating and canoeing are also available, Old Mondoro Camp concentrates on the exceptional walking opportunities here.
Old Mondoro Camp is the sister camp of Chiawa Camp, also in the Lower Zambezi National Park. If you have time, we recommend combining the two camps for 5 or 7 nights with special safari rates on offer. Old Mondoro’s focus is more on walking safaris whilst Chiawa offers a broader range of wildlife activities.