Perfectly positioned under the shade of huge acacia trees, in a picturesque lagoonside setting, Old Mondoro Bush Camp oozes charming simplicity. It is, undoubtedly, the Lower Zambezi National Park’s most intimate and private safari camp. Located about an hour east downstream from its sister camp – the super luxurious Chiawa – Old Mondoro Bush Camp provides guests with an authentic Zambian safari whilst not relinquishing any creature comforts or exceptional service. The Shona word for lion is ‘mondoro’ and the name Old Mondoro derives from the local legend of an old white lion that used to roam the area.
The Lower Zambezi National Park is one of Africa’s most scenic wildernesses and, due to the abundance of water, food and shelter, is home to an impressive quantity and variety of wildlife. Large populations of elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, waterbuck and zebra can be seen, and also over 400 species of birds. Guests at Old Mondoro have the opportunity to witness this array of wildlife not only from the usual land-based activities but also water-based activities. With a continual flow of animals strolling through the camp, guests can experience sensational game sightings from the comfort of their private veranda. Day and night game drives are the most effective way to view all the wildlife as they cover a lot of ground. Walking safaris are a fantastic way to get a close-up view of the wildlife and learn how the ecology of Lower Zambezi works. Old Mondoro is renowned for being surrounded by incredible walking country, and their team of expert guides are trained naturalists with immense knowledge of how the animals, birds, plants and insects all interact. Canoeing in the channels with a guide makes for an amazing experience; drifting almost silently downstream past birds, crocodiles, hippos and a variety of mammals concedes some unforgettable sights. Guests can explore the river and islands further on a custom-built pontoon boat, guided by one of Old Mondoro’s expert river guides. Fishing for tiger-fish is one of the specialities of the Zambezi River.
Old Mondoro’s five thatched chalets are set up on decks in a beautiful open area of acacia trees on the banks of the Zambezi River. Constructed of canvas, local reed and natural materials, they provide a perfect retreat after a day filled with excitement in the bush. Each chalet, with its private veranda and open-air bathroom, has open sides during the day while canvas drop-down blinds with windows are lowered at night to provide privacy and security. There is also now a two bedroom unit consisting of two ensuite bedrooms, per fect for families or groups traveling together. Central to the camp is the main mess tent, which serves as a lounge and dining area, this is a large, open-sided structure with a polished stone floor and canvas roof which is lit at night by storm lanterns and overlooks the Zambezi River. There’s a firepit at the edge of the river, surrounded by canvas chairs, where guests gather to share stories of their day’s game sightings over a pre-dinner sundowner.