Owned and operated by the Cumings family of Chiawa Camp repute, the concept of Old Mondoro is simple – to provide guests with an authentic, intimate safari that concentrates on the wildlife and bush experience whilst not forgoing any creature comforts or service. Whilst many guests will chose to just stay at Old Mondoro in the Lower Zambezi, it also compliments perfectly with a few nights at the more sophisticated Chiawa Camp.
With only 8 beds, Old Mondoro offers a very intimate and private safari experience in a superb part of the Lower Zambezi National Park. The camp overlooks a maze of hippo-inhabited islands from a grove of Acacia trees that tower above the massive elephant bulls that seem to be constantly feeding on them!
Appropriately constructed of canvas and natural materials, Old Mondoro has an open and adventurous feel. At night canvas blinds are rolled down and secured although with the night chorus you are assured of never feeling too cosseted or cut off from the action! Each room also has a shaded timber sun deck complete with comfy daybed for relaxation with the great views.
Jason and Michaela are your hosts at Old Mondoro and with their history of running Chiawa Camp in 2008 and 2009 they know the area and product intimately! They are ably assisted by their guiding team headed up by Levy who has been with Old Mondoro pretty much since its inception. Morat is a guide well known to me – he guided me from another Lower Zambezi Camp in 2003 and is probably responsible for my great love of this National Park. I fondly remember a star gazing talk whilst parked in the middle of a Zambezi River Crossing and an amazing leopard kill and stand off with a hyena. Sebastian is licensed to carry out drives, walks and canoeing and also worked previously at Chiawa Camp.
Location: Deep in the Lower Zambezi National Park, about 30 minutes game drive from Jeki Airstrip
Number Rooms: 4 bush chalets
Room Features: en suite facilities that include indoor flush loo and wash basin and outdoor shower & huge “splash-tub” all overlooking the Zambezi
Power Source: Invertor and Generator
Activities: Game drives (morning and night), walking safaris, Canoeing, River safaris, fishing, hides
Child Policy: No children under 12
Season: 23rd April to 7th November