Old Mondoro Bush Camp, Lower Zambezi National Park

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 frequent the area.

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About Old Mondoro Bush Camp

Old Mondoro Camp is a simple, rustic camp allowing guests to step back from the ultra-luxurious lodges springing up elsewhere. This provides guests with an authentic remote safari that concentrates on the wildlife and bush experience.

The camp is located in a grove of Acacia trees on the banks of the Zambezi River in the Lower Zambezi National Park approximately 10km downstream from Jeki Airstrip, near the Chakwenga River confluence. It overlooks a maze of hippo-inhabited islands and channels. This section of the Lower Zambezi Park is characterised by vast flood plains and open woodland making for ideal walking and game viewing. This is very different from the rest of the Park, which is on higher ground characterised by thicker bush and large inland lagoons.

The Park offers excellent game viewing throughout, with there being more elephant, lion and buffalo activity west of Jeki, and Old Mondoro?s area to the east which seems to deliver more frequent leopard and serval sightings, and more plains game such as Zebra and Kudu.

Old Mondoro Camp is a joint venture between the owners of Chiawa Camp and Sausage Tree Camp and whilst these camps are more luxurious and sophisticated, guests will also enjoy the very different and ?back to the bush? atmosphere of Old Mondoro Camp.

Appropriately constructed of canvas and natural materials, the camp has an open and more adventurous feel yet provides a comfortable retreat after a day filled with excitement in the bush, where emphasis is placed on non-motorised safari activities. The camp only accommodates 8 guests. Game can move freely through the camp making close encounters a regular occurrence. Elephants move through the camp.

There are some excellent game walking directly from the camp. It is one of the best walking area in the Lower Zambezi. Day and night game drives are also offered. Game viewing by motor boat is also offers a unique and different perspective of the wildlife.

The ?tents?, resting on temporary slabs, have en-suite facilities with flush toilets, and canvas bucket showers and washbasins. Paraffin lanterns provide natural lighting. The tents are left with open views during the day, and at night canvas drop-down blinds with windows are lowered to provide more privacy and security. Three of the tents have two twin beds and one tent has a double, all with thick foam mattresses, comfortable bedding and large mosquito nets. Furniture in the tents is simple, with rustic shelving throughout, a coffee table and chairs in each. All tents have outstanding views of the Zambezi. The Main Tent, which serves as a lounge and dining area, rests under a Winter Thorn tree and next to a Sausage Tree overlooking the Zambezi.

A traditional bush kitchen supplies outstanding meals and fresh bread baked daily from a homemade oven. The entire experience is unpretentious and uncomplicated, but promises a unique safari that gives guests the best bush experience possible.

Also on offer with the introduction of Old Mondoro will be multi-day canoe trips. These upmarket trips will be unlike any other in as much as the entire trip will take place within the National Park, staying at Chiawa Camp and Sausage Tree Camp along the way.