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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.