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“An unforgettable time in a spectacular place.”

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Old Mondoro Bush Camp
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Wellington, New Zealand
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“An unforgettable time in a spectacular place.”
Reviewed 24 November 2013

The route to Old Mondoro makes you realise just how remote the place is, a beautiful trip in a small six seater plane takes you to Jeki Airstrip, a small dirt runway seemingly in the middle of nowhere. From there we were taken by jeep to the camp, where Michaela and Jason welcomed us and we were introduced to our room.

The room was spectacular. It overlooked the Zambezi river and just after we arrived we watched the sunset on the horizon whilst being serenaded by the hippos in the water. The balcony made for a great viewing spot (there was a constant line of hippos and elephants, one elephant even came right up to the balcony and gave us a good looking over) and the daybed there made for very comfortable siestas in the following afternoons.

The room itself was really nicely put together and had plenty of space for the two of us, and the outdoor bathroom (with a bath overlooking the river) was fantastic, with hot and cold water available at all times. The laundry service was also much appreciated, with clothes returned ironed and folded the same day they were picked up.

Michaela and Jason, along with the entire staff, looked after us exceedingly well, and the meals were all superb. As it was our honeymoon we were surprised by a private dinner on our balcony one night, with bubbles and wine thrown in, which was a really nice touch.

During our stay we went on walking safaris, game drives, a river cruise and a canoe safari. Having access to the river doubles the amount of activities you can do. We saw a wealth of hippos, lots of elephants, crocodiles, lions with their cubs, a male lion with a number of porcupine quills sticking out of his face, a couple of porcupines themselves, a leopard arguing with baboons in a tree, zebras, a myriad of antelope, huge herds of buffalo, a few solitary hyenas, a jackal, plenty of civets and genets, and a lot more I probably can't recall now. It was an unforgettable time in a spectacular place.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reading, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 November 2013

The variety of terrain and vegetation nearby mean that every drive or walk delivers something different on each occasion, add in experienced guides with extensive knowledge of the parks flora and fauna and you have a recipe for game driving/walking set on the banks of the Zambezi that is second to none.
Jason and Michella have a venue and team that deliver excellence with ease.
You will instantly feel at home as you are personally greeted in the central area with a refreshing cool towel and a warm welcome.
If you want the best that Zambia has to offer the there are only 2 words you need to remember:
Old Mondoro.

Room Tip: Any room facing the river will deliver stunning views.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Switzerland
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Reviewed 8 November 2013

We are in the meantime real experts in safaris through eastern and southern Africa and Old Mondoro is definitely one of our favorite places. A successful and enjoyable safari is guaranteed - it's a wild and remote place with wildlife everywhere you look in a fantastic scenery. Located at the Zambezi-riverfront activities are diverse - by canoe or motorboat, by driving or walking - it's just your choice!

No other cars around, game-driving with maximum 4 guests on the vehicle together with very knowledgeable, professional and passionate guides - you get the most out of it.

Michaela and Jason are the perfect hosts who deserve highest praise. They and the entire staff were very warm-hearted, enthusiastic, efficient and helpful.
With just 4 tents you get a real familiar atmosphere - fit out is very comfortable and intimate, everything is well kept and clean. Meals have been excellent, very tasty and exceeded our expectations by far!

This is the perfect place for all those who like a very close to nature experience - a real bush feeling in a beautiful surrounding. And anyway - apart from abundant wildlife in this region Old Mondoro is actually one of the best places to spot/watch leopards - during daylight and on night drives. Also during this stay we have had several wonderful occurrences and experiences with this beautiful cat........

We are definitely coming back one day and will in the meantime recommend you to everybody!

Irène and Rolf Plüss

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Elmira, New York
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Reviewed 6 November 2013

The bush experience was great. The staff and level of service of outstanding. Elephants in camp, and frequently next to the cabin. They use red lights for the night game drives, which is much better as the animals are not a disturbed as with white spots. Saw aardvarks for the first time. Great leopards, fewer lions. You can fish for tiger fish in the Zambezi.

Room Tip: obviously there is no pool and no fitness center, because it is a bush camp.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Zurich, Switzerland
Level 1 Contributor
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

Michaela and Jason were fantastic hosts who made my stay at Old Mondoro most enjoyable.
All the guides were just excellent, I had the best bush walk I have had so far with Levy - a wonderful three- hour walk
in this amazing area. We saw lots of great game and leopards every day. It was just fantastic! The rooms of the camp
are very nice, I liked the outdoor shower and bathtub and the nice sofa-bed for the siesta hours. All the staff were
very friendly, the camp is well-kept and clean and the food is really great.
However, having said that, there are also
a few things I did not like that much. First I was allocated room Nr 4, a nice room overlooking the lagoon used by lots
of animals. However, I soon realised that the room is not nice at all when you have a temperature of 38 and more
degrees in the shade, because there is no shade in the afternoon. It was baking hot, it was impossible to use the deck
or the bathroom at all - you could have grilled a steak on the deck. The only room which has some decent shade is room
Nr 5, the owner's room, by the way. It was very kind of Michaela to let me have that room. There are so many lovely
trees that give great shade near Old Mondoro Camp- why not translocate the camp to a better location?
The second
disappointment was the fact that you can't have a private guide there, though luckily one morning there were no other
guests in camp and I could go on that fantastic long walk with Levy. My guide told me that he liked it very much too,
because most guests just want to do very short walks. It was also not possible for me to do the canoeing because the
other guests did not want to do it and they wouldn't do it for just one person, though in the description of activities
it says that you can go canoeing.
In my opinion everbody's needs are different. Some people are on their first or
second safari and have different expectations and needs from those on their umpteenth safari. Some people love birds,
others are bored by them.... So why not have people enjoy their stay according to their own preferences? Why does one
have to stop at every single Impala and admire it (Actually I really admire these beautiful creatures but do not want
to stop at every single one to have somebody in "my" car take the thousandth picture of one) if you would like to see
something different?
Conclusion: The managers, the guides, the staff, the food, the rooms as such and the area of Old
Mondoro are great. I would visit it again, however, only in room 5 and only with a private guide with whom I could do
all the activities (walking, drives, canoeing) I want to do and I have after all also paid for.
Christa Blessing

Room Tip: Choose rooms 1 or 5 if you go in October. The other rooms are far too hot. Very good sightings of l...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Antwerp, Belgium
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Reviewed 18 October 2013

It is with a very warm feeling that I will always remember our recent stay (4 nights) at Old Mondoro Camp. This is a truely amazing safari site with a very authentic feel. The location and scenery on the Zambezi river bank is unbeatable, especially apparently during the dry season when all the elephants come gathering near the river in search of water. Watching them cross the river is spectacular. The rooms are nicely decorated and open towards the river including an al fresco bathroom, which is a real delight. Whilst bathing or showering, an elephant might just come and visit you ! But it really is the people that made our stay 100 % perfect: very enthousiastic and knowledgeable guides, most wonderful and hospitable staff, and absolutely great cook.. Thank you so much Sebastian, Levy, Jason and Kayla and the whole wonderful Mondoro team ! Of all the camps we have visited so far in southern Africa, you rank among the very best. We would definitely recommend this camp for every one genuinely interested in wildlife and photography.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
Reviewed 11 October 2013

A wonderful bush camp experience. Small, intimate with a wonderful staff, terrific guides, and a variety of activities. If you want a great experience, Old Mandoro is the place for you. The only thing I didn't like was having to leave at the end of my tour. Already figuring out when I'm going back.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Property: Old Mondoro Bush Camp
Address: Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
Region: Zambia > Lusaka Province > Lower Zambezi National Park
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 12 Speciality Lodging in Lower Zambezi National Park
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Old Mondoro Bush Camp 3.5*
Number of rooms: 4
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Old Mondoro Bush Camp Zambia/Lower Zambezi National Park

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