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... Note that there are no credit card facilities. We had room 3 (of only 4), which had a lovely view of a small lagoon as...
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... that it has luxurious accomodation (king size beds, en suite facilities and wonderful food. The guiding is superb with...
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Our trip was wonderful from start to finish with a wonderful room with hippos ,elephants etc at the door ! Every care was taken...
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Tony S wrote a review Oct 2018
Norwich, United Kingdom171 contributions114 helpful votes
What an excellent experience! Living proof that a simple, deep bush safari can be delivered with great quality and style. Management was visible in every aspect of the camp. We loved the simple 'chalet' with indoor loo and outdoor shower/bath. Food was first class and mealtimes were very well hosted. Dinner took the form of a small dinner party. Our usual preference is for individual tables but this worked very well. Although game density is maybe not as high as the South Luangwa (though variety could actually be better) we saw aardvark and honey badgers plus many birds which had escaped us over several safaris in Zambia and other southern African countries. The available river and land-based safaris provide an excellent balance between the two parks. We would return without hesitation. Note that there are no credit card facilities. We had room 3 (of only 4), which had a lovely view of a small lagoon as well as the main river. It was a magnet for elephants and as long as you are not nervous about close encounters of an elephantine kind, it is the best choice. Very highly recommended.
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Date of stay: September 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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PSmallwood wrote a review Jul 2013
Stoke on Trent27 contributions20 helpful votes
Old Mondoro is a unique and truely excellent camp. Having done many safaris we can say with confidence that this is up there among the very best. The camp is an (almost) authentic bush experience, the almost being that it has luxurious accomodation (king size beds, en suite facilities and wonderful food.
The guiding is superb with excellent knowledge and amazing tracking skills. We had some fantastic sightings and the guides always knew where to place us in order to get the best photographs. Sometimes what makes a good camp really great is the management and Jason and Kayla are among the best. Excellent knowledge, superb hospitality and an ability to read their guests. Our stay at Old Mondoro was wonderful in every way and I can recommend it without resrervation. Thank you to all the team there!
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Date of stay: July 2013Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: All the rooms have lovely views
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Liz255103 wrote a review Oct 2010
Perth, Australia1 contribution1 helpful vote
Our trip was wonderful from start to finish with a wonderful room with hippos ,elephants etc at the door ! Every care was taken of us and no request too much.
The staff were wonderful,food fantastic and animal sightings too numerous to mention.
Being able to do drives,boat trips,walks and canoe trips was a big plus. We regret we did not stay longer and have time to sit and enjoy the view !
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Date of stay: September 2010Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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tdh42 wrote a review Feb 2020
Redmond, Washington289 contributions177 helpful votes
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I have been remiss in getting this review written. I think because I'm struggling to find superlatives that haven't been used by all the other guests who have given this camp five stars!

We spent 3 nights at Old Mondoro as the last camp on our 9 night safari in Zambia. It was by far my favorite camp. It is smaller, with just 5 chalets, which I enjoyed because it felt more intimate. More rustic than their sister camp Chiawa (another camp you must visit). One night my husband and I, and the other couple we were traveling with, had the camp to ourselves.

Our chalet, #3, had a view of the river and the lagoon/water hole behind the chalet. In the afternoon you can sit on your deck and watch Africa walk by, photograph the cape buffalo in the lagoon, or take a bath while watching an elephant giving himself a mud bath. The last luncheon one elephant stuck his head in the dining room - not ten feet from where we were sitting. Awesome!

The camp was recommended to me by a woman who I know from her animal welfare foundation. She has traveled to Zambia over 20 times and usually stays 3+ weeks at Old Mondoro each trip. We met a couple the first night who had come to Old Mondoro over ten times. I fully understand their desire to return year after year.

Juliet, Sebastian and the rest of the Old Mondoro team are attentive to every need and clearly passionate about what they are doing. The attention to detail is outstanding. One night on the way back to camp our spotter saw a leopard kill with two leopards and a hyena, so we didn't want to return to camp, but rather stay out late and watch. Fortunately, it was the night we were the only guests, but the chef and staff held off making dinner, which made for a later night for them, but such a great experience for us. The first morning we had amarula oatmeal. The bartender soon figured out it is a favorite of mine, so without even asking an after dinner drink appeared, and the next morning, one for my oatmeal.

The meals are exceptional - very much 5 star dining. We had heard about nshima, a staple of most Zambians, and asked Juliet if we could try it. That night for dinner it was on the menu and she showed us how it is traditionally eaten.

I appreciate that the guides only use red lights at night. Sebastian helped me with my camera settings to get those nighttime shots. The guides, trackers, boat captains are all knowledgeable about the animals. Even the young man who drove us to Jeki International for our flight to Livingstone had wonderful information on zebras and the peoples who had lived in the area before the formation of the national park. One afternoon we saw a carmine bee eater (wasn't expecting to see one in June) and I made our captain go up and down the river searching for more, and he happily complied.

We had to laugh, because every time I told Sebastian something else we wanted to see - boom it would appear. I said we have not seen a jackyl, I kid you not, not even five minutes go by and there was a jackyl. We had not seen the elusive honey badger, but on the very last evening drive not five minutes out of camp, there was our honey badger. I really appreciate that the guides and trackers are not just searching for the predators, but also looking for civets, porcupines, leopard tortoise and great about pointing out the birds.

I will get back there one day!
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Date of stay: June 2019
Room Tip: Chalet #3 has a view of the river and the lagoon.
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Christa B wrote a review Oct 2013
Zurich, Switzerland4 contributions2 helpful votes
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
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Date of stay: October 2013Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Choose rooms 1 or 5 if you go in October. The other rooms are far too hot. Very good sightings...
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