Old Mondoro Bush Camp

Old Mondoro Bush Camp

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#1 of 3 campsites in Lower Zambezi National Park
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Where there are more resident elephants than guests. Old Mondoro is owned and operated by the Chiawa Camp family, it’s an authentic bush camp that fully immerses its guests in the wildlife and location without compromising comfort and convenience. Combines perfectly with Chiawa Camp.
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Free breakfast
Bar / lounge
Free airport transportation
Airport transportation
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
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Breakfast buffet
Special diet menus
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Safe
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3.5 of 5 stars
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Hidden Gem
Languages Spoken
Afrikaans

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Lower Zambezi National Park Zambia
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Indium49 wrote a review Jun 2021
Cape Elizabeth, Maine65 contributions25 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Old Mondoro must mean special place because it certainly is. That’s why guests keep returning to this very private camp with just 5 cabins fronting the Zambezi. Each of the cabins is very private with a deck facing either the Zambezi or an inlet off the Zambezi. You can sit on your deck and see all the game you’ll ever want to see, but even so you won’t want to miss the game drives. We had four encounters with a pack of 21 wild dogs while we were there, and each encounter was truly special. We watched them for several hours over three game drives, one time for over two hours. We watched them sleep, and play, and eat. The precision of their hunting and killing of an impala was fascinating. Thanks to our guide James for this incredible experience. Our night drives with our spotter Samora were wonderful. And thanks to Monde our server who greeted us for every meal and return from our game drives with a huge smile and a cold drink and to everyone else for an absolutely wonderful experience. There don’t seem to be many places left where you truly feel you’ve left all of the trappings of the outside world behind, where you can watch totally undisturbed animals, watch elephants playing in the inlet just feet from your deck, fall asleep to a chorus of frogs, and wake to a symphony of hippos. The hospitality is truly genuine without being over the top or obsequious, and the food is the best we’ve had in all of Africa. Baulene, the head chef, and sous chef Chris are masters of healthy and delicious food. We had a wonderful time with hosts Mark and Madeleine, sharing stories about experiences in the bush and around the world. Like I said, this is a very special place. Get there as soon as you can.

For those with Covid concerns, Old Mondoro will put you at ease. It is very spread out with more than enough room for social distancing. Our temperature was taken when we arrived. Hand sanitizer was plentiful and the staff all wore masks. We were greeted with hand sanitizer after every game drive. All of the staff were also vaccinated. Africa is the place to be if you’re worrying exposure to Covid. They have taken things really seriously and are waiting with open arms, socially distanced of course.

Thank you to all our Old Mondoro friends. We’ll be back.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Response from Grant Cumings, Owner at Old Mondoro Bush Camp
Responded 08 Jun 2021
The wild dogs are just incredible at the moment with fabulous sightings at Old Mondoro, Chiawa Camp and Puku Ridge. Thank you for your review and for visiting Old Mondoro again. Blessed are we to share this planet and National Park with this incredible wildlife. Safe travels and we hope to welcome you back soon.
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mrc282 wrote a review Nov 2021
Worldwide8,458 contributions262 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A stay at Old Mondoro is probably the best gift you can give to an elephant lover. There are elephants roaming the grounds of the camp everyday. While not habituated, they are definitely more used to human presence.

The camp is designed such that it has a open concept. During daytime, the blinds are lifted so you can look out of your room easily to spot game. There is also an outer deck where you can nap on the day bed as the elephants walk by. During nighttime, all blinds are pulled down again and you feel as if you are sleeping in a normal room. So i would call it a semi-bush camp.

The bathroom area has a tub which I soaked in while watching three elephants sparring in the river 50 feet away from me. They seem to be a mischievous bunch because the same sparring happen again the next afternoon, although I was not 100% sure if they were the same elephants. And let's say the last time I stepped into a tub was decades ago....

Another memorable moment was witnessing Turndown standing on its hind legs, reaching for a winterthorn branch. I always thought this is something that can only be observed at Mana Pools NP, but apparently a few elephants around Old Mondoro have also added this skill to their repertoire.

I can understand why people say Old Mondoro is magical.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Choogee wrote a review Jan 2024
Los Angeles, California88 contributions37 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
My apologies to Old Mondoro Camp and staff and Madelein and Mark and Samora for such a delinquent review. But, Old Mondoro Camp is our favorite camp we’ve ever had the privilege to stay at on safari. We were there at the end of October 2023 and stayed five nights. We opted for the extra option of a private vehicle to ourselves so that we had the choice of stopping and going anywhere for as long as WE wanted. Madelein and Mark were our hosts, who were the also the best we have ever had the pleasure of meeting. And the rest of the camp staff were perfect and so helpful and kind to us. Old Mondoro’s chef was really good. Madelein’s artistic detail and touches were all over the camp.
As we approached the edge of the Zambezi river on which the camp was situated, hundreds of Cape Buffalo were headed toward the lagoon in front of where the rooms were. We were driven to the main area of the camp to be met and greeted by Madelein and Mark and a wonderful cold ice tea. It was near 100 degrees when we arrived. October is very hot, but the grasses are shorter than making game viewing much easier. As we were taken to our lodging by land-cruiser due to the fact elephants were walking through camp. Our room was amazing, situated at the edge of the lagoon inlet from the Zambezi. Elephants came up to the room and looked at us and then walked past. It was just magical. We could just take a seated game drive form our room. Game were visiting camp all of the time, from plains game to Hippos, Cape Buffalo, and of course the Elephants. Each room had a walkie talky to hail a land-cruiser to get you to the dining area to stay safe from the game.
Our Driver/Guide was Samora, who was so knowledgeable about the land and flora and fauna. Guides must pass a stringent testing process in order to become qualified as a guide and driver. His instincts for finding the game and anticipation of their movements was uncanny. He would kid us all the time saying 95% of seeing such and such, and sure enough the sightings would materialize… We started nicknaming him Mr. 95, LOL.
Game drives start after breakfast at 5:30AM. Since we were in our own vehicle we had the luxury of starting and ending whenever. Since it was so hot, each room had kikois for us to soak in water and wring out to place around our necks on the game drive to remain cool. We each were given our own metal water bottles with our names, filled with ice cold water to keep hydrated. On our game drives we viewed abundant Elephant, Waterbuck, Puku antelope, Hippo, Cape Buffalo, Lion, Leopard and Wild Dog. We saw Leopard every day and had multiple good sightings of Wild Dog. This was the one of the main reasons to come to Zambia, for the opportunity to view Leopard and Wild Dog and last but not least to stay at Old Mondoro Camp…. Mondoro means lion.
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Date of stay: October 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Martina Van Vlaanderen wrote a review Jul 2021
Lusaka Province, Zambia4 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were lucky to visit OM for a few days! The camp is beautifully located in an unspoilt environment where our only other guests were elephants, impalas and buffaloes oh and the staff at OM. We were warmly welcomed by Mark and Madeleine who are awesome hosts and managed all aspects effortlessly during our stay. Sightings were memorable, among the general game we particularly enjoyed seeing elephants, wild dogs, hyenas, porcupines, honey badgers, lions, leopards and especially our game drive where we watched a leopard mum interact with her two adorable cubs.... priceless. The elephants in camp provided us with up close and personal experiences on a daily basis. We arrived as guests and left as friends.
If you're looking for something special, visit OM, you won't be disappointed!
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Date of stay: July 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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DS14640 wrote a review Sept 2021
Cockeysville Hunt Valley, Maryland116 contributions31 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent two nights at Old Mondoro and there's no question it was one of the highlights of our trip to Zambia. Our guide, Sebastian, is the best. He connected us with amazing wildlife sightings. In fact, one morning he showed us where a leopard had killed an impala right next to our cabin and dragged it 25 yards behind a dead tree. I had brought my trail camera and was able to capture footage of the leopard returning the next night to finish eating the impala and also got video of a huge croc dragging the carcass away. The accommodations are wonderful. Somehow they are able to combine rustic with luxurious. Cabin 3 overlooks a beautiful lagoon and we got to watch elephants bathing every afternoon off our back porch. Juliet was the perfect host, taking care of all of our needs. The food was spectacular as well. Now is the time to visit Zambia and experience it with very few tourists there. . Don't let Covid scare you. You will feel safer at these camps than you do at home. Everyone on staff is vaccinated and being in the bush is a natural social distancer. We were the only people at Old Mondoro for two nights and we were treated like royalty. This is a special place that will always hold a place in our hearts.
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Date of stay: August 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Cabin 3 is the best!
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LindaBMarshall wrote a review Jun 2021
Lake Oswego, Oregon55 contributions9 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was an incredible experience and we will definitely return. Maddie and Mark were amazing hosts and made us feel like part of the family. We had the unique experience of being the only guests because of Covid. They made it a very covid Friendly experience for everything was clean and spotless. We stayed in Hut 3 and it over looked the Zambezzi river and lagoon. You did not need to go out on the safari for there were many animals to admire from our deck. The bed was very comfortable. The chef did an amazing job of cooking Gluten free meals, and that is not easy!!! Best of all we had the best guides Sebastian and Johan who were walking encyclopedias about the flora, fauna, birds, and stars. The sunset cruise was beautiful and next time we return we will definitely stay longer and go fishing. Joel and Madalitso who were the servers and bartenders waited on us hand and foot . We had a beautiful romantic lunch by the river to celebrate our 40th!! We will bring our kids and grandkids when we come again. Thank you Old Mandoro for giving us an experience of a lifetime.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Stay in Hut 2,3, or5
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Dio9mm wrote a review Sept 2021
Colorado Springs, Colorado121 contributions107 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What an amazing experience this was. There were many highlights that put Old Mondoro at the top of the list of camps we’ve visited. First and foremost was the outstanding guide we had in Sebastian, who shared information with us that we had never heard before and had an unbelievable eye for spotting animals that most guides would have missed. He also has the unique ability to make even an impala (bless their hearts) seem interesting. Between his superb knowledge, commitment to duty, and friendly disposition, he’s easily one of the top guides we have ever had. We loved the camp and the closer interaction with the wild elephants that visited camp. I was initially worried as the tents are quite rustic and open, but I came to love the setup and the incredible view right outside our room. Not to mention I got the best sleep ever here. Juliet and the rest of the team took such excellent care of us and ensured our needs and desires were met. We now understand why Old Mondoro is such a highly coveted camp and consider ourselves lucky to have been granted the opportunity to visit.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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BONNIE M wrote a review Sept 2022
Tustin, California18 contributions34 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Only 5 tents that are right on the river. This was an experience that will always be a special memory! Lovely tents on the river with an outdoor shower! A simple way to enjoy camp is to be surrounded by elephants in the open dining area and your tent! Food was delicious and prepared with attention to one's specific requests. One of the many unique aspects to a safari is to share time with an international community. The adventure of game drives in a region that is not overcrowded adds to the uniqueness. We were lucky enough to see the wild dogs on a hunt. Another birthday celebration that was special! We are hopeful to return to this camp and to Zambia!
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Date of stay: September 2022
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martinminarik wrote a review Oct 2022
Bratislava, Slovakia23 contributions47 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have been visiting east and south africa twice a year for the past 12 years.
visiting many places that we thought at the time of our visit that nothing could be more beautiful and more connected to nature. But it can. Old Mondoro camp is the proof. This place is exceptional not only because of nature and the landscape that surrounds it. The people who manage the camp - Mark and Madeline - are exceptional. As well as the staff who looked after us 24 hours a day.
We've seen a lot over the years, but the experiences of those few days in Old Mondoro with Mark as our guide were incredible. Feasting of Painted Dogs on freshly caught buffalo, leopards, lions and elephants in all "positions"....
An unforgettable place on the banks of the Zambezi River and we have definitely decided to come back here in 2024, just like we told Mark and Madeline.
We thank you.
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Date of stay: August 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Paul & Sheena travels wrote a review Jan 2024
Portsmouth, United Kingdom51 contributions1 helpful vote
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have stayed in fantastic camps throughout Africa but this camp comes out on top. The camp run by Maddie and Mark are delightful and took time to have some great conversations .
Food in camp from toast being cooked over the camp fire for breakfast to dinner in the evening were delicious . We stayed in room 1 looking over the great Zambezi River. Luckson was our guide and joined with Tryford for our night drives were both very knowledgeable and Tryford great at spotting things with the light red (genet). Sightings of leopard on our drives were phenomenal and seeing Ardvark and porcupine for the first time was amazing. Elephants are literally everywhere and always in camp .
We had an afternoon boat trip with Tryford on the great Zambezi seeing Elephants on an Island then crossing the river right in front of us. Then we ventured into inlets to see crocodiles on the banks, finally stopping on a sandbank for a sundowner . Breathtaking. Then off to meet up with Luckson for our night drive. Landscape’s here are very diverse from pockets of green banked rivers to barren areas which makes it unique. Everybody who looked after us receives 10 out of 10 .THANKS
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Answer from GrantCumings
Lusaka, Zambia5 contributions
None inside the National Park but there are some just outside, the main option being Mvuu Lodge.
Ozzles asked a question May 2017
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida132 contributions129 helpful votes
I would like to know what the bathroom situation is. Is it outside the tent?
Answer from GrantCumings
Lusaka, Zambia5 contributions
Thanks for your question. At Old Mondoro the toilet and washbasin are both inside, the shower and tub outside.
Answer from GrantCumings
Lusaka, Zambia5 contributions
Thank you for your interest - Old Mondoro is not an hotel but an unfenced bushcamp in a wild and remote National Park. Please contact our reservations office in Lusaka for a bespoke quotation based on your interests and requirements - details available on the chiawa website. Thank you.
OBgal wrote a tip Oct 2022
San Diego, California27 contributions28 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Chalet 2 is our favorite but all are great."
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PSA DAC wrote a tip Sept 2022
Adelaide, Australia1,569 contribution254 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Request Tent along water channel and not on Zambezi."
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SharonM wrote a tip Aug 2022
5 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We had tent 3 on the lagoon -- fantastic, because there was almost always wildlife enjoying a drink or a bath or just hanging around!"
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Cindy-Milford wrote a tip Oct 2021
Cincinnati, Ohio827 contributions240 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for a room with a lagoon view"
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DS14640 wrote a tip Sept 2021
Cockeysville Hunt Valley, Maryland116 contributions31 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Cabin 3 is the best!"
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
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Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
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Yes, Old Mondoro Bush Camp offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
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