Old Mondoro Bush Camp

Old Mondoro Bush Camp

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5.0
#1 of 3 campsites in Lower Zambezi National Park
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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4.9 of 5 bubbles
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
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4.8 of 5 bubbles
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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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Property amenities
Free breakfast
Bar / lounge
Free airport transportation
Airport transportation
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Laundry service
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Special diet menus
Room features
Safe
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.5 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Quaint
Hidden Gem
Languages Spoken
Afrikaans

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Lower Zambezi National Park Zambia
Getting there
Royal Airport
43.6 km
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Jeki Airstrip
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ahf1110 wrote a review Nov 2023
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent three nights at Old Mondoro during our 11-day journey through Zambia, and our expectations were more than exceeded. Elephants and buffalo truly roamed through the camp, while the hippos in the Zambezi sang us to sleep. The staff were consistently accommodating and friendly. The wildlife encounters were sensational, thanks to our guides Luckson and Adson, who facilitated breathtaking experiences with wild dogs, lions, leopards, and during the night drive: porcupines, aardwarks, hyenas, jackals—only the pangolin remained elusive. We sincerely hope to return. Thank you, Old Mondoro. Thank you, Luckson and Adson!
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Tiwonge K wrote a review Sept 2023
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Old Mondoro truly gave us the wild Safari experience we wanted. We woke up to elephants right in front of our room and great sightings on our game drive of Lions, leopards, hyenas, and wild dogs just to mention a few. We really enjoyed our walking safari too, very informative all thanks to our amazing guides Boaz and Yohane. Boaz had a lot to share, very knowledgeable and I would really recommend him as a guide. The food was exceptional and the staff was so helpful. I 100% recommend it!
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Geoff D wrote a review Aug 2023
San Mateo CA
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The picture does not lie. There are elephants wandering through the camp, relaxing in the watering holes, bathing in the river, even venturing into your bathtub throughout the day. Water buffalo, impalas, and baboons were frequent visitors to the watering hole right outside our room. We even had a leopard pacing back and forth one evening. Our hosts, Madeline and Mark, were as entertaining as the animals -- in a good way. We recommend this camp highly.
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Dajari63 wrote a review Nov 2022
Bristol, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Everything about this place is beyond perfect. Wonderful hosts. Wonderful camp. Simply stunning wildlife on the doorstep. The wild dog hunt and ensuing chase will live long in the memory. Superb guiding from Samora was the icing on the cake. Pity Mark (the host) thought South Africa had a chance in the T20 Cricket World Cup!!
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Michael M wrote a review Aug 2023
Diablo CA
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is 26th trip to Africa. I am not sure how we missed this amazing camp.

The wildlife around the camp is prolific. Elephants, buffalo, hippo, etc all day and night.

There were two leopard kills IN CAMP over our 5 nights. The first occurred just after we were dropped back at our tents following an excellent meal.

Next thing all the guests in the finest sleeping clothes are jumping in a vehicle to see the leopard take the kill up into a tree.

We saw
The dogs chases and kill 2 kudu and then chase and kill a bush buck 2 days later.

We saw 6 unique leopards over the course of 12 leopard sightings.

5 aardvark- it is actually “a thing” at this camp over the 5 evenings following a full moon. I thought they were pulling my leg until we saw 5 aardvark

2 porcupine

The food is really amazing. Like restaurant good.

Madeline manages the camp with grace and experience beyond her years.

To sum it up

We left a sighting of lion and leopard in close proximity to look for aardvark. On the way to the aardvark we were slowed down by a porcupine sighting.

Highly Highly Recommended

Mike Maloon
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Cherryl C wrote a review Mar 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The camp itself it located right on the Zambezi river bank. At night you can hear the hippos come up to graze and you fall asleep to their sounds. The staff at the camp are amazing and will take very good care of you. And the food is wonderful! Make sure you go out on the river for a sunset cruise. Beautiful!
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Date of stay: September 2019
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OBgal wrote a review Oct 2022
San Diego, California
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I just returned from our second visit to this camp. Our first was in 2018 and as evidenced by the presence of four other couples, who were all on their 2nd or more visit to this camp, our return was a shared theme. Our guide, Samora is reason enough to visit this camp but there are so many reasons. First, Samora is an uncanny spotter of animals and events including 5 individual experiences watching the large pack of Painted Dogs (28 adults and 16 puppies) chase and dispatch 6 meals in 4 days. Not something we intentionally went to see but some of the most intense game viewing we have had in 3 trips to various countries in Africa. Samora was key to making our whole experience exceptional. We saw leopards, honey badgers and so many elephants, we lost count. Lions and buffalo are present as well. The wildlife around this camp is plentiful and varied. The camp is run by Mark and Madeline who do an exceptional job, as does all the staff. The vibe is low key but very comfortable and pleasant. We will return for sure.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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LJLERC wrote a review Jun 2022
Nashville, Tennessee
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have been so fortunate to go to Africa six times and this was my second visit to Zambia but first to Old Mondoro. This feels like my African home. I have stayed in many great camps but none match Old Mondoro in landscape, animal encounters, guiding, and intimacy of the staff and other guests. I can’t imagine returning to Africa without coming here. I completely understand why it has a huge fan base.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Response from Grant Cumings, Owner at Old Mondoro Bush Camp
Responded 18 Jul 2022
You have captured the Old Mondoro experience perfectly, thank you.
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Dave R wrote a review Sept 2013
Hartfield, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our 3rd time at Old Mondoro. Wish we could have had more than 3 days but we only booked a year in advance! That's how much in demand it is. Other reviews give eloquent descriptions of the experience so it only remains for me to say many, many thanks to Kayla, Jas and the team for giving us such a wonderful time.
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Date of stay: September 2013
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Ratz2011 wrote a review Sept 2012
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Expectations were high having read the reviews from this site but unfortunately the reality did not match. Whilst the game viewing was excellent, the accommodation, food and management left much to be desired. Having stayed in many safari lodges of this style throughout Africa we were less than impressed with the very basic accommodation, which took the rustic theme to the extreme. The food was best described as average and although the staff service was good, the manager, Jason was unhelpful, bordering on rude. To be blunt, after 3 miserable, sleepless, mosquito-ridden nights we were glad to be back on the road - I could not honestly recommend this camp to any traveller.
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Date of stay: September 2012
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Response from GrantCumings, Owner at Old Mondoro Bush Camp
Responded 20 Sept 2012
This review has been reported to Trip Advisor as suspicious as it is suspected to be fraudulent and malicious for the following reasons: - we have asked the writer to kindly assist with detail about his/her visit and specific to the complaints but none has been forthcoming. - the contents vary greatly with every other review about Old Mondoro on this forum and which do not marry with any circumstances or guests of Old Mondoro, not for the date specified in the review or on any other date. - although "Ratz2011" claims he/she has visited "many other safari lodges of this style throughout Africa" none others are reviewed on Trip Advisor, aside from a restaurant and a B&B in Bulawayo/Zimbabwe - this review profile does not marry with the typical or indeed any visitor to Old Mondoro that we are aware of. As such we do not believe the writer was a legitimate guest of Old Mondoro, at least not until the writer provides helpful detail and/or evidence to the contrary which he/she has so far failed to do. Thank you.
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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, Australia1,563 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, Ohio826 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, Maryland117 contributions31 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Cabin 3 is the best!"
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ZambiaLusaka ProvinceLower Zambezi National Park
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