Old Mondoro Bush Camp

Old Mondoro Bush Camp

Traveller (345)
Expecting another ellie?  A buffalo in our watering hole, with egrets.
Room & Suite (85)
Dining (15)

View prices for your travel dates

Contact accommodation for availability.
There are similar hotels available.
View all

About

5.0
#1 of 3 campsites in Lower Zambezi National Park
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.9 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Value
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.
Read more
Suggest edits to improve what we show.Improve this listing
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
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
HOTEL CLASS
Star ratings are intended to indicate the general level of features, amenities, and services to expect. This property is classified according to Giata.
3.5 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Quaint
Hidden Gem
Languages Spoken
Afrikaans

Location

Lower Zambezi National Park Zambia
Getting there
Royal Airport
43.6 km
See all flights
Jeki Airstrip
284Reviews6Q+A97Room tips
Traveller rating
  • 277
  • 5
  • 0
  • 1
  • 1
Time of year
Traveller type
Language
Selected filters
  • Filter
  • English
Popular mentions
Sort by:
Detailed Reviews
Tony F wrote a review Jun 2015
Bodmin, United Kingdom20 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I arrived at the camp when it was getting dark. I loved the place from the start. It is a small intimate camp but with a huge warm heart and an equally warm welcome. You are greeted by the staff and given complimentary drinks on arrival. I have been to many safari lodges and camps over the years but Old Mondoro is a lovely experience in itself. They have just the right balance of "wild outdoor Africa" and comfort.

Situated right on the banks of the Zambezi, the camp is simple really but always comfortable with "open air" rooms! By this I mean that you feel like you are still connected with the outside due to "open" rooms (there are just canvas shutters which fold down at night, and open during the day onto your private sun deck). The bathroom is an open air shower with bath overlooking the river. You can have a bath and watch hippos and elephants at the same time! And have a bath you must - it is the height of a luxurious experience.

The game viewing is excellent with many elephants in the area and even in the camp a lot of the time. You will never come back to camp feeling disappointed. What makes this place special is its location. The Zambezi can be seen from the boat or by canoe, which is a major highlight. Canoeing on the Zambezi is a beautiful experience and I can't begin to describe it - just do it.

Evenings are a three course dinner followed by natter at the camp fire. Even in bed you're not done - the sounds of hippos and frogs are a pure delight! Thoroughly recommended.
Read more
Date of stay: June 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Richard F wrote a review Oct 2014
Wilmette, Illinois126 contributions74 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Old Mondoro (meaning old lion) is a small bush camp. It is situated along the Lower Zambezi river and frequented by elephants. The service in the camp is excellent+ and facilities are wonderful. The options offered by the camp are quite varied from driven safari, safari on foot, canoeing along a channel in the Zambezi, fishing (catch and release), to hippo and bird watch along river.

The staff did everything exceptional well to make our staff special and we even got a bottle of Champagne since it was our 19th anniversary. we have discussed return next year for our 20th anniversary.
Read more
Date of stay: October 2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
DPKR wrote a review Sept 2014
South West Rocks, Australia49 contributions33 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
As a group of 9 safari virgins, we reeled off 100 photos before we even got of the plane at the small bush airstrip that services this wonderful camp. That was followed by another 500 shots on the short drive to the camp itself. The variety and multitude of wildlife and birds at this place is simply mind blowing.
It is hard to imagine a better spot for safari bush camp (although that term doesn't do justice to the comfort and amenity of these riverside glamps). Our hosts Ryan and Pam (and then Dave and Tess) and the entire camp staff were terrific, friendly, relaxed, personable and professional.
The whole place has a supremely relaxed and informal air (like it's your own little personal retreat for a few days). A refreshing change from the rather starchy atmosphere one can encounter in some other up-market operations. We got the strong impression that the staff and management genuinely liked each other and that reflected positively in everything that we as guests did, saw, ate or drank.
Nothing was too much trouble. The staff skillfully wrangled us all into our various activities each day and were always happy to accommodate tardiness and last minute changes of plans with patience, good humour and grace.
The guides Richmond and Victor are both supremely knowledgeable and infinitely generous with that knowledge (I must thank Victor in particular for a newly acquired respect and appreciation of the humble tsetse fly!)
A special mention also to Reuben, who guided us with great skill on a couple of memorable Tiger fishing trips (we all caught some) and then somehow managed to find my sister's phone (lost during a comfort stop on the banks of the Zambesi) miles way and many hours after the event.
As a fanatical fisherman I could ramble on about the fishing, but won't do so here in case its not your thing. Feel free to message me if you'd like to know more about our experience.
Having never even been to Africa before, let alone on safari, I can't honestly compare Old Mondoro to any other camp you may be considering. Suffice to say, I can't imagine a better camp, a more friendly and professional staff, a more dramatic location or a better wildlife encounter. If you find one, please let me know. I don't expect to hear from anyone any time soon.
Read more
Date of stay: August 2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Pamela S wrote a review Jul 2014
San Antonio, Texas178 contributions290 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Old Mondoro was our last bush camp on a recent trip to Zambia and we couldn't have ended our safari time in a better spot. Starting with the 5 elephants surrounding our cabin when we arrived, we had wonderful experiences every single day. The game viewing was fantastic. Sebastian was a great guide. He found us all kinds of game, large and small, every day. The canoeing was quite the adventure when a hippo charged one of the canoes, made for a real adrenalin moment at the time...but a great story now!
The camp and entire staff were top notch, Pam and Ryan were the perfect hosts - ensuring everyone there had everything they needed. The food was out of this world...we're still remembering the mouth-watering barbecue.
The cabins were rustic but comfortable. Always wondering if an elephant would pop over the outdoor shower wall made showering quite the experience. Sitting on the deck of the cabin while elephants came to drink right in front of us every day was just fantastic. It was a bit chilly in mornings and after dark. The smarter travelers brought light gloves and knit hats. But, once again, the old Mondoro staff took care of everything and had blankets and hot water bottles in the jeep every morning before a game drive. Coming back in the evening to compare stories with a drink around a roaring fire was always the perfect end to our perfect days there. We'll be back!
Read more
Date of stay: July 2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Christa B wrote a review Oct 2013
Zurich, Switzerland4 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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
Read more
Date of stay: October 2013
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
cherylk925ca wrote a review Aug 2013
Los Gatos, California23 contributions40 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We loved our tent on the river with elephants and hippos all over the place. Wonderful hospitality and wonderful guides! A definite go-back experience! Each tent has an outdoor bathtub and shower facing the river. The heated coals under the dinner table helped the chilly evenings. Yes for leopards and lions!
Read more
Date of stay: August 2013
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
ChristineM12345 wrote a review Oct 2011
Baltimore, Maryland13 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had an incredible time at Old Mondoro. Our very first evening, we went tiger fishing, followed by a night game drive. Tiger fishing on the Zambezi is a real treat, and having sundowners on the water was a perfect way to enjoy the peacefulness and beauty of the area. Sunsets in Zambia, and especially on the water at Old Mondoro, were breathtaking, and one of my favorite memories of the whole trip. On the night drive, we almost immediately saw a leopard! The red lights that the guides use really do help with being able to see the animals for longer, and closer up. We had been to another camp prior to Old Mondoro where leopards also roamed, but we were never able to get as close (and for such a long time) as we did at Old Mondoro, and I have no doubt that the red lights were a major factor.

All of the guides we met at Old Mondoro were very knowledgeable – they are true experts. This was our first time in Zambia, and first time in Africa/on a safari. I have to laugh at myself, because at the beginning of the trip, I was baffled by how quickly the guides/scouts inspect the surrounding area during the night drives, and I kept thinking they might miss something. Not a chance! They notice even the smallest of nocturnal animals and point them out along the way, and they are experts at listening to and deciphering the different sounds you hear at night (i.e., baboons yelling at each other vs. warning of a predator).

The accommodations were great. The mosquito tents at Old Mondoro were actually better than those at some of the other camps we visited, and the beds were really comfy. It was exciting to hear the hippos calling to each other as we drifted off to sleep each night!

The food at Old Mondoro was delicious, and probably the best we had on our entire stay in Zambia (we stayed at four different camps in total). I loved the family-style lunches. Old Mondoro provided a level of intimacy that we didn’t get anywhere else, either. All of the camp guests, along with Jason or Kayla (the camp hosts) and sometimes a guide, all sit down at the table to eat together. But the number of guests at any one time seems to be somewhat controlled, so that there aren’t too many people.

Something I did not expect, but really appreciated, was that there were enough guides and trucks to take the guests out in a few different trucks each day/night. We never felt that the trucks were overcrowded – everyone had a great view of the animals. Most of the time, in fact, it was just our group of four in a truck, with our own private guide!

I can’t go without emphasizing how wonderful both Kayla and Jason were as hosts. I really do think that their warm, welcoming personalities made our stay at Old Mondoro our favorite of all the camps we visited. It felt as though we were sitting down with old friends, sharing travel stories and enjoying great food and wine, but we had only met them hours/days ago! They are the perfect pair to be running the camp.

Our trip to Zambia truly was an experience of a lifetime, and we’re so grateful that Old Mondoro was a part of it. We hope to return again in the future!!
Read more
Date of stay: September 2011
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Sharon O wrote a review Sept 2011
California10 contributions25 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Old Mondoro is the smaller sister camp of Chiawa, both located in the Lower Zambezi National Park. We began our time in Zambia at Chiawa, then transferred via boat down the Zambezi River to Old Mondoro. From the moment we arrived, Jason and McKayla made us feel at home and relaxed in a true wilderness environment. It was exactly the"Africa" we had hoped to experience. The camp, the accommodations (including a bathtub with a killer view), the food, the staff, were all amazing. But we were there for wildlife and at Old Mondoro we were surrounded by it..... literally. Hippos, elephants, fish eagles, and on and on, were just outside our tent. On drives, our excellent guide found lions, leopards, and most amazing of all, 2 huge kudus located on a ridge with mountains in the background engaged in the kind of battle you see on the National Geographic television channel. What an experience!
Read more
Date of stay: August 2011
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
MONYLINE wrote a review Sept 2011
Los Angeles78 contributions70 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was my second trip to Old Mondoro and last time was great but this time was even better. Why? I'd say the new management team. First rate Managers Kayla and Jason are seasoned pro's who obviously enjoy their work, their passion for Africa and are all around great people. And Kayla can out fish Jason any day of the week and did as much with me. The rooms are great, a bit upgraded from the last visit. Gone are the bucket showers and there are outlets in the room. The scenery and location can't be beat and the small number of guests makes this place ideal for chilling. I combined this stay with their sister camp, Chiawa, and truly believe these two lodges are among the finest in Africa.
Read more
Date of stay: August 2011
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
AgentT wrote a review Aug 2007
London22 contributions58 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you want to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the African bush on the banks of the mighty Zambezi river without the disturbance of other people and/or the "necessities" of western living this is the place for you. Run with empathetic style by South African couple Helen and Roelof it is as close to living in the bush as you can get. Breakfast round the camp fire, lunch under canvas and dinner under the stars all make for a truly memorable experience. We fell in love with Africa at this camp. Awesome.
P.S. If you dont like bugs or heat go in late July/early August - perfect conditions.
Read more
Date of stay: August 2007
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
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."
Read full review
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."
Read full review
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!"
Read full review
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"
Read full review
DS14640 wrote a tip Sept 2021
Cockeysville Hunt Valley, Maryland117 contributions31 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Cabin 3 is the best!"
Read full review
Not the right property for you?
There are more places to choose from in the Lower Zambezi National Park area.
LOCATION
ZambiaLusaka ProvinceLower Zambezi National Park
NUMBER OF ROOMS
5
Prices are provided by our partners, and reflect average nightly room rates, including taxes and fees that are fixed, known to our partners, and due at time of booking. Please see our partners for more details.
Is This Your Tripadvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

OLD MONDORO BUSH CAMP - Campground Reviews (Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia)

All Lower Zambezi National Park HotelsLower Zambezi National Park Hotel Deals
Things to DoFlightsHoliday HomesTravel StoriesCruisesCar Hire