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Paul & Sheena travels
Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Old Mondoro is a GEM

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 Jan 2024via mobile
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
Date of stay: October 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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      Reviewed 16 November 2023

      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!

      Date of stay: November 2023
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      Reviewed 15 September 2023

      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!

      Date of stay: August 2023
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      Reviewed 13 August 2023

      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.

      Date of stay: July 2023
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      Thank Geoff D
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      Reviewed 11 August 2023 via mobile

      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.

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      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

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      Date of stay: August 2023
      Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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      Reviewed 13 November 2022

      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!!

      Date of stay: October 2022
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