The magnificent setting of Old Mondoro camp, overlooking hippo-inhabited islands and channels in the Zambezi River, means that each of the four reed-and-canvas chalets has optimum game-viewing vantage points. With it’s low-key traditional design, Old Mondoro Camp is constructed from canvas and natural materials, and has been cleverly set up to maximise a feeling of comfortable yet adventurous camping. The tents rests on temporary slabs and all have en-suite facilities, including canvas bucket showers. Paraffin lamps provide natural lighting, and during the day, the tent flaps are lefts open (to maximise views, and to allow a cool breeze in). Three of Old Mondoro’s tents have twin
beds while the remaining one has a double bed, and all beds are equipped with thick foam mattresses, comfortable bedding and large mosquito nets to keep the bugs at bay. With simple furnishings throughout the camp, the main communal tent features a lounge and dining area, is nestled in the shade of winter thorn tree and overlooks the river. In the traditional bush kitchen, outstanding meals are whipped up, and fresh bread is also baked here daily. The emphasis is truly on supplying an unpretentious, unique and memorable safari experience. Apart from the majestic river running through it, this part of the Lower Zambezi National Park is also known for its vast flood plains and open woodland, and it’s a popular venue for both walking and driving safaris. Since the concentration of wildlife here is rather prolific, boating safaris and sunset cruises are also exceptionally popular.
Old Mondoro is especially popular because if its wild dog sightings as (the dogs often den in the vicinity), and it’s been the African Wild Dog Conservation researcher’s base in recent years.
Day and night 4×4 safaris from Old Mondoro are must-do activites here for wildlife enthusiasts, and the boating trips in two-man Canadian canoes provide an enthralling perspective on this piece of African wilderness.