Mdonya Old River Camp

Reviews of Mdonya Old River Camp

Excellent(91%) From 91 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 91 of our travellers who have visited Mdonya Old River Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs S - Wimborne
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great location, guides and camp staff

would like to congratulate mdonya on providing an excellent safari experience, every detail was to the highest standard and the camp had a very friendly and welcoming atmosphere

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Mr. & Mrs. F - Harrow
Arrived on: 2-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Camp three of four

Superb location and food. However we were let down by the organisation and guiding.

The standard of our guide was poor to say the least and on one drive spent 4 hours talking to the driver and we were doing all our own spotting.

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Expert Africa comments

We were concerned to read these travellers feedback regarding the guiding at Mdonya, since it is usually of a good standard. We sent the feedback to the managers for their input. They were very sorry that these travellers weren’t happy with the guiding. The guide in question was a relatively new guide, but had had very good feedback previously from other guests, and believed him to be of their usual high standard. As a result they’re now reviewing and rechecking his abilities to ensure that this does not happen again. They also emphasised that they’d encourage all guests to let the manager know if they have any issues, no matter how small, so that they can be resolved quickly and their stay can be as enjoyable as possible!

Miss C & Mr S from London
Arrived on: 29-Aug-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Mdonya Old River Camp review

Mdonya was the first stop on our very first safari holiday and it completley exceeded our expectations.

The staff were very welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable, the camp was comfortable and the attention to detail really made it.

Even our fellow guests were all very friendly and we really enjoyed sitting round the camp fire in the evening discussing the days tales.

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Miss M & Mr D from Kent
Arrived on: 4-Aug-2011 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Exciting first safari at Mdonya Old River

For our first safari this camp was ideal, and was a nice balance between luxury and simplicity, and really gave us an outdoors experience. The tents look amazing inside, beautifully clean, well kept and decorated. As the camp was at full capacity and one vehicle down, we had to share game drives, but luckily we all got on well! The food was of a good standard, but the portions a little on the small side. As it was our honeymoon, the manager Alex arranged for us to have dinner on our veranda on one evening with 'champagne' on the house which was a lovely touch.

Our safari driver and guide were incredibly knowledgeable and clearly experienced, and great fun at the same time. Alex was very welcoming and attentive, and gave us the end tent which afforded us great views down the old riverbed of plenty of animals which often wandered within several feet of the tent.

As it was a honeymoon, we would have preferred not to have communal meals, although this not a problem, and was enjoyable to share stories of which animals we had all seen that day.

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Expert Africa comments

We passed these comments onto the managers, who were very pleased to hear they had such a good time! They mentioned that at dinner the waiters bring the food and serve the portions at the table – there’s always more than enough to go around so encouraged guests to always ask for more if they wanted! Part of the reason many people love Mdonya is the chance to dine together in the evenings, but if guests ever wish to have a private dinner, they just need to ask the manager and they’ll be able to arrange this.

Mr and Mrs P from Hampshire
Arrived on: 3-Aug-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Mdonya Old River Camp review

biggest disappointment was that we had to share a land rover with 5 others!
also no leopard/wild dogs/cheetah were sighted which given the information
the camp itself met expectations
the other wildlife especially lions/elephant & giraffe sightings were excellent

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Mr and Mrs F - West Sussex
Arrived on: 13-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Mdonya Old River Camp is a fantastic place!

After a detour to watch lions & jackal feeding on a giraffe carcass on the way from the airstrip, we were welcomed by Alex, our host who was really friendly & made us feel at home instantly. We were impressed at the standard of the tents which were very comfortable & we loved the bush-bathroom (good hot shower but I kept dropping the soap through the wooden floor slats!!) We both agreed that this was our favourite camp due to the intimacy created by gathering together to share stories with a drink around the fire before moving to dine together under the stars - amazing.

The food was plentiful & very homely & tasty, served by quietly efficient staff who were always on hand to topup an empty glass!The lounge tent area was comfortable,shaded & well stocked with books & photo albums (not that we seemed to have any spare time to relax in there!) The guides were extremely knowledgeable on animals & their behaviour, birds, vegetation & habitat as well as tracking etc. We felt safe, having the Masai as our eyes & ears, but excitingly close to nature, waking up in the night to see an elephant next to our tent on one side & a pair of dik-dik on the other!

The whole set up was flexable to any requests (eg if we were late arriving back or needed an earlier breakfast, & Alex managed to produce a toothbrush as David had forgotton his!) & we felt we learned such a lot & became 'part of the family' even though we were only there for 3 nights (sadly!). We loved the vastness of the area around & the fact that we only once encountered a group of vehicles (at a cheetah sighting!) We covered huge areas in the jeep, stopping for a tasty bush lunch by the river - very well appointed table & cool box to boot!

Our driver was very competent & that meant that we had the sole attention of our guide, Khahimba(?) who impressed us so much with his knowledge & also his passion for the principles of educating the local people who had been moved to outside the National Park area & did not always accept that poaching should not be permitted. Would highly recommend this camp to those with a love of nature, away from hustle & bustle & can honestly not think of any negative points. Just remembered the lovely home-made breakfast muffins!mmmm!

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The A Family from East Sussex
Arrived on: 16-Jun-2011 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Mdonya Old River Camp review

This is an exceptional camp and we had a wonderful time here.

Alex, the manager is outstanding and sensitive, thoughtful, warm and friendly, we were very, very well looked after and as in Lake Manze camp loved the 50s feel of the camp, the simplicity of the facilities and thoughtful service made for an excellent safari experience, with all the comforts of being a colonial.

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Mr & Mrs L - London
Arrived on: 2-Feb-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Mdonya Old River Camp review

Wonderful country, green with lots of trees, and a very remote camp (2 hours drive from the airstrip).

One had to drive further to see game than in Selous, but we really felt we were in the wild. The only minus was the tse tse flies in some areas. Burning elephant dung proved effective! Great hospitality from Nicole and Giles and very good food, especially considering how remote it was. Spaciously laid out camp and very comfortable, clean bug free tents.

Plenty of wildlife (elephant, lion, leopard, and again our guide and driver (Chombo and Nite) were very good company and excellent at spotting game. We agree with your advice not to take a walking tour here: we would not have felt safe with the Park's guides and it is much more remote.

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Mr E & Ms W - honeymooners from London
Arrived on: 26-Dec-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Mdonya Old River Camp review

First and foremost, the safari was outstanding - we saw huge numbers of lions, elephants, buffalo, impala, giraffes and zebras. In particular, we saw lions feeding on a buffalo - a fearsome sight. The vehicles were comfortable and more importantly were open-sided so you felt *very* close to the animals. Our driver and guide were brilliant - good at spotting animals but also great company.

The camp was located in a very beautiful area and the recent short rains made it very lush indeed - a modern day garden of eden! The tent was very comfortable and listening to the animals wandering around at night is an unforgettable experience. The camp has a genuine bush-feel, which is added to by the open-air dining and camp fire drinks. The food is very good given the location, although not as lavish as in the Selous Impala Camp.

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Mrs S & Family - Ipswich
Arrived on: 14-Dec-2010 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Mdonya Old River Camp review

Our favourite camp and loved the infomal atmosphere. Manager and staff couldn't have been more helpful and tried really hard to please.

Accomm. and location were great. Food ok, huge portions but a bit on the school meal heavy side - however, given the location and lack of ingredients pretty good.

Flexibilty on game drives was very good and guide and driver very attentive, tried really hard and seemed to know their stuff.

All staff were superb with the children (16,14,11). Very happy with solar heating systems and welcomed lack of generator noise

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