Reviews of Old Mondoro Bushcamp
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Great location on the Zambezi
As with our last trip to Zambia we finished off with 3 nights in the Lower Zambezi, this time staying at the smaller sister camp to Chiawa, Old Mondoro. This camp provided a perfect way to finish off our safari to Zambia
Although Old Mondoro is billed as a bushcamp we found the accommodation quite luxurious and the position of the camp on the bank of the Zambezi provides for some excellent game viewing even from the comfort of the deck in front of the tent. Jason and Michaela were exellent hosts and nothing semed to be too much trouble for them serving up a most delightfull stay and making us feel so very welcome.
The accommodation was excellent, we particularly liked the contan hot water available from the gas boiler and as with the other two camps visited the food was of the highest standard. A nice touch was the provision of small braziers under the tables during the evening meals to help keep us warm.
Animal sightings were very much in abundance with once again frequent leopard appearances both during the day and at night. The guiding provided by Sebastian,Levy and Morat was of the highest standard. The encounter with a bull elephant in musth on the way to the camp from the airstrip proved an interesting start to the 3 days. I didn't realise elephants could run so fast !!
The close proximity of the camp to Lusaka makes it an ideal place in which to finish a safari and we would most certainly use it again when visiting the Lower Zambezi.
Can't wait to go back.
A great location by the Zambesi
We loved the situation of this camp with its view over the river and the surrounding contryside. The quality of the accommodation is also very good indeed.
We woke up to two resident buffalo outside our deck and at lunchtime we were visited by elephants coming to inspect us !
The 'siesta' time in the middle of the day is a great opportunity to watch the wildlife and the sounds of animals in the river and the surrounding bush were unforgettable.
The canoe trip and river cruise are something different and we highly recommend as an alternative activity to viewing game as we found the variety of wildlife and the opportunity to take good photographs was not quite as good as South Luangua.
The service was second to none with restaurant quality meals by a superb Zambian chef !
Old Mondoro, absolutley delightfull.
We found Old Mondoro very relaxing and friendly, the position of the camp on the bank of the Zambezi is difficult to put into words, the whole atmosphere of quiet ambiance yet with so much always going on is difficult to describe. The staff once again were so friendly and obliging nothing to much trouble for them serving up a most delightfull stay making us feel so very welcome.
Animal sightings were very much in abundance with once again frequent Leopard appearances in fact we were fortunate to witness two facing each other in what appeared a dispute over their territory only to be interupted by a male Lion whereby they were both forced to retreat into a tree, how lucky was that.
One further experiance I (Arthur) was lying in the bath tub with water upto my neck and my hat pulled down over my eyes when I were aware of a dark shape or form very close to my head, this proved to be the trunk of a Bull Elephant who had decided to share my bath water. Needless to say there was much clapping of hands and shouting untill he retreated a respectfull distance away. Memories that will live for ever.
Old Mondoro Bushcamp review
A nice intimate feel about the place. Facilities and guiding excellent.Read more about the whole safari
Old Mondoro Bushcamp review
Perfect camp in which to end our safari, very warm welcome from our hosts Jason and Kayla who were perfect company and food was of an excellent standard. Chalets very comfortable with outdoor shower/bath overlooking the water so lunchtime siestas never quiet with frequent elephant crossings and wonderful birdlife to observe.
Many elephant and buffalo in camp so getting to and from chalets always exciting, could not ask to get much closer to these wonderful beasts.
Guiding topnotch (thanks to Levy and Morat) and our last night drive yielded an excellent sighting of the elusive pangolin in addition to several leopard sightings during our stay.
We very much enjoyed our stay and felt this camp to be a perfect place to enjoy the Lower Zambezi park - very much hope to return in the not too distant future!
Great Camp in Lower Zambezi
We had a great time at Old Mondoro. Jason and Michaela were excellent and relaxed host, happy to chat and share a joke with us. The food was very good including a lovely bush brunch and it was great to spend some time on the water after 8 days in South Luangwa. And we caught (and released) some Tiger Fish which was fun. Lovely to be on the water
We saw great game here; lots of leopards again as well as some great birds and really nice smaller game such as civets, genets, honey badger, porcupines (everywhere) and bush pigs. We were disappointed to miss the aardvark that had been spotted a couple of weeks prior to our visit but that's a good reason to return.
Rooms were great; a nice balance of bush and comfort. A balance between Zebra Plains and Tafika in fact which worked nicely. We also had some big elephants in the camp which was interesting albeit made for some logistic challenges getting to and from the rooms. This was ably sorted by Jason and the guides with a shuttle service to the room when necessary.
Old Mondoro Bushcamp review
We had a great time at Old Mondoro - it's reputation as one of the best bushcamps in Zambia is well deserved.
Two nice leopard viewings, elephant eating from the roof of the room, tracking a herd of buffalo on foot, canoeing down the Zambezi (with and without hippo contact) and wonderful location, food and service to just name a few of the highlights.
Would recommend a stay of at least 3 nights to enjoy all the different activities and experiences this small, personal camp has to offer.
A wonderful conclusion to our safari!
This was an excellent bushcamp providing very personal service and a wide range of different safari activities. As a result we were able to see the animals from a variety of perspectives - walking, game drives, canoeing and river cruising. Theer was an abundance of wildlife to see, hippos, lions, leopards, antelope, honey badger and a wide range of birds to mention but a few. One of the many highlights was the elephants walking through the camp and crossing the river, providing us with a total close up experience of life in the wild!
Our hosts, Kayla and Jason, were warm and welcoming and along with the guides, very knowledgeable!
The food was excellent and our lovely room offered a quiet retreat to watch the animals from our private verandah.
A wonderful stay all round!
Old Mondoro Bushcamp review
Jason and Michaela had only just taken over but they were really welcoming, fully in control and very good company. It was a really good location with a great atmosphere.
The approach to the camp was lovely but the views from our accommodation even better - especially at night while having a bath under the stars! Food was delicious and the hot coals under the dining table a unique feature of our holiday - we will try the same when eating outside at home!
Lots of great stories and a really happy few days with lots of good lepoard sightings. Also thoroughly enjoyed our "lunch in the bush" - a complete and very welcome surprise. Thank you Michaela and the team!
High class bush camp
We did all but fishing. Walking, driving and canoeing.
This was again a different camp, a bit more upmarket than the others.
Started off with an evening drive, not so much wildlife but a habitat completely different from what we had experienced, and a very beautiful one.
Our guide,Levy, was yet another very experienced, knowledgeable and committed guide. We had a good morning drive with him as well, afternoon was set for a trip in the canoes. We went into what they call "discovery channel", close up with most animals including hippos. It all ended by one hippo attacking and taking two bites of the leading canoe. The incident went very well thanks to the competence of Levy and Peter (the other guide). This goes for the camp management as well. We would not like to have the canoe trip undone.
A very good walk in the morning with elephants on their back legs going for the green branches high up in the trees.
Last day we, all 8 guests, had a surprise lunch out in the bush, very much appreciated. And coming back to the camp we had some 13 elephants around the houses for several hours. Last evening drive we had an exceptional 1 hr spotting and very close up to a leopard - walking and climbing trees, very professionally conduced drive.
The coal boxes under the table during dinner was nice and warm, as the evenings in Lower Zambezi were much colder than in the Luangwa area.
Expert Africa comments
We immediately looked into exactly what happened during the very worrying canoe incident mentioned above. Even though nobody was hurt, the Old Mondoro team has taken statements to learn what lessons they can. They concluded that nothing was done wrong whilst canoeing in that channel, that the guides had acted well, and that the attack by the hippo couldn’t have been prevented on this trip. It’s clear that the quick and professional actions by the guides helped ensure that this was not a more serious incident. Our travellers certainly felt that the quick and correct response from the guides and the entire camp team helped ensure that they enjoyed the rest of their time at Old Mondoro.
This incident underlines of the reasons why we believe that high guiding standards – like those demonstrated in this incident by the team at Old Mondoro – are essential. It also reminds us all that no safari is without any risk, especially canoeing trips like these which take place in the Lower Zambezi and its network of channels, always in close proximity to hippos and crocodiles.