Old Mondoro Bushcamp

Reviews of Old Mondoro Bushcamp

Excellent(98%) From 59 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 59 of our travellers who have visited Old Mondoro Bushcamp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Dr. M & Dr. Y - Richmond
Arrived on: 26-Jun-2011 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Old Mondoro Bushcamp review

Old Mondoro proved to be the perfect end to our holiday. This was our first visit to the lower Zambezi National Park. The flight into the Jeki airstrip gave us wonderful views of the magnificent Zambezi valley. Expert Africa had recommended Old Mondoro to us and they were absolutely spot on. We had thought that Sausage Tree camp and Chiawa would be too luxurious/expensive for us. Old Mondoro proved to be the perfect solution.

We were driven to the camp by Reagan and greeted by the charming hosts Beukes and Jacomine. In their first season they are doing a magnificent job. The atmosphere in the camp was terrific and all the staff were extremely friendly, engaging and determined to make sure we had a good time. Our main guide was Levy. He was an exceptional guide and great fun. He made sure we saw all aspects of this beautiful park and was also an excellent walking guide. He was ably supported by Morat and we also much enjoyed the boat trip with Andrew and Peter, incredible bird life as well as game on the river bank and of course crocs and hippos. Although a bush camp, Old Mondoro is not basic, the chalets are extremely comfortable all with views of the beautiful Zambezi.

The camp was full of game, and sneaking tree to tree with our guide to gain entrance to our chalet and avoid 3 huge bull elephants was terrific. We then sat on our veranda and watched them swim across the river in front of the chalet. One point to note, the Lower Zambezi was very cold in the morning and evening in late June/July and much colder than South Luangwa, so go prepared. The camp was perfect but we would have fancied a cup of coffee on the morning game drive rather than a cold drink! Lower Zambezi and Old Mondoro combined perfectly with the South Luangwa camps and we would love to return.

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Mr & Mrs E from Glasgow
Arrived on: 7-May-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Old Mondoro Bushcamp review

First (and sole for our stay) guests of the season. Lovely location looking over Zambezi with a feeling of remoteness within the Park. Rooms well spaced out and of a simple but by no means basic design. Elephants wandering through the camp and wonderful dusk/dawn sounds of the bush.

Guides and camp staff excellent. New management couple from SA for 2011 season who are very welcoming and enthusiastic. Nice surprise of a birthday cake and songs from some of the staff. Game drives and walk very enjoyable but wildlife not prolific in May as the bush hasn't dried up sufficiently to force animals towards the permanent water sources.

Excellent leopard sighthing though and best ever of civet and white-tailed mongoose - largely since red-filters are used at all times on the night-drive spotlights which the animals are comfortable with and don't avoid as with the unfiltered spotlights. Not much good for photos perhaps but we really liked the policy as it gives a much more rewarding sighting when you are able to observe the animals for longer.

Our sort of camp: simple, relaxed and with a primary focus on wildlife. Would return in a heartbeat.

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Mr H & Ms Y from Hampton Hill
Arrived on: 25-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Old Mondoro Bushcamp review

Good, on time flight connections

Friendly, efficient staff at the camp.

Knowledgable guides

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Mr. & Mrs. G - Northants
Arrived on: 14-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great – everything we had hoped it would be

Old Mondoro was a new experience for us and one that we hope will be repeated again – the managers there [Etienne and Leana] were so enthusiastic it was infectious and they run a very good safe camp with just enough excitement.

Everybody was keen for us to see the very best game. The canoeing a was new and great experience.

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Mr & Mrs S from Chichester
Arrived on: 12-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A lovely finish

We were told this is the only bushcamp now in the Lower Zambezi NP and this explains its popularity. We could only get two nights (and wanted to stay longer) and we met several who couldn't get in at all. It's a small camp, feels intimate and remote, yet is of a very good standard. We hope they don't follow the trend and upgrade it too much!

The terrain is much more open than at Chiawa so the camp offers good land and water activities (with fishing stated to be secondary). It's this wide variety that makes this camp special. We particularly enjoyed the night drives - we shall never forget the leopard leaping over a 7m stream - twice! Well tracked, Livvy.

However, we also had a most enjoyable river trip (thank you, Andrew) and constant interaction with animals (elephant in particular) in the camp.

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Mr & Mrs P - Derbyshire
Arrived on: 12-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Superb in every respect

Old Mondoro had the best table arrangement of our trip.

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The Sand Martins from Oxfordshire
Arrived on: 24-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Surrounded by elephants at Old Mondoro

We loved Old Mondoro!

The camp has a lovely, intimate atmosphere and is very well run by Etienne and Leana and their team. Our guide Levy must be one of the top guides in the country - superbly knowledgeable and very personable. We had frequent and excellent sightings of lions and leopards, but also of rarer animals e.g. porcupines, Scharpes Grysbok and grey mongoose. We enjoyed particularly the walks - the open woodland and the adjacent open plain are ideal for this.

The camp should really be called 'old Elephant' as they were a constant presence, 'joining' the guests for tea, for a shower etc.

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Mr & Mrs B from Buckinghamshire
Arrived on: 2-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Wildlife at your door step

What an absolutely delightful camp. Sarah's number one place scoring 10/10. [Ed: 'Sarah' is half of this couple, travelling together!]

The situation is wonderful right on the Zambezi. The room was very comfortable with great facilities. The staff were extremely attentive without invading personal privacy. We loved the boat trip combined with the night safari. The guide Morat, was superb and we had our best daylight sighting of leopard here.

Unlike some smaller camps this one has two vehicles which gave more flexibility. Liana and Etienne could not have done more to make us comfortable and the view from room 3 straight onto the river was superb.

The only one downside was that we wish we could have stayed longer!

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Mr and Mrs C - East Sussex
Arrived on: 13-Jun-2010 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Old Mondoro Bushcamp review

We had a super time here and Leona and Etienne were very helpful, enthusiastic, professional and went out of their way to ensure that we had and did everything that we wanted. Their help with watching and photographing the swimming elephants and the nesting bee eaters was over and above what might have been expected.

Levi, our guide, was excellent and also went out of his way to ensure that we saw loads of animals.

Ann is not very comfortable with "bugs" and does feel that the chalets could be upgraded to something similar to Kakuli where there is a mosquito net surrounding the inside of the tent. Otherwise we had a grand time.

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Ms A from London
Arrived on: 21-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Old Mondoro Bushcamp review

This was my least faveourite out of the 4 camps we stayed at. However, its location on the Lowere Zambezi was one of the nicest and the terrain was idyllic.

The reed cabins could have been a bit larger and as we had our son in the room, it was a bit cramped. I loved the bucket/shower concept. All 3 of us had no problem sharing one bucket and enjoyed a hot shower. The host couple was lovely and he was really disappointed that we did not see more game and in particular leopard. We also enjoyed a white linen lunch in the bush which was quite special. We also went for sundowners on the boat and there was a lot of hippo activity in the water.

The hostess was quite involved with the menu and even made her own ginger beer for the guests to try. We did not have the same guides for our 2 day stay and I really think that it is shame as you do not develop the same repoire you might have by only having one guide. Also, the guides do not know what has previoulsy been said on the last safari outing.

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