Old Mondoro Bushcamp: Information from the owner
All the information on this page is supplied to us directly from the lodge owner and reflects their view, not ours.
For Expert Africa's view, see our own report, which contains our own observations and views.
|No. of rooms||4|
Main description of Old Mondoro Bushcamp
Old Mondoro Bushcamp: Facilities
|Room facilities||Balcony / Deck, En-Suite, Fan, Outside Shower, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe|
|Available services||Airport Shuttle|
|Activities on site||(some activities may be seasonal) Canoeing, Game Drives, Game Viewing, Game Walks, Safaris, Big 5, Bird Watching, Boating, Catch-and-release Fishing, High Tea, Boat Cruises, Fly Fishing, River Cruises|
Room types at Old Mondoro Bushcamp
Old Mondoro Camp chalets
4 screened-in reed chalets with canvas roofs, left open during the day, and canvas blinds with window screens that are lowered for privacy and security at night. King size beds and mosquito nets facing out onto the Zambezi River. All chalets have 220v lighting power point. There is a large outdoor stone splash tub and shower, open to the stars overlooking the Zambezi River with hot water 24/7 as well as indoor flushing loos & twin sinks. Huge private deck enables expansive views and there is a comfortable relaxing area with day beds under the shade to watch the elephants pass only meters from the chalets. There is also a 5th chalet with two bedrooms and two bathrooms ideal for families.
Units at Old Mondoro Bushcamp
Bush chalets 1 - 4
Chalet 1 looks directly over the Zambezi and is closest to the social area of camp.
Chalet 2 looks over the Zambezi and the mouth of the Old Mondoro lagoon.
Chalets 3 & 4 look over the lagoon with quartering further views of the Zambezi. These two chalets generally see the most wildlife from their rooms as the lagoon attracts much wildlife however some guests prefer the rooms closer to the Zambezi. Others prefer these for the game.
All 4 chalets have a canvas roof, reed and canvas walls, cement floors and 24/7 power for lighting and charging. No WIFI! Each room has an electric fan, en suite indoor loo and washbasin both with views of the Zambezi, and an outdoor shower and outdoor "splash tub" which is a giant bath for two or in the hotter months providing a cooling wallow. Elephants have been known to drink from the bath whilst guests have been cooling off! Water is heated by solar.
T V - the 2 bedroom "family chalet"
This is the owners' house and is available for families.
Just as the other 4 chalets this has a canvas roof, reed and canvas walls, cement floors and 24/7 power for lighting and charging. No WIFI!
However this chalet has 2 bedrooms each with its own entrance and an interleading door.
One bedroom has an electric fan, en suite indoor loo and washbasin both with views of the Zambezi, and an outdoor shower and outdoor "splash tub" which is a giant bath for two or in the hotter months providing a cooling wallow.
The second bedroom has the above but no splash tub.
This room overlooks the Zambezi and is visited by elephants regularly although it is closer to the kitchen and managers' tent so sometimes this can be distracting however it is still a very popular room.
Activities at Old Mondoro Bushcamp
Pioneered in Zambia, bush walks are essentially a "micro-safari". An armed ranger with your qualified and experienced pro guide will guide you through the wilderness on foot, interpreting spoor, identifying the various flora and fauna, and highlighting conservation issues. However elephants and buffalo are seen on most walks and sometimes the big cats so expect anything at anytime. The pace is leisurely and the duration is determined by guests' requirements – and what is seen on the walk. Typically, a few hours are sufficient.
Although the Zambezi offers many activities, perhaps it is best known for canoeing.
No where else is there such a combination of breathtaking scenery, varied wildlife and such interesting channels to paddle through.
Six meter long Canadian canoes are used and these trips may last anywhere from 1 hour to 1 day.
Our most popular canoe safari is 90 minutes long where guests paddle (always downstream!) from the lodge to "Sunset Strip" for sundowners and then a night drive back to Chiawa Camp.
Tranquil yet exciting, these trips can be longer and may drift through the likes of the Waterbuck Island and Chifungulu Channels, which are an excellent way to enjoy another aspect of the Zambezi River.
Chiawa Camp is internationally acclaimed as one of the world’s leading fishing destinations. Recommended by authoritative anglers and in publications such as The Best Fly Fishing Trips Money Can Buy and Forbes Traveler, expert guides are on hand to assist you in finding the notorious tigerfish (camp record 10.1kg, average 2kg) which are caught on fly or conventional tackle and other species that abound in the Zambezi River.
The waters of the National Park are free from netting and are hence your best bet for lots of big fish. Naturally we enforce a strict catch & release policy. Best months for tigerfish are September - November.
Because of our privileged situation inside the National Park, we are restricted to operating two boats at any one time. Chiawa Camp can therefore only host a maximum of 4-6 fishing clients. Boats used are 6m pontoons. Guide, fuel and tackle are provided, however we recommend serious sport fishermen bring their own gear. Medium-heavy action 20lb spinning or bait casting rods/reels work best. Wire leader is essential, as are good quality sharp hooks attached to bright, shiny spinners and spoons.
This is the safest and most effective way to view big game. Drives are conducted in open 4wd vehicles that have been specially adapted for safari use with comfy seats, pockets to stow your gear and bean bags to steady your camera for those all important photos. Usually departing in the early morning, drives can last anywhere from 2 to 4 hours depending on what's seen and the requirements of the guests. In the late afternoon drives set off for an hour or so before stopping at a scenic point for sundowners.
Once the sun has set night drives commence. Zambia is one of the few countries that permit night drives, perhaps the most interesting of safari activities.
Using filtered spotlights, which do not interfere with the well being and behaviour of the subject and which make it much easier on your eyes too, this is an opportunity to see nocturnal creatures such as civet, porcupine, genet, and also to see some of the larger predators on the move. It is not uncommon to see a pride of lions on a kill or a leopard stalking through the bush. These drives last as long as they need to.
One of the great aspects of a visit to Chiawa Camp and Old Mondoro is the variety of activities offered by virtue of our presence on the Zambezi river.
These are two of the few camps permitted to conduct waterborne safaris within the National Park, and our custom built, motorized pontoons are ideal to take advantage of this.
Enjoy morning or afternoon cruises exploring numerous channels, viewing hippo, buffalo, elephant and prolific bird life.
Also on offer are sunset and sundowner cruises, often completed with a night drive back to camp.
Restaurants at Old Mondoro Bushcamp
Old Mondoro offers some of the finest simple bush cuisine with a variety of unique dining locations both at the camp as well as surprise bush locations. Enjoy braais under the stars on the banks of the Zambezi River.