Reviews of Old Mondoro Bushcamp
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102 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Old Mondoro Bushcamp and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Old Mondoro Bushcamp review"
For your info, they have built another room---room 5----which also faces this lagoon---so also very good
The only problem this year, and problem is not the proper use of that word, is that as the water levels were so low, there was less water in the lagoon, and therefore a few less animals---but that's nature for you---and climate change!
We absolutely love Old Mondoro and it is probably our favourite of the 2 x properties owned by the delightful Cummings family
It has new managers who are good and helpful
The "dinner party "style at dinner times is lovely and again, we met some very nice and interesting people
Two of the guides were very very good---particularly Marshall, but also James was very good
What made Marshall so remarkable is the amount of overseas travel that he has done, which has widened his outlook on everything from the history of countries to the economics of various countries
So. apart from him being a very good guide, he was also a very interesting intelligent guide and we had some great drives with him
There are supposedly many leopards at Old Mondoro, and last time we visited here in Sept 2017, with yourselves. we saw many sightings and many diurnal sightings. This year, despite Marshall's best intentions, we saw only 1 x nocturnal sighting which was a bit disappointing
The same with the lions-----in Sept 2017, we saw lots of good sightings, but there seem to be far less lions around this year, which was a shame
Saw heaps and heaps of elephants here and also on the boat the Chobe Princess, which I forgot to mention
We also saw other animals and loads of birds which was great" See all these reviews: 8n in Zambia; 6n in Mozambique; 3n in Botswana; 3n in Zimbabwe; 1n in South Africa
"Old Mondoro Bushcamp review"
A couple of points:
The camp is very spread out and the need for vehicle transport because of the presence of elephant and buffalo, rather than walking could be inconvenient.
Secondly, visitors would be well advised to get their requests for activities in early. We could not initially get a boat trip when we wanted because a group had booked a boat every day for fishing. Also the manager was not that attentive in putting like minded people together. In both cases the guides were more attune and found solutions. Having said that, Mark the manager was very good and experienced.
Coat hangers etc. etc.!
The use of red spotlights at this camp greatly enhanced night drives, and allowed approach to animals without distressing them.
We really enjoyed a leisurely boat ride down the Zambezi with great views of birds and animals We would have liked to have canoed in some of the Zambezi channels but the water was too low for this.
Waterbuck - 10+ sightings. Very Common
Porcupine and Genets
Buffalo - Big herds of 200+
Lion - 13 individuals seen including after dark
Leopards - 9 individuals in 8 sightings!
Honey Badger - 2 sightings, including in daylight.
Civit - 6 sightings, including in daylight
Hippo and Elephant and, in the water, crocodile everywhere.
Passing through a huge herd of Buffalo after dark.
Watching around 6 large crocodiles dismember a dead Hippo, while another 30 smaller crocs looked on.
A single 4 hour game drive from daylight to darkness that included:
8 lions including 3 males moving after dark
5 leopards, all active, three after dark. This gave a total of 8 for the day
1 Honey Badger
and an Aardvark!
" See all these reviews: 10n in Zambia
"Old Mondoro Bushcamp review"
Excellent bushcamp experience.
Excellent guides." See all these reviews: 14n in Zambia; 2n in South Africa
"Excellent Safari at Old Mondoro "
The setting is delightful, right on the Lower Zambezi river and surrounded by beautiful trees. Even with the addition of a 5th tent, the camp remains "bijou", the team is wonderful. Wildlife is plentiful (in the camp and nearby). The leopard sightings were absolutely outstanding.
Already looking forward to returning next year. " See all these reviews: 11n in Zambia; 9n in Botswana; 1n in South Africa
Juliet and James were very friendly, welcoming hosts and all the guides were excellent.
We had some fantastic leopard sightings here but will always have a memory of the elephants ambling through the camp and stopping to browse or have a good scratch on the trees.
The bathtubs are a great added luxury." See all these reviews: 13n in Zambia
"Old Mondoro review"
We had great sightings of leopard and lion on our game drives, when we met barely another vehicle, but just as good were the evening drives after sunset using a filtered spotlight. On one of these - thanks in particular to the sharp eyes of our spotter and trainee guide Samora - we were lucky enough to see an aardvark, something we had never ever thought would happen and which was really a highlight of the whole trip." See all these reviews: 13n in Zambia
Delicious food, which included a full cooked breakfast on our last day - nothing was too much trouble. All game drives were exceptional including a river safari. Particularly liked the "hot water bottle" which we had on the early morning game drives - when it was cold, these were a godsend!
Overall an excellent place to finish our safari." See all these reviews: 14n in Zambia
"Stunning river setting at Old Mondoro "
We found the accommodation most comfortable; all chalets are perfectly situated facing a small tributary with the main river to the left. Game was ever present: elephant were regularly sighted having mud baths a few metres away below our veranda; plus water buck, buffalo, impala and countless birds large and small: Goliath Heron, Grey Heron, Egrets, King fishers and Ibis.
The staff were lovely: attentive and courteous, and the food was excellent. No chance of losing weight here, with the charming Madeline, the hostess, anticipating our needs before we knew we needed them! The very knowledgeable guides proved to be expert trackers - the excellent host Mark being one and Sebastian another. We saw leopard three times in our short stay, and the rare aardvark and honey badgers on our nocturnal safaris.
We also loved the canoeing and boating experiences: lots of crocs, hippos, marabou storks, marshal eagles, fish eagles, a Harriet hawk, bee eaters and more kingfishers. On land the open vehicles gave unrestricted viewing. My only recommendation would be to have adjustable camera selves on the guide rails to rest long lenses on.
A memorable stay - thank you." See all these reviews: 7n in Zambia; 4n in Malawi; 2n in Zimbabwe
"Old Mondoro Awesome Again"
New managers were good." See all these reviews: 16n in Zambia
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