Accommodation rating: Superior
The Shona word for lion is Mondoro. The name Old Mondoro is derived from the local legend of an old white lion that used to frequent the area. This was in the time of the great explorers, when David Livingstone travelled through the Lower Zambezi on his ill-fated mission to prove that the Zambezi River was navigable. Although the old white lion has long gone, Old Mondoro Camp reflects the wild spirit that lives on in his descendants still roaming free in this unique part of Africa. The concept of Old Mondoro is simply to take a step back from the ultra-luxurious lodges that have sprung up in recent times. Rather to provide guests with an authentic remote safari that concentrates on the wildlife and bush experience. Where the call of the hyena replaces the hum of a generator, where harsh electric light is replaced by the soft glow of a lantern, where some of the best guides in Africa help guests experience a closer look at the natural world. Old Mondoro is set in a grove of Acacia trees on the banks of the Zambezi River in the Lower Zambezi National Park some 10km downstream from Jeki Airstrip, near the Chakwenga River confluence. It is a beautiful site overlooking a maze of hippo-inhabited islands and channels.
The "tents", resting on temporary slabs, have en-suite facilities with flush toilets, and canvas bucket showers and washbasins. Paraffin lanterns provide ambient lighting. The tents are left with open views during the day, and at night canvas drop-down blinds with windows are lowered to provide more privacy and security. Two of the tents have two twin beds and two tents have a double, all with thick foam mattresses, comfortable bedding and large mosquito nets. Furniture in the tents is simple, with rustic shelving throughout, a coffee table and chairs in each. All tents have outstanding views of the Zambezi. The Main Tent, which serves as a lounge and dining area, rests under a Winter Thorn tree and next to a Sausage Tree overlooking the Zambezi. A traditional bush kitchen will supply outstanding meals and fresh bread baked daily from a homemade oven. The entire experience is unpretentious and uncomplicated, but promises a unique safari that gives guests the best bush experience possible. Activities at Old Mondoro include walking safaris as well as day and night game drives in open 4x4 vehicles. Canoeing can also be organised.
Please call 020 3813 2966 for more information or to make a booking.