A small and excellently run bush camp, Old Mondoro is located in Lower Zambezi National Park, on the banks of the Zambezi river, and stakes its reputation on providing its guests with an experience that focuses on the bush, on the wildlife, on basic comforts, and not on gold tap luxuries, Michelin stars or big 5 tick lists.
Situated in the shade of a winterthorn grove, Old Mondoro is a stone, wood, reed and canvas build, and consists of a mess area and 4 sleeping rooms. Housed largely in an open-sided construct, with polished stone floors, stretched canvas roofing and low reed walls, the shared areas include a bar, lounge, library and dining area. Comfortable, simple, a fabulous retreat from the midday sun, the main mess tent is characterised by wicker seating, muted colours and great spots from which to view visiting game. Outside, a small seating area surrounds a fire pit, scene of campfire breakfasts, pre-dinner drinks and late night chats. The food at Old Mondoro Bush Camp – lunch buffets and communal dinners – is farmhouse, fresh and beautifully presented, the service relaxed, knowledgeable, excellent.
Shaded, raised on concrete blocks, the sleeping rooms are well positioned – 2 have river views, one a view of the lagoon to the rear of the camp, and one a view of both river and lagoon. Simplicity itself, accessed by way of a lovely little verandah, and like the mess area marked by a polished floor, low reed walls and a canvas roof, each room has a double bed, a seating area and separate bathroom. The toilet and sink can be found to the rear, while the stone bath and shower is outside, through a side door. While it now has electricity, Old Mondoro Bush Camp encourages use of old storm lanterns.
Activities include walking safaris and game drives – night and day.