The concept of Old Mondoro is simple - to provide guests with an authentic, intimate safari that concentrates on the wildlife and bush experience whilst not forgoing any creature comforts or service. Guests will enjoy the 'back to the bush' atmosphere of Old Mondoro and is a destination in its own right that also offers some of the most prolific leopard sightings to be had in Africa - no one could want for more. With only 8 beds, Old Mondoro is the national park's most intimate and private safari camp.
Overlooking a maze of hippo-inhabited islands from a grove of Acacia trees that tower above the massive elephant bulls that seem to be constantly feeding on them, this is perhaps the most beautiful site in the Lower Zambezi National Park and certainly one of the most remote. For those wanting a premier safari in a small camp.
A premier Lower Zambezi safari in a small camp
All the comforts and a fabulous guiding team
Constructed of canvas and natural materials
Appropriately constructed of canvas and natural materials, Old Mondoro has an open and adventurous feel, providing a perfect retreat after a day filled with excitement in the bush and yet where much of the action will happen right in front of you.
At night canvas blinds are rolled down and secured although with the night chorus you are assured of never feeling too cosseted or cut off from the action!
A king size bed, or two singles draped in mosquito nets and Egyptian cotton linens
24 hour lighting supplied by an ingenious green 220v electricity supply system
24/7 hot and cold water supply the en suite facilities which include indoor flush loo and wash basin and outdoor shower & huge 'splash-tub' all overlooking the Zambezi
Each room also has a shaded timber sun deck complete with comfy daybed for relaxation with the very best of views.
A river safari, a day or night game drive, a walking safari taking advantage of the cooler weather of the early morning these are relaxing ways to enjoy wildlife viewing all the while in awe of the scenery, perhaps a buffalo lurking in the reeds, a crocs and hippos sunning themselves, or elephants crossing the river.
A game drive restricted to four guests maximum
A walking safari takes advantage of the cooler weather
Only six guests on a walk at any one time
Typically a game drive restricted to 4 guests maximum. These leave camp in the morning and return before brunch, stopping for a mid morning coffee stop. Cool box and First aid kit are carried on each vehicle, which is also equipped with a VHF radio for safety and for the guides to share news of interesting sightings so that the likelihood of any guest missing out on a great sighting is minimized. The guide is an expert in the bush and will point out interesting subjects as if by magic, a flick of a tail here, a curve of an ear there, a movement wherever. If one opts for a game drive in the afternoon, this will depart after high tea and then stop at sunset for sundowners (snacks and a drink, usually a cocktail, of your choice) before an experienced tracker assisting the guide switches on a red filtered spotlight and looking for the nocturnal creatures on a 'night drive'. The guides will help you set your camera for best results, and ensuring your flash is switched off. Night drives return to camp before dinner.
A walking safari takes advantage of the cooler weather usually taking place in the early morning and are led by a professional guide and a Zambia Wildlife Authority armed 'escort scout'. Sometimes walks happen right out of camp but usually a short distance into more open country. Guests are given a thorough safety briefing and orientation, and although the pace is much like a stroll in the park and are by no means exerting, in the interests of safety, mediocre fitness and mobility is required in order to participate. Your professional guide will be carrying a first aid kit, radio, pencil flare and 'bear banger' to warn off any aggressive animal, and additional water. After the walk, which will last between 1-3 hours, a short or long if you prefer game drive back to camp, perhaps via a sighting one of our other vehicles has picked up. Oonly six guests on a walk at any one time.
A river safari is guided by an expert river guides who will have grown up on the Zambezi, explore the main bank, islands and channels. As the sun sets your guide will pour your cocktails of choice and serve you snacks before gently motoring back to camp or dropping you off at a waiting 4×4 to take you on a night drive. Sometimes we use the boats to drop off our walks on the mainland or – for those wanting a walk on a totally pristine habitat with no vehicles – on the permanent islands.