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Old Mondoro

Old Mondoro

Old Mondoro Bushcamp is situated in the eastern section of Lower Zambezi National Park. It takes its name from the local Shona term for lion. The camp is small and simple, but its situation on the banks of the Zambezi River overlooking reed islands where buffalo feed and hippo bask more than make up for it. The camp is constructed beneath a large grove of winterthorn trees that provide welcome shade in the heat of the day.

Old Mondoro harks back to the early days of African safaris. The main areas are lit by romantic storm lanterns at night. The camp’s common area is a large, open-sided structure with a polished stone floor and canvas roof. The lounge has comfortable wicker furniture, and adjacent to it is a small library with reference books and novels. The bar is well stocked, considering that this is a bush camp. All meals are at a communal dining table that creates a sense of community.

Accommodation is in four canvas chalets on stilts. Reed walls enclose them on three sides while the front is only waist-high to allow guests to take in the great views. Each chalet has either two single beds or one small double bed. They also offer hanging space for clothes, a coffee table, and canvas directors' chairs. The toilet and wash area are separate from an open air shower, and the huge stone bath has wonderful views. Newly added amenities are hot water and electric lighting.

Dining at Old Mondoro is well described as good home fare. Breakfast around the campfire consists of cereal, yogurt, juice, fruit, porridge, and toast. Lunch is buffet-style and often includes two salad options, freshly baked bread, and a hot dish such as beef lasagne. Dinner is usually served at about eight in the evening after guests return from the nightly game drive.

Activities at Old Mondoro center around morning, afternoon, and evening game drives. The camp also offers bush walks with an armed ranger and professional guide and safaris on the river, both of which are unique ways to encounter the region’s wildlife.

The river provides many opportunities for relaxation and adventure. Sunset/sundowner cruises are best enjoyed after the evening game drive. The Zambezi’s combination of breathtaking scenery, varied wildlife, and interesting channels make it a canoeing mecca. This area is acclaimed as one of the world’s leading fishing destinations, recommended both by past visitors 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 tiger fish, which can be caught on fly or conventional tackle.

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