Old Mondoro

A smaller camp with everything you want to get out of a safari experience, Old Mondoro is the sister camp of Chiawa Camp. Whilst not as luxurious it is where comfort meets authenticity, offering a genuine and intimate Safari to its guests. Concentrating on the wildlife that surrounds the area the camp boasts extraordinary guides to maximise your experience.

Why we love Old Mondoro!

Wild, luxurious and intimate, Old Mondoro is outstanding. With only 4 chalets and a maximum of 8 guests at a time this is the place to go for a quieter safari experience. You are guaranteed to see The Great African Elephant all around you when staying here and daily wonder through the camp. A favourite is the open chalets and outdoor shower; all overlooking the gorgeous views of the Lower Zambezi.

– Last visited by Mike Varndell – Managing Founder – Nov 2018 –

Experience Rating

Experience Ratings Explained

The star ratings are based on a variety of different criteria.

Namely it is a comparative aspect against the other lodges in this country and/or area. We like to think of this rating as a mix of the accommodation (please do remember just because the rating is lower doesn’t mean it is a bad lodge more that it maybe more of a rustic nature), guiding and wildlife in the area, food, safety and general vibe.

The lower ratings tend to either be due to being a rustic lodge or being in e.g a busy area of the park. This should be used as a general guide but please do contact us for more detail or check out the reasons why we love these lodges.

Fast Facts


Lower Zambezi National Park


4 en suite bush chalets

Avg. room price

From $830 (ppn)

Great for

Elephant sightings around the camp

Children welcome

Yes, best for 12+


May – November

Ideal length of stay

3 nights





Lodge Key Features

Natural Rooms

The Rooms rustic and open, constructed with natural materials. It is one of the most beautiful and remote sites on the Lower Zambezi and you can watch the inhabitants grazing along the banks through the day from your very own sun deck. Old Mondoro offers all the comforts whilst still fitting in so perfectly with its natural surroundings. The outdoor bath and shower are open and allow for some magical star gazing and look right out onto the Zambezi River.
During the evenings the blinds in the rooms are rolled down and you can hear the nightlife surrounding you, it is truly an extraordinary and fulfilling experience.

Wonderful staff

The team at Old Mondoro is small but each member is passionate about what they do and where they work. They bring a very personable experience to guests and you become captivated into their world during the time you spend here. The Management Hosts together have 20 years-experience in the industry and have worked at a number of places in Africa over the years. They fell in love with Old Mondoro immediately when they joined and enjoy sharing their slice of heaven with their guests.

River Safaris

The Lower Zambezi has so much to offer at the camps ensuring they take your experience to the next level. Having the Zambezi River on their doorstep Old Mondoro (and Chiawa) is one of the few camps that are allowed to take guests on river safaris within the park. There are a number of channels to explore and it’s great to have the opportunity to see what the park has to offer via boat – mainly elephant, hippo and buffalo but if you are an avid bird watcher this is a great way to observe the bird life along the river and its banks. With the expert guides, you will learn so much about the African bush and the wildlife around.

Client Reviews

  • First class camp in every way

    Excellent camp. Good hostess and manager and wonderful knowledgable guides. Lots of choices of activity – game drives, walking, river boat trips, canoing, fishing. Lovely being near such a wide full river with plenty of wild life. Saw lots of lions, elephants, birds. Good food and choices. Good accommodation with open fronts that could be closed.

  • The absolute top!

    This bush camp, with only four chalets, is my absolute favourite. Chalet 1 and 2 are overlooking the river. Chalet 3 and 4 overlooking the lagoon, were animals come to drink and bathe. I stayed in chalet 3 (the best!) and when I arrived elephants were blocking my door! The guides are exstremely good and they create a warm and relaxed atmosphere, that makes the gamedrives a real pleasure.

    Sophia k
  • A very special place

    This is a unique and special place.
    We had stayed 4 nights up river at Chiawa, and arrived by boat from there to a very warm welcome from Michelle the camp manager and several other members of staff.
    There is a central area for relaxing, eating and leaving for either game drives or river trips. The rooms are 4 individual chalets placed well apart from one another facing the river or a creek and very well equipped. There is an inside flushing toilet and washhand basin. Outside is a shower and bath, so when having a shower and elephants are meandering past, is an experience like no other!


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