With no fences anywhere in camp, Old Mondoro is a mutual study in honouring boundaries. The wild animals that live here – waterbuck, baboons, buffalo, elephant, being the most common – occupy the space just as much as the camp and guests do.
Only 5 chalets occupy the camp, providing a remote and private atmosphere for each guest. Each chalet holds a romantically-netted king bed (or two large twins) with a view through the wide reed windows either directly onto the Zambezi or the hyacinth-filled channel weaving through camp. An outdoor bath doubles as a plunge-pool (and occasional drinking hole) and an open-air shower allows one to revel under the stars each night. A private deck provides additional seating for afternoon naps, getting lost in a book or just observing the movie-worthy backdrop of the mighty Zambezi or winterthorn trees across the channel, where an endless variety of wildlife can be seen weaving throughout the shade and cooling off in the water.
An open-sided sitenje (dining area) looks out across the full-bodied grey river – over snorting, sun-baking hippos, and elephant crossing between river islands – towards the far bank. There, you’ll find Zimbabwe.
The camp was recommended to me by a woman has traveled to Zambia over 20 times and usually stays 3+ weeks at Old Mondoro each trip. We met a couple the first night who had come to Old Mondoro over ten times. I fully understand their desire to return year after year.
This camp is absolutely gorgeous. It perfectly ties luxury that fits into the bush.
To have elephants wandering past while sitting in the huge stone bath, then coming back to drink the water was the most incredible experience.
One of the best. What an excellent experience! Living proof that a simple, deep bush safari can be delivered with great quality and style.
Old Mondoro is a special place. That's why we have been there four times. We are not the only ones who think so because on several consecutive days while we were there, every guest was a repeat guest.
The biggest surprise was the wildlife activity in the lagoon right in front of our room.You could stay in your room and watch elephant, buffalo, impala, baboons...etc and beautiful birds all gather to drink and bathe.We are dreaming of returning soon!