Set in a remote area of Lower Zambezi National Park, Old Mondoro (which means 'lion' in the local Shona language) is an intimate, exclusive bush camp owned and operated by the Cumings family. The camp overlooks a maze of reed islands, thick with grunting hippos, while a grove of acacia trees attracts a constant stream of elephant visitors.

  • Only five bush chalets and one family chalet, each with a private deck
  • Overlooking the mighty Zambezi River
  • Rustic, reed chalets with the front open to the view
  • Unfenced, so wildlife is free to wander through camp
  • Top-quality guides and superb walking safaris
  • Day and night drives in open safari vehicles
  • Game-rich area with excellent big cat sightings

Old Mondoro is an intimate, private bush camp in Lower Zambezi National Park. Its five reed chalets are open on one side to allow uninterrupted views over the river and lagoon. At night, canvas flaps roll down for privacy and 'safety'.

You have the option of large twin beds or a king-sized bed with an en-suite bathroom, hot water, flushing toilet and an open-air shower and outdoor bath which doubles as a plunge pool (sometimes frequented by passing elephants) with a view over the surrounding bush. Each chalet has a river- or lagoon-facing private deck with extra seating.

Old Mondoro Camp

A sixth chalet, located closest to the main lodge and dining area, is a double chalet ideal for families.

The motto here is simplicity without scrimping on creature comforts.

Relaxing main lodge

Built in true bush style to blend seamlessly with its tranquil surroundings, the main guest area is large with open sides and a canvas roof. There's a small library, a well-stocked bar and a communal dining room; a great way to meet new friends if you are travelling solo.

The evening campfire offers a cosy conversation corner to sit and discuss the day's highlights. The food is delicious, plentiful and varied, with the main meals being a hearty brunch and a multi-course evening meal.

A variety of game-viewing activities

In addition to day and night game drives in open safari vehicles, Old Mondoro Camp offers superb walking safaris with highly qualified guides. Game viewing by canoe is also an excellent way of exploring the area and the wealth of wildlife the Lower Zambezi National Park has to offer.

Lions, leopards and other cats are often spotted and those lucky enough have even seen serval, aardvark and pangolin.

There's very little chance of encountering guests and vehicles from other camps on your game drives and bush walks; a great feeling if you’re looking for that authentic, uncrowded getaway.

Getting there

By air - Twice-daily flights from Lusaka Airport connect to Jeki Airstrip (35-minute flight). The road transfer to Old Mondoro Camp takes around 50 minutes. Chartered flights are also available.

Let us know your preferences and we'll arrange it for you.

Our take on Old Mondoro Camp

Old Mondoro Camp is an excellent choice if you're a seasoned safari-goer looking for an authentic, unique experience. The camp is in a remote, beautiful area of the Lower Zambezi National Park and makes an excellent combo safari with its sister lodge, Chiawa Camp.

We suggest you plan a stay of at least four days to soak up the whole experience. You'll find the staff friendly and the welcome exceptionally warm.

  • Accommodation
  • All meals and beverages (local brands)
  • Professionally guided game viewing drives (day and night), bush walks, boat trips, canoe trips and angling
  • Transfers between Old Mondoro and Chiawa Camps and Jeki/Royal Airstrip
  • Laundry
  • VAT

Please note: Walks and canoe trips are restricted to 12+ years of age and are at the guide's discretion.

  • Air/river transfers to/from Lower Zambezi
  • Park angling permits
  • Airport departure taxes, hotels and meals in Lusaka
  • Private vehicles/boats.
  • Park fees and conservation levy
  • Visa fees
  • Personal extras
  • Premium-brand drinks and champagne
  • Gratuities
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Chiawa Camp was the first safari camp in the Lower Zambezi National Park. It is still owner-run by a descendant of the pioneering Cumings family. Offering superb luxury, beautiful surroundings, an unusually varied array of game-viewing activities, some of Africa's finest guides and wonderful hosting and service, it's easy to see why Chiawa has won so many awards over the years.