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 hippo, while a grove of acacia trees attracts a constant stream of elephant visitors.

  • Only four bush chalets, each with a private deck
  • Overlooking the mighty Zambezi River
  • Rustic, reed chalets with the front open to the view
  • No fences, so game are 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 four 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 single beds or a double with an en-suite bathroom, hot water, flushing toilet and an open-air shower and bath with a view over the surrounding bush. One chalet has an extra bedroom and is suitable for a family or for friends sharing.

The motto here is simplicity without scrimping on creature comforts.

Relaxing Main Lodge

Built in true bush style to sit comfortably in its surrounds, the main area is large with open sides and a canvas roof. There’s a small library and a well-stocked bar and a communal dining room; a great way to meet new friends if you're 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 Activities

Besides day and night game drives in open vehicles, Old Mondoro offers superb walking safaris with well-respected guides. Game viewing by canoe is also an excellent way of exploring the area and the wealth of wildlife it has to offer.

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

On all your game activities, there’s very little chance of encountering guests and vehicles from other camps – a great feeling if you’re looking for that exclusive getaway.

Getting There

Twice-daily flights from Lusaka Airport connect to Jeki airstrip (35-minute flight). The road transfer to camp takes around 50 minutes.

Chartered flights are also available. Let us know your preferences and we’ll be happy to arrange it for you.

Our Take on Old Mondoro

Old Mondoro is an excellent choice if you’re a seasoned safari-goer looking for an authentic, unique experience. It’s in a particularly beautiful area, remote and simple – and makes an excellent combo safari with its sister lodge, Chiawa Camp.

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

  • All accommodation, 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
  • Government taxes

NB Walks and canoe trips are restricted to guests aged 12 years and older.

  • 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
  • Gratuities, visa fees, personal extras
  • Premium-brand drinks and champagne
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