Old Mondoro Bushcamp
In amongst a profusion of dazzlingly luxurious lodges, Old Mondoro is refreshingly simple. The concept? To provide a thoroughly authentic and genuine bush experience in a remote and exclusive slice of the Lower Zambezi National Park. Do they manage it? Absolutely. The activities on offer are varied and designed to connect you with all the animal kingdom has to offer whilst the camp itself is a magnet for wildlife; think elephant splashing on the doorstep and hippo honking happily in the river below. And there might be a few creature comforts thrown in too…
At the lodge
Perched on the edge of the river (literally) the main area is the perfect shady spot to admire the view and watch the wildlife go by – including visitors of the grey-trunked, four-legged variety as they plod into camp to feast on the winterthorn pods. It’s open-sided and breezy and filled with comfy wicker chairs at one end and a large dinner table at the other. And just like any good bush camp, there’s a fire pit for morning tea and evening whiskies at the front.
Simple, relaxed and very comfortable, each reed and canvas chalet is designed to make the most of the river views (one has a view of a lagoon instead) with an open wall at the front and a private, raised game viewing deck. Beds are big enough for a family of elephants and the open-air bathrooms are a delight with super-strong power showers and bathtubs. And there’s only 4 rooms in total, so even when it’s full, the camp feels like it’s yours.
We might be starting to sound like a broken record, but the activities here are wonderful. Start with a game drive to ease yourself into bush life before heading out on a gentle stroll through the winterthorn groves with the birds twittering overhead. In the afternoon, take to the water and drift lazily downstream in the boat or paddle yourself in a canoe if the mood takes you. There really is nothing better (or more exhilarating!) than coming eye to eye with an elephant on the water…