Old Mondoro Camp

Lower Zambezi National Park, 142 km (88 mi) from Lusaka, , Zambia

The legend of a great white-maned lion that used to call this area its home lives on in the name of this camp, which is Shona for the "king of cats." If you're looking for an African adventure of the original epic variety and love the opportunity to take lots of pictures, then you need to stay at Old Mondoro. The gin-and-tonics are cold, and the game-viewing sizzles with close-up sightings of elephants, and leopard in trees. Old Mondoro is decorated in old-school-safari style with showers and baths, all lit by romantic lanterns. There are camera charging and lighting facilities in each room, though. Tents with wide timber verandahs are open (with canvas flaps at night) to maximize views of the surrounding floodplains, woodlands, and complex maze of waterways and hippo paths. The smell of fresh homemade bread introduces a back-to-basics bushveld kitchen repertoire that includes generous portions of hearty, flavorful meals. The entire experience manages to be marvelously satisfying without any fuss or complication. This is deliberately not a supercharged, over-the-top new safari palace where the design of the establishment completely usurps the natural environment and all local flavors are lost.

PROS

  • great game drives led by top-notch wildlife guides
  • one of the best places to see leopards
  • best walking area in the Lower Zambezi

CONS

  • the open rooms have only canvas flaps to ward off the wild at night, and this might be too daring for some. <span>Lower Zambezi National Park, 142 km (88 mi) from Lusaka</span>. <span>Old Mondoro is a 1-hr motorboat ride or a 2-hr game drive from its sister camp, Chiawa. Jeki Airstrip is only a 30-minute game-drive away from Old Mondoro and can be reached via 2-hr flight from Livingstone or a 40-minute flight from Lusaka.</span> <span>211/261–588</span>. <span><a href="http://www.oldmondoro.com">www.oldmondoro.com</a></span>. <span>4 tents</span>. <span>In-hotel: restaurant, bar, business center, parking, some age restrictions</span>. <span>Closed Nov.–May 1</span>. <span>All-inclusive</span>

Location

QUICK FACTS

Resort
Romantic
Intimate
Remote
Luxurious Retreat

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 211-261–588

HOTEL DETAILS

4 tents
Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–May 1 All-inclusive

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