Old Mondoro is a lovely tented bush camp, only eight beds, on the banks of the Zambezi deep inside the Park 18 miles downstream from Chiawa Camp. Natural lighting, en suite flush toilets, old-fashioned canvas bucket showers and wash basins. The emphasis is on walking, canoeing and game drives.
We loved all three of the camps. We couldn't have been happier with them. Tafika was beautiful. John, Carol, and their daughter, Jenny, took good care of us. The game drives were excellent and the food was fantastic. We even enjoyed hosting, Vixie, (their cat) when she came to spend the night with us the first night we were there.
Kaingo was wonderful. Izzy and Yvonne were very attentive, easy to talk to, and always there to greet us when we came back from a drive. The rest of the staff was excellent and the food was awesome. I really liked our guide, Meyam, and our scout, Mathew. We became very comfortable with them and I really think it made the experience even better because, as we got to know each other, we could talk about everything (including their families and their culture) in addition to the animals. I was grateful to have Mathew with us as I felt very protected during our walking safaris. The walking safaris were fantastic as so much can be learned from looking at what is on the ground as opposed to just looking at the animals. Meyam was excellent - he knew everything!
Old Mondoro was incredible too. I think it was our favorite camp for several reasons: there was so much to do: driving, walking, and canoeing safaris as well as fishing. Because of the elephants that frequented the camp throughout the day, we were definitely "up close" when they decided to visit. Ryan and Pam were amazing. Again, always there to greet us when we came back from a drive. Because we were their only guests, they joined us for meals (5-star food) and we had some great conversations. Sebastian, our guide, was very knowledgeable and easy to talk to… Read More
- Cheryl Hillery
The Royal Livingstone was an oasis of peace. We were treated to marvelous food, great scenery and animals, and a warm staff. Within 15 minutes of our arrival they had Chris out on the water to try his luck. I just lounged around the pool. Th e ultralight was an adrenalin rush and the elephant ride hilarious. Our bull wouldn't follow directions and "Bob" the dominant bull had to keep coming back and rounding us up. Then our bull would start running and Chris would be yelling something about bull riding in the Texas rodeo and the manager would be laughing and so forth. Great fun.
Old Mondoro was everything a bush camp should be. Reed enclosed tents, lanterns at night, a resident frog who liked my laundry hanging on the clothes line in the bath, hippo grunts at night, campfires, elephants outside our door, bush lunches, etc. Our only regret was we weren't there longer. The manager Jason took Chris and me out Tiger fishing and we both caught great fish on the fly. Unfortunately I also got way too much sun and was under the weather for a couple of days.
After the delightful water transfer to Chiawa, Sacha, Tam and Bren took one look at me and put me on salts and electrolytes. They had me back in good form in no time, but I never was able to take t he afternoon game drive because of the sun. So they either arranged for me to go under shade for a boat cruise or kept me company while we watched all the game that wandered through the camp and had our sun -downer by the river. Then as evening approached and Chris returned from fishing, they would meet him with a sun -downer and made sure we had a driver for the night drive. The lion, leopard and elephant sightings were magnificent. We spent part of an evening watching two leopards cubs harass their mother, a morning invading the privacy of mating lions, and lunch shared with the resident camp bull. One time we were trumpeted and false charged by a bull --and I was in the back seat alone and my vision still brings up two massive ears and a trunk. The aardvark was fascinating and the baby elephants adorable. At one point there were eight of us in camp from Africa Adventure Company.
The fishing was fantastic. Chris fished 12 hours a day and caught magnificent Tiger fish, reputedly the finest freshwater fighting fish in the world. He was just one big grin. I went with him twice for a few hours and caught fish also. The guides were very knowledgeable and we had brought all the right fly rods and bait casters. He also caught one ugly 50 pound Vundu catfish. Cape Town has such suburb food. We especially enjoyed Baia's seafood. Andrew, our private driver, was the best and he made both excursions special. Unfortunately we scheduled the Stellenbosch wine tasting for a Sunday and almost all the wineries were closed. An drew took us to some of the smaller wineries, which was probably a good thing as the wines were great, and the company picked up the tab for lunch at La Petite Ferme, a great county French Inn. We enjoyed the penguins and the fur seals and the Cape of Good Hope. When it came time for the cheetah encounter Spier said we couldn't see the cubs because they weren't old enough. Andrew made a phone call and the next thing we knew we were back on the road to a different location and ushered into an enclosure with all four cubs. It sure paid off on more than one occasion having the private driver. Overall, however, I'd do it again in a heart beat. Thank you Elena for a great trip. As ever.Read More