Old Mondoro, Lower Zambezi: The Lowdown

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Lower Zambezi’s Old Mondoro is somewhere we really, really don’t want to share. In fact, if it weren’t our job to make sure our clients ended up at the most magical safari lodge possible, we’d do our best to surround Old Mondoro with a steel wall of secrecy. Or a row of angry crocs at the very least.

What’s Old Mondoro really like?

In spite of our worries, with only four rooms sleeping a maximum of eight guests, Old Mondoro keeps its own secret pretty well. The reality is that here, on the banks of the Zambezi, people are normally outnumbered by the hippos in the river (and any passing ellies that just happen to be wandering by).

Old Mondoro epitomises the Zambian safari experience. No fuss or fripperies, just total immersion in the surrounding environment, from hot hazy afternoon naps, to showers under the stars. Walls are made of reeds, the roof is thatched, and although you’ll have a comfortable bed and en-suite bathroom, there’s nothing so intrusive as glass stopping the breeze at the window. In fact, we’d recommend you dispense with the curtains too, letting the light of the full moon shine in through the trees.

What can I do at Old Mondoro?

Life at Old Mondoro is lived largely outside, with meals eaten under the trees, and evenings spent gazing deep into the campfire. Game drives and boat safaris are just magical (we loved spotting leopards and porcupines on night drives) and walking safaris are an integral part of any safari in Zambia. Twitchers will delight in the array of birdlife here, and fishermen have the lure of tigerfishing in the Zambezi.

Giving back at Old Mondoro: 

Owner Grant was one of the founders of Conservation Lower Zambezi (CLZ) which works to protect this fragile area, working to support and educate the local community and fight poaching. US$10 per night from your stay goes to CLZ.

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