(4 chalets) Contact via Chiawa or Sausage Tree (opposite)
The remote bush camp that is now Old Mondoro (mondoro means 'lion' in the Shona language) started life as the old Potato Bush Camp. Today, the camp is jointly owned and run by Chiawa Camp and Sausage Tree, and staffed by one of these, as appropriate. It is strongly recommended that visitors coming to Old Mondoro should spend a little time first at either of these camps.
Canvas-roofed chalets are set on temporary concrete platforms with reed walls, one or two of which are low enough to give views on to the river; canvas sides can be rolled down for greater warmth or privacy. Simply furnished with comfortable teak beds (one chalet has a double) and canvas chairs, they have en-suite facilities with flush toilets, hot and cold water and bucket showers. The only lighting comes from lanterns. Meals are taken outside at solid dining tables under the trees, alongside a sitting area, with a firepit by the river. The camp is surrounded by open woodland, and the main focus is on walking, although there are occasional game drives as well. This is very much a bush experience, and not for those seeking creature comforts, though the standard of food and service remains very high.