Location: Situated in acacia woodland in the heart of Ruaha National Park.
Rooms: 12 walk-in Meru-style guest tents: each tent is spacious, airy and cool with an en suite bathroom partly open to the sky, including running water and a hot shower. Each tent has a large, private verandah area with deck chairs – a great place to sit and listen to the sounds of the bush.
Facilities: The lounge and dining areas are open-sided tents housing comfortable sofas and chairs, whilst the dining area is furnished with long wooden tables and directors’ chairs which, in the evening, are set out under the stars, by the light of candles and storm lanterns. In front of the lounge is Mdonya’s bar, formed from a gnarled old tree stump, which sits next to the campfire, surrounded by directors’ chairs.
Activities: Game drives, bird watching.
Children: Children over the age of 6 are welcome.
Our Opinion: Mdonya Old River Camp is a simple but really atmospheric bush camp with a great sense of wilderness. Its location next to a dry riverbed which local wildlife uses as a corridor allows for some excellent game viewing from camp including zebra, elephant, buffalo, giraffe and other antelope. Full day game drives are available, with lunch served in the middle of the bush and the vehicle stocked with a cool box full of drinks. Walking safaris can also be arranged from the camp.