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    Mdonya Old River Camp

    | Mdonya River, Ruaha National Park, Tanzania
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    1 - 5 of 147 reviews

    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    This was a return visit and one we did not regret one bit. October is quite a bit hotter than July, when we visited in 2015. However, it does cool down quite a bit at night, allowing a comfortable sleep. The tsetse flies can be...More

    Thank KevinW59
    Response from Essential Desti... T, Manager at Mdonya Old River CampResponded 2 weeks ago

    Thank you very much for your review of your stay and for sharing your wonderful image of the leopard in the tree. We are very pleased to hear that your second trip to Ruaha and Mdonya lived up to your expectations after your first visit....More

    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    After a few days of safari in Selous Game Reserve we flew to the airstrip of Msembe and on arrival a driver was waiting for us towards the camp site . On our way to the camp we spotted already a leopard resting in a...More

    1  Thank brusselsairlines
    Response from Essential Desti... T, Manager at Mdonya Old River CampResponded 3 weeks ago

    Thank you for reviewing your stay. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed Ruaha and the many wildlife sightings that you had. Starting off with a leopard sighting is very special. We are sorry that you were disturbed by the bees and flies during...More

    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    The sheer amount of wildlife that wanders through the camp is amazing, especially the elephants during their afternoon saunter. I would just sit in a nice comfy chair in the shade and watch everything unfold in front of me. Loved having a beer and a...More

    Thank markgreet101
    Response from Essential Desti... T, Manager at Mdonya Old River CampResponded 3 weeks ago

    Dear Mark, Thank you very much for your review of your stay with us. We also enjoyed chatting around the camp fire with you, hope you have manged to replace your jumper that the naughty hyenas tasted. Glad you enjoyed watching the resident wildlife wondering...More

    Reviewed 29 September 2017

    When the eye meets beauty, there is not much space anymore for words. If you are looking for a deep connection with nature, the animals, and experience the world as a whole, the Mdonya Old River Camp is the ideal location. Thank you to the...More

    1  Thank sophieb09
    Response from Essential Desti... T, Manager at Mdonya Old River CampResponded 3 October 2017

    Dear Sophie and Marion, Thank you for your lovely review of Mdonya and your recommendation as a place to come for people looking for an intimate bush experience. We enjoyed sharing our experience with you. Best regards, Rebecca, Andrea and the rest of the Mdonya...More

    Reviewed 17 September 2017

    That title is for Andreas! We had the best time and loved this camp. Our hosts were charming and I can't think of anywhere else where you are actually pleased to have had your tent changed because the naughty elephants have pushed a tree down...More

    Thank lizandtheBeagles
    Response from Essential Desti... T, Manager at Mdonya Old River CampResponded 3 October 2017

    Dear Liz and Andy, Thank you for your wonderful review of Mdonya - Andrea loved your title and it made him giggle! It is very special having so many animals in camp and over the last month where the wildlife in camp has been at...More

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    • Iringa Region >
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    22 June 2017|
    Response from Essential Desti... T | Property representative |
    Hello, sorry for the late answer, we had some satellite internet problems recently. All our tents have wildlife passing by but if you request tent n 0 or tent 8 you have a better view of the dry riverbed
    Amanda R
    Reading these reviews is making me insane with excitement for my visit this July, my first ever to Africa! While I was first looking into this dream trip I was told over and over by different tour operators that I should do the northern circuit, but I knew right away I wanted to visit Ruaha. I also would like to say that I appreciate that off-road driving is prohibited as it means the animals have the opportunity to not be seen. I would prefer to see one tenth the number of animals and go away knowing that no animals had been stressed for my enjoyment. My question is about vegetarian food. I realize that preparing a special menu for one person in an isolated location is simply not always possible and I am prepared to be as flexible as I can. I wonder however whether it would be reasonable to expect as least some vegetarian choices. Thank-you very much. I can't wait to get there!
    25 May 2017|
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    Response from Essential Desti... T | Property representative |
    Hello Amanda, thank you for contacting with your question regarding vegetarian meals. It is no problem at all for us to cater for vegetarian diets, for lunch and dinner we have at least 2 vegetable dishes as well as carbs... More
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    "Any tent would be fine"
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    "These are camps so you stay in tents but you have your own shower and toilet - clean and bug proof."
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    "I would have to say that having the tent on the outside, furthest away from the central camp, was very nice..."
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    "A torch would be useful."
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