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Zanzibar Island, Tanzania
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We are just back from Mdonya camp yesterday we had warm welcome from Andrea and his staff they are always friendly, helpful, knowledgeable incredibly careful and attentive. Everything about Mdonya Camp is perfect. The camp itself is nicely set up, the "tents" have really comfortable beds, nice bathrooms with hot water showers and really safe. You can see many wild...

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Melbourne Beach, Florida
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I were here for four nights in December, and similar to our great experience in the sister camp in Selous, everything exceeded our expectations! If you are a birder, ask for Maulidi - he was a phenomenal guide and we saw so many species of birds. Of course the safaris and animals were wonderful too! Even though...

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Essential Desti... T, Manager at Mdonya Old River Camp, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review your stay with us. We are very happy to hear that everything exceeded your expectations. Thank you for recommending your guide Maulidi for those interested in birding, this time of the year is highly rewarding for birdwatching especially when you have an experienced guide who can spot and...

Basingstoke, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

This was the second part of my trip to Africa. The experience just kept on getting better. The sister camp to lake Manze, it had the same philosophy of friendliness, good company, safety and amazing guides. Food was excellent and surroundings were everything you dreamt about Africa. Absolutely loved it, especially as I was a solo traveler.

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Essential Desti... T, Manager at Mdonya Old River Camp, responded to this review

Hello Deborah, Thank you very much for writing a review of your stay at Mdonya. We are very pleased to here that as a solo traveller you enjoyed the friendly atmosphere of the camp as well as the guiding, food and the beautiful surroundings of being right in the African bush. Best wishes, Rebecca, Andrea and the rest of the...

Nashville, Tennessee
Reviewed 30 December 2016

My adult son and I recently had a five day safari at Mdonya, and it was outstanding. The game drives were really special, and unlike some other camps, each jeep has a driver and a guide, which really helps with animal sightings. The friendly driver and guide were very educated about both culture and wildlife and their English was excellent....

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Essential Desti... T, Manager at Mdonya Old River Camp, responded to this review

Dear Janet, Thank you for writing about your experience of staying at Mdonya. We are very encouraged by hearing your good impressions of the driver and guide you were with, spending all day with them on game drives it is important that you find them friendly, knowledgable and easy to interact with. Glad you enjoyed the experience of sleeping in...

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Reviewed 29 December 2016

being a nature lover and a wildlife photography enthusiast i have been to most of the national parks in tanzania, but experience at Mdonya was unique. Excellent camp managed by spirited and dedicated team. Food was excellent even for a strict vegetarian like me. This was the only camp where i could eat properly in my last 10 years of...

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Essential Desti... T, Manager at Mdonya Old River Camp, responded to this review

Thank you Prakash for reviewing your stay with us over the holiday period. We are very pleased to hear your praise about the food and the vegetarian meals that we provided for you. We are fortunate to have to have talented chefs working in our kitchen and fresh fruit and vegetables supplied from the nearest town ensuring a good standard...

Dar es Salaam
Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

I stayed there some 2 years ago, forgot to review it then. The camp is fabulous, perfectly blends into the forest, the managers were fantastic! Made me feel at home! , Mary and her colleague (forgot his name). The lodge is eco-friendly. Everything works on Solar! Well done saving our planet! The food - you just can't get better! It...

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Essential Desti... T, Manager at Mdonya Old River Camp, responded to this review

Thank you Sajjad for remembering your stay and writing us a review about your experience. The managers have changed since you stayed here but everything else has remained the same, especially the beauty of the park and the incredible wildlife sightings which we are so fortunate to encounter. We hope you will return to visit Mdonya! Best regards The Mdonya...

Hamburg, Germany
Reviewed 27 December 2016

I stayed at Mdonya Old River Camp from 06.11.16 to 12.11.16. A dream from my childhood came through as I had good luck to make an individual safari with the guide and driver. Both had been very professional and with the best knowledge about animals and fauna. The camp manger and the staff at Mdonya are very friendly.and professional. The...

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Dear Jutta, Thank you for writing about you stay at Mdonya Old River Camp. It is a delight for us to hear that you were able to fulfill your childhood dream and that the safari experience was such a positive experience for you. We are very pleased to hear your account of the staff being professional and friendly. Thank you...

Reviewed 1 December 2016

We went in november 2016 on safari. Safari was always a big dream for me and this camp made my dream complete! They really comfort you that it's completely safe! It is soooo cool to sleep in a tent while you know the animals can walk right on your side!!! The tent is really great, you even have a own...

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Dear Fabienne, Thank you for your feedback from your stay at Mdonya, we are delighted to hear that the safari experience lived up to your dream. It is a very special experience to be so immersed in the wilderness with the animals peacefully wondering through camp. We are very pleased that you liked our safari vehicles and that you found...

Bristol
Reviewed 30 November 2016

We spent 4 nights at Mdonya Old River Camp in November 2016 and loved every minute of it. The camp has a real feeling of remoteness about it which is not always true of other places we have stayed on safari, but for us, this is what a safari is all about. The tents are comfortable without being luxury and...

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Thank you very much for writing this wonderful recommendation and trip report of your safari experience in Southern Tanzania. We really like the pictures you shared of you with the staff and the friendly giraffe, also lovely pictures of the lion cubs and leopard. It is really good to hear that you got on so well with Ayoub and Henry...

Manchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 27 November 2016

From arrival at Msembe to departure the experience of Mdonya (and Ruaha) was brilliant. Good food, comfortable tents (lovely hot showers), pleasant company and superb guiding and driving were the norm. The range of animals, birds and flora and their relationship to each other were manifold and well explained by our knowledgeable driver and guide. This was not our first...

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Essential Desti... T, Manager at Mdonya Old River Camp, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your safari experience and review of Mdonya camp. We are glad that you found your driver and guide knowledgeable and that they explained well to you all about the bush. We hope to welcome you again soon for another magical Ruaha experience. Best wishes Rebecca, Andrea and the rest of the team

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Welcome to Mdonya Old River CampRuaha National Park is a magnificent example of the best that African safaris have to offer. Remotely situated in the heart of Tanzania, the amazingly profuse wildlife sums up almost everything that is essential to Tanzanian savanna environments. Mdonya Old River Camp is centrally located deep within the park along the Old Mdonya riverbed, a stone throw from the seasonal Mdonya waterfalls it’s a majestic location offering a truly exciting bush safari adventure. ... more   less 

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Address: | Mdonya River, Ruaha National Park, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Iringa Region > Ruaha National Park
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Mdonya Old River Camp 2.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Also Known As:
Mdonya Old River Camp Hotel Ruaha National Park
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“Tents are all the same, some a little farther from shared dining and meeting areas”
 of 5 bubbles carolmlb, 29 Jan 2017 | Read review
“All tent placements are good!”
 of 5 bubbles BOFtraveller, 27 Nov 2016 | Read review
“We were in camp site #12. Quiet and away from the group. Site #1 had animals walking right by it!”
 of 5 bubbles 24connie, 14 Nov 2016 | Read review
“If possible request a tent closer to the main office - not as far to walk in the evenings.”
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 of 5 bubbles KHarrington54, 22 Oct 2016 | Read review
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