link to founders message

Enquire or Call

UK: 01473 890499
You are here: HomeTanzaniaAccommodation
Tanzania holiday ideas experiences accommodation places to go when to visit tanzania map reviews

Mdonya Old River

Selous & the South

Rating: Mid-range    

Mdonya Old River overview

Mdonya Old River is a small safari camp set in the western part of the second largest game park in Tanzania, Ruaha National Park. It offers the true bush experience, and is a little basic, but more than makes up for this by its location within a beautiful wilderness area, its proximity to game and welcoming atmosphere. 

Mdonya Old River Camp allows you go get very close to nature, for example lions are known to wander through the camp!

The 12 tents are spread out over a large area, under the shade of large sycamore figs nestled in the curving banks of a sand-river. They are traditional safari tents, comfortably furnished with double or twin beds and with large verandas where you can relax and observe the wildlife around. They have en-suite shower rooms with solar-heated water.

There are hides at both ends of the camp, where you can sit and watch the game pass by. The dining and lounge tents are under acacias and sycamore figs overlooking the dry river bed which is used by game as a corridor, so you can enjoy the game viewing even while having lunch or relaxing. The experience of dining by candlelight to the sound of crickets and the occasional hyena or lion is unforgettable. 

Ruaha is an enormous undeveloped wilderness whose beautiful open landscape is especially rich in elephant, buffalo and lion. This national park is for people looking for a genuine, off-the beaten track, round-the-campfire experience, and Mdonya Old River is the ideal setting for such an experience.


Location: Mdonya is in the heart of Ruaha National Park a few kilometres from Mdonya Falls. The closest airstrip is Msembe which is an exciting 1-2 hour game drive away.

Rooms: 12 safari tents with twin or double beds. The ensuite bathrooms are at the rear of the tents and have open-roofed solar heated showers and flush loos. There are 3 family tents. There is no electricity in the tents and lighting is provided by kerosene lamps and candles.

Activities: You come here to enjoy the superb wildlife and wilderness of Ruaha National Park, with daily game drives. |The camp also offers bird watching walks.

Facilities: There are 2 main tents, one for dining the other used as the lounge, which has a library and a small shop.

Dining: Breakfast and lunch are usually served in the dining tent, with dinner eaten out in the open. Most meals are eaten communally.

Children: Mdonya Old River is not recommended for young children.

Health: This is a malarial area.

Map for Mdonya Old River

Lodge IconLodge Yacht IconVessel Tented Camp IconCamp Hotel IconHotel National Park IconNational Park Historic site IconHistoric site Place of Interest IconPlace of Interest UNESCO world heritage site IconUNESCO heritage site

Tracy Edwards
Christine MacDougall
Dave Lock
We know and love Tanzania, and would be delighted to help you plan your perfect trip here.
01473 890499 Call to talk to one of our travel experts. PLAN MY TRIP

our travel expert

Let us help you plan your perfect tailor-made holiday to Tanzania. Talk to one of our travel experts. Tell us what you want, and we will tailor make your perfect trip.
Call: 01473 890499

holidays featuring
this property

Selous and Ruaha safari
Manze and Mdonya
7 days from £3130 pp

Superb value safari in southern Tanzania's best wildlife locations, tented camps with friendly service.

A room with heart
a room
with heart

customer rating

91% from
23 reviews











client reviews

Amanda Marks - Tribes

"Whilst I didn’t stay the night here, I stopped to look around and have lunch. Apart from having a very tasty lunch, I really liked what I saw of this camp. Simple as it is, I can absolutely see what many of our clients come back loving this place, and being visited at lunch by one of the 9 elephants that like walking through camp was a real bonus!"

Tracy Edwards
"This is a small and rustic little gem! A real bush camp experience in the heart of the park, with only 12 tents, good food and excellent guiding, this is a real must for a safari here! No electricity though, so get used to candles and paraffin lights for the evenings! "
Sophie Vanden Eynde
"The best memory of the trip - we would have liked to stay longer as the cam is really fantastic. The Ruaha Park is so rich in wildlife that we were never driving for long without seeing game. Our guides and drivers were very knowledgeable and friendly. The general atmosphere is quiet and relaxed and everything seemed to go smoothly (although the logistics in sucha place must be a permanent challenge)."
Hilary Jones
"What an amazing place Ruaha is and Modonya Old River is totally embedded in the environment. Wildlife all around and in the camp - woken by grazing elephants in the morning, lions and hyenas in the night! Fantastic. The staff here felt like old friends and our candlelit dinner for 5 in the dry river bed will stick in our minds forever."
Hilary Cox
"Mdonya Old River Camp was on the banks of a dry river bed, with elephants wandering through, and had a real wild feel to it. On our last day we had an afternoon drive, which finished with popcorn and sundowners watching the elephants on the river bed! In the evenings, we all gathered around the campfire with drinks, which gave the camp a real air of intimacy, followed by a communal dinner at one long table under the stars!"

Read more reviews



Botswana Specialists Costa Rica Specialists Cruise the Galapagos Peru Specialists

Help me plan my trip

* required fields

Please enter your address

Trip details

Yes No
Yes No

Other information

Your Preferences

Keep in touch with the tribe in the following way/s:

By email: Yes, Please No, Thanks

By post: Yes, Please No, Thanks

I understand that I can unsubscribe at any time.Read our Privacy Policy here.

All information supplied is confidential and will never be shared with anyone else (see our privacy policy)

Brochure Request

Our "Book of Unmissable Travel Experiences - Book Two" includes some inspiring ideas which could be the holiday experience you're looking for. You will find an online version of our brochure which you can flip through at your leisure.

* required fields

Please enter your address

Other information

Yes No

All information supplied is confidential and will never be shared with anyone else (see our privacy policy)

Our e-newsletter offers you travel inspiration, with gorgeous and exciting places to go or stay, plus special offers, and some insight into sustainability/conservation.

* required fields

I am agreeing to receive Tribes e-newsletter. I understand that all information I have supplied is confidential and will never be shared with anyone else (see our privacy policy), and I can unsubscribe at any time.