Mdonya Old River Camp

Ruaha National Park Tanzania

  • Mdonya Old River


  • Rustic camp in remote wilderness setting
  • Watch wildlife as you relax in camp
  • Range of habitats
  • Enjoy breakfast and lunch in the bush
  • Atmospheric candle and lamp light after dark

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.

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Client Rating for Tanzania 5/5 from 217 reviews

It was my favourite since the animals literally wandered around and through the camp. There were impalas, baboons and a \"naughty\" elephant who entertained us with his antics. It is also worth mentioning that this camp is at 1000 meters above sea level and thus can be cool in the AM or late in the PM. And the camp provides docking stations to charge electronics and camera batteries. ;-)

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Mdonya Old River Camp

Mdonya Old River

Mdonya Old River is a small safari camp with 12 tents spread out over a large area.

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