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Mdonya Old River Camp

Mdonya River, Ruaha National Park, Tanzania
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Mdonya Old River Camp
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Naples, Italy
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

we spent 3 days in february. The park is wounderfull, we saw a lot of animals( Zebras Elephants, Lions,Leopard Hippos....) the camp is very very well organized, everybody were gentle and they took care of us. the camp in the middle of the Savana and we had our breackfast togheter close a giraff. Marco and Mary, the menagewment, are very... More

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Taunton, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

We loved every minute at this wonderful camp; when you first arrive you are greeted by Mary, Marco and a friendly helper with a welcome glass of orange. At first it all seems happily amateur but you soon learn that a very professional teams runs Mdonya without anyone else seeing the "wheels go round". The setting is glorious, the food... More

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Berlin, Germany
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

the header says everything. Thank's soo much to all of you in the camp for the wonderful time I experienced in your camp. I can only recommend the camp for everyone who wants quite a close bush experience. Probably not for the faint hearted. Beware of Italian nights, since these guys might be heard up to Daressalam :-)

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23 reviews 23 reviews
20 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

We stayed at this camp in Ruaha after having stayed in it's linked camp in Selous. It was very similar so we knew what to expect. Our tent (number 6) was clean and comfortable and we often saw Impala, monkeys, and elephants strolling past and hear the hippos in the night. Waiting staff were particularly friendly and attentive and the... More

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Lakewood, Colorado
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20 hotel reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

Why? Here's a fine illustration. Our driver and a guide pick a few of us up at the airport and we head over to the park. I have covered myself with my Coleman 100% DEET. When the tsetse flies come, they come in droves. Avoided me completely: bare arms and legs, face, not a bite. However, they did swarm, annoy,... More

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Sydney, Australia
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63 reviews 63 reviews
29 hotel reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

We stayed at Mdonya Old River Camp in September 2013 for 2 nights. This was the 3rd of 4 camps we stayed at on our 14 night safari in north and south Tanzania. This was our 2nd safari holiday (18 nights/5 camps) in Africa and the 2nd camp we visited in Ruaha National Park. The guiding was just ok, the... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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17 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

This charming camp tries to give a flavor of the way camps were many years ago: no electric lights but hurricane lamps and candles plus a torch; sand paths to the sitting and dining areas which under an open tent roof; open air dining at night, drinks around a fire. Game wander near in and around the camp so Masai... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

I had visited this camp 6 years ago, returned and was not disappointed. The lions roaring at night was the highlight of the safari as were the cheeta and leopard sightings. This camp has everything, great food, personal attention, great guides and abundant animals. Weather in September was warm and dry. Sightings of animals while sitting on the veranda of... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

We truly loved our time in Ruaha! Maria and Marco were great hosts and the surroundings did the rest. Fadhili and Ayubu big thank you for all your efforts. On our last night, we were woken up at 4am by roaring lions.. I think they just wanted to say 'Farewell Friends'. Would definitely plan to go back one day.

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

We stayed here for five nights in Sept. 2013. This is a great little safari camp. Mary and Marco were very welcoming, always stopping to chat for a moment or make sure everything was going well. I have MS, and Mary was always checking to make sure I was cool enough, or having dinner sent to my tent on the... More

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Mdonya Old River Camp Hotel
Mdonya Old River Camp Hotel Ruaha National Park
Address: Mdonya River, Ruaha National Park, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Iringa Region > Ruaha National Park
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #3 of 10 Specialty lodging in Ruaha National Park
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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