Mdonya Old River Camp

Understated camp which blends perfectly with the surrounding bush in Ruaha National Park

Mdonya Old River Camp

With just twelve tents, Mdonya Old River Camp is understated and unobtrusive, blending perfectly with the surrounding bush in Ruaha National Park. The large and comfortable tents have en suite bathrooms with solar heated hot water and are spread out along the dry river bed of the Mdonya River.

Hearty meals are served communal-style, often under the stars, and a nearby escarpment is the perfect location for sundowners. The camp being unfenced, there is superb wildlife watching from your tent as well as on the shared game drives and walking tours.

Wildlife including elephants and lions sometimes pass close to the camp providing an exhilarating experience but meals are occasionally disrupted by these wild visitors.


Restaurant, bar, lounge, private bathroom with hot water showers,

Local Wildlife

The park is home to a vast array of typical east African mammals, birds and reptiles. It is notable for large numbers of elephants, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog. The rare Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, lesser kudu and beautiful roan and sable antelopes are also present here. Birdlife is equally rewarding with over 500 species. Lions, elephants, buffalo and other large game are often seen in close proximity to the camp itself.

Optional Activities

Game drives and walking safaris.

Number of rooms


Air Conditioning


Swimming Pool


Jonathan Morris
Area Specialist

The electricity supply here is intermittent and often turned-off at night. Pack a good torch plus plenty of spare camera batteries. Perhaps opt for a full day’s safari with picnic lunch to reach parts of the park not usually visited on half day drives.

If you have any queries about this accommodation please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

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Mdonya Old River Camp -7.686300, 34.650749 Mdonya Old River CampView

It was a great experience. Very friendly and wildlife stupendous. We had a great time and remember it fondly.

Drs A & J E - Surrey