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    Mdonya Old River Camp

    | Mdonya River, Ruaha National Park, Tanzania
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    Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

    We booked our safari to Ruaha National Park for 3days/2 nights and stayed at Mdonya Old River Camp. The camp is excelent! When we came to the camp after the safari Rebecca (one of managers) welcome us. She is super nice and is very interesting...More

    Thank Bojan B
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    This was our first camp for our 12 day safari visiting Ruaha and Selous. What a fantastic start! Rebecca and Andreas the camp managers have made this a very welcoming camp, right from the first moment we arrived to a fantastic lunch. We spent 3...More

    Thank NBlobsterman
    Response from Essential Desti... T, Manager at Mdonya Old River CampResponded 1 week ago

    Thank you very much for this lovely review of your stay here at Mdonya. We are very pleased that it was such a positive start to your safari experience. We are glad that you enjoyed the camp, the tents, the open showers, the meals, the...More

    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Saw some great wildlife here, in reasonably large groups. Recommend asking the driver to focus on the waterholes, to get the lovely panoramas of antelopes, elephants, giraffes, zebras, and ostriches. The camp was fine, with good 'walk by's' from visiting animals. Firepit in the evening...More

    Thank kate_rugby
    Response from Essential Desti... T, Manager at Mdonya Old River CampResponded 1 week ago

    Thank you for your review of your safari experience with us. We are very pleased that you had some great wildlife sightings. It is lovely during the dry season to sit and watch the waterholes and see the array of wildlife coming to drink. We...More

    Reviewed 29 October 2017

    This was a return visit and one we did not regret one bit. October is quite a bit hotter than July, when we visited in 2015. However, it does cool down quite a bit at night, allowing a comfortable sleep. The tsetse flies can be...More

    Thank KevinW59
    Response from Essential Desti... T, Manager at Mdonya Old River CampResponded 6 November 2017

    Thank you very much for your review of your stay and for sharing your wonderful image of the leopard in the tree. We are very pleased to hear that your second trip to Ruaha and Mdonya lived up to your expectations after your first visit....More

    Reviewed 26 October 2017

    After a few days of safari in Selous Game Reserve we flew to the airstrip of Msembe and on arrival a driver was waiting for us towards the camp site . On our way to the camp we spotted already a leopard resting in a...More

    1  Thank brusselsairlines
    Response from Essential Desti... T, Manager at Mdonya Old River CampResponded 28 October 2017

    Thank you for reviewing your stay. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed Ruaha and the many wildlife sightings that you had. Starting off with a leopard sighting is very special. We are sorry that you were disturbed by the bees and flies during...More

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    22 June 2017|
    Response from Essential Desti... T | Property representative |
    Hello, sorry for the late answer, we had some satellite internet problems recently. All our tents have wildlife passing by but if you request tent n 0 or tent 8 you have a better view of the dry riverbed
    Amanda R
    Reading these reviews is making me insane with excitement for my visit this July, my first ever to Africa! While I was first looking into this dream trip I was told over and over by different tour operators that I should do the northern circuit, but I knew right away I wanted to visit Ruaha. I also would like to say that I appreciate that off-road driving is prohibited as it means the animals have the opportunity to not be seen. I would prefer to see one tenth the number of animals and go away knowing that no animals had been stressed for my enjoyment. My question is about vegetarian food. I realize that preparing a special menu for one person in an isolated location is simply not always possible and I am prepared to be as flexible as I can. I wonder however whether it would be reasonable to expect as least some vegetarian choices. Thank-you very much. I can't wait to get there!
    25 May 2017|
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    Response from Essential Desti... T | Property representative |
    Hello Amanda, thank you for contacting with your question regarding vegetarian meals. It is no problem at all for us to cater for vegetarian diets, for lunch and dinner we have at least 2 vegetable dishes as well as carbs... More
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    "Any tent would be fine"
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    "These are camps so you stay in tents but you have your own shower and toilet - clean and bug proof."
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    "I would have to say that having the tent on the outside, furthest away from the central camp, was very nice..."
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    "A torch would be useful."
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