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Mdonya Old River

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Mdonya Old River is one of the newest camps in Ruaha with just eleven self contained en suite tents.  Mdonya is located in the western region of the park. The tents are spread out over a large area with lots of shady trees to protect you from the hot African sun. There are comfortable sitting areas, with a small library and interesting wildlife artefacts.

The camp has cleverly constructed hides at both ends of the camp, where you can sit and watch the game pass by. Most of this area is a corridor route so animals pass through at all times of the day. The dining and lounge tents are located under shady Acacias and Sycamore Figs overlooking the dry riverbed. Staying on the banks of the Mdonya offers a good all round wildlife experience. Accommodation is comfortable and the food reliable.


The tents are simply but comfortably furnished. There is no electricity (except in the office, where camera and other batteries can be charged up overnight). There are candles, a torch and oil lamps are left on the verandas and in the bathrooms, at night. There is a lockup chest and a simple rack for clothes. The tents are scattered in a spacious area under the shade of large sycamore figs and Faidherbia albida, 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 one can relax and observe the wildlife around. All the tents have ensuite bathrooms with dressing room, open-roofed shower and separate flush toilet. There are three family tents, with separate room zipped on in place of the veranda. The extra room contains twin beds and there is a partition with zip between the two chambers. The central main bedroom has a double bed. At the back is a dressing area with washstand. The bathroom is behind that, with a flush loo and shower open to the sky.

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