MDONYA OLD RIVER CAMP – RUAHA NATIONAL PARK
Mdonya old river camp is considered to be a budget accommodation found in lush woodland in the heart and North West of the game –rich Ruaha national park in southern Tanzania. The camp is located close to Mdonya waterfalls and stretching along the old Mdonya river bed. The camp is set 75km away from Iringa town and Ruaha is 4 hour’s drive from Iringa city. The best way to travel to Ruaha national park from ARUSHA CITY is a flight that takes 5-6 hours to the close Msembe airstrip then few minutes to be transferred to the lodge. It’s very far by road taking about 941 km. The camp is convenient and affordable to solo travellers, tourists who want to explore Ruaha national park with beautiful views of the Mdonya River and surrounding areas.
Mdonya Old River Camp consists of 12 spacious and comfortable tents overlooking the vast expanse landscape in African Traditional style with natural materials of local woods with high levels of comfort. Tents are well elevated decorated with timber and furnished with tranquility and en suite private facilities of flushing toilet , solar heated water for shower, mosquito nets , wooden chairs and tables , free bottled water in the rooms , free toiletries, hand wash basin to mention but few . Tents have large verandas, with sitting areas that gives a stunning view of the Africa’s nature landscape and surrounding areas. Tents are well equipped with comfortable beds containing queen sized beds and perfect to suit your needs. There is a fire place pit with comfortable seats where guests relax especially after a Tanzania safari as they share stories ,it also provides warmth during chill weather .Chalets are in different sizes that suites solo travellers, family and groups with singles bed with individuals, doubles beds for couples / twins, and family rooming options ranging from 150$ per night and above. The room rate keeps changing as they go high during peak season than in low season.
Mdonya Old River camp offers more services and facilities which include;
A dining canvas with the view of the wilderness serving different cuisines both international and African- inspired meals that meets guests choice. Meals offered includes buffet breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner in the main building served by well trained, friendly and welcoming staff, you can have meals in any place of your choice either terraces overlooking the river or in the dining areas. Bush breakfast is also offered while enjoying morning sunrises and bush dinners while overlooking the stars in the sky.
A-well stocked bar with variety of refreshment both alcoholic and nonalcoholic overlooking the spectacular view of the park and surrounding area.
Services; Free parking space available, offers airport pick -ups and drop-offs, Laundry and house- keeping services available, 24 hour desk, massage services offered
WIFI hotspot available in the main Tent that will keep you connected and also enables visitors to keep in touch with their families and friends.
Activities to do while at the lodge include; game viewing in the park and around the lodge that will give you a chance to see more wildlife roaming along the river, Guided nature walks, birding/ bird watching in the park and many more activities.
Ruaha national park is the second largest national park in Tanzania after Nyerere national park found in the south of the central mid- point of Tanzania and west of Iringa Town . The park was established in 1964 and It covers the total area of 20,226 square kilometers (7,809 ) square miles The Park is most visited and has different categories of accommodations that include Budget, Mid- range/ moderate and Luxury/expensive accommodations that are convenient and affordable to any travellers, tourists visiting the park.
Ruaha national park has a variety of wildlife that includes; large herds of elephants, 10 percent of lions, Zebras , Buffaloes , cheetahs , Giraffes , antelopes , hyenas, Hippos and many more and over 570 species of birds that includes ; endemic species, migratory species with ostriches, starling , weaver birds, Kingfishers, hornbills etc. There are more activities to do while in the park and at the lodge which include; , game drive in the park which enables you to spot wide range and different animals in the park , Guide nature walks in the park, Hot air balloon rides that gives good view of the Savannah plains at 450$ per person , hand craft safaris, Camping ,Flying safaris, walking night safaris, cultural visits in the local villages, Bird watching /Birding since the park has more species bird ,the watchers can’t be disappointed to mention but a few.