Mdonya Old River Camp
(10 tents) 022 245 2005–6; 022 245 2004; firstname.lastname@example.org;
Like its sister-camp, Selous Impala Camp, Old Mdonya was set up with help from Coastal Aviation in 2004. It stands on the wooded banks of the 'old' Mdonyo River, which has not flowed in earnest since a newer path was carved by the river a couple of decades back. Comfortable rather than luxurious, the en-suite standing tents all have a private balcony, while the culinary emphasis is on tasty home-style cooking eaten beneath the stars. Old Mdonya makes no apologies for being a fairly simple camp; it's aiming for a fairly elemental experience of Africa, and not for the comforts and fripperies that so many camps seem to have been striving for in recent years.
Isolated though it may be, the camp offers good access to the superb Mwagusi River game-viewing circuit. The old riverbed is an important wildlife passage, and plenty of animals pass through camp daily, most profusely impala, warthog and giraffe, but also the occasional lion or elephant, while the helpful staff will gladly show you nocturnal visitors such as honey badger, genet and bushpig. The birding is also superb, with the likes of purplecrested turaco, bearded woodpecker, crested barbet, black-necked weaver, orange-breasted bush-shrike and green-winged pytilia among the colourful and conspicuous residents. US$400 pp sharing, US$460 pp sgl; includes all meals and activities, house wine with dinner and soft drinks.