Accommodation, Southern Tanzania

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.

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


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.

Jonathan Morris

Area Specialist

If you have any questions regarding our Tanzania tours, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

Big thanks to Jonathan Morris for preparing an excellent trip – one of our favourite holidays to date. The guide at Sand River couldn’t do enough to ensure we saw and did everything of interest. The guides were very happy to do walking safaris, and we fit in a walk every day, as well as some boating and fishing trips.

Mrs AJ - Cheshire