Mdonya Old River Camp

Mdonya Old River Camp is situated in a remote area of central Ruaha National Park, overlooking the former river course of the Mdonya River.

Mdonya Old River Camp is a rustic tented camp offering simple, but comfortable accommodation with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The camp has a wonderful adventurous feel to it with animals often wondering through, and as such will appeal to enthusiasts. Mdonya is not trying to be a luxury camp, though the accommodation, food, service and guiding is all perfectly good. The immediate location around camp is excellent for game (though tsetse fly are present), whilst longer morning drives will usually take you down into the core game viewing areas of the park. This camp will suit less demanding guests who are looking to combine fantastic game viewing with superb value for money.


Mdonya caters for around 24 guests in 12 comfortable and simply furnished walk-in tents, each set on a concrete plinth. Each tent has a plumbed en suite open air bathroom attached to the rear with a flush toilet and shower. At the…


Ruaha National Park was previously part of the huge Rungwa Game Reserve, with which it shares its north-western boundary. In 1964, it was gazetted as the National Park. The terrain within the park is well wooded and undulating. The Great Ruaha…


With its remote and adventurous feel and the fact that animals are often in camp, we feel Mdonya is best suited for children over 12 years old. Two of the tents have extensions where a second bedroom can be…

Conservation & community

To minimise their carbon footprint, Mdonya use solar power as their main source of electricity and rechargeable batteries to reduce waste. Candles and kerosene lanterns are used to light up the camp when it’s dark. They not use…

LocationRuaha National Park
AccessScheduled or Charter flight into Msembe and 2 hour drive
OpenJune to mid-March
Camp StyleTented camp
FocusBig game / Birding
Children6 years +
ActivitiesGame drives (by day)
Maximum Guests on Vehicle4 (6 on request)
Private Vehicle OptionsSubject to availability
Off-road DrivingNo
Number of Rooms12 tents (including family tents)
Family AccommodationExtended family tents
BathroomFlush toilet / Plumbed basin / Plumbed outdoor shower
Power for chargingCommunal (Solar)
LightingLanterns / Candles / Torches
HairdryerNot possible
Room SafeYes (box)
Laundry ServiceAdditional cost
Communication in roomWhistle
Mobile ReceptionIntermittent
Dining StyleCommunal
Drinks IncludedNo
Credit CardsOnline 3G payments