The romance of dining by candlelight to the sound
of crickets and the occasional hyena or lion, is unforgettable.
Natural Cooking and Contributions to the Community
We bake daily in a wood-fired oven to produce: bread, pizza, cakes and more, all home-made and all with the special flavour added by using local logs.
Firewood collection is not allowed in any National Park of Tanzania. So Mdonya Old River Camp buys its firewood from a community outside the Park.
The project is called "Mbomipa", whose purpose is to establish a sustainable use of wild resources in the Idodi and Pawaga areas adjacent to the Park.
In the area under their administration, Mbomipa collects fallen logs to be sold to the camps in Ruaha.
Whenever we make a barbecue or grill a fish in Mdonya, we do not feel responsible for the deforestation of the country. The main cause of deforestation in Tanzania
is the felling of trees for the production of charcoal, with 3,000 sq km a year deforested for this purpose. Mdonya Old River Camp decided to use more expensive,
but eco-friendly charcoal, made by "MOTO MOTO", a company based in Iringa, which produces charcoal briquettes made 100% from Bio Mass and free of chemicals.
The Taste of Tanzania
Following an interest in local food doesn't mean we eat baobab fruits and game meat, but we follow a policy of buying locally. The intention is to reduce the environmental impact
of food importation and to give support to local communities. Tanzania is the land of incredible food products and the Iringa region is home of some of them: tea and jam, cheese
and all kinds of meat. None of these products has to travel a long distance before arriving at our table.