Nkwali

Reviews of Nkwali

Excellent(95%) From 113 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 113 of our travellers who have visited Nkwali, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr J & Mr B - London
Arrived on: 4-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Nkwali review

This was the first of three Robin Pope Safari camps visited on our trip. It's a beautiful riverside location with masses of hippos, sacred ibis and noisy hadeda ibis.

Comfortable accomodation very enjoyable food.The staff were friendly and our extremely knowledgeable guide, Fred, responded to our interest in birds by helping to spot no less than 50 different types on the first morning. Further delights followed that day -- a large troop of baboons with very small babies passing close to the dining area, two sightings of leopard, a large herd of elephant and in the evening the rare sight of two white-tailed mongoose mating.

We were well pleased with our short stay at Nkwali.

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Mr & Mrs Z - Switzerland
Arrived on: 24-Jul-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great hospitality

Very friendly welcome and excellent organisation. Food wonderful.

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Mr and Mrs B from Edinburgh
Arrived on: 20-Jun-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Nkwali review

Nkwali is a very good camp with excellent guides. The surprise bush breakfast was fun! To eat a fry up watching hippos, crocodiles, animals coming to drink and the abundant bird life was very special.

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Mr. & Mrs W-J from Nottingham
Arrived on: 21-Mar-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Back again!

This was our fifth visit to Nkwali and it is still one of our favourite camps. Daudi accompanied us from Nsefu and took us for all our activitites. Sadly the lions and dogs were in hiding on this occasion. Lameck's cooking was excellent - thank you for the pork recipe and the excellent bush breakfast. We were joined for dinner on our last evening by an elephant in the lagoon - great finale.

Rooms remain comfortable though lighting could be better. We were moved from room 1 to room 3 after we discovered that it was impossible to open our safe and that our fan squeaked incessantly; however this move was not effected until we were out on our afternoon drive meaning we were unable to unpack anything until we got back at nearly 8pm, having arrived well before lunch. To be fair we didn't protest about this at the time but did rather feel it was done for the convenience of staff rather than guests.

Thanks for arranging for us to visit Project Luangwa, especially Njambe for driving us there in the heat of the afternoon.

Also thanks for the stop at Tribal Textiles on the way to the airport - new cushion covers duly purchased having admired them at the camp.

We will definitely be back!

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Prof & Mrs C - Derbyshire
Arrived on: 10-Jan-2014 Stayed for: 15 nights
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Excellent as always

Our ninth stay at this camp. Excellent as always. The guides knowledge is excellent. They cover everything - birds, trees, flowers and animals.

Nothing is too much trouble. The food is well prepared and the waiters very polite and efficient.

The rooms are well prepared and the bathrooms very roomy. The mosquito nets need careful inspection to ensure they have no holes. Also that there is a bedside table on each of the bed. We had to get one from the bathroom area as there was only one.

A well run camp.

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Mr M and Ms T from London
Arrived on: 3-Nov-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Excellent camp and safari

Very professional team both in the camp and on safari

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Dr B & Ms B from Horsham
Arrived on: 26-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Nkwali review

Excellent guiding from Fred and a lot of animals to be seen including leopards two nights running. Fred almost seemed to have a telephathic connection with leopards as he knew exactly where to find them and what they were going to do! Quite a lot of other vehicles in that part of South Luangwa.

Rooms very comfortable and nicely furnished but limited storage space - fine for two nights but not longer. Problem with no water when first arrived which took several hours to fix - initial attempt led to mud shower! Very apologetic staff who were going to move us if problem persisted.

Food very good - especially the buffet lunches which were exceptional.

Good eating and sitting areas. Potentially nice swimming pool which was full of green water and would have been more appetising if it had been treated.

Manager very helpful - eg brought along laptop so could download pictures onto hard drive.

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Dr K from Baldock
Arrived on: 7-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
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first night at Nkwali

This is somewhat of a blur compared to the others as I was still recvering from the overnight flight. The room i was given was a family room, so I had 4 showers to choose from for example! It had a lovely outlook over the river and was very quiet. It was fairly close to the main part but did need an escort at night The catch on the door didnt work well. It is a bit inconvenient to have to remember to put your things away from the baboons. I was only there one night so did not get to know thestaff. I liked the drums for meal times as you didnt have to keep check ing your watch.

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Dr G & Dr E - Cambridgeshire
Arrived on: 7-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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nkwali review

Lovely position, friendly staff, well organised.

Activities were very productive and the pontoon allows access to the park without using the main gate (although the water levels were so low - we drove across). Amazing leopard sightings. As the lodge was not full, we had several private game drives, which was a bonus.

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Ms W from Austria
Arrived on: 29-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Nkwali review

After more than 20 hours of travelling, it is great to finally arrive, at night, sitting on the deck of Nkwali overlooking the majestic river, sipping a drink an watching the bats chasing insects. It is fantastic being back, especially with my mother, for whom it is her first time in Africa and on safari!

Nkwali was the perfect camp to arrive, very relaxed and at a beautiful spot. All staff was very welcoming and hepful to my mom, who very quickly became used to safari life. The game sightings were great and so was our guide Fred: we had a fantastic sighting of two leopards on our first game drive. Another highlight were the huge flocks of carmine bee eaters who had just started breeding in the river banks.

During one night, the camp was visited by 17 (!) elephants who were feeding on the trees close to the huts. That was very exciting hearing and seeing them so close!

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