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 & Mrs F - Newbury
Arrived on: 28-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A near perfect finish to our holiday

Hard to fault, lovely location, spacious rooms and a very well managed camp

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Mr & Mrs P - Derbyshire
Arrived on: 26-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Delightful stay at Nkwali

We were made extremely welcome and we were touched by the way our anniversary was recognised.

Like all other guests we were treated like royalty!

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Mr S & Ms B from Birmingham
Arrived on: 22-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Nkwali-a great start to our trip

We were met at Mfuwe airport and the transfer to Nkwali was also a game drive.

The 5 chalets were well spaced, and we really liked that they were fully open at the front with good views overlooking the river. (There was a rule not to walk in front of the chalets to ensure privacy). They were large, spacious and airy. The front was closed at night with low railings and a curtain. Rooms had sockets for charging batteries.

The dining area was by a small lagoon – lunch was spent watching a large number of elephants coming to drink, bathe and wallow in the mud.

Food was excellent. We do not eat meat – staff knew this (although we always check when we arrive) and we were very well catered for.

Game drives were in open vehicles, giving a great view, and they were never “overfilled” – i.e. not more than 2 guests to a row.

Guiding and game viewing was excellent. Chilumba was knowledgeable and considerate. He knew about the behaviour of the animals and interpreted this well for us. He understood about the importance of the light for photography, and positioned the vehicle to account for this.

There was a rule that not more than three vehicles should be at a sighting, and this appeared to be obeyed (for example at a leopard viewing). However for a lot of the time, no other vehicles were seen (for example, we went back to the leopard in the afternoon and spent about 25 minutes with it without seeing another vehicle).

When we transferred from Nkwali, we went via the main gate area, where it was busier, but there was still excellent game viewing.

We really enjoyed our stay at Nkwali Camp – it was an excellent start to the trip.

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Mrs D from Ireland
Arrived on: 15-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Nkwali, Perfect start to my trip in Zambia

Beautiful spacious accommodation with extremely comfortable beds!

Great wildlife sightings from the 1st evening drive (including 1 leopard with his kill in a tree, Big male lion, elephants, giraffes, a Sharpe's Grysbok etc etc...!). Brilliant wildlife activity around the camp during siesta time.. right in front of the rooms along the river or around the waterhole close to the dining room.

Professional & knowledgeable staff. I also enjoyed the walks.

Loved the gentle drumming in the mornings.. great food and overall, excellent attention to details

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Ms A & Mr B from Kent
Arrived on: 10-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Nkwali camp has a great position

We were only there a very short time on way to mobile safari so difficult to form much of a view

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Mr & Mrs F from Kent
Arrived on: 31-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Dr T from Amersham
Arrived on: 18-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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my first camp in zambia

As this was my first camp on the trip I didn't know exactly what to expect, but I was delighted with the friendly staff and super food and accommodation.

The wildlife was wonderful, including a pair of lions mating and a very close daylight encounter with a beautifully photogenic leopard !

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The L family from Jersey
Arrived on: 11-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Nkwali, our first African experience.

Our stay was brief but every minute was exceptional. Our host Greg was brilliant - empathetic, attentive, thoughtful but relaxed and easy going. Greg and all the staff seemed to share our "first-time" excitement, looking after us without being over-bearing.

The setting, layout and architecture of the camp was beautiful. Regular time was replaced by the mesmerising beat of the camp drums!

Chilumba our guide deserves special mention. His knowledge and shared enthusiasm for our first experience of safari resulted in a "never-to-be-forgotten" day.

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Christina & Loukas - Greece
Arrived on: 7-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Great wildlife

We stayed in Nkwali four nights. The setting of the camp is very beautiful, the huts are spacious and have a beautiful view over the river. The location is excellent and so is the food.

The staff is very friendly and welcoming, the guides are particularly knowledgeable and well trained. Guide Freddie deserves a special mention, as he made our safaris unforgettable with his enthusiasm and with his excellent spotting ability.

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Mr and Mrs A - Malaysia
Arrived on: 1-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Disappointed with Nkwali

We did not get a good feeling about Nikwali from the moment we arrived. The rooms are splendi but plagued with theiving baboons which is very annoying. The camp is also not in the Park and traversing the Reserve to the Park becomed tedious. Overall the camp had the feeling of being there too long and running in auto mode and we were just another couple of travellers passing through.

Having said that our guide Fred pulled out all the stops to find us some animals, but as the Park is large we spent a long time speeding along gravel roads to change areas. Nonetheless we did get lions and a single leopard (at night), as well as the more normal giraffes, antelopes (various) etc.

2 nights was enough!

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