Reviews of Nkwali
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The only criticism I have of Nkwali was the night-time drives. As there are quite a few camps lying just outside the South Luangwa Game park and some just within , there were occasions after dark when you could see 7 or more night lights within your given area area - it seemed a bit like Picadilly Circus ! During the morning drives the concentration of vehicles was nothing like as obvious.
Although visitors like to see leopard , civet , genet etc. , all the species are disturbed to some extent and even blinded by lights , some apparently for some time. Many areas use a red cover over the spotlight and this should be made compulsory in all game areas.
I am of an old fashioned mind that , when it gets dark , we should retire and leave the game to get on with it.
A great place to start my first safari...Read more about the whole safari
Wonderful introduction to Africa at Nkwali
We found the entire camp to be clean, well run and very friendly. All the staff were very attentive with an informal attitude that we found very welcoming.
Lots of diverse and wonderful views of a multitude of different wildlife.
Our first visit to Nkwali, and we're sure it won't be our last. Harriet and the team were very welcoming. Kanga was a fabulous guide - very knowledgeable, and friendly, and passionate about all forms of wildlife. The camp is beautifully laid out overlooking the Luangwa river - lots of action both in camp and on the river, including elephants, crocodile and a water monitor at the small waterhole, and baboons and monkeys wandering around.
Varied drives on both sides of the river - lots of lions, hippos, elephant, giraffe, zebra, wilderbeast, warthogs, impala, puku, a couple of good sightings of leopard, one very relaxed walking along a dirt track at night, and the highlight of our whole trip - after watching a few hundred buffalo - a pack of nine wild dog relaxing in a dried out river bed in the mid morning sun spotted on our last morning in the Luangwa Valley. Thank you Kanga!
The rooms are spacious, overlook the river, with plenty of storage space, and double showers and sinks. Mains electricity in all rooms made it easy to charge batteries etc. Highly reommended.
Absolutely nothing we can suggest to improve Nkwali.
Highlights were 2 leopard sightings. The welcome in the camp from Harriet and Kiki made us feel instantly at home and relaxed afetr the journey.
Lowlights were not seeing lions and the relatively low numbers of game.
A great intro to Africa
Website pictures doesn't do the camp justice - it is much better in real life.
We had a local play put on for us which was wonderful.
Double shower and washbasins very useful (and fully screened toilet)
This was our first visit to Zambia and our first experience of Robin Pope Safaris.
Both can be summed up in two simple words: "quite exceptional".
Most luxurious accommodation and very good atmosphere. The food was exceptional.
The guiding was totally brilliant. Was there anything that Victor did not know, and his knoweldge and understanding of the animals and the bush was shared with us with thoughtful charm. Kiki and Zebron who manage the camp were excellent as was Harriet our hostess.
A super camp with friendly, helpful staff and excellent food.Read more about the whole safari
We actually stayed in Robin's House next door to Nkwali as a small family group. House simple but very comfortable looking out over the Luangwa with our own guide and staff. Game drives and walk very enjoyable but less animals about compared to our previous visits to the area which had been later in the year. Highlight being a pel's fishing owl who had chosen to nest in a tree on the road into Nkwali. Area of the Park close to Mfuwe seems to have become noticeably busier in years since our last visits with more camps in and adjacent to the park and resultant greater amount of vehicles.Read more about the whole safari