Reviews of Nkwali
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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.
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.
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!
Leopard at first sight
Nkwali was the first stop on our Zambia safari, and what an introduction it was! Everything was perfect from the moment we were picked up at Mfuwe airport. The camp was beautiful, the food was excellent, and the staff paid attention to every little detail. We couldn't have asked for anything more. A special thanks again to our excellent guide Jacob!
Although we had heard about the wildlife at South Luangwa, we didn't have any expectations. We believe that the biggest joy comes from surprise, and we were definitely rewarded. On our first afternoon game drive we already saw a leopard, and more would follow in the coming days. Elephants visiting the camp, giraffes strolling along the road, hyaenas feeding on a buffalo, hippos in abundance, zebras, impalas, puku were just some of what we saw during our stay.
On our last morning during breakfast we watched a male lion strolling along the river banks of the Luangwa. What a wonderful farewell!
Lovely setting. Friendly staff and really knowledgable guide. Very well organised. Really happy and stimulating experience.Read more about the whole safari
We arrived late after Proflight delayed the flight from Lusaka to Mfuwe for over an hour for reasons which never became clear. However RPS were waiting for us on arrival and got us to camp in time to have a late dinner and chat around the fire with other guests. Thanks to Ton for the champagne in the room.
Rooms remained little changed since our last visit, (in fact we were in the same one as last time) but it is now possible to open out the front to sit on small patio area which we liked. There had been some changes to the camp, most notably the moving of the swimming pool. We thought the new pool was much less inviting than the old one although it does have the advantage that guests are not required to be accompanied to the pool and back. Food was as good as ever; on our second night we were the only guests so had a private dinner on the deck.
Fred took us out on our drives; sadly the cats were hiding but we saw fascinating elephant and giraffe activity and lots of the usual suspects as well as some good birds. There were a lot more tsetses than we remembered at this time of year.
Baboons at Nkwali
The Lodge was superb in every way. The setting was wonderful and we were entertained every day by baboons, birds in the lagoon and the occasional elephant; and of course noises in the night of hippos munching outside the tent.
All the staff were so helpful and friendly, special mention of Chilumba our guide and Greg, the host. It was especially good to have our meals together with the guides and so have the opportunity to get to know them and Zambia better.
Leopard at last!
My 12 day safari ended with a night back at Nkwali, and a very enjoyable morning drive with Julius which finally resulted in a classic view of a young leopard stretched out on a tree branch, and two magnificent male Kudu. A very good ending to almost two weeks in the bush in a lovely part of Africa.
Again, all the staff at Nkwali ensured a really pleasant stay.
All of the staff were very good but in particular my guide Julius and the camp hostess Christobel. They really made me feel at home as a single traveler.
The only downside I experienced was the 30 minute drive to access the park through the main gate in order to explore new areas of the park. Game was a bit sparse, particularly carnivores, but I saw everything I expected to see while I was there.
A great start
I was offered Robin's House so that I would not be disturbed by building work on the main camp pool. I thought this was a very thoughtful gesture by RPS, and appreciated it.
I was looked after during my stay by Christobel and Obi, and both could not have done more to make sure everything went well.