Reviews of Nkwali
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
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.
Most professional game drives. We especially enjoyed seeing the leopards!Read more about the whole safari
Much better than expected in every way. The staff were all brilliant.Read more about the whole safari
Really lovely place.
Nkwali was a great place to start the trip.
The rooms are fab with great views of the river. The staff were all lovely, very helpful.
We had Rocky as our guide while there and he was great. Really made the trip for us.
A comfortable stay at Nkwali
A very comfortable way to spend the last two nights of our trip.
A very comfortable stay.The cuisine here was excellent as it had been in the other R.Pope camp ,Tena Tena.We were most impressed with Rocky's walking-guiding.We learnt many knew things about the bush after many trips to Africa.We had a memorable final evening to our trip as we stayed in camp and were treated to a bottle of champagne as we watched the sun go down.
Claire,of Expert Africa had put together awonderful trip.we are already researching our return to Luangwa.
A very warm welcome from Fran and all the team. Our guide (Obi) was excellent, adding to our knowledge at all times. His guided walk was amazing and we had complete confidence in his knowledge of animal behaviour particularly when we came upon a large herd of buffalo!
We loved sitting by the lagoon during the siesta and watching animals coming to drink or wallow.
Crossing the river by pontoon was a new experience and we were the last people this season to cross to Nsefu by boat as the river was then low enough to drive across.
It was a shame that the pool was out of action due to the filtering system breaking down.
Brief stop at Nkwali
We only stayed one night at Nkwali before moving on to Nsefu.
The trip to South Luangwa was exhausting. Nkwali provided a comfortable bed, then we moved on the next morning.
Nkwali Camp, Mfuwe
This camp is located just across the river and outside the town of Mfuwe. Having been on 10 or 12 safari trips before and wishing for the safari experience I am sorry to say that this camp is just a bit too near civilisation and not as nicely located or in as good an a idealised safari location as any of the other 5 lodges we stayed at on this trip. That said it is a very nice lodge and very efficiently run by and has good staff. The camp manager while we were there was the camp manager who fills in for the normal managers who are on holiday and looked after us well and I am sure does a good job wherever she is located.
The camp is located outside the National Park but just across the river from it, which could have been a problem meaning driving along to the town of Mfuwe and crossing via the road bridge but they have a very efficient system. Having obtained permission to run a motor boat, they cross the river in the boat to get you efficiently to the safari vehicles which are normally left on the sand bank across the river from the lodge and you begin your safari within 10 minutes of leaving camp. Also there's a ferry down river where you can be pulled across by wire so occasionally, and if they require one of the safari vehicles on the camp side of the river this can be utilised.
They do really look after you here and the food is very good. The game viewing is good in the park, but some of the areas and roads are a little bit more used and well maintained than on the average bush experience in S Luangwa National park. They organised a very nice sun downer reception, with champagne and canapes, for us as it was close to our wedding anniversary date.
We did have good game viewing of the usual antelope, lions, leopards, elephants, giraffe, etc.