Reviews of Nkwali
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Unfortunately, our schedule meant that we only spent 2 nights at Nkwali, and hence only one full day here. That is not enough time to explore the area.
We arrived at Nkwali after an exciting transfer from Nsefu (crocodile and lion kills, plus crossing the river by boat). The rooms have extended since we were here in 2008, and are even more spacious. We appreciated the traditional "Sunday surprise".
Future guests should not miss the opportunity on the way back to Mfuwe airport to stop by at Tribal Textiles, which is interesting, informative and a chance to buy unique souvenirs.
Great night drive with our first leopard
We liked the setting of the camp with nice shades, big opened rooms on the outside and elephant pool by the dining room.Read more about the whole safari
the camp was well organised and all events provided when we asked for themRead more about the whole safari
We had a fabulous time. Excellent guides.
Some confusion re the fact that we expected to be on walking safari. Put right quickly & ensured Tena Tena knew prior to our arrival. It would be a good idea to let camp know prior to arrival in future, so that proper arrangements could be made re scout etc.
The best ever.
What can we say? It was our 3rd visit to Nkwali and the best ever.
We were made extremely welcome - many people remembered us and asked after our daughter who was not with us this time. We felt like royalty! Kiki was his usual irrepressible self and all the staff were marvellous - nothing was too much trouble, attention to detail was remarkable and the food wonderful. The huts were spacious and clean and anything we asked for was done right away. Kanga was our guide and his guiding in many ways was similar to that of Simon's at Tena Tena. He was a friendly, help and extremely knowledgeable young man. We learned a lot from him.
The Robin Pope vehcles have improved and are easier to get into than they used to be and are more comfortable. We are not convinced of the advisability of the swimming pool being where it is, and there is now nowhere very suitable for sitting to watch animals at the lagoon, which is a pity.
Great beginning to the trip
Because of the level of services, the good facilities, Nkwali is a good place to start our safari.
We've done safaris before and our transition into that style was not difficult, but I do appreciate the more complete facilities than what you find in a bush camp. Level of understanding of what guests want/need is very good and everyone tried to accomodate.
Guides were good and generally worked hard to accomodate. Food was imaginative and well presented.
Excellent game viewing at Nkwali
We really enjoyed this camp, our first camp on our first visit to South Luangwa. All of the staff were exceptionally helpful & friendly and Tigga is an excellent host. We had 2 fantastic guides but would particularly single out Kanga as exceptional. The game viewing was excellent. For example, we saw giraffe & elephant on our journey from the airport & we saw leopard & lions on our first night drive.
We also liked the fact that we covered different areas on each game drive & used different methods of crossing the river. We will always remember the suprise bush brunch barbacue that was organised for after our last morning game drive, we thought we had said goodbye to the staff at camp 3 hours earlier.
We thought the location of the camp was stunning . Our chalet had an enormous bed & very comfortable armchairs on the veranda facing the river where it was great to just relax.
The only area for a little criticism would be the food. We would have liked more fruit & more salad vegetables at lunch time & would have preferred the evening meals to be ready plated.
We would certainly return to Nkwali.
Love the new dining 'room' and swimming pool!
Staff, food, service - all remain excellent, hence this being our third stay at Nkwali.
An added bonus was seeing a leopard every single evening game drive. Stunning!
Excellent location by river
great location and very freindly and knowledgeable staff. We did longer evening game drive one evening thinking it would be just the usual sun downers, but were surpised by staff having got there in advance and set up sun downers on the top of a hill with amazing views!
The start of day with breakfast by camp fire followed by river crossing and foot safaris are a wonderful experience and they are led by friendly and engaging staff.
Food is excellent and we liked having meals with staff and unwinding after a good days gaem spotting and walking.
Wonderful first experience of African safaris. Brilliant service. Very comfortable.
However, that part of the park does have other operators in it (we got totally spoiled later at Tena Tena and Nsefu)!