Reviews of Nkwali
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
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".
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)
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
Return to Nkwali
See my comments on the first visit. [Ed: see below]Read more about the whole safari
Brilliant safari at Nkwali
This was our first experience of Zambia and Kiki and the team made it memorable. The skill with which they operate the camp and the levels of professionalism in their hospitality outrank most 5 star hotels I've stayed in.
The logistics of looking after us and feeding us so far from "civilisation" are complex and we do not underestimate the supreme effort that RPS have to put in to make it all run so smoothly. The staff were at all times friendly, willing and efficient, above and beyond the call of duty.
Our guide Kanga was very good and went to endless trouble to find us animals and birds. The surprise sundowner on our last night was very, very special.
Very nice camp with nice staff and management. The pool was very welcome in these temperatures (40 degrees)Read more about the whole safari
Best leopard sighting!
Nothing but praiseRead more about the whole safari
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.