Nkwali

Reviews of Nkwali

Excellent(95%) From 106 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 106 of our travellers who have visited Nkwali, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs R from London
Arrived on: 6-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Nkwali review

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)!

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Mr & Mrs B - Surrey
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Fantastic hospitality at Nkwali

The hostess Melissa brings a wonderful warmth to the camp, nothing is too much trouble. Everything really is tailored to your needs. When we arrived we were keen to do a walking safari and because we were only staying two nights (big mistake should have been three) we needed to do it the next day. Kiki, the resort manager, personally took us as the rest of the guides had already been allocated to game drives.

The food was great and note that there are English sockets in each room for charging etc.

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Mr & Mrs P from Wales
Arrived on: 22-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Lovely Nkwali

Food excellent - everything excellent - we did not have a quibble about anything.

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Mr & Mrs M from New York, USA
Arrived on: 31-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Unbelievable Time at Nkwali

Our entire safari experience has to go down as our most memorable vacation ever. We were impressed with every aspect of our experience here and at Tena Tena, including the knowledge and training of the guides, the quality of the meals (not to mention the charming 'snacks' offered while in the park), the individualized attention we received, and the very real commitment to make sure that each of us thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

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H family from Cheshire
Arrived on: 27-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Our favourite place of the whole trip, Nkwali

South Luangwa Game reserve and Robin Pope Safaris in particular formed the best part of our 3 week trip to Africa. Loads of game and fabulous birds. Incredible accomodation and wonderful people.

We were privileged to have Kanga as our guide for our whole stay. He is amazingly well informed, friendly, and good with children. He is part of a great team of Guides at Nkwali who make you feel safe yet "out there!" We felt that our stay focused on us and our needs: Our jeep drives were changed to suit our interests and the night drives which proved too scary for the 10 year old were cut out. This involved changing meal times for us which also was done without difficulty.

Melissa the camp manageress was fabulous, we felt well informed and looked after. She handled last minute flight changes without turning a hair!

Jo Pope has great taste and organisational skills and these are reflected in the decor, shop gifts, and meals -no-one has a repeat menu whilst with their safaris!

The abiding memory was the impressively strong role models that the Zambian guides provided and the sense of community within the camp, based on mutual trust. The need for trust cannot be overstated for visitors, completely out of their comfort zones. Robin Pope Safaris understand this and enable you to form good working relationships with their exceptional staff.

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Mr & Mrs M - Northumberland
Arrived on: 9-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Nkwali review

Good welcome at Mfuwe airport and transfer to camp. Accomodation excellent. Food excellent.

Melissa and team very friendly and looked after us very well. Good wildlife viewing.

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Mr & Mrs W - Poole
Arrived on: 9-May-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Nkwali review

Although this was our first Safari and first visit to the Continent of Africa, the trip lived up to all our expectations.

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Mr Y & Dr C - Essex
Arrived on: 5-May-2009 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Nkwali review

This was our fourth visit and we enjoyed some wonderful wildlife again. In one 24 hour period we saw a Leopard hunting in daylight (unsuccessfully), had wine on the river watching the sun go down, a pride of lions at night and a pack of wild dogs the following morning. In between there was a barbeque in the bush under tha stars.

We might have been especially lucky on previous visits, but we wdidn't feel that we were made to feel as special this time. We were not asked by the camp if we wanted to go walking or on a boat trip although these were arranged when we asked. There was a large South African birding group in camp which seemed to take priority and the best guides. Ours was enthusiastic and helpful, but inexperienced.

Another very good experience, but not sure we'd go back to Nkwali. Even at this time of the year we came across a number of other vehicles (admittedly most from Nkwlai or the Robin Pope houses.

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Mr C and family - Dorset
Arrived on: 9-Apr-2009 Stayed for: 6 nights
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Nkwali - fantastic

Everything about it was brilliant. Service was superb and extremely friendly - nothing was too much trouble

The food was consistently excellent

Our guide - Sebastian - was very knowledgable and very helpful

Cannot recommend it too highly

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Mr and Mrs M - Kent
Arrived on: 26-Mar-2009 Stayed for: 8 nights
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Nkwali review

Wild Dog week - on arrival there was confusion on who was leading the week activities (R Pope or WDC) and it took a couple of days to sort out what was happening as there was no initial greet and inform on the week. We had a fantastic time anyway but this is something that could be improved.

The WDC people were wonderful and the standard of guide at R Pope's was excellent based on our experience of Botswana including Kwando, Namibia and South Africa. We had 4 different guides with different personalities but all very good. R Pope's were extremely accomodating in trying to offer multiple activities for each taste when the wild dog were showing no sign of coming close to the area. 9 leopard in 8 days is pretty good and elephant shrew and white tailed mongoose a bonus, birding fantastic.

Transport across river novel and good for quick park access. Nice to be able to go by boat on the river. More game than we expected for emereld season and with the wild dog finally turing up, a whole day with them was a bonus that you wouldn't get on any other trip.

N'kwali is a lovely camp especially for emereld season. Good access, friendly and confident staff, excellent food without feeling force fed. We had to ration the cake intake!

Having said we wouldn't normally go to the same camp twice - we would with N'kwali.

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