Reviews of Nkwali
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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)!
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.
Food excellent - everything excellent - we did not have a quibble about anything.Read more about the whole safari
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.Read more about the whole safari
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.