Reviews of Nsefu
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Excellent safari at Nsefu
We very much enjoyed our stay in the historic, beautifully modernised rondavels at this camp. Outstanding views over the river and excellent location for enjoying the wide variety of animals that visit the camp or cross the river nearby. First-class guiding from Chilumba who was happy to share his extensive knowledge with us, whether walking or driving.
Excellent sighting of game, including leopards, lions (and lots of cubs), large herds of buffalo, elephants, giraffes, zebra, etc - everything we hoped for. Good bird watching too.
En route from Nkwali to Nsefu camp for our three night stay we saw a profusion of birds including a flock of Lilians's lovebird and some knob-billed(comb) ducks in flight. Also large groups of zebra, elephant and giraffe and three lionesses with a cub. On arrival we were greeted, at the reception area, by an elephant with a small infant which then moved towards our rondavel making us wait nearly an hour before being able to enter-- what a welcome!
Nsefu is a stunning location with the meandering river below and a small lagoon beside the bar area where one can see a regular parade of animals,small and large, at close quarters. The rondavels are snug but well appointed and the standard of food and service was excellent.
Our guide Thomas was attentive, informative and very personable. At our request we visited the salt springs, a marshy, savannah-like terrain served by a mineral spring which is home to masses of birds, particularly saddle-billed storks (over100),crowned cranes,francolin,ibis and circling vultures.Nearby a herd of over 500 buffalo completed the perfect scene.
One day at sunset we watched a leopard stalk and kill an impala only to be deprived of its prey by a marauding hyena. Our high expectations of Nsefu were more than fulfilled.
Nsefu was the highlight of our holiday. The location, food and attention to detail by the staff were second to none. Braston, our guide, found us superb sightings of lions and leopards, along with other wildlife on the game drives and walks.
Hannah too was a fantastic hostess and the sundowner she organised on our final evening game drive was a lovely surprise.
Lovely to be back - feels like home!
No other camp on the Luangwa River has such a great location. The rondavels remain comfortable and well-equipped and provide all you could need.
As ever the food and service were first class and Braston manages the camp with quiet efficiency and a great sense of fun.
The walking safari to view the game feasting on a dead hippo was superb and got us very close indeed to the action - and Kanga even managed to get a leopard to come and say goodbye when we left!
Very remote and deep in the bush
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Mud, mud, glorious mud!
Arriving after an interesting 2 hour boat ride we settled into our little rondavel. These are compact but have room for everything you need.
After a heavy rain shower we set off on a boat trip on which we saw our one and only lion of the trip. Next morning we set off for a lovely walk to the stork colony, returning with 2-3kg of mud attached to each boot - no need for ankle weights here! Our boots were whisked away and returned later that afternoon cleaner than we'd ever seen them!
After more rain in the night the ladies declined to wade through the mud the next morning and enjoyed a leisurely boat trip whilst the gents went walkabout (or should that be splashabout??). Whilst we had rain every day here it never prevented us from doing some sort of activity.
Daudi and Braston were great hosts and guides and our little gang enjoyed much merriment around the dining table. Sadly the aardvark failed to put in an appearance!
If we return to Zambia we would revisit Nsefu which provided us with an overall great experience. The location is stunning and we suspect it would be a great camp to visit in early season. Similarly, to Tena Tena we were very fortunate in observing numerous Lions & leopards besides Elephant and numerous birds.
Our only slightly negative comment is the feeling that on some drives we did too much driving and were taken to the salt pans without any prior discussion on options for the drive. Our preference, if asked would have been to spend more time in the local Nsefu area. That said on our morning transfer drive we took time over tracking "signs of the wild" which was great.
Back to Nsefu after 42 years!
Very high levels of guiding, service, and food, with the original round house rooms well modernised - the only criticism being that the toilets could do with a bit more privacy within the washroom area.
The view from the bar and the river bank is tremendous, a huge panoramic sweep of the river in both directions, that will bear any amount of relaxed inspection. Having been on several safaris elsewhere in Zambia, we very much liked the guiding style of George who, more than most, is willing to stop and wait to see what may happen, and bring his experiences and thoughts to bear. We enjoyed our three days a great deal.
As with all camps, we would like to see some Zambian women employed in future to give local girls role models to aspire to.
Fabulous position, beautiful isolated camp.
Managed several private activities as camp was not full, which was an added bonus.
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