Reviews of Nsefu
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Nsefu has a fantastic location on the bank of the Luangwa. I stayed for 4 night in late August, and there were always numerous hippos and crocodiles visible. The riverbank is a travel route for many animals, and it was common to see elephant, baboon, vervet monkeys, puku, impala, waterbuck, giraffe, from camp.
The camp also chooses to irrigate a lagoon adjacent to camp, which clearly helps to bring a great many animals to the camp vicinity during the dryer season. (I'm not sure how I felt about this -- great to view the animals, but the human-created waterhole was just slightly off-putting. It probably would have been fine if the water pipe had been hidden and I'd never known about the irrigation.)
I only participated in a few games drives, but I was impressed with the guiding. Chilumba, Brasston, and Thomas are all excellent guides. The hostess, Hannah, is young and has very limited experience. When the camp manager (Brasston) was on his days-off, Hannah seemed to have a bit more on her plate than she was accustomed to.
The rondavels at Nsefu definitely exceeded my expectations. 7x24 electric power was available in the rondavel through solar power (and because it was sunny throughout the day), and they've also got a cooling system for the bed area which was welcome on the hot nights. Food was ok. Overall, a very, very good camp.
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.
Final return to Nsefu
This visit was our last visit to Nsefu (our 5th). Need we say more.
The guiding was as always first class with Thomas being very knowledgeable and helpful and giving us every opportunity to do things not done before such as Sunset at the Baobab forest, Sunrise on the Salt Plains with cooked breakfast by his capable hands and a successful trip to find the elusve Eland.
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 -great first camp
Very welcoming staff and excellent guides. Management efficient. Very good food.Read more about the whole safari
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
Saw some excellent wildlife sightings here.Read more about the whole safari
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.