Reviews of Nsefu
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Great start and our favourite camp
There was a great team at Nsefu. who created a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. We wanted to walk and Sebastian was an excellent guide. Perhaps slightly less privacy in our hut than other camps.
Within half an hour of arriving, we were surrounded by a herd of elephant who walked into camp and kept us trapped (contentedly!) in our huts and the bar - an amazing introduction to our first safari!
A very good camp again, although we again enjoyed this camp and the staff were very good, the rooms were smaller and appeared a little cramped compared to other camps.
Guides again outstanding, especially if you like being chased by a rather irate female Elephant!! this caused great humour with fellow visitors. The school visit was quite an experience, and we managed to deliver our gifts to the head teacher.
Great views across Luangwa river with elephants regularly crossing and even entering camp. Very well run.
Bats in the eaves of the rondavel made for a noisy night at times but reminding you are in the bush after all!
A stunning location, excellent food, first class guiding and friendly staff.Read more about the whole safari
Exceptional game viewing here from mating lions on the way into the camp, mother and daughter leopard stalking and on a kill at night, leopard active in a sausage tree by day and a walk where we were close to lions elephant and buffalo. Branston, our guide, appears to have a great knack of spotting leopard!
Nsefu Camp has a village-like quality
Caterer Vicki made us right at home, and introduced us to our comfortable rooms with well-equipped bathrooms. The warm face cloths that she handed out to us at the end of each game drive were very refreshing.
Our capable guide, Sebastian, found many animals for us to view, including a large group of 12 giraffes near the camp. He also provided us with a lot of information about the birds of the area, particularly on a walking safari that he conducted. We found the check lists provided by the camp for birds, animals, and trees to be very helpful.
One of the highlights of our stay at Nsefu was a visit to the Hot Springs area, which included a picnic lunch set up beside a beautiful lagoon by our driver Sebastian.
Excellent personal guiding at Nsefu
This was our secodn visit to Nsefu and we received a very warm welcome from the team. It was almost like coming home Doudi, Simon Vicky and the team took good care of us throughout our stay and we would re-visit again and recommend the camp to others.
Davey, Isaac and Lawrence did a great job managing my gluten free dietary needs and very discreet about it too, which was great.
The accommodation was as good as we remembered.
Elephants in camp
Liked the bar area overlooking the water holes (re-named The Swamp). Shame the river was all but gone. We particularly enjoyed Simon - his knowledge and enthusiasm is a joy, and he was a most excellent host. We learnt a great deal about Africa and the bush generally from him. He is very diplomatic - particularly as we had some tiresome folk there are the same time. Sebastien, our guide, was exceptionally knowledgeable about birds which makes a drive so much more interesting. Really opened our eyes.
We found the game drives in the evening too long (same as all camps probably). It would have been better to return to camp by, say, 7.30 latest, which gives time for quick wash and brush up (and a glass before dinner). Having talked to other guests, the feeling was generally the same.
It was exceptionally hot and with no fans, I personnally found it difficult at times, but wrapping myself in a wet kikoi (sp?) helped! Looked a bit odd on the game drives........!! I am glad they were provided.
Bit shocked that the water in the bathroom was brown. More storage space would be helpful and getting rid of the concrete bed heads and replacing with "normal" bedheads would free up space and make it easier to walk around the room. Views of course, were wonderful.
4 glorious days at Nsefu
Nsefu was a complete change from Nkwali, but still fabulous - RPS even made the journey between the 2 exciting and interesting; we memorably saw 6 giant kingfishers and 4 pied ones playing in a small lagoon early that morning.
Once again the accommodation was spotless and, though less spacious than Nkwali, totally functional and perfectly fine. Here we finally saw the leopards and our guide Sebastian couldn't have done more to ensure that we got the best experience at this camp- he even cooked us a wonderful bush breakfast very early once morning!
The food at both Nsefu and Nkwali was just too good! We 'd hoped we might not put on weight this holiday - some hope with RPS doing all they can to feed you up with lovely meals. The final night bush Mongolian barbecue will not only remain in our memories for the wonderful location and surprise element, but also the quality of the food and service.
Excellent guiding and viewing at Nsefu
Nsefu wasn't quite as comfortable as Nkwali but was of a good standard with good views from the Rondavels. The food was excellent.
What made Nsefu stand out was the guiding and viewing. Braston, our guide, was excellent at reading signs leading to us viewing excellent leopard. He could also spot game from an amazing distance such as Eland that we'd failed to see at Nkwali. He also had a very good spotter in Julius who we know is also training to be a guide.
One thing I really appreciated (and I would like my thanks to be passed onto Braston and all at Nsefu) is that I left my camera battery charger at Nsefu when we left. I remembered and told Braston on the way to the airport. He (and others at Robin Pope) managed to organise for it to be taken to Sausage Tree Camp and then flown onto Livingstone and delivered to Tongabezi. It arrived the day after we did and it meant I was able to take photos of Victoria Falls. It would have been disastrous if they hadn't been able to arrange this.