Reviews of Nsolo Bushcamp
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Her father's daughter
It was a pleasure to be met by Pam, who made her only guest that day very welcome. Only a brief chat over lunch before she took her time off, but very enjoyable. Monica and Theresa took over so there were more chiefs than indians that day. I thought the rooms at Nsolo were charming with an outdoor bathroom to die for!
A very interesting walk with Shaddy ensued, followed by a lovely evening meal which I was beginning to realise was an NCS trademark!
Amazing setting -too short a stay
We had the tent 'with the view' from the toilet/shower -wow!!! We were sad we could not have stayed at this idyllic site at least one more night.
On our first afternoon during 'siesta' time a whole herd of elephants came to the river bank opposite our tent and we shot over 200 photos in half an hour.The guides were wonderful and again the food/service etc was fantastic.
Nsolo Camp - difficult to beat
The legendary Shaddy, the senior guide here, and the invaluable scout Batwell (who is a gifted artist in his spare time) led us on some marvellous and memorable walks from Nsolo which is an extremely well run and comfortable camp.
Imagine watching a leopard slowly cross the dry river bed and then walking out and having a sumptous candle-lit dinner on that same river bed. We did and we shall never forget it.
We also saw lions and buffalos and many other animals very close by. The birdwatching is extraordinary.
Riverbed dining at Nsolo
Lovely accommodation in thatched rondavels on raised platforms, and the first of our open-air bathrooms (wathc out in the night!).
Shadi, the manager and guide, was extremely knowledgeable and made our visit very special. Monika, and then Diane fom Kapani, looked after us very well and were super companions at mealtimes. A splendid brunch (freshly-cooked 'full English'!) on the dry bed of the River Lewi with clients transferring from Lewi Camp was only one of the ways we were spoiled by the staff during our visit. And that evening, oil lamps illuminated the river bed and our dining table, as elephants walked past (at a safe-ish distance!). The beds were so comfy that buffalo munching outside our hut barely disturbed our night.
It was great to be joined at Nsolo by both Christina Carr and, later, David the Norman Carr bushcamps manager.
Our stay at Nsolo culminated with our transfer to Kakuli on foot, about 12 kilometres, led by JJ from Kilkuli, Benson the ZAWA scout and Ruben, expertly guiding us through the bush and awaiting elephants, zebra and warthogs.
Nsolo Bushcamp review
Best walking safaris of the trip. Shaddi was an excellent guide. Monica was an excellent hostess.
We enjoyed the high degree of privacy provided by the accomodation and the extended "balcony" was a particularly nice feature.
The atomosphere at Nsolo was particularly tranquil.
Great setting - lots of hyenas!
Loved the decking - sit outside after sundown without being in danger. Best porridge. Again the guide. Shaddy was excellent.
Wildlife excellent including Mopani bees nests on decking, watched for ages. Fantastic sitings of a buffalo herd, eagles and Eagle owl.
A Rain Storm and Conversation at Dinner
We only had one night in the beautiful new chalets at Nsolo and a substantial storm meant we missed our evening drive. However, that was more than compensated for by seeing the storm, by the way our chalet was cleaned up so promptly and, since we were the only guests, we had an exclusive dinner with Shaddy, the guide and camp manager, and greatly enjoyed the diverse and thought-provoking conversation.
We walked part of the way to Kakuli in the morning and then, during the final part of the journey, were excited to see a very large herd of buffalo on the move.
Welcome at Nsolo
Shaddy and Natasha were great hosts/guides and made us really welcome. We felt very comfortable with them .
The covered eating area together with the little seating area and library is a bonus.
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Expert Africa comments
This traveller commented on his whole trip, on the 'previous page:
"It was a splendid tour you had arranged for us in South Luangwa.
In all five lodges Kapani, Kakuli, Nsolo, Mchenja and Luwi. Anne Marie, Lora, Natasha, Warren, the guides Abraham, Lawrence, Shaddy, Sam, Jimmy and John plus the rest of the teams gave us a wonderful time. They were all incredibly hospitable and immediately made us feel wellcome.
The game experiences were unforgettable.The guides who were all excellent did their best to show the nature and the game in varied actions. Especially John, who was called out to take us from Nsolo to Mcenja, half way walk, two days at Mchenja and the walk from Nsolo to Luwi. He was a brilliant guide, who seemed to be fond of walking like we are, while some of the guides had a preference for driving."
The ultimate bush experience
This was the real bush experience. Lions roared all night round our hut, and buffalo ran riot. There was quite a bit of damage to the dining area in the morning, and when we tracked the lions, we found several items, including a purloined pillow, a mile away.
The catering manager was excellent - used to extreme situations, great fun to talk to, very even-tempered.
This was our first introduction to a walking safari. We particularly enjoyed the walk from Nsolo to Mchenja.
This was very worthwile for a day or two, but on balance we prefer to be closer to water, as there is definitely more to see..