Reviews of Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge
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Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge
Followed instructions to phone for a pick up as you can only access Lodge with a 4x4 vehicle. All went to plan. On arriving at the camp it just looked like a blot on the landscape, reminded us of a prisioner of war camp. Put that aside and get inside the lodge and we were pleasantly surprised. Because they have had no rain for a very long time the lodge overlooks a dry river bed and the area around is visited by elephants, baboons and warthogs. In fact whilst we were there we actually had elephants in camp one morning.
Our tent overlooked a waterhole which was regularly visited by warthogs and one night elephants. The tents are modern and the beds comfy. On our decking we had two comfortable chairs and a table which was good.
The Italian owner Simone and his wife are always in attendance and make sure you are well looked after and want for nothing. Simone joins guest on a communal table for dinner. The food is very good.
Simone has a 6 month old sausage dog called Charlie who gave us enormous entertainment during the day keeping the baboons their side of the riverbed.
Whilst we were there we went on an early morning game drive and river cruise. The game drive was unproductive purely because the animals have gone deep into the park, but the river cruise was enjoyable, we saw elephants and hippos enjoying the river.
This is a 'must visit' place!
Nkasa was a truly memorable experience for us, almost on a par with Okonjima. It is definitely worth the 40 minute jeep ride to find it. The owners are great and always looking to help guests get the best out of their stay. It is situated in Mamili National Park, it is unfenced and therefore animals are free to wander into the lodge grounds. Elephants came through on our first night and a baby and mother were about 6 foot from our tent, preventing us from going down the steps and to dinner. ON the second night they came through again and at least one elephant bumped into the side of our tent!!
We opted for the Combo activity, comprising game drive and river cruise. On the game drive we came across 5 lions after a kill, and on the river our boat was charged at by a hippo!! All very exciting, but safe!
Apart from one meal where the vegetables were cold the food was excellent. We would suggest that anyone going to this area should make a point of staying here, it's just fabulous.
A hidden gem.
Due to the prolonged drought, this lodge is not on an island as it would be normally. However, this did not detract from our wonderful experience here. This eco friendly tented accommodation is something special, really giving the feeling of being one with nature.
The tents were well equipped and excellently maintained. There was adequate hot water supplied by your own solar heating. A really nice touch was the hot water bottle each night which was really appreciated.
The food was imaginative and well presented by attentive local staff who went out of their way to do every thing they could to make your stay special. The Italian owners were so helpful and know just what it takes to make this place so special!
Game drives are well organised and the drivers really know their stuff!
Pleasant stay at Nkasa Lupala lodge
Good set up for guest parking during stay. Transfer quite bumpy (African massage) so good to be in their 4x4 jeep.
Tents very nice. Comfortable bed and nice warm shower.
Food was good. We enjoyed the group table at dinner as a way to meet other guests. Roger was a good host. Very chatty at dinner table - shared information on the country and animals.
Other activities were very expensive, especially the walking safari. Unfortunately we didn't see a lot of wildlife in this area.
Loved the central deck area for rest time.
A real feel for the safari
The raised tented accommodation was of an environmentally friendly design, surrounded by free roaming animals which gave it a real safari feel.
Accommodation, food and facilities were excellent - although some of our party experienced logging on to the Wi-Fi.
The manager was friendly and knowledgeable without being intrusive.
Beautiful architecture & good service/food.
A beautiful lodge with attention to detail and great evening meals where everyone was involved in discussion over great food out on the open deck. Very comfortable with excellent service.
Roger, the manager, was attentive and was supported by friendly and very competent staff. Great systems in place here. The wildlife was a little disappointing however this is not something one can control. We enjoyed an informative walking safari.
Transfers from and to the Lodge from the village where we parked the car were seamless.
Beautiful remote lodge
The lodge was so remote and beautiful, despite the drought they are experiencing.
It was sad to see that the lagoon out front was completely dry and that the hippos there had moved elsewhere. Thanks heavens that Maruska advised us to stay at least two nights as the drive in was rough and very long!
We saw a lioness cross our path right on our way to the camp! We had to travel a good distance to the water to see wildlife while on safari, but once there saw elephants and hippos as well as zebras and many others. Beautiful birds everywhere.
I suppose some people would not like the remoteness of the lodge, but those who seek it will be rewarded.
Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge review
This was a more basic lodge but we particularly enjoyed the opportunity to visit the local village school/ health centre and homestead with our guide.
We had close up encounters with elephants actually entering the lodge compound.
We would not have missed this for its wilderness setting or its game drive/boat trip, but its ecological ethos removed home comforts such as facilities to cool down. It claimed more facilities and creature comforts than it actually provided.
However the service was excellent, the food was good and the setting incredible and remote.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and would happily recommend it.
Remote Nkasa Lupala.
This was a lovely remote lodge with an hours drive down a potholed track. The manager, Simone, is very environmentally aware, power is provided by solar panels as is the case in many lodges.
We arrived too late for lunch after a long drive but nothing was provided for us to eat until tea time.
It was very hot here, our tents were in full sun most of the day and unbearable to be in until the sun went down. There were no fans to alleviate the heat and no pool either despite the lodge's advertising, which also mentions fans, mosquito nets, laundry, swimming pool, tea and coffee stations (there is only one in the main lodge, and no free cold drinks available) and an in room safe, none of which exist. We were also disappointed to have to buy water in plastic bottles despite the heat. - both economically and environmentally unsatisfactory. Perhaps this is to be expected in this remote location, but it was very disappointing to be promised things in the lodge's advertising that simply didn't exist. We stayed in a number of lodges for 2 nights and this was far and away the most expensive.
The trips were good, we went out in the afternoon with Simone who is very knowledgeable about all aspects of the area. The next day we did a combo which was delightful. We watched elephants eating in the reed beds which was very exciting. We also saw huge herds of buffalo. A very enjoyable trip with a good informative guide called Moses.
It was lovely to eat dinner at a long table overlooking the water each night.