Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge

Reviews of Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge

Excellent(91%) From 24 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 24 of our travellers who have visited Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr J from Coventry
Arrived on: 31-Jan-2020 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Huge herd of Buffalo.

Loved the fact that we had glass doors and didn't have to mess about with zips.

Again staff very friendly and helpful although the guiding was, in my opinion no where near being up to scratch. Really enjoyed the after dinner chats with the owner about all sort of things. Between us we were able to put the world to rights and forget for that brief moment of time that people like Trump and Borris Johnson even exist.

Like most places we stayed at, game was in short supply. The early rains in October meant that there was a plentiful supply of water in the bush and the wildlife didn't need to come out

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Mr L from Leicestershire
Arrived on: 28-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Nice spot, with a waterhole.

Did a good game drive and boat ride from here.

Once again everyone sat together for dinner which we think is great.

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Mrs B - family from UK
Arrived on: 27-Jul-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Serene stay at Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge

This is a very remote and peaceful camp. It did have some drawbacks but these did not spoil our stay, which overall was wonderful.

The tented rooms were very small - the bed took up most of the space. During our stay we had no hot water - probably due to the cold nights (around 5C). My daughter and granddaughter did a guided walk with Stefan on the afternoon of our arrival - this was excellent - they got very close to elephants and other wildlife. My husband and I had planned to go on this walk but it was very hot and at the last minute we decided we'd go on the morning walk instead. During dinner the manager apologised and told us there'd be no morning walk as they had only two guides at the camp and they'd both be needed for the morning game drive and boat trip as 10 guests had booked on these excursions. This was disappointing - I do think they should have told us when we booked the morning walk that there was a possibility that it would not go ahead - perhaps they need another guide at the camp to cater for all the guests.

We did a combined game drive and boat trip in the afternoon which I think probably was better than going in the morning - we saw a lot of wild life during the river trip, but not so much wildlife in the park. There was a lot of wildlife around the camp itself (including elephants) The roads are very bad in the park although we did drive in to the camp - it was ok and we are not experienced at driving in sand. Dining here was at a communal table for 18 to 20 guests.

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Piotr & Glen from London
Arrived on: 2-Dec-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great alternative type accommodation & safari

We really liked staying here as the accommodation - tents on stilts - was different to the other places we stayed so far on the trip or were going to stay afterwards. The food quality was really good and Simone, the owner and manager, was very friendly, welcoming and helped to make our stay really nice, especially by joining us and others for dinner for the first night.

We really enjoyed lazing around the swimming pool (it is small but definitely does the trick and is excellent for cooling down) the following day and then the big combo drive with Derek. It started off quiet but our patience paid off - we came across a really massive male lion that we were tracking in our car for quite a while, until the point that he came across two warthogs - the lion at some point looked like he was going to go for a kill but in the end got too lazy and walked off into the grass.

We then joined a boat cruise and were rewarded with lots of hippos and another spectacular sight - a lioness and two male lions eating an antelope which they must have just killed, followed by the two males rolling around and playing in the grass. Fabulous.

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Mr P & Mrs E from UK
Arrived on: 18-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge review

Very good park and activities but tent rooms were a little small and they are bit miserly over water and the charge to get to and from the lodge.

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Mr &a Mrs G from Ringwood
Arrived on: 3-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Fantastic eco-lodge

The tented accommodation was very comfortable - built on stilts, private and with stunning views out onto the African wilderness. Water was heated by solar power so don't shower for too long or you won't have hot water the next morning! Hot water bottles awaited us in our beds when returning from dinner which was most welcome. As the camp is not fenced you are escorted from the lodge to your room after dark. The main lodge had fantastic views, different viewing decks, a boma (great for sitting around before and after dinner) and a swimming pool. We really enjoyed sitting around the boma talking to the senior staff who joined us and other guests from around the world. (We started to get to know some guests from previous lodges as were probably following similar routes across the Caprivi.)

Staff were incredibly friendly, knowledgable and helpful. We did a safari walk which was interesting and the safari combo (game drive and boat trip) was our best safari trip on our 3 week holiday. Being on the boat, working our way through the river channels and viewing the game and birds close up was fantastic - so much better than from a car. We felt that the game guides here were particularly accommodating to our needs and we never felt like we were being rushed.

If you wanted to, you could self drive through the game reserve (permit required) and we had the impression that there was a lot of investment and development underway so perhaps this reserve will be even better in the future. What we particularly liked was that this was an eco-lodge with a strong focus on working with the local community.

We would stay here again and if we could, would have extended our visit beyond the two nights we had.

The drive to the lodge was interesting and certainly tested out our 4x4 - doing that drive in the rainy season must be interesting!

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Mr M from Chatteris
Arrived on: 28-Jun-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Nkasa Lupala

Nkasa Lupala was the opposite to River Dance Lodge.

Excellently positioned for bird and animal viewing, but the administration could be enhanced by the attention to detail the River Dance Lodge owners were prepared to give.

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Mr K & Mrs S from NL
Arrived on: 16-May-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Smallish tents

We enjoyed the simple, natural set up of this lodge in the middle of nature but we found the tents on the small side.

It was not easy to store luggage. The mosquito net was too small to cover our entire double bed.

We encountered little wild life on the excursions we took. Because of the stilted position of the tents we enjoyed great sunrises and sunsets.

The owner was very friendly and informative but we found the food unremarkable.

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Arrived on: 29-Nov-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge review

We saw a herd of 1500 water buffalo!

The owner is fascinating.

And sadly, the water in the smelled like copper and was yellow. Unfortunately, this made for a less than pleasant bath in their really cool outdoor bathtub.

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Mr & Mrs S from E Sussex
Arrived on: 13-Oct-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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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.

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