Reviews of Nkasa Lupala
Wildlife sightings and reviews
24 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Nkasa Lupala and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"This is a 'must visit' place!"
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." See all these reviews: 10n in Namibia; 2n in Botswana; 2n in Zambia
"A hidden gem."
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!" See all these reviews: 8n in Namibia; 3n in Botswana; 2n in Zambia
"Pleasant stay at Nkasa Lupala lodge"
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.
" See all these reviews: 14n in Namibia; 4n in Botswana
"A real feel for the safari"
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." See all these reviews: 14n in Namibia; 4n in Botswana; 2n in Zimbabwe
"Beautiful architecture & good service/food."
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." See all these reviews: 14n in Namibia; 4n in Botswana; 2n in Zimbabwe
"Beautiful remote lodge"
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." See all these reviews: 3n in Botswana; 2n in Zimbabwe; 2n in Namibia
"Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge review"
We had close up encounters with elephants actually entering the lodge compound." See all these reviews: 12n in Namibia; 5n in Zambia; 2n in Zimbabwe; 2n in Botswana
"Remote Nkasa Lupala."
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." See all these reviews: 17n in Namibia; 2n in Botswana; 2n in Zimbabwe
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." See all these reviews: 15n in Namibia; 3n in Botswana; 3n in Zimbabwe
"Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge review"
The transfer to the lodge (11kms) from the main road (in their vehicle) was pretty horrendous and took over an hour. We were late arriving because of this, and were required to make an immediate decision to go on an evening game drive, which we joined, but turned out to be lackind in game. wiith only 3 types of mammals. and a rather diffident guide The lodge communal accommodation was nice but the bedrooms were pleasant but tight on space. The dinners were fine and the first night my vegetarian food was good,. On the second, I was given lentils as my main course, which was OK but a little uninspiring, You cannot walk around outside the grounds in case of predators, so this limits any self birding etc
Our main criticism of our stay at this lodge is that the road there is poor and long and that we did not see much wildlife from teh truck on the first afternoon. This location is especially dependent on good rains supplying water for animals. They do offer a boat cruise unless you do the drive first as the river was too low . This part of was fine much better than the dry afternoon drive.,
When it came to paying the bill, we had to remind the owner that the fees should as on his website for dates after November 1.. He agreed.
" See all these reviews: 10n in Namibia; 4n in Botswana
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