Nkwali

Reviews of Nkwali

Excellent(96%) From 198 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 198 of our travellers who have visited Nkwali, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Dr S. from Melvin Village
Arrived on: 29-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Nkwali Camp - Unbelievable start to safari

Sept 29+30: Well organized pickup at Mfewe airport then 40 minute drive to Nkwali Camp in time for dinner at 8pm. Delicious food, lovely accommodations, dinners served by small lagoon where resident hippo sleeps or chomps on vegetation. Baboons and monkeys wander around as well as mongoose families and all sorts of birds.

Small pool overlooking the lagoon was perfect. Rooms are beautiful with an open air feel to the bathroom area, which was well stocked with amenities, insect repellent and bug spray. Breakfast served overlooking a bend in the Luangwa River where hippos lounge in the water and elephants can be seen crossing over.

My first game drive greatly exceeded my expectations - lion pride resting under tree after kill, hyenas and vultures at the kill, pack of wild dogs resting after their kill, plus large herd of water buffalo crossing the road, elephants, giraffes, zebras, warthogs, impalas, puku, crocodiles, hippos. Spectacular!

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Mr & Mrs S from Oxon
Arrived on: 22-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Nkwali Review

How nice to return to Nkwali (visit No.5) and to be greeted by Kiki and so many familiar faces. We were expertly guided by Perry and Wilson, our spotter, was as wonderful as ever at locating wildlife!

We particularly liked our palatial room at the camp and the river views. It was well worth spending time in the afternoons by the lagoon and watching Humphrey the hippo and all the other visiting animals, retiles and birds.

Thanks to everyone on the staff for making this such an enjoyable stay.

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Mr & Mrs E from Devon
Arrived on: 14-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Nkwali review

Great staff, food, room and location, tho' the latter not as breathtaking as Nsefu. Enjoyed a walk with guide Prius, who an encyclopedic knowledge of all things bush. Our young guide, Perry, was great company and it was good to transfer between camps with him by a 4 hour game drive.

The camp Manager, 'Keke' was a delightful worldly man.

Still short of coat hangers!

Re. Wildlife Survey:

Waterbuck - 5 sightings
Leopard - 4 different individuals sighted
Lion - 12 individuals
Wild Dog - One sighting of a pack of 13 active individuals
Highlight - At dusk two lions up one tree and a leopard up another, both in clear sight at the same time and just 60m apart.

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Ms L & Mr A from London
Arrived on: 24-Aug-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Nkwali review

I think the only sadness is being so close to the entrance of the park there are quite a few other vehicles around, however, the Robin Pope guides adhere to only 4 vehicles near any sighting, sadly other don't in particular the self drive

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Mr & Mrs C from Cambridge
Arrived on: 15-Aug-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Nkwali

A friendly, welcoming camp easily accessible from the airport (should you have a later flight) - being just outside the park is not a drawback. The short boat ride across the river afforded additional photo opportunities.

Obi was an excellent guide and a fount of knowledge who helped us see so much.

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AFRICA from UK
Arrived on: 7-Jul-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Fabulous sightings at Nkwali

We were lucky enough to have the honeymoon suite again this trip which was lovely.

Our guide Pious was amazing his ability to track and find the wildlife was incredibly, we had the most amazing sightings here.

The location of Nkwali is also lovely
Again all staff were great.

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Drs L & B from Scotland
Arrived on: 25-May-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Wonderful Nkwali

Staff were very friendly, relaxed and professional . Kiki was a perfect host supported by new arrival Ben ( who happened to come from 10 miles up the road from us at home!)
Perri , our guide was extremely knowledgeable and approachable. He made us feel at ease and relaxed about asking questions.
Our tented accommodation was luxurious and food “ top class”.

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Mr & Mrs C from Cornwall
Arrived on: 9-May-2019 Stayed for: 6 nights
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Returning for a 6th time to Nkwali

Nyambi was an excellent guide and we had some very good sightings, particularly of wild dogs, leopards and lions.

Staying at Nkwali was a pleasure.

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D & M from Munich
Arrived on: 22-Mar-2019 Stayed for: 10 nights
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Nkwali fantastic as always

We just love everything about Nkwali. The people, the location, the guiding, the food, the chalets..... This was our 4th stay in 4 years time and we always stayed a longer period at least 7 nights there, which we would highly recommend. Then you can experience all the secrets of the area. For example during the dry season it is possible to explore the game management area around the camp where we had very special sighting exclusively for us because only RPS cars are allowed to drive there.

We enjoyed this time the Emerald season when the park is green and you have the feeling to have the park for yourself. The bird life is amazing and we found other wildlife sightings like leopards, wild dogs, lions with cubs, lots of elephants etc. The game is maybe a bit more difficult to spot in comparison to the dry season but in a park like the South Luangwa there is always still more that you could wish for. The high levels of the river and the morning boot drives into the park at sunrise have been out of this world. Just stunning!

We have to say a special thank to everybody from Nkwali. The whole team made this stay again unforgettable and it was so hard to leave. The atmosphere in the camp is very warmly, relaxed, cheerful. Thank you for all the new wrinkles because of laughing so hard :-)

The passion for wild life with all the incredible knowledge that all the staff has got is amazing. Guiding is hard to top. We have been very privileged to go with Kanga on our Safaris. We learned a lot from him observing carefully the nature. Now we understand again more how this precious and fragile ecosystem with all the plants and animals is working.

We are looking very much forward to our next time even when we have to wait till 2021.

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Mr & Mrs B from Colorado
Arrived on: 16-Feb-2019 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Nkwali Review

We had not planned on staying at Nkwali, but after being flooded out of Luangwa River Camp, we had an unexpected visit here. Robin Pope safari handled our transition and we felt well looked after. After having the other two camps completely to ourselves, being in a fully booked Nkwali Camp was a disappointment, and it was a shock to the system to be around so many people after such a wonderfully quiet week.

We loved the rooms at Nkwali, which are very open to the outdoors and beautifully appointed. Several other guests had visitors to their rooms including monkeys, bats, and lizards, but this is all part of the fun! The bathrooms are stunning, and ours had a tree growing through it. The pool area is very nice, overlooking Humphrey the hippo's territory.

Our guide at Nkwali was every bit as knowledgable as the other Robin Pope guides, and we enjoyed his expertise. Our host, Sorrel, was extremely personable and we thoroughly enjoyed our conversations. Like the other Robin Pope lodges, the food was delicious. The only thing that took away from our experience slightly was that the camp was so crowded that they did not have enough boats to bring us to our game drive vehicles at the same time, and on both excursions we were left behind to wait while the other groups got to go out earlier.

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