Reviews of Nkwali
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superb safari at Nkwali
Excellent camp well run food and game drives of the highest quality overall a superb start to our holiday
Nkwali - great start to our safari
We spent the first 3 nights of our 10 day trip at Nkwali. The short transfer time from Mfuwe airport appealed to us and any reservations we may have had about Nkwali not being within the National Park were soon dispelled. On our first night we were woken by an elephant passing by our room and we had great game sightings on both sides of the river throughout our stay. Most memorably we found ourselves at the start of a morning walk in the middle of a wild dog hunt - fortunately it was not us they were chasing! We also saw a herd of 29 giraffe on one game drive - amazing.
We had reason to visit a local village and Project Luangwa and Robin Pope Safaris could not have been more helpful in facilitating this, for which we are extremely grateful. Many thanks to Karen Beattie, Fwilane and Fred.
The accommodation and catering were very good and the guiding excellent. A great start to our holiday.
Returning to Nkwali
Room: The "honeymoon suite" no.6 was lovely (even if 40 years too late!).
Guiding: Excellent, Chris "the leopard whisperer" worked tirelessly to find excellent sightings.
Service & food: Always attentive and personal, food very good.
Top Notch Safari
Every aspect of the hospitality was well thought out and impeccably delivered. The facilities were also very good.
In the room, the lack of cupboards and the proclivities of the monkeys could have been addressed by offering some raffia baskets for personal toiletries. Also, the presence of "doorstops" to keep the mosquito nets tight (see how they do it at Stanley Safari Lodge).
But these are my attempt at constructive suggestions and in no way impact on the overall impression of seamless efficiency and phenomenal luxury in the wilderness.
Lovely rooms, well maintained great food attentive staff and I can't really fault it.Read more about the whole safari
What a retreat!
First visit but we will return!
Situated next to the river, albeit it was running at its lowest level, this is an excellent location with wild life, mostly elephant, baboon and monkey, wondering through the camp at close range. The accommodation was very good, we were in chalet 6 which, I believe, is the largest. Not a peak time to visit, there was only one other couple who were there 3 nights of our 6 night stay. The staff; Kiki, Shannon, Thomas (our guide) and the rest of the team looked after us very well and provided some unexpected treats.
The variety of animal and bird life was better than expected the high light being the daily encounter with a pack of 21 wild dogs as they prepared to hunt/chase Impala. Also had the pleasure of two elephants close to our room which chose to have a standing sleep for a couple of hours resting their trunks on a tree branch. A truly wonderful place.
This was our first visit to Nkwali as we have previously stayed at Tafika which we think is outstanding. So we were a bit apprehensive to find ourselves spending a week at Nkwali when Tafika became inaccessible due to heavy rains. However Nkwali turned out to be excellent in every way. Very nice rooms, excellent location and guiding and good food. Good sightings of leopards, lions and wild dogs. We were very well looked after - with surprise brunches and champagne sunsets - really a memorable week in all.Read more about the whole safari
Nkwali - 3 nights
It's hard to recall we only stayed 3 nights - here was a huge amount packed in there!
The guiding here was excellent - Chris is great for photographers and gets the vehicle in good positions for you (which is a definite skill not all drivers have). The camp is in a more frequented area of the park (but there was only one lion sighting at which there were a lot of vehicles) so there is some 'radio chatter'. The up-side is that you get to see wild dogs - the down-side is the other visitors *wry smile*.
The rooms very good, although do heed warnings about the baboons and keep your articles tidied away. (Slightly annoying to have to keep re-bagging toiletries when you have a fast start in the morning, but far from the worst place I've had with monkey / baboon issues).
Food, service, escort in the dark etc was all very good and efficiently arranged. Note that the mosquito nets aren't dropped for the siesta period - I collected a few tsetse bites on my exposed feet here so I suggest you apply preferred protection if needed.
The drive from the airport is fairly short (~ 40 min) through the local towns / villages. We were there at the end of the dry season and the river was low enough that we walked over on sandbags to vehicles waiting on the other side.
We were the only guests in camp for our final night and were offered a private dinner, which was a nice touch and much enjoyed.
Back to Nkwali
After 3 nights at Nsefu, followed by 3 nights at Tena Tena, we moved along to the wonderful Nkwali. It was our fourth visit here, and the contrast in river level between this time and our last visit in March 2012 was dramatic.
This time, one could simply drive across the river. We enjoyed excellent game viewing with Kiki who guided us superbly.
to be honest we arrived late in the dark and left early so did not experience much, however, the brief time we were there seemed very good.Read more about the whole safari