Nkwali

Reviews of Nkwali

Excellent(96%) From 160 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 160 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.
Mrs K. from Fort Myers
Arrived on: 30-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Wonderful!

The camp was intimate and casual, but all our needs were beautifully met. The bungalows are very comfortable, and open to the river which is really nice. (Within hours of arriving, a hippo strolled by - within feet of our porch - on his way to the river!) The open shower is fun.

The food was delicious, especially the flaky croissants and vegetable tarts, and served in an open air dining pavillion. A small lagoon is next to the dining pavilion, and a hippo usually hangs out there - except for the afternoon that an elephant stood in the lagoon having a drink! The monkeys joined us for breakfast.

Game drives with Kiki were amazing - elephants, lions, lionesses & cubs, giraffes, hyena, leopards, wild dogs - every day something new.

From now on, when I can't sleep I will imagine the wonderful sounds of night at the camp.

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Mr D. from Kenilworth
Arrived on: 1-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great place to start from.

Had some fantastic sightings of animals and birds,the guiding was excellent.
All of the staff were very friendly and went about their jobs in a very professional manner.
The meals were excellent along with the beverage.

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Mr and Mrs TC from Thurlby
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great start to our wonderful Safari holiday

This camp was the first stop on our Safari and we were greeted by Shannon, Fred and the team. We were made to feel very welcome and we found the camp staff and fellow visitors very friendly.

We had done a lot of research before choosing Expert Africa who advised us to travel to the Robin Pope camps and we were not disappointed, rather we found the experience exceeded our expectations.

We went on Safari both day and night with Fred who was very knowledgeable and we saw a great variety of wildlife. Food was great and was better than we expected and the informality of the camp suited us very much.

We would recommend commencing a safari experience at this camp.

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Mr & Mrs L from Surrey
Arrived on: 10-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great game drives at Nkwali

Our guide, Fred, and our hostess, Shannon, were so helpful and knowledgeable and the staff were great. We had some amazing game drives and took many photos. Watching the Leopard pull its prey along a dry river back to a tree will stay with us for ever. Seeing the way the vultures (50+) climbed over each other at another kill was also pretty amazing.

Hints for visitors -

- Hat and long sleeves need to be at hand for the drive from the airport at midday in an open vehicle. It was very hot.

- The pool edge is very slippery with wet feet.

- Be prepared for the very early starts in the morning

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Mrs N. from Chicago
Arrived on: 17-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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What a place!

The camp itself look like you just fell into a page of paradise from a magazine! The main area is built around a tree facing the river that give you a continuous view of all kinds of animals. From there, we saw Giraffes and herd of elephants crossing, hippopotamus resting and singing, monkeys and crocodiles... There is also a pool facing a pond where we saw an enormous kind of lizard, and amazing some birds fishing. The place is really nice and we really enjoyed the open cottages. The highlights were the visit one afternoon of a herd of elephants (very destructive but unbelievable to watch) , the singing of a birthday song to our daughter for her birthday by the entire staff (beautiful), a play that was performed one afternoon and of course the fantastic drives with Fred our guide. We witnessed such amazing things . His patience and understanding of animals behavior got us to witness an amazing site: a leopard calling her two babies to go to her kill. The purring of the babies was amazing. the sitting of all kind of animals everyday was such a treat.
Great place, highly recommended.

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Mr & Mrs C - Buckinghamshire
Arrived on: 15-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Exceeded expectations!

I had been a bit apprehensive about Nkwali as it is outside the national park and fairly close to Mfuwe. However it was a delightful camp and the wildlife was excellent as were the guides and camp staff led by Kiki. We were very lucky to see a leopard kill on a night drive thanks to the tracking skills of Chris.


The river crossing by pontoon and boat added to the overall experience.


We stayed (randomly as not requested) in the honeymoon suite and this was spacious and delightful.

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Ms S & Mr K. from Hot Springs USA
Arrived on: 27-May-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Finally Wild Dogs at Nkwali

Highlight-seeing a pack of wild dogs-thank you Kiki for your patience and making our trip so memorable!

Beautiful camp and setting. Highly recommend -it will not disappoint.

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Mr and Mrs S - Oxfordshire
Arrived on: 19-May-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Nkwali - our third visit

It was great to return to Nkwali and we enjoyed our 4 night stay there. All the meals were delicious - thanks to the cooks and serving staff. The management and hosting staff also deserve our thanks. Our guide was Fred and our spotter was Wilson. They were able to show us lots of amazing animals and birds. The highlight was watching a sacred ibis swallow a large lung fish - a challenge for the bird that lasted over 15 minutes! We really enjoyed visiting the palm forest in the south of the park, our special brunch in the bush and the spectacular view that accompanied our final sundowner. Special thanks to Fred! Thanks also to Wilson for the one-eyed leopard!

We have two suggestions to improve our stay - if possible please could the camp provide a full set of reference books for guests to use - there were some - but none on insects. Also It would be nice to have a plant checklist. It would not have to be exhaustive but maybe list about 20 plants that would be of interest to the visitor eg. The green five, the key tree species, plants with medicinal properties etc.

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Mr. B - Hertfordshire
Arrived on: 23-Dec-2016 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Excellent is an under statement!

Our second visit to this wonderful place.

The chalets, solid walls with thatched roof, are spacious and well appointed with 'his and hers sinks and showers' and views overlooking the Luangwa river. Hot water available at all times and mains electrics. The staff ensure you will have an enjoyable time, good hospitality and a wide choice of food (no game served).

An open camp area so animals can roam freely and do so mainly at night with the occasional hippo wandering through and on one night, much to the night watchman's surprise and fright(!), 3 lions walked through.

Game drives mainly involve crossing the river in a 10 seated boat to reach the National Park area which contains a lot of game - even in the rainy season which produces some spectacular thunder storms as was the case on our visit. Nkwali has much to offer and we will be back again some day.

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Mr & Mrs B - Cornwall
Arrived on: 21-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Nkwali review

Met at by our guide, Fred, for our 3 night stay in this very comfortable and welcoming camp. Greeted by Kiki who managed an excellent team. Our guiding was first class, Fred engaged with us as well as showing extensive knowledge of both flora and fauna. Very good game drives, and a productive bush walk, we were never disappointed, both with game large and small, and with the birdlife. Breakfast round the camp fire, and communal lunches and dinners were in a relaxed atmosphere and the food was excellent. We were in tent 4 which, like all the accommodation, was open fronted during the day, and as the family accommodation, was huge with its own lounge area as well as a double shower in the bathroom! Treated to a “walkaround” by a rather large visitor, our siesta was, on one day, interrupted by an elephant browsing around the tent, and on another occasion by a hippo making its way back to the river. A real treat was the entertainment provided over lunch one day by a bachelor herd of elephants at the waterhole.

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