Reviews of Nkwali
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
A welcoming start to our holiday
We arrived at Nkwali on the 16th, after two unscheduled nights in Dubai, having been "bumped" by Emirates airlines, who had also managed to lose one of our suitcases. Natasha was very welcoming and gave John a Robin Pope shirt so that he could change out of the one in which he had been travelling.
We were desperate to start our African adventure and were very happy when an elephant came into camp the very first day, even though it meant the bidding drum for breakfast could not be sounded, because the elephant was standing right by it.
I particularly liked having two hand basins and two showers! Unprecedented luxury in the bush!
Lions giraffes and the pontoon!
Just as we remembered in the emerald season, although less water!
Incredible games drives and thrilling experience crossing the river on the pontoon.
This was our second stay at Nkwali. We loved every aspect of the experience. All the staff at the camp are exceptionally helpful and professional.
Special thanks go to our main guide Chris and our walking guides Jacob and Nyambe.
Overnight at Nkwali
We only spent less than 12 hours at Nkwali before departing for our Mobile Walking Safari.
It remains a lovely camp and both the accommodation and food were as good as we remembered from previous visits.
Nkwali is indeed beautiful, accommodation very high end and comfortable, food was something to look forward to every day, staff were lovely, special mention for Lynette who catered for your every need, no need to take more then two of everything as laundry service was excellent, my guide was Jacob who taught me so much, about the wildlife and tracking, his knowledge was amazing, even an expert on the star's, his ability to find animal's, putting you at angle's to get the right photographic shot held no bound's, his loveable humorous personality was a delight, felt privileged to have met the big man!Read more about the whole safari
Incredible experience. Staff and facilities are top notch.
Really paid attention to the details and need of guests.
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.