Reviews of Nkwali
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Lovely position, friendly staff, well organised.
Activities were very productive and the pontoon allows access to the park without using the main gate (although the water levels were so low - we drove across). Amazing leopard sightings. As the lodge was not full, we had several private game drives, which was a bonus.
After more than 20 hours of travelling, it is great to finally arrive, at night, sitting on the deck of Nkwali overlooking the majestic river, sipping a drink an watching the bats chasing insects. It is fantastic being back, especially with my mother, for whom it is her first time in Africa and on safari!
Nkwali was the perfect camp to arrive, very relaxed and at a beautiful spot. All staff was very welcoming and hepful to my mom, who very quickly became used to safari life. The game sightings were great and so was our guide Fred: we had a fantastic sighting of two leopards on our first game drive. Another highlight were the huge flocks of carmine bee eaters who had just started breeding in the river banks.
During one night, the camp was visited by 17 (!) elephants who were feeding on the trees close to the huts. That was very exciting hearing and seeing them so close!
A near perfect finish to our holiday
Hard to fault, lovely location, spacious rooms and a very well managed campRead more about the whole safari
Delightful stay at Nkwali
We were made extremely welcome and we were touched by the way our anniversary was recognised.
Like all other guests we were treated like royalty!
Nkwali-a great start to our trip
We were met at Mfuwe airport and the transfer to Nkwali was also a game drive.
The 5 chalets were well spaced, and we really liked that they were fully open at the front with good views overlooking the river. (There was a rule not to walk in front of the chalets to ensure privacy). They were large, spacious and airy. The front was closed at night with low railings and a curtain. Rooms had sockets for charging batteries.
The dining area was by a small lagoon – lunch was spent watching a large number of elephants coming to drink, bathe and wallow in the mud.
Food was excellent. We do not eat meat – staff knew this (although we always check when we arrive) and we were very well catered for.
Game drives were in open vehicles, giving a great view, and they were never “overfilled” – i.e. not more than 2 guests to a row.
Guiding and game viewing was excellent. Chilumba was knowledgeable and considerate. He knew about the behaviour of the animals and interpreted this well for us. He understood about the importance of the light for photography, and positioned the vehicle to account for this.
There was a rule that not more than three vehicles should be at a sighting, and this appeared to be obeyed (for example at a leopard viewing). However for a lot of the time, no other vehicles were seen (for example, we went back to the leopard in the afternoon and spent about 25 minutes with it without seeing another vehicle).
When we transferred from Nkwali, we went via the main gate area, where it was busier, but there was still excellent game viewing.
We really enjoyed our stay at Nkwali Camp – it was an excellent start to the trip.
Nkwali, Perfect start to my trip in Zambia
Beautiful spacious accommodation with extremely comfortable beds!
Great wildlife sightings from the 1st evening drive (including 1 leopard with his kill in a tree, Big male lion, elephants, giraffes, a Sharpe's Grysbok etc etc...!). Brilliant wildlife activity around the camp during siesta time.. right in front of the rooms along the river or around the waterhole close to the dining room.
Professional & knowledgeable staff. I also enjoyed the walks.
Loved the gentle drumming in the mornings.. great food and overall, excellent attention to details
Nkwali camp has a great position
We were only there a very short time on way to mobile safari so difficult to form much of a viewRead more about the whole safari
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my first camp in zambia
As this was my first camp on the trip I didn't know exactly what to expect, but I was delighted with the friendly staff and super food and accommodation.
The wildlife was wonderful, including a pair of lions mating and a very close daylight encounter with a beautifully photogenic leopard !
Nkwali, our first African experience.
Our stay was brief but every minute was exceptional. Our host Greg was brilliant - empathetic, attentive, thoughtful but relaxed and easy going. Greg and all the staff seemed to share our "first-time" excitement, looking after us without being over-bearing.
The setting, layout and architecture of the camp was beautiful. Regular time was replaced by the mesmerising beat of the camp drums!
Chilumba our guide deserves special mention. His knowledge and shared enthusiasm for our first experience of safari resulted in a "never-to-be-forgotten" day.