Reviews of Nkwali
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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
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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.
We stayed in Nkwali four nights. The setting of the camp is very beautiful, the huts are spacious and have a beautiful view over the river. The location is excellent and so is the food.
The staff is very friendly and welcoming, the guides are particularly knowledgeable and well trained. Guide Freddie deserves a special mention, as he made our safaris unforgettable with his enthusiasm and with his excellent spotting ability.
Disappointed with Nkwali
We did not get a good feeling about Nikwali from the moment we arrived. The rooms are splendi but plagued with theiving baboons which is very annoying. The camp is also not in the Park and traversing the Reserve to the Park becomed tedious. Overall the camp had the feeling of being there too long and running in auto mode and we were just another couple of travellers passing through.
Having said that our guide Fred pulled out all the stops to find us some animals, but as the Park is large we spent a long time speeding along gravel roads to change areas. Nonetheless we did get lions and a single leopard (at night), as well as the more normal giraffes, antelopes (various) etc.
2 nights was enough!
Leopard at first sight
Nkwali was the first stop on our Zambia safari, and what an introduction it was! Everything was perfect from the moment we were picked up at Mfuwe airport. The camp was beautiful, the food was excellent, and the staff paid attention to every little detail. We couldn't have asked for anything more. A special thanks again to our excellent guide Jacob!
Although we had heard about the wildlife at South Luangwa, we didn't have any expectations. We believe that the biggest joy comes from surprise, and we were definitely rewarded. On our first afternoon game drive we already saw a leopard, and more would follow in the coming days. Elephants visiting the camp, giraffes strolling along the road, hyaenas feeding on a buffalo, hippos in abundance, zebras, impalas, puku were just some of what we saw during our stay.
On our last morning during breakfast we watched a male lion strolling along the river banks of the Luangwa. What a wonderful farewell!
Lovely setting. Friendly staff and really knowledgable guide. Very well organised. Really happy and stimulating experience.Read more about the whole safari