Reviews of Nsefu
Wildlife sightings and reviews
183 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Nsefu and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
It was interesting to be there at the onset of the rains. It was worth visiting at a different time to see the changes in water levels, vegetation, bird life, insect life, game viewing etc.
The afternoon heat was oppressive but around teatime the wind usually got up. Dust devils blew down the river picking up sand as they went. And then things either settled or the distant thunder rumbled closer and closer.
No evening game drive was cancelled - it either started later than planned or was curtailed by heavy downpours. The morning drives were all fine. So many bushes were in blossom and the smell of jasmine was intense.
There was less game than on previous visits (mostly in May) but birds were plentiful.
Sebastian Junior was a great guide and we enjoyed all the drives with him. Fanton was, as ever, a fantastic spotter and a credit to RPS. Willy and the rest of the staff made us most welcome - thanks to everyone." See all these reviews: 13n in Zambia
Dining outside - since dining room went into the river a couple of years ago - was lovely. Small waterhole behind the camp drew in elephants and others to watch from the hide. Guiding was very good and willing to adopt our pace and stay and watch animals behaviour.
Driving through Nsefu sector and central Luangwa meant there were fewer cars around, very welcome after the pressure in the south. Plenty of game around, particularly leopard sightings and dogs." See all these reviews: 12n in Zambia
"A very special place"
Again the staff were wonderful, everyone was kind and helpful and nothing was too much trouble for them. Our host Emma was very welcoming and went out of her way to ensure everything ran smoothly.
A special thank you to our personable guide Chilumba who couldn't have done more to facilitate our seeing so many wonderful things during our time there, 10 leopard sightings, a newly born elephant taking it's first steps, 3 sightings of wild dog ( the main objective of our trip ) were just a few of the fantastic things we saw.
The food was as of a high standard as the other camps so much so that we now need to go on a diet.
Everything was just perfect except for one very minor thing which applies to all three camps, please don't put so many layers of bedding on the beds during the hot season!" See all these reviews: 11n in Zambia
I also liked the sense of history with this being the oldest camp in South Luangwa. Game viewing was best ever, leopard trying to hunt puku, lion in stand off with hippo, lion being charged by herd or buffalo, lion stealing a kill from hyenas.
Also saw largest crocodiles eating a hippo. It was action packed to say the least. All this was helped by very enthusiastic and experienced guiding." See all these reviews: 12n in Zambia
Ingenious air con system!
Opened my cotton curtains as dawn rose to see elephants walking through the camp!
A lovely, smiling, funny & welcoming hostess! Again , great food and amazing guides.
Did a walking safari and really enjoyed learning about the smaller five, animal Pooh & footprints and being on the ground!
Again didn’t want to leave!" See all these reviews: 11n in Zambia
"Return to Nsefu"
The location on the bend of the Luangwa River is idyllic, and the six unique rondavels have a special appeal. All meals were taken al fresco, quite close to the river, and were most enjoyable. Sebastian was my guide: I have known him for more than a decade, and his guiding skills are of the highest quality.
We ranged far and and wide - up to the salt pans to see the crowned cranes, for example. It was also fascinating to see the stork colony area in the dry season, having previously seen it in the wet season, with the trees surrounded by water. The Nsefu sector of the park was full of lions, leopards, hyenas and many antelopes, including bushbucks. The bird life is fantastic with many eagles, owls plus water birds such as spoonbills and skimmers. And elephants...it was wonderful to see so many young ones.
Emma ran the camp in a most friendly and efficient way. I am most grateful to her for organising a special dinner on my last night for me and two very close friends." See all these reviews: 15n in Zambia
Lion, leopard and cub up a tree with impala kill, which eventually was taken by hyenas at the bottom of the tree!
Saw wild dog pups at play too." See all these reviews: 8n in Zambia
The views across the river are breathtaking and it was lovely to spend the siesta hour in the hide or in the armchair on the bank watching the families of elephants, large and tiny, making their way across.
The only thing missing was the tree frog I was accustomed to having in my shower." See all these reviews: 10n in Zambia
The wildlife at Nsefu is unrivalled." See all these reviews: 13n in Zambia
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Other lodges in South Luangwa National Park
Alternative places to stay in this same area.
One of the best camps in Zambia, Tafika is naturally built, combining excellent service and food with top guiding skills for a superb wildlife experience.
On the banks of the Luangwa River, with its own access to the national park, the intimate Nkwali is open year round.
Small and owner-run, the riverside Kaingo occupies a a quiet but excellent game area, with a series of wildlife hides and a focus on photography.
Small, remote and owner-run, Mwamba offers first-class walking, 4WD safari drives and superb hides, with excellent guides and a real bush feel.
One of the Luangwa's best camps, in a beautiful, remote bush location, Tena Tena is very small, exceedingly well-run and has top-rate guiding.
Chikoko Tree Camp
Chikoko Tree Camp is an excellent small, rustic bushcamp that concentrates on walking safaris, and is run by a top-quality operation.
Big Lagoon Camp
Big Lagoon Camp is a great little rustic bushcamp built to high standards that focuses on excellent walking safaris, with the emphasis on top wildlife guides.
Kapani Lodge is now the main office base for Norman Carr Safaris, one of the Luangwa's oldest safari operations.
A relatively big safari camp, Flatdogs offers value for money with great guiding and good food in a comfortable, relaxed setting.
Luangwa River Camp
Luangwa River Lodge is a small and consciously stylish lodge in the Mfuwe area, overlooking the Luangwa River and the South Luangwa National Park beyond – an area renowned for great game.
Beside the Luangwa River, Kakuli is a comfortable tented bushcamp offering 4WD safaris and walking safaris – the best of which are camp-to-camp walks linking Kakuli with its nearby sister camps.
Set in a shady ebony grove on the banks of the Luangwa, Mchenja is a smart tented bushcamp. It combines well with Kakuli and Nsolo – its sister camps with a focus on walking safaris.
Nsolo is a small, comfortable bushcamp overlooking one or two pools in the usually dry Luwi riverbed. It concentrates on walking safaris in an interesting and diverse area, led by a knowledgeable guide.
Kafunta River Lodge
Kafunta is a laid-back, friendly and good-value lodge on the outskirts of South Luangwa National Park.
In a remote part of the South Luangwa National Park, Luwi is a rustic bushcamp whose emphasis is on walking safaris with great guiding and a chance of seeing some rarely seen and elusive antelope.
Robin Pope bush-camp
RPS bushcamping in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Lion Camp is an established and comfortable camp with a swimming pool, located near to the game-rich Lion Plain in the northern part of South Luangwa National Park.
Robin Pope mobile
RPS mobile safari camps are at the heart of their set-itinerary walking safaris in South Luangwa National Park, which start and finish at a permanent camp.
In the remote far south of South Luangwa National Park, Kapamba is a small and very comfortable bushcamp offering good walks and game drives.
Puku Ridge is a luxurious designer camp set in a stunning location, high on a hill overlooking a floodplain within South Luangwa. Explore from here on 4WD safaris and walks.
In a game-rich area close to the South Luangwa’s main Mfuwe Gate, Mfuwe Lodge is relatively large by park standards, but it’s stylish, modern and family friendly.
Kuyenda Bushcamp is a classic bushcamp with particularly delightful hosts and offers top-class walking safaris in South Luangwa National Park.
Luangwa Safari House
Luangwa Safari House is a vast and very smart four-bedroom house specifically designed for families and small groups, and offering an exclusive and flexible safari experience.
Opened in early June 2013, Chinzombo offers luxurious and stylish accommodation with very high levels of service and excellent guiding.
A smart bushcamp with four very spacious chalets, Bilimungwe offers interesting walking safaris in pretty riverine woodland, as well as day and night safari drives.
Chindeni Bushcamp is a very modern and minimalist camp, which is a far cry from your traditional bushcamp and unlike most of the other camps in South Luangwa.
Three Rivers Camp
In the remote far south of South Luangwa National Park, Three Rivers Lodge sits at the confluence of three of the valleys rivers.
Kawaza Village – beside the South Luangwa National Park, offers guests the rare opportunity to appreciate local village life. Visit for a few hours or stay overnight.
With your own expert guide, private vehicle, chef and valet, the two-bedroom Robin's House offers an exclusive, flexible safari experience – and is open year round.
Island Bush Camp
Island Bushcamp is a good-value, rustic, walking-only camp, in arguably one of the most remote parts of the South Luangwa, well away from all other camps.
The Mwamba-Camp Out allows you to have an incredibly adventurous night in the bush, sleeping under mosquito nets with activities led by some of the best guides in Zambia.
A comfortable little bushcamp, Chamilandu has a picturesque setting by the Luangwa River, in an area with a range of habitats to explore on foot and by 4WD.
Zungulila is a small, comfortable tented bushcamp with an emphasis on walking safaris, in the remote southern section of the South Luangwa.
Currently undergoing renovations, Chichele Presidential Lodge stands high within the park, with superb views, and is due to reopen in late 2022.
Luwi Riverbed Sleepout
For an adventurous night in South Luangwa National Park, come and sleep out in the bush, around a campfire, with an experienced guide and game scout.
Opened in June 2021, Shawa Luangwa Camp is a small, intimate and rustic camp, with a good location in a remote section of the South Luangwa National Park.
Mapazi Camp is a basic safari camp in the far north of the South Luangwa, with walking safaris led by renowned guide Deb Tittle.
Chikunto Safari Lodge is a more traditional property in the South Luangwa National Park, sitting on a peninsula of land created by the meandering Luangwa River.