Nsefu

Reviews of Nsefu

Excellent(98%) From 163 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 163 of our travellers who have visited Nsefu, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Dr S. from Melvin Village
Arrived on: 6-Oct-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Back to Civilization at Nsefu

After the 5 hours drive back from the Mobile walking safari, and a short pole driven boat crossing, it seemed like a return to civilization - ice cubes! Another beautiful camp on a bend in the Luangwa River with excellent food and a small lagoon by the deck with a hide as well, for watching elelphants, giraffes, baboons, antelope, warthogs coming down for a drink or mudbath!

Game drives felt strange after the mobile safari - to get so close to the animals again. But so much more interesting after seeing them out in the bush in more remote surroundings. Night drives were again terrific - lions drinking prior to going out on a hunt, hippos getting up on land for their night time foraging, genets, bushbabies, cameleons. And then back to camp for another delicious dinner.

As with the other camps, mosquito netting was perfectly arranged by staff and insect repellent/bug spray was always available and on return to camp, we were always greeted by the camp host with cool washclothes!

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Mr & Mrs S from Oxon
Arrived on: 26-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Nsefu Review

Nsefu is without a doubt our favourite camp. It setting on the bend in the river is idyllic. We spotted so much wildlife there - either crossing the river, on the sandbanks or at the waterhole.

We found Willie, the manager, to be an excellent and very experienced guide - ably supported by his staff. Special mention should go to Fanton our super-spotter and Katherine our very efficient hostess.

The game drives were great in this sector of the park because we encountered so few other vehicles. Thank you everyone at Nsefu!

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Mr & Mrs E from Devon
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Nsefu Camp Review

Our first stop and it could not have been a more beautiful location. Staff, especially guides, exceptional. Particularly impressed by the manager and our guide, Wilson. Great animal sightings and the daily programme good. Food fine especially the bush brunch but overall the evening meals a bit 'meaty'.
We realise that this is a historic camp that does want to upgrade too much but the rooms are quite small and need some imaginative improvement in storage space. Nsefu is not immune from the worldwide shortage of coat hangers.
This camp's location was actually our favourite.

Re. Wildlife survey:

Buffalo - Includes herds of 200+ and 400 +
Lion - Total of 24. Sightings consisted of a pride of 10, a different pride of 11 seen after dark, and one of the highlights of the trip: circumnavigating safely around three males on foot at a distance of 80 to 100m.
Elephants - Everywhere.
Wild dog - 3 individual animals very close to a leopard.

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Mr & Mrs L from Cumbria
Arrived on: 6-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 5 nights
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An idyllic camp to end our holiday

WOW, after Tena Tena we then stayed at the wonderful Nsefu camp in the best accommodation of the whole holiday and in a truly wonderful location on the bend of the river. Here our accommodation surpassed all expectations, it was just amazing, spacious, super clean and so comfortable, we never tired of the view.

Again the house keeping was superb, the staff were friendly and courteous and the food continued to be delicious and served with so much attention to detail. The bar area was beautiful and a perfect place to relax watching the wildlife on the river or lagoon. We did find the dining area rather too dark as we had difficulties seeing our fellow guests and guides during evening meal times but that is the only negative comment and it certainly did not affect the enjoyment of our meals or our holiday experience.

The activities at Nsefu were fantastic and this was thanks to our wonderful guide Willie who not only helped to increase our bird list to >140 but who had so much knowledge to share about the environment...the trees, birds, animals, and history, he made our game drives so interesting. The team at Nsefu, our host Katherine and all the staff made our stay so perfect and again our guide Willie made this holiday so memorable.

Thank you all so much, we will never forget our first trip to Zambia.

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Mr D from California
Arrived on: 2-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Nsefu review

This is a historic camp, at an excellent location. It has the best view among the 3 RPS camps we stayed in South Luangwa. We watched elephant crossing river over a lunch.

The game drive is conducted in the remote Nsefu section of the park. The highlight is the seasonal carmine bee-eater colony on the river bank. RPS constructed a hide, allowing us to get close to the colony. We have good sightings of leopard in tree on night drive. But for some reason, lions make themselves scarce in Nesfu sector, although their footprints are found near the camp. During a short 2-day stay, we only saw lion from afar, on the opposite bank of the river.

Our guide Chilumba is excellent. He took us to find the rare and endemic Cookson’s wildebeest. On a trip to the remote salt pan area, he noticed a herd of skittish elephants that are not used to vehicles. He wisely positioned the vehicle at a safe distance. As a result, we experienced the adrenaline rush of elephant charging without a scratch, only a good story to tell.

Not specific to Nsefu camp: In my 7-night, 3-camp stay with RPS, I was guided by a total of 5 different guides. In general, I found RPS guides are uniformly well trained, knowledgeable and professional. Obviously every guide has a different style. It does take a while to get used to, both for the guide and for the guest. I felt the experience can be enhanced if each guest stays with the same guide throughout her stay in one camp, unless the guest opts for a different activity such as walk.

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Ms L & Mr A from London
Arrived on: 31-Aug-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Nsefu review

It was lovely to end up here and see some of the wild life more 'up close' although made us realise how much we love the walking safari which is such an experience.

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Mr G from St. Neots
Arrived on: 30-Aug-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Nsefu review

EXCELLENT FACILITIES, NICE FREE BAR, EXCELLENT GUIDING EVERY NEED WE REQUIRED WAS GRANTED.SHELIA'S HOP UP SUPPLIED, EVEN A SMALL LADDER.

COULD NOT THINK OF ANYTHING THAT WOULD IMPROVE THE CAMP.

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MrD & MsK from Gold Coast
Arrived on: 26-Aug-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Nsefu review

Bushcamp room small, with amenities open to the outdoors.

Very good bush "aircon" - evening breeze cooling system - over the bed.

Being a small camp one's experience is partially dependent upon the guest mix.

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Mr & Mrs C from Cambridge
Arrived on: 18-Aug-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Nsefu

An intimate camp in a great location directly overlooking the river. The hippos were a constant delight.

The walk from here to Tena Tena is a great introduction to a walking safari and Sebastian was a great guide - very experienced and knowledgeable, setting just the right pace.

The wild dog sightings were an added bonus.

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Steve H from Leeds
Arrived on: 19-Jun-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Classic safari at Nsefu

Another brilliant Robin Pope Safari camp in a great location. The historic rondavels are very comfortable whilst preserving the traditional character of the camp. Fantastic hospitality with wonderful cuisine and great guiding.

Wonderful wildlife in pristine environment. The stork colony is amazing - not just for the yellow bill and other storks - it is an environmental hotspot for avian and land based predators with never a dull moment (Martial and other eagles by day and leopards by night).

The salt pan with hot springs is also a fantastic place to visit. Willie is an amiable and expert guide with a fantastic knowledge of the prolific Zambian birdlife. The camp hide is also a great facility.

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