Reviews of Nsefu
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Perfect holiday in every respect
I loved everything about my time at Nsefu Camp and will go again in the future.Read more about the whole safari
Nsefu - a brilliant location
Although good, Nsefu was our least favourite camp. The greeting, though friendly, was more formal and less relaxed than those at the Normal Carr camps and the relationship with the staff slightly more reserved. Our guide, too, adopted a more formal style and although his depth of knowledge was impressive it was difficult to get him to lighten his style - we were, after all, on holiday and not back at school ! We were also firmly told that afternoon walks were not available at Nsefu, despite expressing a desire to do them and having hugely enjoyable ones at all the other camps. When we mentioned this to another senior staff member later, he expressed surprise and described this rule as nonsense in terms which are unsuitable for a family survey ! Lunches and dinners were excellent but breakfasts were boring - the only camp which did not provide cut fresh fruit. Again it just seemed as though there was not quite as much desire to pull all the stops out to make everything perfect. The location was superb but the chalets were rather too close together and, being constructed from hard materials, much less natural and "African" than at all the other camps. However, it was Nsefu which provided our two-day mobile bush camp safari, which was perfect in every way.Read more about the whole safari
Our final camp-and we were so sorry to leave.
This is an older camp with accommodation in more traditional rondavels. These are situated above the river with raised balconies that allow a fantastic view of the river and hippos as well as herds of elephant who crossed the river every day while we were staying.
Again every detail of the accommodation, while older in style, was was perfect. I understand that it may become necessary to move this site because the river bank is slowly eroding. What a shame that would be as this really is a beautiful and traditional site. In comparison to the 2 other sites the public areas are less sophisticated perhaps but that just adds to the charm and to the sense of being in an older Africa
Very nice rooms and very friendly and helpful staf
Guides were terrific.
Wonderful experience all around.
Great guide. A wide assortment of areas to explore. A good concentration of wildlife.
Great staff in very pleasant surroundings.
Wonderful location overlooking the Luangwa River. The rooms were comfortable but reasonably small. However, we enjoyed the historical significance of them.
It didn't bother us particularly, but the rooms are very close to each other and the windows very much look into your neighbours' room so privacy is a bit limited! Fantastic game viewing including 16 lions eating a puku, a male lion driving a leopard from its kill, a Pel's fishing owl, a pack of wild dogs and a wonderful colony of carmine bee-eaters. Stephanie was an excellent hostess.
We were amused to find our Expert Africa agent at the camp with his family!
This was the first time we had been at this camp and it was very enyoyable but felt quite close to the other rooms and so lacked some of the privacy the other camps providedRead more about the whole safari
Wonderful 1950s Attenborough, Zooquest vibe
We loved the historic, 1950s bush camp and baggy shorts feel to Nsefu.
Located on a bend in the river Luangwa gives it great views along and over the river, with wildlife to watch at all times. The camp has a real feel of being in the bush away from everywhere and the rondavels strike a balance between tents and rooms perfectly.
Some have said the rooms are too close together, but this did not feel intrusive to us. The staff were friendly, food excellent and guiding again exemplary.
Two days at Nsefu after the bush camp
We spent two more days at idyllic Nsefu after our bush camp days.
Please see our report and comments for our 1st - 3rd September stay at Nsefu. [Ed: see below]
Fifth time at Nsefu
Nsefu's splendid location on a bend in the Luangwa river allows superb views from the rooms, which have a unique rondavel style. We watched herds of elephants regularly coming down to the river to drink. The game density is very high, and we appreciated the excellent guiding skills of Chilumba. As well as many lions, Chilumba took us very close to a pack of wild dogs. Wild dogs have eluded us on previous visits, so this was a very special sighting.
One afternoon, the elephants passed through the camp, just behind the rondavels. And then, on our last morning, we had lions in camp at breakfast time. Not content with occupying the bar area, two youngsters pulled off the rope from the outside loo, and proceeded to use it to entertain us with a 'tug-of-war".
The food at Nsefu was again very good. Ruth is much more than a hostess: she manages the camp very well indeed and we enjoyed insightful discussions with her around the bush TV.
Nsefu has a great atmosphere, but the river bank is slowly being eroded, and the camp may have to be moved sometime in the future. Go to the existing Nsefu whilst you can!