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Reviews of Nsefu

Wildlife sightings and reviews

166 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

Wildlife sightings by our travellers
Starting in Mar-2018, 36 of our travellers have recorded their wildlife sightings at Nsefu.
Lion

83% success

Leopard

86% success

Wild dog

65% success

Elephant

100% success

Giraffe

100% success

Hippo

100% success

Zebra

91% success

Spotted Hyena

89% success

Buffalo

86% success

Wildebeest

42% success

Eland

10% success

Sable antelope

9% success

Roan antelope

9% success

Aardvark

3% success

Pangolin

0% success

Showing 131-140 of 166
Duration
Arrival date
Mr & Mrs W
Northnts

"Nsefu review"

2 nights Arrived 3 Sep 2011
"View from the room over the river was excellent with regular visitors including elephants coming down to drink.

Highlight was joining lions out on a hunt at night with good lion sightings most days.
No leopards was the only dissappointment

We walked fron Nsefu to Tena Tena which was an easy 3 1/2 hour stroll. This was interesting and made a nice change to the jeeps." See all these reviews: 7n in Zambia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Mr W & Ms W
Worcs

"Nsefu review"

3 nights Arrived 26 Aug 2011
"Nsefu has it all.

A really splendid location, great guiding, lovely accommodation and excellent service delivered without fanfare or fuss. Anyone who finds reason to complain should be fed to the lions! This is a top drawer camp." See all these reviews: 11n in Zambia; 2n in Zimbabwe
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
The R family
Lonond

"Nseful - a perfect safari camp"

4 nights Arrived 22 Aug 2011
"The best of the Robin Pope camps - excellent location in the park with amazing views.

Only room for improvement is to make the shower floors less slippery and provide more screening around the toilet.

Very impressed throughout all Robin Pope camps with the quality of the guiding, the friendliness of the camp staff and the helpfulness of the hostesses (Harriet, Emma and Alice)" See all these reviews: 9n in Zambia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Food:
Good
Facilities:
Good
Mr & Mrs F
Maidstone

"Nsefu review"

2 nights Arrived 18 Jul 2011
"The most wonderful site with the perhaps best views we have had on any of our amazing African holidays!

We had a very warm welcome and saw excellent game. Our stand-in Manager Jason was brilliant and the hand over between Lucy and Alice was seemless." See all these reviews: 14n in Zambia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Good
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Food:
Good
Facilities:
Excellent
The D Family
Herts

"Nsefu review"

2 nights Arrived 4 Jul 2011
"Our favourite camp, Dowdy was a perfect host and his staff were exceptional. The setting of the camp was amazing and Sebastian was a fantastic guide.

A very close encounter with elephants in the camp was the highlight. Felt thoroughly comfortable in this expectionally well organised camp. Great stuff!" See all these reviews: 8n in Zambia; 3n in Malawi
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Mr E
Berkeley

"Nsefu review"

3 nights Arrived 24 Jun 2011
"Nsefu had a bit of a different feel than some of the other bush camps I stayed since it was certainly a more substantial lodging with the rondavels.

The rondavels were smaller than other accommodations I had stayed in, but they were sufficient – certainly enough for me, and the bathrooms were more than adequate. Like the other camps, hot water was from on-demand water heaters and took a few minutes to heat up. I was cautioned to not use the tap water for drinking purposes, though it was fine for brushing one's teeth. There was a flush toilet, sink, and the usual amenities. A nice touch was the provision of Kikoys in the room to use on game drives or around camp. I used mine as a dust cover for my camera during the game drives, though I saw others around camp using them in more traditional roles as shawls or sun protection.

The beds were comfortable and the bedding sufficient for the temperature. There was a front porch with a couple of chairs and small table that looked out on the river. One very nice bonus was that the camp provided a selection of post cards (around 6) in the room and at the bar area, and they were happy to provide the postage and mail them free of charge. This is a very nice perk.

In addition to a covered dining area, there were a number of places to sit around camp with a view of the river, as well as, the bar/lounge area where we took afternoon tea. There was a spotting scope, comfortable furniture, books, the bar, and the charging station for any electronic devices. The generator ran for a few hours in the morning and evening which was when you could get things charged. There was a power strip with universal plugs.

Food was very good – especially the cakes for afternoon tea. Hosting was excellent. Lucy is very personable and diligent about looking after the comfort of the guests. She's also very good about anticipating the needs of the guests and trying to accommodate them as much as possible. For example, she noted my impatience with some of the guests I was sharing the game drive vehicle with as they tended to be 20-30 minutes late for every game drive. Since the camp wasn't full, Lucy was able to arrange a private game drive for me so that I didn't have to wait and had me join another vehicle on a different occasion when it looked like I was going to get another delayed start. She ran a pretty good dinner table, as well.

Guiding was excellent – there was a team of 3 guides at Nsefu, and they all seemed to work well together, and each was quite experienced and good trackers. They were quite amusing as well, as they told tales of guiding and the pranks they play on the caterers.

Game drive vehicles were the best out of the lodges I stayed at in S. Luangwa in my opinion. They use Landcruisers, but mostly in a configuration with only 2 rows of seats. This gives you quite a bit of room to maneuver on game drives. They also have the shelf instead of pockets in front of each seat, and provide bean bags." See all these reviews: 14n in Zambia; 2n in Zimbabwe
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Mrs T & Mrs I
Berks

"Magic in the Bush"

3 nights Arrived 16 Jun 2011
"Our guide Braston was happy to accommodate all our requests. He was charming and thoughtful as were all the local guides and staff at the camp.

Regretabbly the hostess Lucy did not seem to have the gravitas that her position demanded. She lacked professionalism and was on occassions discourteous. We had a real issue with our visit to the African village and hopefully we will be able to discuss this with you Ellie.
(Watch out for the new marketing in the RobinPope brouchure published in August!!!)" See all these reviews: 9n in Zambia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Good

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Good
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Mr H
Isle of Man

"Wonderful time at nsefu"

3 nights Arrived 14 Mar 2011
"As with Nkwali, Daudi and Freddy went out of their way to make us welcome and to look after us in great style. The river safaris were magical, as was the walk to see the breeding colony of yellow billed storks.

The staff worled very hard to look after us and I was very touched by the pride with which Isaac presented our food every day." See all these reviews: 9n in Zambia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Mr & Mrs L
France

"Many different leopards"

3 nights Arrived 23 Sep 2010
"In this camp the view is much nice than in Nkwali but having less trees, it's more sunny and hot.

Excellent drives ( hunting lions, following a leopard for an hour in day time, hippos, crocos ( in and out the river ).
Many nocturnal animals we haven't seen before." See all these reviews: 11n in Zambia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Good
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
The Sand Martins
Oxon

"Return to Nsefu - long awaited!"

5 nights Arrived 13 Sep 2010
"We visited Nsefu 2 years ago and wanted very much to come back to this lovely camp. We were not disappointed - on the contrary. Fantastic wildlife sitings every day and superb guiding by Braston and Sebastian.

The camp location by the river is idyllic, with also a mud pool that attracts big elephant herds on a daily basis close to the bar area. A new experience was the very early morning excursion to the hot springs with a bush breakfast - worth getting up at 4am for this!

All the camp staff were superb and the food was probably the best we have had in all the four camps that we visited. The accommodation in the original rondavels is very good, but they are a little on the small side compared to rooms at other camps." See all these reviews: 14n in Zambia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
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