Reviews of Nsefu
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
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!
The first and main thing to say is how absolutely wonderful South Luangwa Valley is! Utterly beautiful and (perhaps particularly in this sector and during the dry season) amazingly full of animals. Being able to have night drives every day was terrific - we saw an astonishing number and variety of animals.
Nsefu has a breathtaking location - it is right on the water and has sweeping views of the river and the animals in and crossing it. The camp was extremely well run and the food was delicious. Our guide was really excellent - years of experience and such depth of knowledge and well attuned to our interests (what we wanted to see, how long to stay, how much information) and very good company!
If the camp had been full the closeness of the rondavels might have detracted from our sense of being out in the wilderness, and we prefer the open feel of tents, but they were very comfortable and the open-air bathroom makes them feel more spacious.
Superb Safari at Nsefu
The first and main thing to say is how absolutely wonderful the South Luanga National Park is - stunningly beautiful and (perhaps particularly in this sector and at this time of year) full of animals. The opportunity to have night drives every day is great - we saw an astonishing number and range of animals.
The location of Nsefu Camp is breathtaking - the whole camp is right on the river with broad sweeping views of it and the animals in and crossing the water. The water hole was a great attraction for every kind of antelope and lots of warthogs and the hide meant many animals came to within inches of us. It was such a treat to see the usually skittish antelope be so relaxed and watch them so closely and for so long. The food was delicious and the camp was run beautifully. Our guide was fantastic - so experienced and extensively knowledgeable and very attuned to our wishes (what we wanted to see, how long we wanted to stay, how much information we wanted) and was very good company.
If the camp had been full we might have found the rondavels too close to have the full in-the-wilderness experience and we do prefer the more open feel of a tent - but in fact we spent so little time inside it hardly mattered and they are very attractively done and the outdoor bathroom opens them out very well.
great start to holiday at Nsefu
We had a wonderful start to our holiday here.
The rooms are quite close together but we were lucky that the camp wasn't full so we didn't feel too overlooked.
The location makes up for it anyway, it is probably the best in South Luangwa.
I could lie on my bed in the afternoon and watch the elephants crossing the river.
Our guide, Thomas, was excellent. We saw Leopard, Lion, Wild dogs and much more, all on our first morning drive!
Excellent sightings carried on for our whole visit there.
There was also some wonderful bird life there. We even managed to get a very good sighting of Pel's fishing owl.
The food was also excellent, and the camp host, Ruth was extremely good.
Couldn't have asked for a better start to a trip!
Nice small camp with personal service and an excellent location
The lunch time meals were good and varied but meals at dinner could have been better in comparison with other safari lodges we have experienced on this and on previous holidays. We appreciated our private dinner though which was a thoughtful gesture and we were well looked after overall.
The journey from Nkwali to Nsefu involves an enchanting river crossing by pole boat (which we might call a punt), which was not nearly as alarming as it should have been, with sloping sandbags and gaps in the handrail each side of the river, home as it is to plentiful hippos and crocodiles. Our expert guides made sure we were safe at every turn. Indeed, they totally exceeded their brief. On the way to camp we saw a mating pair of lions.
When we arrived at camp it was just about lunchtime and we were sitting in the bar having pre-prandrial drinks when two more guides came in. I thought, of one of them, "Oh, he's got the same 'phone as me," but then quickly realised he was holding out my own 'phone to me! He had found it in the bush, quite near where the lions were. He had spotted it and yelled to the driver to stop, just in the nick of time. I hadn't even noticed it had gone from my pocket, so was completely spared the awfulness of losing my 'phone, with all my numbers, photos, little films and so on. So wonderful! If it had stayed out there near the lions I would have fretted about it for days, if not weeks, and never have even known what had happened to it. As a demonstration of the marvellous attention to detail that was manifest around us, this was tops.
Our hostess, Ruth, was really wonderful. I think of all the people I met on this holiday, she is the one I would most hope to see again. On I think our third day, half a dozen other people joined us who had been walking. Their scout had been in front, with a rifle, but suddenly a buffalo had appeared, charging at the line of "chickens" along the narrow path through the long grass. The guide didn't have time to fire, but kicked out at the buffalo with his foot and managed to deflect it just enough so that no-one was hurt - but this is not my story, though the opinion voiced was certainly of gratitude and amazement at the courage and resourcefulness of the scout...
Later we sat around a campfire on the riverbank and sang songs with and to each other. I was very sad to leave Nsefu!
This was our second visit to Nsefu and it is our favourite camp.
The location is perfect and it is in a less visited part of the park. We were made welcome by Sebastian and Ruth. All the staff were fantastic.
Special thanks goes to our guide Chelumba and to Thomas. The wildlife viewing was outstanding.
Overnight at Nsefu
Again we spent only one night at the end of the Mobile Walking Safari before setting off for Tena Tena. This is a favourite camp - please don't change it!
The rooms are closer together than at other RPS camps but the location and the game which comes to the river each day - and into camp - is wonderful.
Food and service as good as ever.
Masses of game in wonderful habitats
Our second trip to Nsefu and it was just as good as we remembered.
Although the dining area had been washes away the dining table set with proper chairs under the trees was spectacular.
Game plentiful and the walking safaris memorable.