Nsefu

Reviews of Nsefu

Excellent(98%) From 151 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 151 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.
Mrs M from Appledore
Arrived on: 12-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A perfect finale

Coming back to Nsefu was also like coming home.

The banana boat ride to the landing, being in the same room as my last stay, watching the elephant and giraffe in stately procession through the river: familiar but exciting as ever.

Chilumba went out of his way to find us the mother leopard and her cub, and the local lions, as well as introducing me to birds I hadn't seen before.

Sad to leave as always.

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Merls from Devon
Arrived on: 12-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
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nsefu

Beautiful place, and teeming with wildlife, but hard to fell like a tourist, being taken to see a leopard along with other tourists with their long lenses, and felt that our guide stayed too long,

We felt uneasy, a bit voyeuristic, and asked to leave.

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W Family from Wiltshire
Arrived on: 10-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great safari at Nsefu

We had a brilliant few days at Nsefu.

The buildings are extremely comfortable and very interesting .The food was excellent and the guiding was superb.

Our guide ,Pious, located a pack of Hunting Dogs and we watched them hunt Warthogs and a hare . It was fascinating and exhilarating .

The walking safari gave us a different perspective again and was an experience not to be missed.

As with Nkwali the staff could not do enough for us.

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Mr & Mrs H from Essex
Arrived on: 8-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Nsefu review

we thoroughly enjoyed our time at Nsefu

The accommodation is a bit close and dated but as we left we had a long conversation with Rob from RPS who advised us that the huts would be rebuilt as they are slipping into the river

And he was at Tena Tena to show 3 local official around to hopefully start the process

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Mrs H from Surrey
Arrived on: 5-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Nsefu review

Great rooms, great guide, great food, great atmosphere. Fabulous location.

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MrC from Gloucestershire
Arrived on: 1-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Our seventh visit need we say more

This contnues to be a relaxing camp (even had a morning in camp!!) and another of our favourites with all the staff making sure you had the best time possible.

The game viewing was exceptional.

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Mr M from Jacksonville
Arrived on: 13-Jul-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Historic camp with fantastic river view

Nsefu was our final camp after spending our first days at the Avani in Livingstone and then the Nkwali camp. When Julius drove us into camp, the first thing we saw was a herd of elephant crossing the river below the camp. The location on the banks of the river gives dramatic views of elephants, hippos, crocodiles and more.

The chalets themselves are rounded thatched huts with a bathroom the steps down in the back. As one of the first camps in the park, the huts are a little close together but provide ample privacy and a nice breeze. Each has a front porch that faces the wide expanse of the river. Like Nkwali, the staff was warm and attended to our needs. The camp has a hide overlooking a pond so you see game up close very nearby. This was also the camp that we took two walks through the area with an armed scout.

Breakfast and dinner we served overlooking the river and were excellent. The highlight dinner was the one we had on the top of an extinct termite mound for our 20th wedding anniversary. Again, the staff was amazing. The game drives were just as incredible especially since Nsefu is deeper in the park with fewer vehicles and wilder game. Watching a pack of wild dogs tear apart an impala, then chase off a leopard and finally battle a pack of hyenas for the carcass is an experience we will always remember.

Nsefu was a nice balance to Nkwali because of how deep in the park it is and the dramatic views of wildlife every single day. It's one of the most unique places we have ever visited and we will always remember it.

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Mike from Cam
Arrived on: 6-Jul-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Fab camp

Camp was best of three visited. Run by Willie Shuma, who was fab. Met him previously in 2007(ex-Norman Carr). Good host too (Marcos) - and great sightings of lion, leopard and wild dog (14 !!) - and my first ever honey badger. Setting by bend in the river was best. Lots to see from camp - and bird hide by bar was a lovely extra. Lots of elephant and hippo.

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dadndoc from Mawson Lakes
Arrived on: 6-Jul-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Scenic riverside location

Suzanne and I spent two nights at Nsefu Camp which is a small, expensive and “exclusive” camp catering for around 12 clients. The camp is located in a fairly remote area of South Luangwa National Park.

The white, solid construction, African style huts were clean, modern and comfortable. We could spot many hippos, crocodiles and elephants in the adjacent river at various times of the day, while the constant grunting of hippos continued throughout the night. Late one evening I opened my door and found myself staring into the eyes of a huge elephant which was staring back. Her baby was at her side.

We enjoyed a couple of excellent leopard sightings on game drives but animals in that region were often few and far between. If you wish to see high numbers or a large variety of game then this may not be the type of camp that suits you.

We didn’t see abundant game but we did enjoy some special encounters with elephants, wild dogs and leopards. It was also amusing to come across a vehicle from our camp bogged during a river crossing which required us to negotiate a lengthy detour to another river crossing to tow them out. While on that rescue mission we came across a leopard and spent a lengthy time ever so close while totally neglecting our stranded camp companions.

Our driver and guide always did his best to seek out game even when there was very little in the area. After dark one evening we saw the pack of wild dogs some 200m metres away so our guide made some animal call noises and all the dogs responded by approaching and lying down around our vehicle. The new name for our guide is “wild dog” so please show due respect if you visit.

My vegetarian daughter made her food requirements known to a camp manager but because the range of food at lunch and dinner was quite limited many other guests tended to choose the vegetarian dishes leaving less for her. Perhaps that’s an indication the camp should supply a larger range of food options and in bigger quantities because too often the food provided was completely consumed leaving clients hungry for more.

One evening after a four hour game drive we were treated to a lovely surprise dinner in the bush and about 20 minutes from camp. The biggest surprise was for the women who were provided with no toilet facilities except bushes in the dark after the four hour drive. The requirements of women need to be better understood by the all male staff running this camp.

Our morning and evening meals were all outside and in darkness which made it difficult to manage food selection and eating. Perhaps clients should be advised to carry head torches outside of daylight hours. Not everybody enjoys eating in darkness.

Camp management would be well advised to consider the following options.

1. Identify the dietary requirements of clients during the booking process and definitely when clients arrive at the camp.
2. Ensure that all clients are provided with suitable food options for their needs at each meal.
3. Be aware that when a separate “vegetarian” dish is supplied that it also becomes a food choice of non-vegetarians, so vegetarians can still be left without a sufficient meal.
4. Provide a greater range of menu choices rather than a meat dish and two vegetables. It’s unimaginable that a group of ten clients would all be satisfied with exactly the same three food choices.
5. Be more aware that if all food supplied is consumed then there probably wasn’t sufficient in the first place. Hungry clients can become unhappy clients.

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Expert Africa comments

We are very appreciative that these guests took the time to leave thorough feedback, and we've discussed these issues at length with both the guests and the team at Nsefu.
These problems with the food haven’t, to date, been something that we’ve come across at the RPS camps, and usually we would have expected that if guests chat with the chef on arrival, then they are given food which would be tailored to their needs very closely. We are really sorry that it was a problem during these travellers’ stay - as a result, RPS have asked their managers to change a number of approaches, including ensuring communications are passed on assessing the portions to make sure there is plenty of food available.

The team at Nsefu arranged a surprise bush dinner for these guests, to try to make up for the misunderstanding over the food during their time in camp. This turned out to be a bit of an unexpected surprise, and we're really sorry it had this effect. We have asked that RPS advise clients of the toilet situation in the future – they do have long-drop bush toilets available that can be brought out if guests wish, and the team are sorry that this impacted on what was designed to be a special evening. RPS have let us know they will be making sure to advise guests of the facilities available and will set up the necessary toilet facilities for any guests who would prefer them.

We are glad that these issues didn't impact on the rest of their trip - and we look forward to helping them out with another trip to Africa in the future.

Mr & Mrs S from Oxon
Arrived on: 23-May-2018 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Our favourite camp

Nsefu is our idea of paradise. It is located on a bend in the river and although there are trees in the camp and on the opposite riverbank - the overall impression is one of space and light and sky.

The accommodation is in rondavels. They are spotlessly clean but not spacious. However there is adequate shelving and hooks in the attached bathroom.

During our stay the camp was being managed by Kanga, hosted by Marcos and our guide was Julius. What a great team! Julius is a very experienced guide and entertained us with his tales of the bush and his imitations of the birds and animals. Once again we were delighted that Fanton was our super-spotter - he never ceases to astound us.

This year amongst the innumerable genets and elephant shrews he found us leopard cubs and a Pel's Fishing Owl.

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