Reviews of Nsefu
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
This was our favourite fixed camp due to its position on the bend of the Luangwa river.
Again the food and guiding were excellent
Game drives were great
My game drives with Daudi were brilliant, he had such a sense of calm and trust, and I knew he would get us really good views of the animals.
Whilst I was staying at Nsefu, there was also a photography safari group and an individual there to takes photos, at times I felt that everything was run to suit them and that the rest of us had to fit their agenda, whilst I appreciate that we all eat meals together and are courteous and respectful of each other, I did not feel the same happy and fun vibe that I experienced at Tena Tena.
Daudi did an excellent job of getting us viewings of the leopard with its kill, despite the fact that the guys taking photographs (and the resident filming crew) seemed to dominate that type of viewing. Personally I felt a bit slighted by this as we had all paid to stay there and although Daudi did his upmost best, I did feel that they were given somewhat preference, or rather demanded it.
That aside I really enjoyed my drives with Daudi and he was indeed the highlight of my stay there
I felt truly immersed in the environment in this camp. Eight elephants walked through the camp in the middle of the day and browsed among the baboons, puku and love birds. The view of the river below is spectacular.
The service, the meals, the guiding and the rooms were excellent. I'd love to go back there on day.
A good overall camp.
This camp was nice, as were all the camps I visited. It was, however, just a notch below the others in terms of rooms, activities, and ambience. This is certainly not a complaint but because the other camps were so beyond wonderful, this one was "only" very good. I have tried to temper my feelings because it was the my last camp and had a lot to live up to in terms of my expectations.
The rooms were nice, but a tad awkward with semi circular steps down the the outdoor bathroom and very limited space for luggage. There was shelving, but no luggage rack, which would have been appreciated. The camp layout was a bit odd with the bar and tea area at one end of camp and the dining area at the other. I felt that after sundowners, the next goal was a slow return to camp rather than really trying to find leopard, lion, or other wildlife.
That may be an unfair opinion; maybe the two nights I was there were just quiet. I was excited to see a porcupine at a close distance. One particular highlight was the Mongolian Barbeque they served for dinner one night. Another nice touch was the Pimms and lemonade that Susanah made with plenty of fruit garnishments. In all, I really did enjoy the Nsefu.
Peaceful and relaxing camp
This has the best location on a bend of the river where elephant crossed each day and we saw a leopard cross the lagoon near the camp on our last day.
A quieter and more relaxed atmosphere with fewer guests. Great game drives with Chillumba, who transferred with us from Tena Tena and we saw lions mating and a porcupine (our first after 9 safaris) as well as leopard, elephant, giraffe and the rest.
Our hostess at Nsefu and Tena Tena was Carolina who gave us excellent service and was excellent company.
As with Nkwali every aspect was outstanding - location, accommodation, food, game drives and walks.
The staff could not be faulted - they were friendly, helpful and efficient. We stayed there for four nights but would have happily stayed longer.
Heart of brightness
Unreachable by road during the wet season, Nsefu is just over two hours up-river from its sister camp, Nkwali - a truly pleasant journey, weaving in between the sandbars and enjoying the birdlife (and the hippos and crocs) en route.
The camp itself is very comfortable and we were well looked after by Bertram and his team. No vehicles, so all walking and boating - so very peaceful and soothing.
Together with Nkwali, Nsefu took our bird sighting list for the five nights in Luangwa this trip to over 150, including a handful of 'lifers' (though the eastern nicator, heard but not seen, proved illusive again!). A return trip to the nesting area of the yellow-billed storks (which we had previously visited in May from Tafika) was just one of several highlights. Worth adding that the light at this time of year is usually excellent for photography, with the emerald vegetation adding real lustre.
Again, strongly recommended.
Super river safaris
Really enjoyed the seclusion and friendliness of Nsefu, we we lucky enough to have the place to ourselves so really benefited from the attention.
Brayston and Thomas made a complimentary team for our trips out, especially the walking safaris. Going up river we were lucky to find the lions that we ahd heard roaring and were able to stalk them on foot _ a once in a lifetime experience.
The staff friendliness was incredible and they did evertnig possible to make our stay memorable
Another excellent camp in a super location.
Lost count of the number of lions and leopards seen here in 4 days. Our guide was Chris and we had a number of memorable game drives with him. His detailed knowledge of the bush was always impressive.
Excellent camp with huge wildlife viewing
Had to fly back into Lusaka in order to take flight out to Mfuwe. Lusaka airport is, as we were warned a dismal place, particularly on the domestic side with a poor communications system, poor toilets on first floor and casual security.
Interesting drive to camp over dry river beds and through villages etc. with Chris who was very informative. Beautiful riverside setting, attractive though not luxurious rondavels which could have had a few more shelves but really appreciated the cooling through the net system. Adjacent lagoon attracted lots of wildlife, very useful hide, very good food, excellent hostess (Hannah) and lovely food.
Lots of wildlife, several leopards etc. My birding interest catered for.