Nsefu

Reviews of Nsefu

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Below are independent comments from 149 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.
The Sand Martins from Oxon
Arrived on: 5-Mar-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Idyllic Nsefu on the Luangwa

It is a difficult decision, but Nsefu is our favourite RPS camp. The location, on the wide bend of the Luangwa river, provides a sweeping vista from the camp at any time of the year. With the roads around the camp impassable, one reaches Nsefu in an exhilarating ninety minute journey by boat upriver. This was our sixth visit to Nsefu: it was particularly special for us as, this time, we were the only guests. We were delighted that Braston was there to guide us, along with Chris (the scout): both Braston and Chris have looked after us on previous visits, and we appreciate very much their skills.

In this Emerald Season, activities involved exploring the river and its myriad tributaries and side channels (fun to boat along channels that we have crossed by vehicle in the dry season). Chris selected a safe place for the boat to be moored, then we got out and started tracking lions, wildebeest, buffaloes, zebras, giraffes etc. Watching the animals from a safe distance on foot is a unique experience. The river level was so high that on one day Braston and Chris were able to take us by boat all the way to the famous stork colony, where we gazed up at the multitude of yellow-billed storks and herons nesting in the ebony trees completely surrounded by water.

Sundowners by the river are always special. Returning in the boat just before sundown on our last evening, Chris skilfully tied to the boat to a dead tree emerging from a sandbank in the river. A pod of hippos was just in front of us, displaying their dentistry at frequent intervals. With the low light from the 'golden hour' behind us illuminating the hippos, it was a photographer's dream setting. And we had a glass of chilled sauvignon blanc beside us as well!

Our dinners at Nsefu were memorable. We dined at a table in the bar area, with Braston and Sebastian. We also know Sebastian well, and so it was almost a family affair. The quality of the food was a exceptional, and we note that it had to be carried some distance from the kitchen area to where we were seated.

On our previous visit to Nsefu in September 2016, we were concerned at the high level of lighting in the camp at night time. We were very pleased to note that the African night had returned.

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Mr & Mrs L from Surrey
Arrived on: 1-Mar-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Nsefu

The contrast between this wet season and our visit last year in the dry was most noticeably. The walk to see the nesting storks was particularly memorable despite the mud!

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Mr & Mrs SA from Norfolk
Arrived on: 23-Feb-2018 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Yet again a fab stay and the people are so nice. Total attention to the guests seems to be the guidelines for all the staff.
We were spoilt. And the game continued in bucket loads.

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30th bell from UK
Arrived on: 13-Nov-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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a trip of a lifetime in Nsefu Zambia

From start to finish, everything was just as the holiday description, which made a very pleasant change.

Staff were fantastic, could not do enough for you, always very accommodating, rooms were adorable, and had everything you required, and made you feel so part of the camp.

Breakfast was a wonderful experience as was the Dinner. The camp was not too busy when we were there as it was right at the end of the season, rain was expected, but we were very lucky, beautiful weather, and saw lots of wild animals, our driver/guide was also fantastic, and had a wonderful sense of humour.

We would very much like to go back again, to see the difference before the rains and after the rains, I can still hear the hippo's snorting their morning song.

A very wonderful, awe inspiring trip.

Thank you to all the staff at Expert Africa who made this experience possible, and gave us so much pleasure..

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D & M from Munich
Arrived on: 1-Nov-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Exploring the Nsefu area

Nsefu Camp is located at a very scenic and remote location on the South Luangwa River. There is also a lagoon with a hide next to the camp which is very nice for observing pukus, elefants, Lions lots of birds ....... Due to the rains the game was a bit spread and the wildlife sighting were a bit more difficult. But despite of this we had wonderful sightings here. We loved the bee-eater hide a lot. All in all a fantastic camp to visit!

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Mr E from Kenilworth
Arrived on: 6-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great place to stay.

Again it was all perfect, In retrospect had I known or it being possible a longer stay would be most rewarding .

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Mr & Mrs D from Buckingham
Arrived on: 22-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Our first ever safari at Nsefu

Fantastic welcome from the team at Nsefu, A special thanks to Sarah and Sebastian who made our stay both exhilarating and relaxing.
We were incredibly lucky to see a huge variety of wildlife both close to the river and in the bush, no doubt down to the skills of our wonderful guide Pius.

We also experienced the amazing sight and sound of elephants walking around the camp at night eating the leaves in front of us as we sat in the dark on the veranda in front of our room.

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Mr H from Isle of Man
Arrived on: 20-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Just like coming home - to Nsefu

This was our 5th stay at Nsefu and it retains a very special place in our affections.

The guiding with Kanga is excellent and the camp is well-managed by Ruth and Sebastian (with his dry sense of humour and telling insights into human and animal behaviour,). We had fabulous leopard sightings, shared sundowners with a curious lion cub (before retreating to the vehicle in case Mum came back from hunting) and woke in the night to the gentle rustling of 5 elephants outside our room as they “hoovered up” the fallen leaves.

On the last day, a scheduled bush walk was abandoned as the cry went up that “the wild dogs have just run through camp” and we rushed to the vehicle to follow them. This is the time the carmen bee-eaters build their nesting colony on the riverbank and the sight of so many beautiful blue and red birds was truly marvellous.

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Mr & Mrs TC from Thurlby
Arrived on: 16-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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The ultimate safari experience!

Once again we embarked on a game drive transfer which was most enjoyable-lots of wildlife to see and we met our guide Julius for the first time. We were amazed at his depth of knowledge and this was evident throughout our stay in the Robin Pope Camp at Nsefu. We were greeted by Ruth who made us feel welcome from the start-as did the other hosts in our previous camps. The accommodation was superb and again exceeded our expectations.

Whilst at Nsefu,we were fortunate to see a number of " live Kills", although not a pleasant experience, they reflected how nature provides the animals with a food chain. We were very fortunate to have an experience involving a Leopard and her young cub try to have a meal from an Impala killed earlier, only to be warned off by a pack of Hyenas who in turn saw of a pack of wild dogs only to be confronted by 5 or 6 lions who took one look at the scene and went on their way. Julius and his sidekick Richard, who was the torch man as it was night time, decided to follow the lions and we were on the scene when they trapped and killed an Impala.

During our safari experience we saw a Leopard climb a tree with his/her pray (yet another Impala) and scenes involving a baby Hippo being devoured by Lions and Hyenas and followed by the vultures etc. Other Kills included a Buffalo, although we arrived after the poor animal had been killed so we did not witness this event. Many experiences were achieved in the 3 camps which exceeded our expectations- we could not have had a better Safari experience. One of our fellow travellers who had had many years experience on Safari said we were extremely fortunate to have experienced so much on our first Safari - Thanks to all at Robin Pope Safaris-Zambia!

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Mr & Mrs L from Surrey
Arrived on: 13-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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More great days at Nsefu

Yet more great RPS staff, Pius was an excellent guide and Sebastian led a really good walk. Florence and Ruth looked after us very well.

We had more great game drives, the highlights were the carmine bee eaters on the river bank and seeing so many leopards.

Nsefu's rooms are not as spacious as Nkwali's but they are still very comfortable and well looked after. The views are different as well and not quite as intimate.

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