Nsefu

Reviews of Nsefu

Excellent(98%) From 163 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 163 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.
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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F from Derbyshire
Arrived on: 23-May-2018 Stayed for: 5 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Nsefu review

Although the accommodation is not as spacious at Nsefu as the other camps, there is something particularly magical about the camp and was, probably my favourite of all the camps. I had one minor concern about the shower in my room. It had been freshly painted and looked pristine but it was quite slippery and I felt could be a bit dangerous. I mentioned this to Marcos, the host, who said he would ensure that it was looked at.

Due to the regular manager having to take leave for personal reasons, Kanga was acting manager whilst we were there. He gave us an exemplary introduction to the camp, including outlining the history of the camp.

My friends, with whom I travelled, had visited the camp three times before and so knew the camp and the staff well. They had asked if it was possible for Julius to be our guide and Fanton the night spotter whilst we were at Nsefu. Yet again, our request was granted, as were our requests for further walks. It really felt that the staff would do all that they could to accommodate our wishes.

Julius was an exceptional guide, phenomenally knowledgeable and a delight to spend time with. He has a sparkling wit and is great fun. He and Fanton made a brilliant team. I was constantly stunned by how they could show us the most wonderful things using their incredible visual skills, amazingly acute hearing and, of course, their knowledge of animal behaviour. The night drives were wonderfully informative and also huge fun.

The time at the camp, when we were not on the drives, was wonderful. It doesn't get much better than waking to have porridge cooked on an open fire by the river for breakfast, with the sun rising, whilst watching elephants on the other side of the river. The decking outside the rooms provided an idyllic place to sit and watch the various goings on in and by the river. All the staff were a delight - Marcos is a great host who is very interesting to talk to, all the other guides and staff are friendly, welcoming and very helpful and Kanga is just an amazing person with great interpersonal skills and untold depths of knowledge. Meal times were most enjoyable. The surprise bush brunch and shared sundowner were nice touches. (We had also had a surprise bush brunch whilst we were staying at Nkwali).

When it came to leave, Julius took us on a short game drive before it was time to take us to the airport which i really appreciated. He also made sure that, as with all other transfers, the drive to the airport was informative and fun. The staff had provided us with packed lunches for the journey which was thoughtful.

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Miss P from NL
Arrived on: 29-Mar-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
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Nsefu

It was really fascinating to see the change in this area, which I have visited many times in the dry season, compared to the wet season. A real highlight was a boat trip up the Mwamba river, but we also had great walks to the stork colony and Fish Eagle Lagoon.

The walking and boating is great for birding and taking in the scenery and enjoying being the only people in this area at this time of year. A unique experience.

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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
Overall:
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Location:
Excellent
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Excellent
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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
Overall:
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Nsefu review

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
Overall:
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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
Overall:
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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
Overall:
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Service:
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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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