Reviews of Nsefu
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Nsefu - a superb location
As at Nkwali, food was excellent, and we as non-meat eaters were catered for extremely well.
The rooms are rondavels – after Nkwali, they seemed small initially, but we soon got used to this, and Nseful was probably our favourite camp. The setting of Nsefu is exceptional, with spectacular views on the bend of the river. Puku come very close to the front of the rooms, and we regularly watched elephant cross the river.
The dining area has great view across the river. The bar area overlooks a waterhole, and there is also a newly built hide next to this – well worth a visit to see antelope, birds and elephant..
Breakfast is served around a fire on the river bank. On one day we saw lions cross the river, and three of them headed towards the camp and within a few yards of us. One walked up the path alongside the rondavals and into the dining area before leaving. (We felt safe in the company of the guides and other staff!).
Our guides in Nsefu were excellent. On the first night we had George who was brilliant at joining up the experiences and helping us to see how the ecosystem works. For the rest of the time we had Braston; he has great experience at Nsefu and excellent knowledge of the behaviour of the animals generally but also of some of the individual leopards, which led to exceptional viewing. Both guides understood about the importance of light for photography and took this into account where possible when positioning the vehicle. Again, vehicles are open which is great for viewing, and for feeling that you are in the environment.
When on the game drives, we seldom saw any other vehicles – very occasionally one other vehicle from Nsefu itself (for example when seeing lions on a kill). On one drive we visited the salt pans and hot spring to see the crested cranes and a different sort of environment, which we found interesting.
We were impressed that our guides knew that were going bush camping and to Tena Tena and so avoided the area that overlapped with these.
Nsefu, my favourite RPS camp
The location is superb - there is so much happening right at the camp in terms of wildlife! I loved the hide, which gives you brilliant photo opportunities. But was also happy just to sit there with binoculars!
All the guides are pro, respectful of the environment and good fun at the same time. The sightings were magical and exciting.. Wish I had extra time there!
Wonderful locationRead more about the whole safari
2nd time at Nsefu
We were here in 2008 after bush walking with Deb Tittle.
This time we took the family with the youngest aged 12. Bradston was our guide and he and the game didn't disappoint. He was very patient and joined in the enthusiasm of the children, particularly when we were on a walk and 2 lions appeared on the plain! After our first night drive we arrived back to find elephants blocking the way to our rooms which added to the excitement! We had a sunrise bush breakfast at the salt pans giving everyone different scenery and a new experience. With the river so low we were able to cross to be transferred to our next camp.
My only slightly negative comment is that for older people it would be nice to have a stool in the room. The only place to sit, once the mosquito nets are drawn, is on the steps leading into the bathroom. However I admit that there is very little room except in the bathroom itself.
Our briefing was poor and we ere not informed that there twas a hide near the bar, but there was a temporary man in charge at the time.
Ultimate Breakfast Experience at Nsefu!
The 180 degree outlook from Nsefu over the river and adjacent pan/waterhole is stunning. You could simply relax here, on your verandah, or in the main communal area and see abundant bird and wildlife. I strongly recommend sacrificing an afternoon siesta and sitting in the adjacent hide with binoculars and camera. Overlooking a pan/dried up lagoon,watching the antics of the baboons alone, make this so worthwhile, but it is abundant with birdlife and frequent visits from antelope and reptiles!
The closer proximity of the huts to one another means there is not such a sense of privacy and isolation compared to other camps, but that is more than compensated for by their unique style and yet again, luxurious fittings and en suite bathrooms. There are no power points in the huts but Merle, the camp host was more than happy to charge up appliances in the main area, whilst the generator was on. Merle was wonderful and I believe instrumental in inspiring some of the most delicious meals we experienced on our trip.
The guiding and wildlife experiences were of the highest standard and George, our guide, organised another of the highlights of our trip, which I cannot recommend highly enough. It means an early start, leaving camp at approx 4.30am. The stars were amazing but warm clothes essential. You drive a fair distance to a vast salt pan with a hot spring from which plumes of steam catch the first rays of sunlight as the sun creeps above the horizon. It is a spectacular sight enhanced by the growing awareness of abundant wildlife/birdlife in this very different environment. Just when things could not possibly get any better, George gets a Mopani wood fire going and conjures up a full English breakfast, with all the trimmings! Perhaps it was all a dream!
An idyllic location for Nsefu
A delightful location with super staff and excellent food and the "room" was great. The wildlife was prolific and I was delighted to see carmine beeeaters ahead of their season.
Also experienced a close encounter of the elephant kind when engaged in a loo break behind a tree!
We had fun at Nsefu Camp
Nsefu is anol historic camp but beautifully maintained with lots of wildlife close by and elephants wandering through every day
Here we were very fortunate to be the only guests for two of our three nights stay and unusually our hosts were both African, Chris and Braston and they made us feel part of their family.We really did have fun and we commend them both for the care and attention they put into our stay.
The game drives day and night were also outstanding with two different leopards everyday, lions and a multitude of other animals. Undoubtedly this camp is well worth visiting and comes close to our favourite Old Mondoro..
But there is another outstanding opportunity from this camp, a visit to the local Kawaza village. This we did and were entertained royally by the villagers and to complete our day did a very successful game drive going there and back. The village is part of Project Luangwa a charity which helps educate the children and adults of the area. It is strongly supported by Robin Pope Safaris. Do visit this village if you choose Nsefu. It is an education in itself.
We concluded our stay with a safari walk to our next camp, Tena Tena, about 9Km away
The classic safari camp
Nsefu was the second stop on our safari, and we immediately fell in love with this camp. The three days we stayed here were the absolute highlight of our trip.
There is something special about this place. If you have spend an afternoon sitting here and watched a herd of elephants crossing the Luangwa, you will know what we mean. Nsefu is the oldest camp in the park, but there is nothing outdated about it. Just like the other Robin Pope camps we visited it provided us with an exceptional level of comfort and meals that could rival those of high end restaurants in big cities. Compliments to the staff who work so hard behind the scene to make all of this happen!
During our stay we were once again rewarded with wonderful and at times very surprising sightings of wildlife. We would have never imagined seeing a leopard in broad daylight posing for us on the side of the road, lions resting not far from the camp, or an elephant visiting the camp during dinner. We were again very impressed by the knowledge of all our guides. The time we were able to spend with them was a wonderful learning experience.
Super Game Viewing Nsefu
Again, super organisation and friendly staff. Saw lots of game. Walking safaris very enlightening.Read more about the whole safari
Drama at lunchtime
Braston, Isaac and all other staff made sure everything went well during my stay of 4 nights.
The elephants crossing with a baby outside the camp, with a crocodile in waiting for any mistakes provided an exciting addition to lunch.