Reviews of Nsefu
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Mud, mud, glorious mud!
Arriving after an interesting 2 hour boat ride we settled into our little rondavel. These are compact but have room for everything you need.
After a heavy rain shower we set off on a boat trip on which we saw our one and only lion of the trip. Next morning we set off for a lovely walk to the stork colony, returning with 2-3kg of mud attached to each boot - no need for ankle weights here! Our boots were whisked away and returned later that afternoon cleaner than we'd ever seen them!
After more rain in the night the ladies declined to wade through the mud the next morning and enjoyed a leisurely boat trip whilst the gents went walkabout (or should that be splashabout??). Whilst we had rain every day here it never prevented us from doing some sort of activity.
Daudi and Braston were great hosts and guides and our little gang enjoyed much merriment around the dining table. Sadly the aardvark failed to put in an appearance!
If we return to Zambia we would revisit Nsefu which provided us with an overall great experience. The location is stunning and we suspect it would be a great camp to visit in early season. Similarly, to Tena Tena we were very fortunate in observing numerous Lions & leopards besides Elephant and numerous birds.
Our only slightly negative comment is the feeling that on some drives we did too much driving and were taken to the salt pans without any prior discussion on options for the drive. Our preference, if asked would have been to spend more time in the local Nsefu area. That said on our morning transfer drive we took time over tracking "signs of the wild" which was great.
Back to Nsefu after 42 years!
Very high levels of guiding, service, and food, with the original round house rooms well modernised - the only criticism being that the toilets could do with a bit more privacy within the washroom area.
The view from the bar and the river bank is tremendous, a huge panoramic sweep of the river in both directions, that will bear any amount of relaxed inspection. Having been on several safaris elsewhere in Zambia, we very much liked the guiding style of George who, more than most, is willing to stop and wait to see what may happen, and bring his experiences and thoughts to bear. We enjoyed our three days a great deal.
As with all camps, we would like to see some Zambian women employed in future to give local girls role models to aspire to.
Fabulous position, beautiful isolated camp.
Managed several private activities as camp was not full, which was an added bonus.
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2 nights at Nsefu
The rondavels felt a little close after Nkwali, but it was fine I soon got used to it. Its nice having the rondavels in a visible line as you got to know whose "home" was where. The room was fine and I liked being able to read just outside my door with a lovely view. The bathroom was a convenient layout. Like all the camps the bedside light was only just suitable for reading at night.
The dining area was fine but meant that only 50% were looking at the view. George had a sensitive attitude to the wildlife. I had my first walk here which was exciting and having tea and cake half way is a wonderful idea although I did feel sorry for the man who carried the water!. The wildlife here did mean having to extract a frog from the lavatory!
Wonderful camp - quieter part of the reserve.
Beautiful camp in a quieter part of the reserve. George's passion and eagerness to share his vast knowledge of the bush was one of the highlights of the holiday.
The routes through the bush are less marked here and Braston and George's driving on the winding tracks and their eagle eyes helped to make my time very memorable. The genuine warmth of the welcome and the thoroughness with which every need is thought about in advance and catered for is remarkable.
Best location of all three camps, smaller but beautiful rooms, well maintained and very clean, no issue with non-mosquito bugs etc. food was excellent too. We had a very special champagne sundowner one evening whilst there watched over by several lions which was the icing on the cake.
My first choice camp to go back to.
Wonderful location, excellent camp.
Hard to fault.
Wasn't sure how much the various guides shared information with each other and all clients would have benefited from better communication between them.
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.