Reviews of Nsefu
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
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.
We learned a lot about life along the river. Knowledgeable guide.Read more about the whole safari
Favourite place of the safari
I loved Nsefu - would have liked to spend a few more days there. The atmosphere was really nice and relaxing. The staff again were lovely and the food amazing. The little houses was great and so comfortable. The bar area is a lovely place to just chill out and watch all the animals come and go. Totally relaxing. Absolutely loved it.
Kanga was our guide and he was brilliant. We did an early morning drive to see the sun rise which was fab. And we had the nicest cooked breakfast out in the bush.
Polly was a very good hostess and introduced guests to each other, got people to the table at mealtimes etc and seemed to ensure everyone had a good time.
Our guide Braston was excellent, he particularly had very good customer care skills and was very considerate when driving around bushes and trees etc. His assistant with the light Kelvin was also extremely good company. All in all we very much enjoyed our time at Nsefu most of all on our trip.