Reviews of Nsefu
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Beautiful camp on a broad bend in the Luangwa river in the Nsefu sector. Not far from (on the opposite bank) Kaingo, but you'd never know it. You can almost sense the history of the valley in this lovely camp. Again, we were the only guests in camp, and Duadi and his team did a fabulous job looking after us and accommodating our wishes during some slightly inclement weather.
Great sightings of a group of elephants struggling to climb the steep river bank in fast flowing water, having crossed the river - they succeded. Beautiful late afternoon trip up the Mwamba tributary past hippos and all sorts of birds (including a Pel's fishing owl). And a lovely walk around the ebony grove area on the Kaingo side of the river. We even had a brief stop off to see what Kaingo looked like out of season.
At this time of the year this is a boat / walking camp only, and this provides a very different experience to the drives. The rondeval rooms are nicely furnished with a great deck and chairs out front, and a shower and bathroom at the rear. Thanks Daudi and his team. And Thomas - good luck with your guiding exams next month.
AS good as ever - out third visit here. Good guiding. Congratulations to Chulumeba, a new guide - good with birds. Very polite. Very hot +40 degrees. Daudi runs a good camp. Film crew were a little overpowering at evening drinks before dining, but did not mind our vehicle near theirs.
A chair in the bathroom would be a good idea.
Both Nsefu and Tena Tena were excellent and for me quieter - a bit more like the real bush.
I found all the activities well run and all the staff excellent.
Another great camp. Elephants clearly thought so too because they stayed outside our room for an hour. Fortunately we were in the bar at the time, in the company of four guides, and had to stay there until the elephants left...Read more about the whole safari
View from the room over the river was excellent with regular visitors including elephants coming down to drink.
Highlight was joining lions out on a hunt at night with good lion sightings most days.
No leopards was the only dissappointment
We walked fron Nsefu to Tena Tena which was an easy 3 1/2 hour stroll. This was interesting and made a nice change to the jeeps.
Nsefu has it all.
A really splendid location, great guiding, lovely accommodation and excellent service delivered without fanfare or fuss. Anyone who finds reason to complain should be fed to the lions! This is a top drawer camp.
Nseful - a perfect safari camp
The best of the Robin Pope camps - excellent location in the park with amazing views.
Only room for improvement is to make the shower floors less slippery and provide more screening around the toilet.
Very impressed throughout all Robin Pope camps with the quality of the guiding, the friendliness of the camp staff and the helpfulness of the hostesses (Harriet, Emma and Alice)
The most wonderful site with the perhaps best views we have had on any of our amazing African holidays!
We had a very warm welcome and saw excellent game. Our stand-in Manager Jason was brilliant and the hand over between Lucy and Alice was seemless.
Our favourite camp, Dowdy was a perfect host and his staff were exceptional. The setting of the camp was amazing and Sebastian was a fantastic guide.
A very close encounter with elephants in the camp was the highlight. Felt thoroughly comfortable in this expectionally well organised camp. Great stuff!
Nsefu had a bit of a different feel than some of the other bush camps I stayed since it was certainly a more substantial lodging with the rondavels.
The rondavels were smaller than other accommodations I had stayed in, but they were sufficient – certainly enough for me, and the bathrooms were more than adequate. Like the other camps, hot water was from on-demand water heaters and took a few minutes to heat up. I was cautioned to not use the tap water for drinking purposes, though it was fine for brushing one's teeth. There was a flush toilet, sink, and the usual amenities. A nice touch was the provision of Kikoys in the room to use on game drives or around camp. I used mine as a dust cover for my camera during the game drives, though I saw others around camp using them in more traditional roles as shawls or sun protection.
The beds were comfortable and the bedding sufficient for the temperature. There was a front porch with a couple of chairs and small table that looked out on the river. One very nice bonus was that the camp provided a selection of post cards (around 6) in the room and at the bar area, and they were happy to provide the postage and mail them free of charge. This is a very nice perk.
In addition to a covered dining area, there were a number of places to sit around camp with a view of the river, as well as, the bar/lounge area where we took afternoon tea. There was a spotting scope, comfortable furniture, books, the bar, and the charging station for any electronic devices. The generator ran for a few hours in the morning and evening which was when you could get things charged. There was a power strip with universal plugs.
Food was very good – especially the cakes for afternoon tea. Hosting was excellent. Lucy is very personable and diligent about looking after the comfort of the guests. She's also very good about anticipating the needs of the guests and trying to accommodate them as much as possible. For example, she noted my impatience with some of the guests I was sharing the game drive vehicle with as they tended to be 20-30 minutes late for every game drive. Since the camp wasn't full, Lucy was able to arrange a private game drive for me so that I didn't have to wait and had me join another vehicle on a different occasion when it looked like I was going to get another delayed start. She ran a pretty good dinner table, as well.
Guiding was excellent – there was a team of 3 guides at Nsefu, and they all seemed to work well together, and each was quite experienced and good trackers. They were quite amusing as well, as they told tales of guiding and the pranks they play on the caterers.
Game drive vehicles were the best out of the lodges I stayed at in S. Luangwa in my opinion. They use Landcruisers, but mostly in a configuration with only 2 rows of seats. This gives you quite a bit of room to maneuver on game drives. They also have the shelf instead of pockets in front of each seat, and provide bean bags.