Reviews of Nsefu
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Another warm welcome, this time from Polly and the team. The rondavels were very comfortable. Our clothes were washed, dried and beautifully ironed by charcoal iron. We had a wonderful introduction to the Zambian sense of humour which we loved. The camp was well sited on the bend of the river and we were able to watch elephants crossing it. We enjoyed watching the animals coming to drink and play in the lagoon by the bar.
Our guide, Braston, added further to our knowledge and had a great sense of fun. We saw a leopard within minutes of leaving the camp on our first game drive (mainly due to the spotter). Braston also cooked us a memorable breakfast in the bush at sunrise and led us on a walk to Tena Tena.
Best camp in the world
I think Nsefu is the best safari camp I have ever visited in safaris in 9 countries over many years. The level of service was quite exceptional.
Nothing was too much trouble and we were treated impeccably. Th rooms are delightful and very tastefully decorated. The food and service were excellent. Polly is doing a brilliant job as caterer. Guiding by Braston was quite exceptional and we saw some outstanding game including wild dogs.
We found, two camps later that we had left credit cards in the room. Polly reacted immedialely and went to the considerable trouble of getting these to us at Mfuwe airport. Another example of exceptional service. It is the first time that am able to say that our stay was perfect on all counts.
Three day safari at Nsefu Camp
Coming off a custom mobile tented safari with a very experienced Professional guide in Zimbabwe, we felt we needed to avoid comparisons. The Robin Pope Safari team was very professional and we loved Nsefu Camp, it's setting overlooking the river, and had no complaints with the food staff or service.
* The elephants were less aggressive than in Zimbabwe and smaller due to the selective poaching of the large bulls.
The villagers still do selective poaching, but the international pressure had slowed the process.
One highlight was watching a maternal group of elephants swim the river with the baby elephants clutching their Mother's tails.
* Encountering five lions that had killed a young Cape Buffalo. In total, we came in close contact with nearly twenty lions over the three days at Nsefu.
* Finding a young female leopard who was as curious about us as we were about her. Magnificent to see in the daylight!
* We found a three female pack of the rare African Painted dogs as they moved along the river bank. Painted dogs are endangered and hadn't been seen in the area in some time.
* Leopards are difficult to find during daylight, but we were lucky to witness an hour long battle between a troop of 50+ yellow baboons and a female leopard they had chased into a large tree. She survived, but must have had quite a headache from all the baboon screeching!
My spouse loved Nsefu's decor and we found the food, staff and Roundels charming.
Nsefu Camp Experience
Good location on the river and very nice camp with pretty rooms. Very good guides and camp staff and very good camp manager. Good game viewing activities and a lot of game to see.
Good location in S Luangwa National Park.
Daudi runs an excellent camp!
A second visit - this time in the winter season. Our guide Braston was very good and worked very hard at finding interesting game for us to view. He was always willing, full of fun and very helpful. Having found us a leopard and her cub on the first game drive, he then excelled himself by finding the male leopard (and sensitively dealt with the leopard killing an impala one evening) and a pair of mating lions on the way to Nkwali on our last day.
The food and the atmosphere were as good as ever and the staff went out of their way to make my birthday sundowner on the river an occasion to remember. Shared stories of the day's events around the campfire in the evening were a highlight of the visit. Getting up at 4.30 a.m. to drive to the hot springs and then a bush breakfast was equally special.
I'd encourage guests to visit the Kawaza village project and the school. We enjoyed our day very much and the children were a joy.
Our fourth visit to our favourite Camp in South Luangwa.
It, as always, is a friendly and relaxed place with great guiding and the staff are excellent and helpful. They made my 70th birthday very special which will always be remembered. The food was always a temptation and their cakes are a weight watchers nightmare.
River safaris at Nsefu
We had visited Nsefu twice before in the dry season, but visiting the camp in the Emerald Season was a very special experience, and quite intimate with a maximum of 6 guests. The river safaris provide unique opportunities to complement dry season game drives. The bird life was very diverse, with a highlight being the walk to the stork colony. We had a spectacular thunderstorm one night, but the days were dry.
Daudi reigns supreme as the heart and soul of Nsefu: a superb guide, and an excellent manager of the camp who made our stay so enjoyable and so memorable.
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.