Reviews of Nsolo Bushcamp
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Full of character
We loved it here. The chalets were charming (once we were used to the frogs!).
The staff were wonderful and Jo was the very best hostess you could have had. Jo was our special person here.
Food again was great.
Only point to make was that Shaddy, our guide, just seemed to have lost his enthusiasim a bit (and we really only noticed this once we meet Aubrey our guide at Kakuli and compared). He was fine and we all liked and respected him, but somehow on reflection we felt that we had not made the most of his wisdom.
The game was quite limited around Nsolo so two nights here is enough from that perspective.
More amazing experiences
Sad to leave Luwi until we arrived at Nsolo. Informed of great excitement the previous night due to lions in the camp. During our first night an elephant visited and browsed on the tree right outside our room. The second night buffalo visited and caused some damage.
Lawrence was our guide here and again morning walks and a clever combination of walking and driving in the afternoon/evening made for some exciting and unforgetable moments eg three lionesses with cubs waking at twilight. Hospitality and guiding of hte highest standard.
Again sad to leave but anothe wonderful long walk with Shaddy to Kakuli, many adventures on the way.
A true bush experience
What a contrast to arrive at this Camp from Kapani: we found peace and tranquility and a fine position over the sand river Luwi. We were welcomed warmly by Tara, the assistant manager, given a cool drink and ushered to the spacious honeymoon chalet with its long deck and comfortable seats. Andrew, Aubrey's nephew (Aubrey was our guide at Kakauli) had driven us expertly from Kapani and on the way had introduced us very graphically to a civet midden and stopped to watch a pride of lions at a kill. He was an amusing companion.
Tara was an excellent hostess and attentive to our needs. The staff were very friendly, efficient and helpful and the food was good and varied. On our first evening the dining table was transferred to the sand river with a true bush experience under the stars. On our second evening, as we were the only guests in camp, Tara had organised a dinner table to be set up on our deck, where our meal was served by Felix and Harry, complete with sparkling wine for a celebration of our wedding anniversary. This was such a lovely idea and a complete surprise to us.
Shaddy was our guide and was ably assisted by Batwell, his scout who was very experienced and always alert to danger. They had been a team for 15 years. We were disappointed with Shaddy who appeared bored and diffident. He did not volunteer much information and when questioned his responses were very brief. He gave the impression that he was tired of guiding. On the second afternoon, when we were alone in the camp, he did not appear until we had finished our tea. Whilst we were on our game drive we asked for a drink, only to discover there was nothing on board, not even sundowners. It was a hot evening and as a consequence we had to retrace our steps, return to camp to collect the coolbox and Shaddy said we did not have enough time for a bush walk. This denied us one of the main features of our holiday, walking in the bush, and we felt extremely disappointed.
The next morning during our walk to Nsolo Shaddy was uncommunicative. Although we suggested a tea break he reluctantly stopped after three hours; he did not indicate to us how we were progressing and did not tell us how long we would take to reach Kakauli. We gained the impression he hoped we would not stop as it would enable him and Batwell to return to Nsolo without delay.
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Again Nsolo was fine. We were just a bit spoiled from the driving safaris since we saw a lot less wildlife while walking.
Shaddy [Ed: the guide here] was excellent.
Wonderful dinner on the sandy river bed!
The walking transfer between Luwi and Nsolo was exciting: with our guide Innocent, we tracked lions' paws till when we saw a lioness on the other side of the river: we crossed the river to get closer, but she was waiting for us and, at around 20-30 meters, she sent us very clear signals to stay away! We discovered she had two cubs, so she was just protecting them. One of the experiences you can only have with a walking safari with guides and scouts well prepared for their job.
In my opinion, Nsolo has probably the best chalets of all the camps: very spacious room and the veranda under a tree.
We had nice morning walks and night drives with Andrew (the same guide we had in Kapani) and also we found a pride of lions just around sunset of the second day in Nsolo. We were so excited that we almost missed a lioness with her two cubs: fortunately Kathrin, a member of our group in Nsolo, spotted her, so we were be able to enjoy also this family scene.
But probably the highlight of our stay in Nsolo was the dinner of the second night, that Priya organized on a sand bank in the river bed: wonderful setting and delicious food!
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Shaddie was great.
Our game viewing with him was unforgettable.
Pria was a lovely hostess. This is definitely lion territory.
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This was our favourite camp and we had a fantastic time.Read more about the whole safari
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Shadi and Batwell made a great team, steering us past marauding buffalo - all of which added to our excitement of the stay there.
Pria was an excellent hostess and all the troops were super.
We still had the same problems at Nsolo as the message had not got through for some reason. We therefore still remained in a group of six whilst others went off in pairs. A lot of frustration!
On the plus side it is a beautiful camp. Our host Pria was excellent and our (sometime) guide Shadi was very competent and knowledgeable. The walks out of here were very good (group of six not withstanding) with lots of interest and good duration (3-4 1/2 hours)
Beautiful walks at Nsolo
Stunning location with a multitude of animals wandering through camp at all hours of the day and night. Feeling so close to nature was wonderful and much more than we had expected. Shaddy and Batwell were tremendous fun to be guided by and clearly work brilliantly as a team. They totally made the holiday for us and we were especially lucky to have them all to ourselves for our first morning walk.
The chalets were lovely and we were so impressed to hear how the whole place has to be rebuilt every year. It made us appreciate how lucky we were to be able to visit such a place at all. The food was excellent, as was the laundry facility. The tsetse flies were an unpleasant surprise, but they were the only point of complaint at all.
Nsolo was our favourite place of the holiday, mostly because of the great staff there, but also because we saw wild dogs, which we hadn't dared to hope for and was very special.