The Luangwa Valley is not necessarily the easiest place to take 3 young children (6-10 years) - but Robin's House at Nkwali is a great option. It is separate from the main lodge and you have your own dedicated guide/driver and vehicle so your timetable is at your own discretion. There is a small plunge pool as well far enough away from the main camp not to worry about disturbing other guests.
Service is attentive but not intrusive. The house is plenty spacious and well designed for the heat in September - both indoors and outdoors were good seating areas. As expected so far from a supermarket, the food was simple, but it was always freshly prepared and very edible.
The guide was well trained and professional, good with the kids but the game was a bit shy on our visit. This was partly made up for by meeting a family of lion as we left the lodge for the airport.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nkwali Camp is small, taking only 12 guests, with a great atmosphere. The rooms on the banks of the Luangwa River have ensuite bathrooms with showers open to the skies. The hippos will serenade the dinner on the deck during moonlit dinners and elephant will feed outside the rooms at night. Open all year we boat directly into the park. Robin Pope Safaris has highly trained guides, new vehicles and a ratio of one guide/vehicle per 4 guests. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Nkwali Camp Hotel South Luangwa National Park
- Nkwali Camp Zambia/South Luangwa National Park