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O5 Road Mushilashi River, South Luangwa National Park Zambia
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#27 of 45 Specialty lodging in South Luangwa National Park
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4.9
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4.9
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4.7
Nkonzi Camp is a small, authentic bush camp set deep inside the South Luangwa National Park. Four classic safari tents with double or twin beds and open-air en-suite bathrooms make up our accommodation. A colourful lounge area offers comfortable seating, and meals are enjoyed together in a shady grove of trees or in the beautiful dry river bed. A small honesty bar provides beer, wine, selected spirits and soft drinks. Tasty meals are prepared in our camp kitchen by our dedicated chef. We specialise in walking safaris, and other activities available include morning and night game drives, our all day drive, bush breakfast and cultural visits. Nkonzi Camp strives to offer a first-class wilderness safari, with excellent guiding and an authentic bush camp experience, at an affordable price.
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O5 Road Mushilashi River, South Luangwa National Park Zambia
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David N wrote a review Oct 2022
Pershore, United Kingdom18 contributions6 helpful votes
Nkonzi was the first stop in our trip to Zambia, planned before Covid and arranged by Tracey from African Travel Resource,. She listened to us and made sure the trip was what we wanted and she didn’t disappoint. This is a lovely simple, comfortable, genuine bush camp and Gavin Opie was a great host and guide. The staff made every effort to make us comfortable and Gavin went out of his way to get us the experiences we wanted and more. Lots of highlights with a couple being a two year old leopard in the middle of the road during a night drive and a painted dog hunt on the dry river bed outside the camp as we were having our early morning pre-drive breakfast (we left late!!). Thank you for a brilliant start to our trip.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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boxermom2014 wrote a review Jul 2022
Louisville, Kentucky16 contributions
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My husband and I spent 4 nights at Nkonzi in July 2022 and it was difficult to leave. Everyone was so attentive, from owner/guide Gavin and spotter Dixon who made every effort to show us as many animals and birds as possible, to Justin the ranger who kept us safe on walks, to Jacob and the kitchen crew who fed is delicious meals. Enjoyed breakfast each morning in the riverbed and a lovely BBQ the night before we left. We learned so much about the plants and animals and I was able to spend hours doing what I love best - taking pictures! Best of all to Nkonzi Camp - we hope to one day return. Brad and Aimee (USA)
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Mark U wrote a review Jul 2022
Spalding, United Kingdom5 contributions4 helpful votes
Our second stop on our first safari and what a fantastic camp. Gavin, Isaiah and Moses gave us so many great experiences and sightings - from leopards in a tree to stick insects!! Bev and the guys in the camp took excellent care of us and gave us wonderful meals in between our drives and walks. An outstanding destination.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Javier D wrote a review Jul 2022
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A secluded camp a little far away from the action nice staff and good food our guide Lamek and our spotter Dixon very nice guys! The dinners at the river bed was very nice the guest where enthusiastic and have been the a few times before
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Pathfinder325581 wrote a review Jun 2022
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We have just returned from nkonzi camp luangwa Zambia having spent 4 nights there. The safari experience was incredible, the morning and evening drives outstanding and the wildlife experiences were 5 star. From wild dogs to lions and leopards up trees porcupines and various bird life to walking treks in the bush with ismail out security ranger who kept us safe and at ease all the time. Gavin and his team of hard working and lovely employees were amazing. The tent s are perfect and we slept well at night. The food was varied and plentiful. We had breakfast on the river bed in the morning, a evening meal on the river bed under the African sky which was so romantic and a full day out in the bush with a wonderful picnic under a majestic tree which was a lovely surprise. On our last day we had a bush break fast of sausage and bacon on a game drive out on the remote plain exhilarating!! Thank you Gavin and your fantastic team for giving us a memorable stay. We can’t wait to revisit and highly recommend this camp. 4 days was not enough we felt so sad to leave😞 if you are looking for an authentic African safari with a great guide and fantastic wildlife sightseeing look no further than Nkonzi
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Mikael W wrote a review Oct 2019
Stockholm, Sweden1 contribution
We visited South Luangwa and Nkonzi in October 2019 and had a fantastic time. The camp is very isolated in the middle of the park which makes you feel like you are very close to nature, and on some drives it could take an hour until we saw another car. Sam was our guide and extremely knowledgeable and all the staff were great. Food, tents, service etc all good. But the most important thing was the experience of the guides and Gavin which was something special. thanks Gavin, Sam, Josphat and the whole team for an incredible experience. / Mikael & Nina
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Date of stay: October 2019
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kleeorin wrote a review Oct 2019
beer sheva20 contributions2 helpful votes
We arrived for 2 nights after having spent 2 nights in Kafunta Lodge. It is important not to look for the lavish lodge accommodation but rather for the exquisite and unique african bush. The tents are quite simple but they contain everything you need for a comfortable stay, it even comes with running water (by running water I mean staff running over to fill your shower bucket). The best part about it was the time we spent with Gavin the owner/guide who is extremely knowledgeable and interesting. He went out of his way to make our stay special, on long game drives with countless amazing explanations, hosting us every evening during dinner with tales and stories. It really made the place feel much more homelike, and connects well between all the guests. On the last night they arranged for our solo dinner to be taken under the stars in honor of our honeymoon, I cant say that I was not terrified of being in what is usually a "never go there alone at night" territory, but if he says its safe, then it is safe. Though note, this is not exactly glamping, this is the african bush.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Michelle G wrote a review Sep 2019
Langebaan, South Africa160 contributions2 helpful votes
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Nkonzi Camp is a unique and exquisite bush camp in a secluded area of Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. We have had the pleasure of visiting this camp on two separate occasions. On our second visit, we were had a wonderful game viewing experience with Sam. He is a guide with many years of experience. ACCOMMODATION The tented accommodation is everything you need. It is simple yet comfortable – and hand constructed every year for the season. All tents overlook a dry riverbed and have an open-air bathroom attached to the tent. There is no running water to the shower, but that is one of the best things about the shower. When you are ready to wash the dust and sunscreen off, simply ask one of the amazing staff and a bucket of hot water will be attached to the shower quick-quick. GAME DRIVES Game drives start early, earlier than the sun rises, and during winter the early start comes with a bit of a chill. Being up early comes with many benefits not least of which is a breathtaking African sunrise with your morning coffee. Said morning coffee is served around a fire in the river bed. Gavin has a great program with something different to do every day, from full day drives to bush breakfasts. The two full-day drives that we experienced were the highlight for us. On each of the full day drives, we had excellent game viewing experiences. One of the absolute best part of the location of this camp is the isolation, we rarely saw other game viewing vehicles outside of the main area near the gate. SERVICE Gavin and his team know what they are doing. From cold beers on a game drive to homemade snacks for the sundowners, you will not be left wanting. The staff are attentive while in camp and full of interesting facts while out on drives. Gavin’s bush knowledge is insane which made the bush walks an exhilarating learning experience. FOOD While not prepared in camp, the local tomato chutney was a delicious discovery. All the meals were exceptional. A deeper appreciation is developed for the chef’s skills when you think that these brilliant meals were prepared in a very basic bush kitchen. During our week stay the menu never repeated, which is super impressive. Nkonzi Camp was our first experience of Zambia and they are a big reason we have fallen so in love with the country. We visited in winter just after the start of the season on our first visit and return for our second visit in August 2019.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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KenWaterhouse wrote a review Aug 2019
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From the second we arrived we were greeted with huge smiles and welcoming staff. Josephat and Sam were always available to help and to serve cool refreshing drinks. The food was incredible, and the portions were just right. Waking up to a view of the river bed and the sound of the Scops Owl was as much as anyone looking for a relaxing bush holiday away could ask for. We had a great drive and a spectacular walk, a pride of eight lions right outside the camp and hyenas calling through the night to remind you where you are. We would definitely go back, and all we would do differently would be to stay for longer! Thanks Gavin and all your team!
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Felix F wrote a review Aug 2019
Wuppertal, Germany26 contributions6 helpful votes
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Don’t expect thrills, no fancy stuff, no luxury tents, no nothing... Expect being in the middle of the African bush in a very down to earth way with lots of warm and kind efforts of management and stuff making you a wonderful stay. We had this wonderful stay! Despite the fact that big parts of the camp were burned a few days before our arrival. We enjoyed our many game drives with wonderful breakfast and lunch brakes with breathtaking sceneries. We loved when Sam took us for a short walking safari to observe an elephant family. Thanks, Sam! We love to recommend Nkonzi when looking for basic African bush experience.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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Frequently Asked Questions about Nkonzi Camp
What are some of the property amenities at Nkonzi Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Nkonzi Camp?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Nkonzi Camp?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does Nkonzi Camp have airport transportation?
Yes, Nkonzi Camp offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.