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Nkwali Camp
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Reviewed September 3, 2010

Thank-you Kiki, Tigger and all the wonderful staff at Nkwali Camp. We stayed for 4 nights at the end of July at the begining of our 4th trip to Africa. We hadnt made it to Zambia before, but had heard it was a fabulous place to see the bush and all the wonderful wildlife Africa has to offer. We were not disappointed and hope to come back again as soon as the travel budget allows. The camp is a special place and we were so well looked after that we came home a couple of kilos heavier. All that home backed bread and lovely morning teas, not to mention the fabulous banana jam on toast for breakfast. Dont muck about , its just a great place to stay.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 16, 2010

It is hard to write something new about this wonderful camp. We spent 4 nights there, and had just a fabulous time. Chalets are more than comfortable, and I particularly loved the outdoor showers!!
The staff at Nkwali is first-rate, from the front office personnel (who helped us with transportation issues), to housekeeping, to guides, hosts (and hostess) etc., they are all extremely friendly, welcoming and experts at what they do. Zebron and Kiki can make anyone laugh, and Kanga our guide has an infectious smile. More than any other factor, they were responsible for our wonderful experience at Nkwali. They even surprised us with a bush breakfast on our last day, as well as a birthday cake for one of our son's.
This camp is in the bush, and animals are free to venture in and out. Elephants greeted us one morning on our way to breakfast, and evenings were spent listening to hippos munching outside our chalet.
Game viewing was very good, including sightings of indigenous giraffe. We were even treated to the sight of a lion climbing a tree to confront a leopard!
I highly recommend Nkwali for anyone interested in a remote camp which provides first-class service.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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2  Thank ksol
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Reviewed April 21, 2010

Having just landed at Mfuwe airport, it was very nice to be straight away taken into the park for some wildlife spotting, and a drinks at sunset. This set the tone for a great stay at Nkwali camp. We were taken care of very well by the staff who were very welcoming and flexible about how we spent our two full days, but also honest about the best times to see wildlife. On the second day we asked to do a bush walk, for which they found a scout, and were able to accomodate us. Overall the wildlife spotting was amazing. The food was also top notch.

  • Stayed: February 2010
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Reviewed March 29, 2010

What a fantastic place to stay! Whereas it may not be at the plush end of the scale, Nkwali Camp belonging to Robin Pope Safaris is extremely comfortable, with wonderful food - and some of the best safari guides I've ever met!! Our guide, Kanga, was wonderful - eagle-eyed with an encyclopedic knowledge of birds (we saw 127 different kinds!), and delightful company.

We were there for their speciality Wild Dog Week - and unfortunately the dogs didn't deign to put in an appearance!! However, the specialists - Matt and Egil - were extremely knowledgable, and lovely guys to boot! The rest of the wildlife made up for the dogs non-appearance, though!

We would definitely like to go back to Nkwali, and was so impressed with Robin Pope Safaris we will definitely use them again!

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 2, 2010

Our party of four friends enjoyed a wonderful stay at Nkwali. The guides and staff are excellent, the chalets (if not luxurious) are very comfortable , the food is tasty, plentiful and nutritious. The game viewing is wonderful and there is a sense of remoteness in South Luangwa that enhances the safari experience. (Unlike the Masai Mara where continuous contact with other game vehicles is impossible to avoid). Please remember that good safari camps are usually located in the wilderness. So if you are expecting the same level of service and tourist facilities that you will find at a luxury hotel in a large Western city, you may have to lower your expectations before embarking on a safari!

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 12, 2010

Especially during the "emerald season". We enjoyed the food; although it was a set menu, dinner was served to guests instead of buffet and there were always adequate and delicious options. The guides were great and we even met the affable Mr. Pope himself--that was a treat!
The chalets were nice but you should note that if you are sharing with aquaintainces or work colleagues the shower/ bathroom is rather open plan--so you will need to make a plan not to both be in there at the same time!

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 22, 2009

We loved our stay at Nkwali. The camp has a gorgeous location on the river and the cottages were great (although the Sun Squirrel peeing on our bed wasn't ideal!). We really enjoyed being able to view game from our porch during the down times and we had elephants & baboons wandering through camp on most days. We arrived at the camp around 10:30am and within around 30 minutes were being whisked across the river in pursuit of a rare monkey seen on the opposite bank; we didn't find the monkey be we did find a leopard that had just killed an impala - a great start to our safari holiday! The hosting by Melissa and the rest of the staiff was faultless and all meals were excellent. We had terrific game viewing here, highlights including another very good daytime leopard sighting, a close up view of a magnificent martial eagle, watching lions polishing off the remains of a zebra killed the previous day and seeing a gathering of over 50 elephants. We had 3 guides during our stay and thought they were all excellent we must mention a particularly enjoyable morning drive bird watching with Zebron when we were lucky enough to have only 2 of us in the vehicle.

Since it was the dry season we hadn't expected the landscape to be so pretty and we stopped in some sensationally scenic places for sundowners.

The game drive transfer from Nkwali through the park to Machenja was a great way to view the changing habitats that the park has to offer.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Address: Robin's private land, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Location: Zambia > South Luangwa National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 43 Specialty Lodging in South Luangwa National Park
Hotel Class:3 star — Nkwali Camp 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Many places claim to be "among the remaining wilderness areas" or "one of the last wildlife sanctuaries"; South Luangwa National Park lives up to both and more. The Luangwa Valley is vast, remote and home to both people and a truly impressive variety of game. The South Luangwa Park is 9050 sq. kilometer; with the river, its tributaries and the riverine strips being the focus of the wildlife viewing. There are diverse habitats, from huge ox bow lagoons of varying stages of maturity, woodlands, ebony groves, grassland and thickets, that host a great variety of wildlife. The birdlife is also excellent with over 450 species to be seen. Nkwali is located on the banks of the Luangwa on a magnificent meander in the river overlooking the National Park where leopards roam along the bank and can often be spotted from camp. Situated on Robin Pope Safaris’ private land outside the park there is a private game viewing area behind camp as well as exclusive access into the park either by boat or across the pontoon. The six chalets with bamboo woven walls and thatch roofs offer a rustic luxury opening up to magnificent views of the river as well as open air en-suite bathrooms. Nkwali offers understated elegance, seclusion and superb service. Nkwali is dominated by an enormous ebony tree around which the bar is moulded. It is this tree which, when Robin and Jo Pope found it cemented the location of the camp. From the bar deck cantilevered over the river a cool drink can be enjoyed whilst watching the sun set over the Luangwa. The six chalets are spacious and during the day are fully open to wonderful river views, in the evenings the Constantia grill doors are pulled together to close the open room fronts. The en-suite bathrooms are spacious with double sinks and showers from which you can enjoy the enormous African skies. Set back from the river on a lagoon are the dining room and swimming pool from which guests are often treated to elephants and other game coming down to drink during the day unperturbed by our presence. ... more   less 
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