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Nsolo Bush Camp - Norman Carr Safaris
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2013

Have return from a 4 night trip with Norman carr safaris,2 nights at Nsolo and 2 at Kakuli,both camps top class,really do get the feeling of isolation at Nsolo which was fantastic,food,staff,setting all perfect,I've been to Africa many times and this trip really was the best ever

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2013

Gosh, not sure where to start.... Nsolo is one of the most unforgettable places we've ever visited. Although it's been almost a year since our visit is still feels like we were just there.

During our stay we started with a morning walk from Mchenja to Kakuli for a day stay prior to our walking departure to Nsolo. Our first night with Nsolo was a "sleep out" in a dry river bed (location is top secret!).

On our way the guide (Innocent) and guards were very attentive with safety always being top priority. We saw plenty of wildlife including a pride of Lions. Once we arrived at our camping spot we set up tents (mosquito nets and a mattress), ate an amazing dinner and listened to the wildlife making their way out for the evening. As we settled down our cook noticed shiny eyes along the river bank, it was the Lions we had passed along the way! Yep, Lions and they circled our camp all night long alternating the sides of the river banks. Later that night the Hyena's also decided to show. This was a bit scary but everything we had hoped for in a sleep out experience and we knew we were in good hands. This was such a buzz back at camp that the other staff started questioning us about our experience which we confirmed to be true...

Upon our arrival at Nsolo we were greeted with open arms. The camp is more rustic than other NC Camps but still very lovely. Rooms are well appointed, clean and the beds extremely comfortable. There was only one night where I couldn't sleep but it was due to elephants trashing around our room and nosing around in our outside bathroom.

The food was excellent and the communal style eating was a nice way to get to know the other guests and some of the staff. One night to our surprise we came back from our sundowner the staff had arranged for a private candle light dinner on our deck. Although communal dining is nice this was pretty special as well...

During our stay we bought a picture painted by Batwell and had it framed. It looks amazing and is hanging on our wall.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2013

What a beautiful setting this camp has, right on a riverbed (dry when we visited).
The rooms are spacious, comfortable and very well appointed and spotless.
Tatum our hostess was lovely, kind, and very welcoming and helpful, as were all of the staff.
The chefs made wonderful food including going to special trouble to make me lovely vegetarian food.
Our guide Innocent was just wonderful, a kind, funny and special person with a love of the bush and wonderful knowledge which he was so generous in sharing. He went out of his way to make our time special including coming to let us know that there were lions behind camp after everyone had gone to bed because he know how much we wanted to see them and then taking us out for an unscheduled night drive to see them.
Loved this camp and the experiences we had here, we saw loads, had lots of fun, learnt lots about birds from the two lovely birding couples we spent time with here as well as learning loads about everything from Innocent.
Just a fabulous experience, thank you to everyone at this camp for making our stay so special.

Room Tip: We stayed in room one, it was private and lovely but I am sure they are all great.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kingscote, South Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2013

We walked to Nsolo from Luwi and got an early start. Don't be too stressed about walking between camps as the scout and guides don't route march you, they point out lots of stuff (like pug marks and scats) and you generally meander along. I use a walking stick and I found it really easy. We stopped half way for a cuppa and a bikkie and just enjoyed 'being' there watching the impala and listening to the birds.
We were greeted at camp by Tatum and Edwin with fresh cool towels and a refreshing drink, then we went to our lovely room and freshened up in the outdoor ensuite before coming back for a magnificent brunch (my favourite meal of the day!!)
Our room was 2nd from the end, very private (they all are really) and seemed to be a haven for wild life - we had elephants around our room eating all the red flowers on the ground as well as impala. We had one day when some elephants had a go at a pair of mating lions!! Right outside our room in the riverbed!! Wow!!
The food here was up to Norman Carr's usual high standard and was always delicious - followed by a glass or 2 of white wine and then, to finish it off, a glass of Amarula!! Perfect!
Can't recommend Norman Carr highly enough!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Moab Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2013

See my Luwi and Kikuli bush camp, and Kapani Lodge reviews as well. I said Luwi was a 'Friend' trip, and Nsolo was a 'Couples' trip, but really they are both-three couples and 4 friends.

So after falling in love with Luwi, we leave and walk to Nsolo, where we are greeted with cool towels to freshen up. (When we return from night drives, they have warm towels!-every time, at all the camps!)

Of course the rooms are gorgeous, the bathroom is outdoor chic. And we got the best room, AGAIN. We had a view of the pond with Harold, the resident Hippo from our deck.

The bush camps talk to each other, so when we got to Nsolo from Luwi, they knew we were veggie crazy, and the meals were even better than Luwi, although that seems impossible, since Luwi was freakin awesome! I mentioned in my Luwi review that they had gluten free breads for us, and they did here at Nsolo as well. I have to tell you that here at home it is a challenge to make gluten free breads and crusts. It takes experimenting, the right ingredients, etc. These guys had breads for morning toast, afternoon and evening meals that were good, held together- I would be happy if half my gluten free stuff turned out like theirs! They also made gluten free snacks for the morning tea during the walk, and evening sundowners.

One of the couples had a trail camera they had used on a chimp project in Uganda before they got here, and at Luwi they got great honey badger footage with it. Here at Nsolo, the pond was right in front of camp, so they set it up to see who comes down for a drink. The next morning, the camera was gone, and lion tracks all around it. Long story short, the camera was found by the guides the day we were leaving from Kapani, and returned to us just before we left. There is great footage of 4 lions coming down to drink, and then one walks over and off with the camera! Watch for that to get posted to YouTube when they get back in the States. I mention this to show that Norman Carr Safaris will do a lot of stuff to give you what you want. Most of the time you don't even have to ask, they seem to know before you ask.

The wildlife highpoint for Nsolo was on a walk, we were watching a lioness for a few minutes, and then she got up, went over to a bush and picked up what turned out to be a cub and walked off with it! Even the guide was excited!

After 2 nights, we left in the morning to walk to Kikuli, on the way we got to see an elephant family unit up close, but not TOO close, if you know what I mean. Next up, Kikuli review.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Caracas, Venezuela
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013

This is one of the best camps we have visited in Africa, very comfortable, excellent food and above all excellent guides, Innocent our guide was very dedicated and did everything he could to transmit his knowledge of the bush to us.
Tatum who is a very sweet girl and in charge of the camp made us feel at home all the time.
Definitely recommended.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Portland, Oregon
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53 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2013

Nsolo is a small camp that combines luxury with the experience of being in the bush. The rooms were great, each with a private deck centered around a large tree for shade. The food was the best we had of the 4 places we stayed in Zambia, and that is truly a compliment as the food was excellent at all of them. Tatum is a gracious, energetic and enthusiastic camp manager who insured our experience was exceptional.

Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Nsolo Bush Camp - Norman Carr Safaris
Address: Luwi River, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Location: Zambia > South Luangwa National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 43 Specialty Lodging in South Luangwa National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nsolo has 4 very spacious chalets built on raised wooden decks with outdoor en-suite bathrooms built under the shade of evergreen trees with private verandahs overlooking the surrounding bush and the seasonal Luwi River. The main bar and dining area offering a peaceful refuge where, depending on the season, guests can view a variety of game visiting the permanent pools of water in the Luwi river bed such as lion, elephant, buffalo and leopard. ... more   less 
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