If you're looking to do a walking safari, go to Zambia. And if you're in Zambia, go with Norman Carr Safaris; we can't recommend them enough.
We stayed at three of the five Norman Carr Safari lodges in South Luangwa for two nights each. The safaris are all-inclusive, so you don't have to think about anything at all when you're there - go a bit crazy and have that second Amarula on the rocks watching the sun set and the impala chase one another around the river bed... You will be spoiled rotten and yet feel adequately adventurous; it's just the right amount of luxury but with a rustic touch. If you want a modern but sterile lodge and be driven around all the time - these aren't for you - you may have to put up with the odd bug and lions roaring nearby, but that just adds to the fun.
We proceeded to Nsolo after staying at Luwi, which is the most rustic of all the NCS camps - so Nsolo was a little step up in terms of the room itself - the raised bathroom deck was pretty flash and there's lots of good game-viewing from your own private deck. As mentioned in my review of Luwi, I found I got lots out of sitting out there during siesta and seeing what came down to drink in the heat of the day. Elephants, buffalo, kudu, Zebra, baboons and antelope galore, lots of fun.
We found going from Luwi to Nsolo then Mchenja meant we saw progressively more game as you go along - though we spoke to other guests who liked the reverse; see lots of big cats etc then head to the more remote camps to appreciate the smaller things.
Jo the host at Nsolo looked after us very well and John and John our scout and guide found us two leopards which was terrific on our night drive.
We also did the "Return to the Wild" sleep out from Nsolo where we slept under mozzie nets on the river bed. Shaddy and Batwell looked after us very well, keeping the ring of fires surrounding us going all night. We can't stress enough how much you should consider doing the sleep out, we felt absolutely safe (and we'd seen a large group of elephants on our walk to our campsite), heard hyena, lions and leopards over night, but there was no threat to us and it just made it lots of fun!
Thanks to Jo and the team for an amazing time and all the best!
- Also Known As:
- Nsolo Bush Camp - Norman Carr Safaris Zambia/South Luangwa National Park
- 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