I have just returned from a visit to Robin Pope Safaris in the South Luangwa National Park of Zambia. What a fantastic and memorable experience staying in the Nkwali, Nsefu and Tena Tena camps as well as undertaking the mobile camp and walking safari. The accommodation throughout was exceptionally good albeit there were no on-suite facilities on the mobile camp! The food throughout was wonderful - the only criticism could be there was just too much of it! The quality and standard of care was first class and nothing was too much trouble for the staff. The number of staff far exceeded the number of guests and their main concern was the safety, satisfaction and happiness of their guests. The organisation was superb and veryone was just so helpful. If you like seeing the environment and wild animals close up whist at the same time experiencing luxurious treatment and care then Robin Pope safaris is for you. I cannot recommend them highly enough.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Nkwali Camp Hotel South Luangwa National Park
- Nkwali Camp Zambia/South Luangwa National Park