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Zambia Safari

Nkwali Camp

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Sunset on the Luangwa River, Nkwali Camp, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
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Nkwali is located on Robin Pope's private land, overlooking the South Luangwa National Park. The land is superb game viewing country, with a beautiful area of ebony woodland and open grasslands. Elephants regularly cross the Luangwa, seen from the bar, or come to the waterhole near the thatched dining room.

The camp enjoys a lovely setting overlooking a wide bend in the Luangwa River and has easy access to the game-rich Mfuwe Sector of the South Luangwa National Park, via bridge and pontoon. The Mfuwe Sector is South Luangwa's most easily accessible region, and Nkwali is open longer than most South Luangwa camps (April through December).

The private land on which the camp is located is blessed with a lovely ebony woodland as well as open grass plains and wildlife around the camp is plentiful. Mfuwe is the most famous sector of the South Luangwa National Park and it offers arguably the best opportunities within the Park of seeing leopard and South Luangwa Valley's endemic species of giraffe, the Thornicroft's Giraffe. General game-viewing in the Mfuwe sector is excellent, and is what earned the South Luangwa Valley its reputation as Zambia's premier safari destination.

Accommodation            For images of Nkwali Camp, click Nkwali Images
Nkwali accommodates a maximum of twelve guests in six cool and spacious A-frame chalets, constructed of woven bamboo and thatch. Each chalet has its own enormous open-air en-suite bathroom constructed primarily of molded clay. Thick cotton towels and an assortment of Imperial Leather and Crabtree & Evelyn toiletries are a luxurious touch.

The common areas are also breezy and capacious. The bar is creatively built around an enormous ebony tree and the separate dining area overlooks a small lagoon which often attracts elephants and bushbuck to drink.

Robin's House - New for 2003
Robin and his wife, Jo, have decided to build a new house for themselves behind Nkwali, ...meaning that their current abode has become available as a PERFECT addition to Nkwali's guest accommodation! So Nkwali now offers a private house - ideal for honeymooners, families or guests looking for a little privacy.

Set apart from the camp, on the banks of the Luangwa River and near the swimming pool, Robin's House has an amazing view of the river and the animals that come down to drink. It is under a grove of large trees and is well shaded with large windows allowing light to flood in. There are two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a sitting room and a small kitchen.

Dining & Facilities
Excellent bush dinners with full bar is included. The camp also includes laundry services.

Activities at Nkwali Camp are very much focused on the Mfuwe Sector's abundance of wildlife, with game drives in open safari vehicles being the mainstay. Guests are taken out in the specially adapted four wheel drive vehicles by qualified and knowledgeable professional guides. Guided night drives are also conducted, with the opportunity to see various of the nocturnal species that take over once the sun has set. South Luangwa game walks, considered by many to be the best in Southern Africa, are led by a qualified guide and accompanied by an armed game scout, offer an even more intimate bush experience.

Walking Safaris
Robin Pope Mobile Walking Safari
The Robin Pope Mobile Walking Safaris have become famous for their adventure and "true Africa" experience. The mobile walking safaris venture to the remote area of the Mupamadzi River in the north of the South Luangwa National Park. This safari runs ten nights and includes a four or five day walking portion which explores diverse habitats - hills, woodland and vast grassy plains as well as the river. Walking safaris encourage guests to use all their senses while in the bush - from hearing to smell, as well as sight. The anticipation of what is around the corner keeps your focus keen.

The game is less concentrated and unused to man's presence, so approaching the animals is that much more rewarding. The fully staffed mobile camp has everything you'll need, including walk-in tents, mattressed camp beds, a shared long-drop loo and a hot bucket shower. The safari includes 2 nights at Nkwali, 5 nights walking in the mobile tented camp, and 3 nights at Tena Tena. These walking safaris run from mid June through the end of September.

North Luangwa Walking Trail
Th ten-day North Luangwa Walking safari starts at Nkwali Camp for three nights. Guests will then transfer to Tena Tena for three nights, and the safari will end with four nights at Kutandala.

The transfer to Kutandala Camp in the North Luangwa is by light aeroplane. The North Luangwa National Park is very remote and wild - a place for real bush lovers to visit. Made of reed, grass and poles, and taking only six guests, the camp is intimate and natural. As well as the walking safaris there is the chance for an all day drive to the confluence of Mwaleshi and Luangwa rivers.

Excursions can also be made to the Chipopoma Falls where there are clear water pools for a dip. The safari accommodates only 6 guests and runs on set dates from June - October.

Other Walking Trails
The Nsefu Walking Trail runs for 7 nights - 2 Nkwali, 3 Walking Camps, and 2 Nsefu.
The Lundu Walking Mobile Safari runs for 9 nights - 2 Nkwali, 4 Mobile Camp, and 3 Nsefu.

The South Luangwa is an area of superb gameviewing. On game drives and walks, guests explore the bush at many levels. From the termites crossing the road, to a bee-eater catching a butterfly, to the family of elephants drinking at a lagoon, everything is part of the experience. Nkwali's safari vehicles are open and this provides for excellent game viewing and photography. Nkwali also offers night drives which allow you to see different species and observe their behaviour.

The game is always in the vicinity of the camp. With three distinct habitats, the river, the adjoining lagoons, and the plains where there is a wide diversity of game. Amongst the species, waterbuck, zebra, warthog and greater kudu are common place. The wandering herds of elephant are amongst some of the largest left in Africa. Buffalo continuously move in search of fresh pastures and water. In their wake come the predators, the lion and hyena. Leopard hunt the smaller game under cover of darkness.

Elephants often cross the Luangwa River, seen from the bar, or come to the waterhole near the thatched dining room. The area around Nkwali Camp is also famous for leopard and giraffe sightings.

Special features of the South Luangwa National Park:
• Thornicroft's Giraffe
• 14 different antelope species
• Plenty of leopards
• 47 migrating bird species from Europe and Russia
• Birds of prey (i.e. Steppe Eagles and Buzzards)

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