South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
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NKWALI CAMP RATES: Nkwali Camp
SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK, ZAMBIA
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.
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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
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
Robin Pope Mobile Walking Safari
Pope Mobile Walking Safaris have become famous for their adventure and "true
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
plains as well as the river. Walking safaris encourage guests to
use all their senses while in the bush - from hearing to smell,
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
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
guests and runs on set dates
from June - October.
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
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,
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.
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
features of the South Luangwa National Park:
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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