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- Intimate, upmarket camp
- Tranquil riverside location
- Exclusive access into National Park

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Nkwali is an exclusive camp in a stunning riverside location opposite South Luangwa National Park, eastern Zambia. Situated in a private game management reserve, this intimate, upmarket camp offers exceptional hosting and guiding, a swimming pool, and six well-appointed riverside chalets, towards the higher end of the budget spectrum. South Luangwa boasts a diverse terrain of woodlands, lagoons, and vast grassy plains, home to abundant wildlife including lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, hyena, and the elusive wild dog, plus over 450 species of birds.

Open all year, and a 40 minute drive from Mfuwe airport, Nkwali sits on the banks of the Luangwa River, shaded by ebony and mahogany trees, beside a lagoon popular with elephants and hippos. The camp’s main area or ‘chitenge’ is an open-sided wood and canvas construction with a high thatched ceiling. Guest spaces comprise a comfortable lounge, bar, and communal dining area. Outside is a spacious deck boasting wonderful river views, and a refreshing swimming pool with loungers. The tranquil campfire area is ideal for post dinner drinks. There is also a private game viewing area situated behind camp. Nkwali operates on mains electricity, and mobile phone reception is available, although guests are requested to limit phone usage to within their rooms.

Activities include day and night game drives, and guided walks in the national park with enthusiastic and informed guides. Guests can enjoy cultural visits to the local village and schools, and shopping excursions to Mfuwe’s vibrant markets and shops or ‘dukas’. Throughout the Jan/April ‘Emerald' season boat excursions on the Luangwa River are available. The camp operates its own pontoon and enjoys direct access into the national park, either by boat or by driving across the arid river bed during the dry months. Note that visitors during October and November should come prepared for high temperatures, coinciding with wildlife at its most prolific.

The accommodation comprises just six spacious riverside chalets with cool stone floors and airy thatched roofs. Each chalet is fronted by shutters, open by day to allow wildlife viewing from the comfort of one’s bed. Five chalets accommodate two guests in a double or twin beds, and there is one larger family unit. All rooms are ensuite, featuring an indulgent open air bathroom with twin washbasins, WC and shower. All units have mosquito nets and fans, but there is no air conditioning. Outside is a private veranda with seating and lovely river views.

Children over seven years of age are welcome, and there’s a designated family unit which accommodates up to four guests. Parents should note that there is a minimum age of 12 years for guided walks. Since the camp is unfenced, with wild animals free to wander through, parents are also reminded that children must be supervised at all times.

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  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

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