- Remote, intimate camp
- South Luangwa National Park
- Thrilling up-close walking safaris
- Can walk to neighbouring camps
Nsolo Bush Camp is an intimate and remote four-tented safari camp belonging to the well-respected Norman Carr Safaris portfolio. Accessed via Mfuwe airport, it's open from June to October each year, with an additional ‘secret season’ in May when the rains have just finished, visitor numbers are low, and wildlife is beginning to migrate back to the valley from higher ground. Tucked away along the South Luangwa National Park’s Luwi river system, this delightful camp is within vicinity of its larger sister camps, Luwi, Kakuli, and Mchenja. The national park’s varied terrain attracts a huge diversity of wildlife, and although Nsolo does offer game drives, it places particular emphasis on walking safaris and so is ideal for any traveller wishing to get out on foot and enjoy some thrilling up-close animal encounters. Norman Carr guests can also enjoy the unique privilege of combining a visit to Nsolo with a walking safari encompassing a stay in all three sister camps.
The area is renowned for its dense lion population, abundance of leopards, and good number of wild dogs. Walking safaris pass through open grassy plains, mopane woodlands, lagoons, and riverine forests so guests are guaranteed to spot a variety of game.
While sister camp Mchenja might be hailed as Norman Carr’s most luxurious safari property, Nsolo is no poor relation when it comes to comfort. The camp is designed to blend into the surroundings, and the trunks of sausage and mahogany trees provide welcome shade. The main area, or ‘chitenje’, is an open-sided, thatched building, overlooking the river which teems with wildlife. The sociable lounge includes a small library, bar, and communal dining table. Dinner is served communally, providing the perfect opportunity for guests to share safari stories with their fellow travellers. Environmentalists will be interested to know that the whole camp runs on solar power.
The accommodation comprises four grass-and-reed tented chalets on raised wooden decks, each with a charming albeit simple open-air ensuite bathroom. Private verandas overlook the Luwi River and surrounding bush, providing the perfect vantage point for spotting the vibrant birdlife and game. Depending on the time of year, one or two pools of water in the riverbed will add interest when animals visit to drink.
Although Nsolo welcomes children, the camp is remote and does have a very adult atmosphere, so it’s best suited to children aged 12 or over with a good degree of maturity. The camp is unfenced, and while the likelihood of wildlife approaching humans or tents is low, parents are advised to supervise their children at all times.
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!
Woan 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
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019