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Nsolo Bush Camp

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8/10

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Highlights

- Remote, intimate camp
- South Luangwa National Park
- Thrilling up-close walking safaris
- Can walk to neighbouring camps

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Overview

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.

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Average Rating

based on 501 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • 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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