This is the oldest camp in Zambia – opened in 1951, the same site, the same bricks – and Robin Pope Safaris redeveloped the camp in an old fashioned style. As with all their camps, Nsefu is small with only 6 rooms so there is always a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The rondavels – meaning a circular room – overlook an exceptional bend in the Luangwa River. The bathrooms at the back have a view of the bush behind and although simple have all you need and the rooms are fresh and bright. The lounge area has a great view all round and you can see the river where elephants regularly cross from late morning to tea time as if by a clock, the terraces which are always full of resident puku and the impala wondering through. And then best of all the water/mud hole. Much loved by warthogs, elephants, buffalo, waterbuck and more. Great bird watching here of course including shoals of quelea. All seen from sitting in one chair! Dining is most often outside on the banks of the Luangwa River, and the food and service are exceptional.

The camp lies in the heart of the undeveloped Nsefu sector and so offers charm and total comfort in remoteness and seclusion. The game viewing is spectacular with game drives, walking and night drives being offered. Nsefu Camp is open during the height of the Emerald Season, when the river is brimming and the lagoons are full. At Nsefu, the camp operates as normal, but there is boating and walking safaris only. With the river high, you can boat into the ebony groves, up the channels and into many of the lagoons. These lagoons are a haven for birdlife. The famous yellow billed stork colony, one of the largest in southern Africa, is reachable (by boat and then foot) and it is during this time, with the area flooded that the storks will be breeding.

Our Rating:  5 Hand Rating

Location: On the Luangwa River in the Nsefu Sector of the Park. Approximately three hour’s road transfer from Mfuwe Airport (done as a game drive)

Number Rooms: Six rondavels, one double and five twins

Room Facilities: En-suite bathrooms with basin and shower

Power Source: Solar power with a backup generator for cloudy days

Activities: Walking safaris and game drives (day and night)

Child Policy: No children under 12 years of age

Season: 22 January – 31 March (part of the Emerald Season River Safaris) and 22 May – 20 November