Nsefu, South Luangwa

The very first safari camp to open in Zambia, Nsefu holds a prime position in one of Africa’s greatest wildlife sanctuaries.

Make Nsefu a feature on your tailor-made itinerary to Zambia and you’ll discover you simply couldn’t ask for a better location. Sitting on a bend of the mighty Luangwa River, Nsefu is one of only two camps located within the Nsefu sector – an exclusive area renowned for its richness of game. There is the opportunity for day and night game drives, walking safaris and boat rides, but you don’t even have to leave camp to encounter the region’s wildlife. The bar overlooks a waterhole and offers a cozy spot from which to observe a variety of species – from lions to zebra – that frequently come down to the lagoon to drink.

The camp has a long history dating back to 1951 when it became Zambia’s first ever safari camp, and though it has since been beautifully refurbished it retains much of its original style. The six original thatch and brick rondavels today are stylish with modern amenities and uninterrupted views over the river. The dining room also boasts beautiful water views, where you can enjoy watching herds of elephants make their daily river crossings.

Nsefu, at a glance

  • Located in the exclusive Nsefu area of South Luangwa National Park
  • Stylish accommodations for a maximum of 12 guests
  • Six thatched rondavels set alongside the Lunagwa River
  • Each room has en-suite bathrooms and fantastic river views
  • Passionate team of guides with a guide to guest ratio of 1:4
  • Offering a truly intimate and authentic wilderness experience

For leisure and pleasure 

  • Day and night game drives to encounter lion, leopard, buffalo, giraffe, hippo and over 450 species of birds
  • Walking safaris to experience the smaller aspects of the bush
  • Seasonal boat safaris (during the Emerald Season from the end of December to April)
  • Enjoy visits to nearby villages to interact with locals
  • Visit the Wildlife Education Center, a charitable trust for the school children of the Luangwa Valley
  • Pick up a souvenir from a selection of unique and locally produced textiles 
  • Although we bothered Lydia on several occasions over small matters, she was always patient and very helpful. The whole organisation from Heathrow and back was seamless and first class. Game watching on this trip surpassed all that we had seen before in the one trip. Our thanks to Ultimate yet again

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    Colin & Wendy Crawford October 2013