NKWALI - SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK
Nkwali is located on the banks of the Luangwa on a magnificent meander in the river overlooking the National Park. The camp is comfortable and rustic with rooms which are open to the river during the day and you can sit and watch the wildlife and birds from your deck when not on activities.
Situated on Robin Pope Safaris’ private land outside the park there is a private game viewing area behind camp as well as exclusive access into the park either by boat or across the pontoon.
The lodge has just six chalets with bamboo woven walls and thatch roofs which offer luxuriously appointed rooms with stunning views of the river and open air ensuite bathrooms. There is a swimming pool set back from the river with wooden decking and sun loungers.
Nkwali Lodge is located in the park gate area of the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. Access is by flight from Lusaka to Mfuwe where you are met and driven 40 minutes’ drive to the lodge.
Nkwali is dominated by an enormous ebony tree around which the bar is moulded. There are just 6 spacious chalets and during the day the rooms are fully open to wonderful river views - in the evenings the Constantia grill doors are pulled together to close the open room fronts. All the rooms have ensuite bathrooms with double sinks and open air showers from which you can enjoy the enormous African skies.
The main area has a comfortable lounge and bar area overlooking the Luangwa River with expansive wooden decking. Set back from the river on a lagoon are the dining room and swimming pool with decking and sun loungers. Guests staying at the lodge are often treated to elephants and other game coming down to drink during the day. Please note that the lodge does not have WIFI but there is mobile reception.
ACTIVITIES AND WILDLIFE
The unspoiled South Luangwa National Park is one of the best places in Africa to view leopard and home to one of the most varied collections of wildlife on the planet.
The South Luangwa Park is 9050 square km with the river, its tributaries and the riverine strips being the focus of the wildlife viewing. There are diverse habitats from huge ox bow lagoons of varying stages of maturity, woodlands, ebony groves, grassland and thickets, that host a great variety of wildlife.
The Luangwa River’s natural ebb and flow of flooding makes much of the park inaccessible by road and keeps it a sanctuary for the large concentration of wildlife that live there. The park is a paradise for birders with over 450 species to be found in the park and the wildlife includes elephant, buffalo, hippos, giraffe, leopards and lions. Wild Dog populations have vastly increased in the last ten years and packs are often seen hunting or relaxing on pans.
Game drives - an option of day or night drives in open top Landcruiser vehicles affording 360 degree vision.
Walking Safaris - the walks are led by a knowledgeable guide and escorted by an armed National Park scout. The guiding team is very passionate and will certainly impart some amazing bush insights at a level that will surprise you.
Seasonal Boating - a special treat indeed for guests in the Emerald Season from the end of December/January to around April every year. Explore the lagoons for enhanced game viewing and birding.
Village Tours - a visit to Kawaza Village and the schools is often remembered years later by guests as the most rewarding part of their visit to Africa. This gives a more holistic experience of the Luangwa Valley. Alternatively take a stroll within the community around the Mfuwe area which is bustling with small dukas or shops, the market, bars, and small businesses.
Wildlife Education Centre - a charitable trust for school children of the Luangwa Valley to teach them about wildlife and conservation and is a great activity for the adults and children.
Tribal Textiles - for unique locally produced hand-painted textiles which draw inspiration from Zambian wildlife and surroundings.
NKWALI LODGE IS OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND
THE LODGE WELCOMES FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN AGED 7 YEARS AND OLDER – YOUNGER IF THE ENTIRE CAMP IS BOOKED. DO NOTE THAT ONLY CHILDREN AGED 12 YEARS AND OLDER CAN PARTICIPATE IN WALKING SAFARIS