NSEFU - SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK
Nsefu is situated in the exclusive Nsefu Sector on a wide meander on the Luangwa River. The camp has amazing views across the river where elephants often cross and hippo sing.
The camp is steeped in history – it was the first safari camp built in Zambia in 1951. The camp has stayed the same but has been upgraded and the rooms are still in the same place and in the original style. The Nsefu sector was first pronounced a game reserve in 1966 some five years before the South Luangwa was declared and has always been recognised as an outstanding game-viewing area.
The camp welcomes just twelve guests in six original brick and thatch rondavels with ensuite facilities, each room opening up to what can simply be described as one of the best views in the South Luangwa.
Nsefu Camp is located in the Nsufu Sector of the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. Access is by flight from Lusaka to Mfuwe where you are met and the transfer to the camp takes around an hour and fifteen minutes.
The six original rondavels have been upgraded to include spacious ensuite bathrooms however the camp has tried very hard to keep the feel and fittings in the room in line with the original old fashioned feel. The light and airy rooms are comfortably furnished with proper beds swathed in mosquito netting and traditional textiles. Each room has a clear view of the river from the comfort of your bed or from the chairs out on the veranda.
From the dining room lunch can be enjoyed whilst watching large herds of elephants making their daily river crossing just upstream from camp.
The bar and sitting area sit snugly between a large termite mound and lagoon, unobtrusive and cosy but making the most of the extensive wildlife that comes down to the lagoon to drink – lion and leopard can also be heard lapping away at the refreshing water in the evenings. What could be better than sitting in a comfy armchair enjoying a delicious slice of cake whilst watching wildlife coming down to drink from the river!
Please note that there is no WIFI or mobile signal at the camp.
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.
Nsefu and Tena Tena are the only two properties in the Nsefu sector which offers a completely different level to your safari experience - one which is not only peaceful but packed full of activity and game. At the beginning of the season you can see the Yellow Billed Stork colony and in the drier months the game concentrations are outstanding.
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.
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 the stunning Zambian wildlife and surroundings.
NSEFU IS CLOSED FROM 1ST APRIL TO THE 21ST MAY AND THE 21ST NOVEMBER TO THE 21ST JANUARY EVERY YEAR
THE CAMP WELCOMES FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN OF 12 YEARS AND OLDER. DO NOTE THAT ONLY CHILDREN AGED 12 YEARS AND OLDER CAN PARTICIPATE IN WALKING SAFARIS