Nkwali Camp

Nkwali is located on the banks of the Luangwa on a magnificent meander in the river overlooking the National Park where leopards roam along the bank and can often be spotted from camp. 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 South Luangwa Park is 9050 sq. kilometer; 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 birdlife is also excellent with over 450 species to be seen.

Chalets & Main Areas at Nkwali Camp

Nkwali is dominated by an enormous ebony tree around which the bar is moulded. It is this tree which, when Robin and Jo Pope found it cemented the location of the camp. From the bar deck cantilevered over the river a cool drink can be enjoyed whilst watching the sun set over the Luangwa. The six chalets are spacious and during the day are fully open to wonderful river views, in the evenings the Constantia grill doors are pulled together to close the open room fronts. The en-suite bathrooms are spacious with double sinks and showers from which you can enjoy the enormous African skies. Set back from the river on a lagoon are the dining room and swimming pool from which guests are often treated to elephants and other game coming down to drink during the day unperturbed by our presence.

Activities at Nkwali Camp

Game drives are offered both in the day and at night in specially built Toyota Landcruisers with open tops, affording you total 360 degree vision. Bush walks are a speciality of the Luangwa Valley and walks are led by Nkwali's passionate and knowledgeable guides and escorted by an armed National Park scout. If you are traveling during the Emerald Season, you can also explore the lagoons by boat (end of December/January through early April, water levels permitting).

A visit to Kawaza Village and the schools is often remembered years later by our 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 – small “dukas” (shops), the market, bars, and people offering various skills. Guests may also visit the Wildlife Education Centre, which is a charitable trust for the school children of the Luangwa Valley to teach them about wildlife and conservation. We highly recommend this for families traveling with children! Finally we always recommend a stop at Tribal Textiles for unique locally produced hand-painted textiles, drawing inspiration from the stunning Zambian wildlife and surroundings.

All photos courtesy of Robin Pope Safaris

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