Nsolo Camp is a romantic, thatched camp, situated on a waterhole in the shade of a large grove of ebony trees.
The accommodation consists of four open-fronted rooms, built on raised wooden platforms under a thatched roof. Where possible, the natural features have been incorporated into the structure. At night, the canvas curtains can be drawn shut for added security. The bathrooms are open to the trees and stars above, so you shower while out in the fresh air listening to the sounds of the bush around you.
The main chitenje (social area) hosts the bar and a small library of books, and there's a large deck. This is an excellent place to relax during the heat of the day and watch the constant activity at the waterhole in front of the camp.
Activities offered from the bushcamp are walking safaris and game drives. The former originated in the Luangwa Valley and this remains the best area to view and track game in this way. The walks are led by expert guides and accompanied by an armed escort. Game drives usually take place just after sunrise and around sunset. The open vehicles optimise visibility, and this is a good place to observe lion with several prides in the area, leopard, hyena, and the often elusive African wild dog.
Open: Nsolo Camp is open from mid-May till the end of October each year. It is owned and run by Norman Carr Safaris (NCS).
Location: Nsolo Camp is in South Luangwa National Park, situated on the banks of the Luwi River, about a 3hour game-viewing drive from Mfuwe airport.
Rooms: There are 4 guest chalets set on elevated decks, built from reed and grass. They have open air en-suite bathrooms and solar power. Each has a private deck with views of the waterholes by the river.
Activities: The emphasis is on walking safaris with the opportunity to track some of the resident lion, with the option of game drives. A visit to Nsolo combines well with stays at other NCS camps.
Facilities: There’s a central lounge, dining area and bar, with a collection of books, set beneath a thatched roof. It leads out to a deck which overlooks the waterholes where you can often see animals and birds drinking.
Dining: Meals are eaten as a group, in the covered dining room or out in the open, with dinner often served on the sandbank by the river.
Children: Children aged 12 years and over are welcome, though there are no special activities for children. The camp is unfenced so children need to be kept under supervision at all times.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is no Wi-Fi internet access or mobile coverage. Mchenja Bush Camp is in radio contact with the other NCS camps and the main lodge, Kapani.
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