On a sweeping bend of the river, 12 kilometres north of Tena Tena, lies Nsefu. Owned and run by Robin Pope Safaris, Nsefu was the first game camp in Zambia and dates back to the early fifties. The Nsefu Sector was recognised then as a phenomenal area and it still is. It is the only area of the national park which is actually on the east side of the Luangwa river. The camp was re-opened in 1999, in keeping with the original style, and RPS now operate the only two camps in the Nsefu Sector of the park. It is possible to walk between the two.
The view of the river is superb and includes a terraced area where game grazes during the day. The bar, tucked in beside a huge dormant termite mound, overlooks a waterhole that is very productive for game, especially leopard at night. The original rondavels (round rooms) have been extended, with a spacious open air bathrooms added. Each room has a clear view of the river, through large windows and from the new wooden veranda. A maximum of 12 guests are accommodated here.
Meals are taken mainly outside, though the shade of the bar area is used at lunchtime. Dinners and breakfasts are served on the river bank.
Open: Late Jan to March and late May to November (Specific dates each year - please ask for details).
Location: On the banks of the Luangwa River deep in the Nsefu sector of the park. the nearest airport is Mfuwe,a 75 minute drive from the camp.
Rooms: 6 luxury rondavels with verandas overlooking the river.
Activities: Day and night game drives, guided walking safaris, village visits, boating safaris (seasonal) and birdwatching.
Facilities: Comfortable lounge and bar areas overlooking small seasonal waterhole and a separate thatch dining area with sweeping views of the river. The camp is run on solar power and has a backup generator for cloudy days. tap water is from a borehole and is safe for drinking, although bottled water is also provided to guests free of charge.
Dining: Meals are served communally in the thatch dining area or under the stars.
Children: The camp accepts children 12 years of age and over. As the camp is unfenced, children need to be supervised at all times.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is very limited mobile reception, no direct ‘phone or fax and no internet.
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Nsefu belongs to Robin Pope Safaris. They are an award-winning company in terms of responsible tourism. They believe in benefiting the wildlife, environment, the people who work for them and their neighbouring communities.
To this end they back projects which alleviate poverty in their region, and help with the education and health of local communities and staff. They are keen supporters of the Zambian Carnivore Programme in South Luangwa, as well as the anti-poaching units of the South Luangwa Conservation Society. All their camps use green technology wisely to minimise environmental impact, for example solar power, green roofs and water conservation techniques.
Tribes has worked with RPS for years, and we know that they deserve their many awards.
"The view to die for - just sitting outside the room. Architect was visiting as they want to rebuild the camp further back after the land slide where they lost the dinning room Hope they retain the view. Improvement to sit and eat under the stars"