Nsefu Camp

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stamp3Why photographers love Nsefu Camp

Built in 1951, Nsefu Camp was established in South Luangwa two decades before the national park was proclaimed. Today, the camp retains its historical atmosphere and offers wide river views and access to the game-rich Nsefu Sector, one of the wildest parts of the park. Visiting at different times of the year produces wonderful contrasts.

  • An old-style, classic safari camp which we use as one of our favourite in Zambia
  • Run by Robin Pope Safaris
  • Great staff who have been there for years
  • Concession area far from public roads and offering outstanding game viewing
  • Can be visited during the wet and dry seasons
  • Opportunity to photograph and be on foot
  • Game drives, walks and night drives with spotlight
  • Boating during the summer months
  • Very good area for lion, leopard, hyaena and wild dog
  • Large numbers of puku and the endemic Thornicroft giraffe
  • Dramatic river landscapes with large pods of hippo
  • Excellent sightings of carmine bee-eaters in the late part of the season (October and November)
  • Very good crane populations
  • The largest stork colony in southern Africa

How we rate Nsefu Camp

Wildlife starstarstarstar
Wilderness starstarstarstar
Lodge & Dining starstarstar
Authenticity starstarstar
Vehicles starstarstarstar
Guides starstarstarstarstar

Nsefu Camp at a glance

  • Six rondavels that overlook a broad sweep of river
  • Intimate, with maximum of 12 guests
  • A historic camp with a wild appeal
  • Very close to nature and simple
  • Camp powered by solar power with outlets in the rooms
  • State-of-the-art solar air-conditioner in the rooms
  • Land Cruisers with number of guests per vehicle limited to 4 (unless larger groups want to stay together)
  • Knowledgeable guides who are passionate about the area and its wildlife

The Nsefu sector

The Nsefu Sector was established in 1966, five years before South Luangwa was proclaimed a national park. This wild area was included in the national park thanks to Chief Nsefu of the Kunda people, who had established a private game reserve here in the late 1940s. There are just four camps in this sector, which embraces kilometres of river frontage, lagoons, large trees and open plains, plentiful game including lion, hyaena, leopard and wild dog and more than 440 bird species.

The seasons

  • Game-viewing is best from May to to November, when the rains start. Between July and November you’ll see large colonies of crowned cranes and carmine bee-eaters.
  • River trips are best in February, March and April, when the vegetation is very green and there are good cloud build-ups. Expect some rain and excellent birding. The largest stork colony in southern Africa breeds here in February and March.

What Nsefu Camp costs

  • From US$350 per person per night
  • One-hour flight from Lusaka to Mfuwe and then a 90-minute drive

Photographers need to know

  • The rooms are close together as their basic configuration has not changed since they were built.
  • The charging facilities are solar powered with plugs in all rooms.
  • Off-road driving is not permitted.
  • Open during the rainy season (February and March) for boating and stork colony visits.

The good news

A member of Classic Safari Camps of Africa, Nsefu is independently owned and managed. We love this camp.