Nsefu Camp (South Luangwa
National Park) Zambia
On a sweeping bend of the river, 12 kilometers north of
Tena Tena, lies Nsefu. Nsefu was the first photographic
safari camp in Zambia and dates back to the early fifties.
The Nsefu Sector was recognized then as a phenomenal area
and it still is. The camp was re-opened in 1999, in keeping
with the original style. Robin Pope thus operates the only
two camps in the Nsefu Sector of the park.
Nsefu safari camp has a special significance to Robin and
Jo Pope. During the 1980s Robin managed the camp for five
years before leaving to set up his own company. After Nsefu
fell into disrepair in the 1990s, he and Jo bought the lease
and restored it to its former glory. The Popes, who have
pioneered conservation and community Toursm in Zambia, also
support a home-stay project in the nearby village of Kawaza
where overnight stays can be arranged with local families.
In 2000, Kawaza won the British Guild of Travel Writers’
prestigious Silver Otter Award for Best Overseas Tourism
Project. On the banks of the Luangwa River, Nsefu marks the
spot where Tourism first arrived in Zambia. The camp
originally opened in 1951 and, although carefully renovated
in the late 1990s, it retains an air of the early pioneers.
With just six traditional African houses, or rondavels,
the camp is set within the Nsefu Sector, a pristine area of
the South Luangwa National Park that is rich in wildlife and
far from the intrusive view of outsiders. Game viewing here
is effectively private. Only 12 guests are accommodated in
six beautifully restored rondavels from the 1950's. All are
whitewashed with thatched roofs, open-air bathrooms, and
decorated with understated elegance.
Each of the original rondavels has been extended, with a
spacious bathroom added. Each rondavel has its own wooden
veranda with comfortable directors chairs. Crisp cotton
sheets, thick cotton towels and linen bathrobes, along with
the characteristic English toiletries, are a luxurious
touch. Every bed in camp has its own private view of the
Luangwa River. Lighting is supplied by generator and solar
lamps. The view of the Luangwa River from Nsefu Camp is
superb and includes a terraced area where game grazes during
The thatched bar and communal lounge area is tucked in
beside a huge extinct termite mound and overlooks a
waterhole that is very productive for game - for those
fortunate enough, leopard at night are a special reward.
keeping with authentic feel of early safari days, the camp
has original 1920's hand basins, a working gramophone
player, and heavy hotel-silver cutlery is used, with dinners
served by candlelight. Breakfast is served at dawn on the
grass terrace in front of camp. The camp also includes
Activities / Wildlife
The Nsefu area is famous for its concentrations of plains
game (which in turn attract predators), especially huge
herds of buffalo that move around in the area.
Activities at Nsefu take advantage of the great
game-viewing in the area, and include game-drives in
specially adapted open safari vehicles (both day and
night-drives), and guided walks.
Visitors to the South Luangwa Valley have the possibility
of seeing over 400 species of birds, and 100 species of
mammal, including elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, giraffe,
and hippo. Two of the more interesting species of game -
Thornicroft's Giraffe and Cookson's Wildebeest - are endemic
the Luangwa Valley.
Rates:- From $650 per person per night sharing - Please contact us for
a quote and suggested itinerary