Nkwali Lodge
Nkwali Main Deck overlooking the Luangwa Rive Nkwali Chalet
Nkwali Main Deck overlooking the Luangwa Rive
Nkwali Chalet

Nkwali Lodge

Many places claim to be "among the remaining wilderness areas" or "one of the last wildlife sanctuaries"; South Luangwa National Park lives up to both and more. The Luangwa Valley is vast, remote and home to both people and a truly impressive variety of game.

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.

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 six chalets with bamboo woven walls and thatch roofs offer a rustic luxury opening up to magnificent views of the river as well as open air en-suite bathrooms.

Nkwali offers understated elegance, seclusion and superb service.

Country

Zambia

Highlights

Nkwali is a small intimate and authentic camp and is the ideal start off point to any safari with a few more creature comforts than the bush camps to help ease people into the African way of life.

With a guest to guide ratio of 4:1 each guest is offered increased flexibility and choice on activities and therefore a far more personalised experience.

Even though the camp is situated outside the National Park this does not impact on the game viewing with private land offering large diversity of wildlife behind the camp for short game drives and exclusive access directly into the park by boat or by using the pontoon for most of the activities. We do occasionally use the main gate for guests staying with us for extended periods of time as well as for game drive transfers up to the bush camps.

The attention to detail and service provided by the team at Nkwali is exceptional and makes this a truly superb camp and one which guests continue to return to.c

Need to Know

International airlines
Coming to see us couldn't be easier. International flights to Lusaka are provided by South African Airways, Kenyan Airways, Emirates and Ethiopian Airways. Daily flights into Livingstone Airport are available with British Airways and South African Airways from Johannesburg, South Africa. Kenyan Airways operates 3 times a week between Nairobi and Livingstone.

Visa
You'll need a tourist visa, which most nationals can purchase on arrival. Please confirm with us if you need to apply for visa in advance or refer to the Zambia Immigration website. Do check your stamp at immigration to make sure that you've been given enough days on your visa. Both international and domestic airport taxes should be included in your ticket price. For charter flights we will confirm this at time of booking.


From the 1st of June 2015 all foreigners and South Africans travelling with children under 18 to or from South Africa as well as travellers in transit will be requested to provide an unabridged birth certificate (including the details of the child's father as well as the mother) of all travelling children. This applies even when both parents are travelling with their children. In the case of one parent travelling with a child, he or she must produce an unabridged birth certificate and consent in the form of an affidavit from the other parent registered as a parent on the birth certificate of the child authorising him or her to enter into or depart from South Africa with the child he or she is travelling with. When children are travelling with guardians, these adults are required to produce affidavits from parents proving permission for the children to travel. Please contact us for more information.

Airport Taxes
Both international and domestic airport taxes should be included in your ticket price. Note - for charter flights and seat rate charters these are NOT included.

Money Travelers’ cheques and cash are accepted. Credit cards are becoming more widely accepted but not in remote areas and should not be relied on except in major towns. RPS accept visa for payments made in the camp.US dollars are easier to change than sterling. Please ask the exchange or bank to supply you with only new US dollar bills - i.e. ones with large heads as any with small heads are not accepted in Zambia.

Insurance
Make sure that you have comprehensive medical and travel insurance before you arrive.

Medical
You must have malaria protection and we recommend tetanus and the hepatitis vaccinations. It is advisable to know your blood group type in case of emergency.

Photography
Please be sensitive when photographing local people and their villages. Ask the guide or the villagers first. Be careful when photographing public buildings and persons in uniform - just ask first.

Meals & Drinks   Rate is fully inclusive of all meals and drinks.  
 
Electricity & Water  The camp runs off mains electricity. Three pin square plugs (adaptors available). Tap water is from a borehole and is safe for drinking; bottled water is also provided at the house free of charge.
 
Payment for extras  All extras can be paid in cash (local currency, US$, Euro or British Pounds) or by Visa Card.
 
Tipping    Is not expected but always enthusiastically received if you are happy with the service. Please always give tips for the staff to the management to be shared out and please tip your guide individually.  
 
Open Open all year.


SafarisSafaris


Game drives
· An option of day or night drives.
· Toyota Landcruisers with two tier seats (three tier for groups / families) are used - a "window" seat (i.e. two people per row) for everyone.
· Open top vehicles, affording you total 360 degree vision.

Walking
· The walks are led by our knowledgeable guide, and escorted by an armed National Park scout.
· Our guiding team is very passionate and will certainly impart some amazing bush insights at a level that will surprise you.

Seasonal Boating - A special treat indeed for guests in the Emerald Season.
· From end December/January to around April.
· Explore the lagoons for enhanced game viewing and birding.


Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

The unspoiled South Luangwa National Park is one of natural jewels in Zambia's crown, and home to one of the most varied collections of wildlife on the planet.

The park is centered around the Luangwa River. Untapped by man, its natural ebb and flow of flooding makes much of the park inaccessible by road which keeps it a sanctuary for the large concentration of game that live there. A paradise for birders, over 450 species are to be found in the park, and the wildlife includes elephant, buffalo, hippos, giraffe, leopards and lions.

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

Game drives
· An option of day or night drives.
· Toyota Landcruisers with two tier seats (three tier for groups / families) are used - a "window" seat (i.e. two people per row) for everyone.
· Open top vehicles, affording you total 360 degree vision.

Walking
· The walks are led by our knowledgeable guide, and escorted by an armed National Park scout.
· Our guiding team is very passionate and will certainly impart some amazing bush insights at a level that will surprise you.

Seasonal Boating - A special treat indeed for guests in the Emerald Season.
· From end December/January to around April.
· Explore the lagoons for enhanced game viewing and birding.

Village Tours
· 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.

Wildlife Education Centre
· A charitable trust for the school children of the Luangwa Valley to teach them about wildlife and conservation.
· Great activity for the children especially.

Tribal Textiles
· For unique locally produced hand-painted textiles, drawing inspiration from the stunning Zambian wildlife and surroundings.
· A perfect place to buy a souvenir or two of your Zambian experience...

FacilitiesFacilities

Open en-suite bathrooms with double basins and showers.
Bar
Swimming Pool
Full board
 

AccommodationAccommodation

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.

SeasonSeason

In our part of the world, we're blessed with distinct seasons, from the dry heat of winter through to humid, wet summers. The new year is an astonishing time in the bush; the birds are breeding, it's the peak birth time for many animals and all around you'll see the natural world come alive. The lagoons re-fill after the long dry season, and as the game goes to higher ground, you get a great chance of watching them. It mostly rains overnight ensuring little or no disruption of activities by day. Boating through the lagoons and along the Luangwa makes a wonderful activity.

From April to May, the main wet season has gone, the grass is high and the migrant birds begin to leave. At the end of May our most remote safari camps re-open. Winter time comes in June and July, which is also our dry season, and although it's warm by day, you'll need a jacket at night as it gets chilly.

September brings hot, hazy weather and a riot of flowers on the trees. It's an excellent time to see game, and if you're a birder then you'll see the Carmine bee eaters nesting from now until November. In October it gets very hot, up to 40 degrees in the shade. This is the end of our dry season when our camps that are located far in the bush, close.

With November and December comes the onset of the rains, the migrant birds return, the bush sprouts new life and begins to bursts into vivid green, heralding the start of another Emerald Season.
The beginning of the rains can also bring a deluge of flying ants and other insects (sometimes in pretty big proportions, but normally lasting a few hours). With the insects come the cooler temperatures but also the humidity.

Average StayAverage Stay

4 nights

Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)

International average rate:
$562 per person per night.
Includes: full board, all gameviewing activities, laundry, bar, transfers to/from Mfuwe Airport, meet & greet at Lusaka & Mfuwe Airports.
Excludes: visas, and flights.

Children PolicyChild Policy

Children’s Policy: Children over age of seven years are welcome (children's rates)

Contact and Social Media

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at safariawards.com.

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