Nkwali Camp is situated on a magnificent meander on the banks of the Luangwa river overlooking the South Luangwa National Park. Surrounded by open grassland and quiet ebony groves and just 45 minutes from the airstrip, Nkwali is an ideal place to start a safari in this area. This camp is open all year and has a fantastic array of road networks and direct access into the park across the river by pontoon boat. Children over the age of seven are welcome but as the camp is unfenced they need to be supervised by their parents at all times.
Accommodation & Facilities
Nkwali is run by Robin Pope Safaris and is a small comfortable exclusive camp catering for just 12 guests at any one time. There are six brick and thatch chalets with en-suite bathrooms, one of which is suitable for families. The front of the room is open during the day and at night the concertina grill doors are closed. The family room is the size of two standard rooms and sleeps five with a shared bathroom.
The bar area is built around a huge ebony tree with fantastic views of the river and across to the park and elephants, leopards and other wildlife can be spotted coming down to drink during the day. Meals are served in the dining room, under the trees or on the open deck. There is a swimming pool with steps.
Eating & Sleeping
Children can have separate meals at times to suit. The menu can be discussed and planned with the chef on arrival. Specific dietary requests can be accommodated with prior notice. Should parents wish to dine later than the children, a watchman can be posted directly outside the children’s room while they sleep. In addition, a dedicated child minder can be organised for longer periods at no additional cost.
Wildlife & Activities
The South Luangwa National Park has the highest concentration of hippo and crocodile in Africa as well as a good diversity of wildlife, including elephant, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, and wildebeest. The birdlife is also excellent with over 450 species to be seen. It is regarded as a very good place to see leopard as well as lion. While at Nkwali guests can explore the park on foot or by vehicle on day and night wildlife drives and with a guest to guide ratio of 4:1 guests can tailor make their days to suit their interest.
Specifically for children ….
The Robin Pope Safaris ethos is to focus on the guest experience and this includes the children – believing if the children are happy then the parents will be happy. Activities include:
• Shorter, child friendly wildlife drives are offered to families with young children when guides are available.
• Interactive kitchen cooking.
• Short walks around the property with a guide picking out the smaller animals and where they live.
• Visit to community projects such as dog detection centre at Mfuwe village.
• A visit to Kawaza Village and school to meet Zambian kids.
• Visit to Chipembele Wildlife Education Centre – a great place to learn about wildlife and conservation.
• An art safari at Tribal Textiles.