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Nsefu Camp

NSEFU CAMP

Nsefu Camp was the first safari camp in Zambia, and has a very special ambience. Nsefu Camp is situated on a sweeping bend of the Luangwa River, 12 miles north of Tena Tena Camp, far in the north of the Park's undeveloped Nsefu Sector.

Nsefu Camp offers charm and total comfort in remoteness and seclusion. The perennial Luangwa River is the very life-blood of the South Luangwa National Park and, together with its many oxbow lagoons, it ensures a permanent supply of water to support high concentrations of wildlife.

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 day. 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.

In 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.

Apart from being well removed from the busier Mfuwe sector of the park, one of the great highlights of the Nsefu sector is the abundance of 'Luangwa Wafwas' (literally 'dead Luangwas'). These are dried out oxbow lakes that have been replaced by lush grasslands, and attract game in large numbers. This sector of South Luangwa National Park 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 Camp 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.