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Located in the heart of the South Luangwa National Park, Nsefu Camp consists of six en suite brick and thatch rondavels, each offering a view of the river from large windows and a wooden verandah.

Nsefu was the first photographic safari camp in Zambia, dating back to the early 1950s. The camp was re-opened in 1999, in keeping with its original style, and is one of only two in the Nsefu Sector of the park, which is still today a phenomenal area for wildlife. The original rondavels have been extended, and a spacious bathroom added, however the furnishings and fittings are in keeping with the old-fashioned feel and understated elegance. 

The dining room overlooks the river at the spot where elephant come to drink and cross. Wildlife grazes on nearby a terraced area during the day, and tucked in beside a huge extinct termite mound, the bar and sitting room overlook a waterhole frequented by wallowing warthog and buffalo, and – especially – leopard at night. There is a hide overlooking the lagoon, where you can watch wildlife coming to the waterhole to drink.

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This accommodation is featured in the following itineraries:

Classic Luangwa Walking

Zambia is the home of the walking safari, and this small group trip along the Mupamadzi River offers the quintessential bush experience. Staying in well-equipped tents and accompanied by expert safari guides, the trip covers three different camps to experience each location’s unique wildlife and habitats.

  • When to go: Jun-Sep
  • Duration inc. flights: 14 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,795 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Leopards of Luangwa

This is our single most popular safari – we’ve been selling it for years and it’s just as popular now as when we first introduced it. South Luangwa has the world’s highest naturally occurring population of leopard – spot them on early morning, afternoon and night drives, as well as glorious walking safaris.

  • When to go: May-Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,395 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Luangwa Valley & Lower Zambezi

Combine the beauty of the Luangwa Valley with the delights of the Lower Zambezi. In South Luangwa, you will find the world’s highest naturally occurring population of leopard, and boat trips on the Lower Zambezi add another dimension to watching wildlife, with elephant and huge herds of buffalo.

  • When to go: Jun-Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,795 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Rivers & Rainbows

Travel during the ultimate green season when the rains have restored river levels, and you can travel by boat along the Luangwa River to view crocodiles and hippos. Flowering trees and plants come into bloom, and the young of most animals are born, including African wild dog puppies.

  • When to go: Jan-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,525 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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South Luangwa National Park

Comprising some 9,050 square kilometres of unspoilt African wilderness, South Luangwa is undoubtedly the jewel of Zambia’s national parks and a magnet to outstanding wildlife, particularly leopard. Its eastern boundary is the meandering Luangwa River whose regular changes in course leave scenic oxbow lagoons.

  • Where: Eastern Province
  • Ideal for viewing: leopard, Cookson’s wildebeest, Thornicroft’s giraffe, Crawshay’s zebra, African elephant
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Wildlife photography, Wildlife Art Safaris, Vehicle safaris, Walking with wildlife