Built-in 1951 this camp has a rich history in one of the first protected areas of the park. Subsequently, sightings are frequent and the animals are not skittish. If you are looking for some good close up photos this is the place to base yourself. Robin Pope took over this camp over 20 years ago and put his mark on the place; great food, great guiding and comfortable rooms in an excellent area of the park. Nsefu delivers the high standard you expect from Robin Pope.
“The views over the river, the sunrises and sunsets – Nsefu is a magical slice of heaven. The staff make you feel right at home from start to finish and have a great story or two to tell. From breakfast to morning tea, canapes and dinner, the food was outstanding – we also enjoyed a Mongolian BBQ one evening which was a lovely touch to end a wonderful few days.”
– Last visited by Jen Hagger, Sales & Marketing – February 2019 –
Exclusive to Nsefu Camp, you can start your game drive at 05.00, before the sun comes up and venture into the park in darkness. This is a great time for predator activity and to see the nocturnal animals returning home. You will have a full cooked breakfast in the bush and continue the drive.
A sunrise safari is a unique activity and perfect for those looking to get out early for chances of seeing Aardvark, honey badger, pangolin and all the others that make up the list of elusive species! Enjoying a cup of coffee and some eggs and bacon with thick slices of bread toasted fresh on a fire as you watch hippos return to the river! Magic!
It was decided when RPS took over the camp that the 6 original rondavels must stay and would become protected architecture. They added larger en-suite bathrooms out the back with flushing toilets and large walk in showers and an added breeze bed system, which is a welcome addition in the hotter months. They have transformed the smaller basic rondavels into the luxury you would expect from an RPS camp.
Nsefu is one of few camps with a hide within its grounds, it overlooks a man-made lagoon which attracts excellent birdlife and lots of game. Expect to see wallowing warthog, elephants looking to drink and bathe and the occasional cat! if you don’t want to miss any of the action when you’re not on game activities this is the place to be. Don’t forget your camera!
LOW Season: 22 Jan – 31 Mar & 1 – 20 Nov
MID Season: 22 May – 30 Jun & 1 – 31 Oct
HIGH Season: 1 Jul – 30 Sep
CLOSED: 1 Apr – 21 May & 21 Nov – 21 Jan
Excellent game sightings.
Four people per vehicle. No middle seats, not cramped.
Our guide Fred, got us into great private viewing positions for sightings.
Wonderful hospitality. Kiki, best laugh in Africa.
Infinity edge pool overlooking a small lagoon with birds, Humphrey, resident hippo, though only briefly above water, a favourite of mine. Excellent food.
Loved the adventurous trips across the river, whether by deep river driving or the boat.
I stayed here for two nights as part of a ten night safari in South Luangwa.
The whole experience was amazing from the great location, the Lodge and the game drives.
What really stood out was the pride the staff took in their work and their urge to make your stay as pleasant and enjoyable as possible.
The highlight of the stay here was finding the pride of lions on a giraffe kill.
The number of repeat guests I meet is obvious testament to the quality of the Robin Pope safari experience.
This lodge has gorgeous rooms. Individual rondawels, beautifully appointed, could have spent longer. Super comfortable beds and linen. Food is good, staff are lovely and friendly.
We stayed at 3 Robin Pope camps in the South Luangwa national park in August 2018. We chose Robin Pope based on their track record and expertise in the area over many years. We started at Tena Tena, moving on to Nsefu and finally Nkwali.
Nkwali was a bit different from the other two camps we stayed at, in that it’s just on the boundary of the national park and requires a short trip across the river via a pontoon (which is in itself an interesting experience). We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Nkwali – each camp has its own unique feel. Even after quite a few game drives, we continued to be amazed by the variety and flora and fauna in the area.
The staff were great. Guides were very knowledgeable and friendly, and we always felt very safe.