Situated far in the north of the exclusive Nsefu sector in the South Luangwa National Park, is one of the historic camps of Zambia, Nsefu. Sited on a sweeping bend of the Luangwa River, Nsefu has superb river views and overlooks a productive waterhole in this outstanding game-viewing area. The bar and sitting area sit snugly between a large termite mound and lagoon, making the most of the extensive wildlife that comes to the lagoon to drink. This area is thatched along with the dining area, also enjoying panoramic river views. The camp is run on solar power along with a back-up generator for cloudy days.
With just six traditional African houses, or rondavels, the camp is set within the Nsefu Sector, a pristine area of the South Luangwa National Park that is rich in wildlife and far from the intrusive view of outsiders. Game viewing here is effectively private. The look and feel of Nsefu safari camp is one of cool understated elegance. The six rondavels – traditional circular African houses – are the original 1950s buildings lovingly restored with antique fittings and comfortable modern furnishings. Each has a deck with sensational views along the length of the Luangwa River.
Inside, a set of double doors opens onto an elegant bedroom where a large central bed is raised off the floor – so that at night you can gaze out at the moonlight reflecting on the river, without even lifting your head. Steps lead down to a spacious bathroom where, from the shower, you can gaze out into the bush. You do not need to travel far to see wildlife at Nsefu. Stroll to the bar area, which overlooks both the river and a large lagoon, and you can watch the animals come and go, drinking at the water hole. Many a lazy afternoon can be spent lounging in the bar, nursing a cool drink, flicking through the collection of books and magazines, and watching the game.
Activities at Nsefu include day and night game drives, walking safaris, seasonal boating (end December to April), village/cultural tours and Tribal Textiles for locally produced hand-painted textiles.