Norman Carr's name is synonymous with walking safaris in the South Luangwa and his original concept was a return to the old style portered explorations where remote areas were accessed on foot. Today, the series of bushcamps operated by his successors strive to retain this essence of the bush experience. While other bushcamps have opted for adding value through greater luxury, Nsolo is an example of how Norman Carr felt the bush was best experienced: by actually being as close to it as possible, unencumbered by "stuff".
Fortunately, there really is no compromise to be made on comfort and Nsolo's four thatched reed bandas raised on wooden platforms contain comfy beds, a private space to enjoy the passing wildlife and a shower under the stars. Freshly prepared meals are taken in the open-sided lounge and dining area, or by the camp-fire under the stars.
Nsolo is very much part of the ecology of the Luwi River on which the camp rests. Buffalo come and go and elephant wonder in and out of the camp. The birdlife around camp is abundant so an afternoon spent quietly, binoculars in lap, is seldom wasted. The small and cheerful team of staff must regularly contend with nightly raids on the kitchen stores by cheeky honey-badgers.
While it is possible to do drives here, the road network is sparse compared to Mfuwe, and this is principally a walking camp or for those that just want to "be" in the bush. Morning and afternoon walks around the local area will show you things that will constantly surprise, even if you are an old safari hand. You can also link up Luwi Bushcamp and/or Kakuli Bushcamp and walk between them. For the intrepid, there is also a night out under the stars courtesy of the Luwi Riverbed Sleepout. Mchenja Bushcamp is the luxurious prize to be taken at the end of a walking safari or for those that like their holidays a little more coiffed.