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Nsolo Bushcamp

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

1/3 A well camouflaged bushcamp
© Nsolo Bushcamp A well camouflaged bushcamp

A quirky, rustic and delightfully informal bushcamp - ideal for combining with a couple of others on a walking safari

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.


4 reed and thatch rondavals on big wooden platforms


A quirky, rustic and delightfully informal bushcamp - ideal for combining with a couple of others on a walking safari

Inclusions / Exclusions:

Includes full board accommodation, scheduled activities, soft drinks, beer, house wines and local spirits, park fees where applicable.  Does not include special activities, premium wines, champagne and spirits, gratuities, items of a personal nature.

Age Restrictions:
Usually a restriction of 12 years, however this is wavered if a family take over the entire camp.
solar power with the use of an inverter.
open air en suite with flush loos and hot showers
1st Nov - 31st May

About South Luangwa National Park and Zambia

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3/5 Watching elephant drinking undisturbed from the vantage point of the riverbank
Watching elephant drinking undisturbed from the vantage point of the riverbank

South Luangwa National Park

The Luangwa Valley is probably Zambia's best known wildlife area. As well as having very good all-round game, Luangwa is somewhere that has gained a well deserved reputation for walking safaris, though there is a great deal more to do above and beyond. The park consists of large amounts of woodland; miombo interspersed with grass lands in the north of the park and large stands of mature ebony forming deep shade along the banks of the river. Read more?

5/5 Big game of a different sort - the vicious Tigerfish puts up quite a fight
Big game of a different sort - the vicious Tigerfish puts up quite a fight


Zambia has made a name for itself in the last ten years, as a high quality wildlife destination and one that is particularly good for walking safaris.  Intimate (and often rustic) bushcamps, excellent local guides, beautiful riverine scenery and varied game and birdlife are the trademarks of a safari in Zambia. Recommended experiences in Zambia White water rafting the Zambezi Visit Victoria Falls on your safari to Zambia, Zimbabwe or Botswana to experience some of the best white water rafting and loads of other activities. See more and book Zambezi River island escapes These unusual lodges are all on islands in the mighty Zambezi River and are perfect for the start or end of a safari or while visiting the Victoria Falls. Find out more Bushcamping in Luangwa Valley Spoil yourself with a tailored walking safari in Zambia, walking from one small camp to the next through the game-rich Luangwa Valley. Find out more Family safari in Luangwa Valley A wildlife safari tailored to the needs of reasonably adventurous families in the South Luangwa, Zambia. Find out more Big game safari, lower Zambezi A safari to the Lower Zambezi that offers exceptional big game on drives, by boat or on foot. Camps and lodges range from luxury to simple bushcamps. Find out more Read more?

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