Welcome to Nkwali Camp in South Luangwa National Park

AboutNkwali Camp

Nkwali Camp is an intimate and authentic property offering understated elegance, seclusion and superb service in the heart of the Luangwa Valley in Zambia. You will discover excellent views of the lagoon and the river every area of this beautifully designed camp.

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Key facts of Nkwali Camp

Open All Year
Accommodation Six open front chalets with great views of the river
Airport Mfuwe Airport
Policy Children over 7 are welcome
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Many places claim to be “among the remaining wilderness areas” or “one of the last wildlife sanctuaries”; South Luangwa National Park lives up to both and more. The Luangwa Valley is vast, remote and home to both people and a truly impressive variety of game.

Nkwali is located on the banks of the Luangwa on a magnificent meander in the river overlooking the National Park where leopards roam along the bank and can often be spotted from camp. Situated on Robin Pope Safaris’ private land outside the park there is a private game viewing area behind camp as well as exclusive access into the park either by boat or across the pontoon.


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En suite
Stand alone fan
Limited WiFi in main areas
Limited phone access
Plunge pool
Laundry Service
Honeymoon suite


The six chalets are spacious and during the day are fully open to wonderful river views, in the evenings the Constantia grill doors are pulled together to close the open room fronts. The en-suite bathrooms are spacious with double sinks and showers from which you can enjoy the enormous African skies. Set back from the river on a lagoon are the dining room and swimming pool from which guests are often treated to elephants and other game coming down to drink during the day unperturbed by our presence.

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South Luangwa is a paradise for wildlife lovers, with game species including elephant, buffalo, hippos, giraffe, leopards, and lions and over 450 species of birds. Several antelope species are found in large numbers, especially the puku and impala. Also, to be found in huge herds are buffalo and elephants.

Lion, spotted hyena, leopard, and wild dogs are the main predators. Though the park is popularly known as ‘valley of the leopards’, lions are actually more widely and easily seen.

There are 3 species of herbivores which are endemic to the park; there are Crawshay’s zebra (subspecies of the more common plains zebra), Thornicroft’s giraffe (distinguished by its different coloration which is more striking than other species found in the rest of Southern Africa) and Cookson’s wildebeest (slightly smaller than blue wildebeest with slightly reddish bands).

Keen birders are treated to over 450 bird species in the Luangwa. The Emerald Season is perfect time to see the most species, as the migratory birds are around. Huge breeding colony of yellow-billed storks are a highlight during this season in our Nsefu Sector. Then later in the year from about September to end October/November, we have the carmine bee-eater nesting along the riverbanks of the Luangwa – an amazing and colourful site to be seen.

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Rates and Seasonal Highlights

Our rates are inclusive of accommodation, activities, meals and bar and are charged per person per night by season. Park entry costs are extra. For guests staying more than 7 nights at RPS properties, there are long stay discounts available. There is no supplement charged for single travelers unless there are more than 3 singles. Children’s rates are available as well as a complimentary stay for a second child under 16 years. Note: Rates may vary for residents or regional travellers. All rates are subject to change without notice.


The different seasons offer us incredible diversity in terms of landscapes, wildlife sightings and experiences. We have put together some of these highlights for you to consider as you plan your African adventure with us. Be inspired!

Lower rates | Beautiful vistas and dramatic scenery | Baby boom in animal kingdom | Migratory birds are around | Boating
  • Emerald season: 500 USD pppn.
  • The new year brings stunning lush scenery to the bush as the rains are in full swing. The animals are well fed and the lagoons are brimming with water birds and mammal activity.
  • Hot and humid but most importantly not raining constantly. Magnificent cloud build ups and dramatic light with vibrant green bush a feast for the eyes at every turn.
Lower rates | Beautiful vistas and dramatic scenery | Baby boom in animal kingdom | Migratory birds are around | Boating
  • Emerald season: 500 USD pppn.
  • Take in a different view on the Luangwa with the river full thus enabling trips out on the boat. Elephants up high on the river bans and crocodiles and hippos hugging the river inlets.
  • Rains are in full swing and the rivers and lagoons are bursting with water and life. Temperatures are still warm but storms cool things down rapidly.
Lower rates | Beautiful vistas and dramatic scenery | Baby boom in animal kingdom | Migratory birds are around | Boating
  • Emerald season: 500 USD pppn.
  • Keep an eye out for baby elephants – whilst there is no set time for this we definitely see more of them this time of the year bouncing through the bush with their floppy trunks and baggy knees.
  • Scattered storms, clear skies, warm days and electric sunsets over the lush green Luangwa valley.
Lower rates | Beautiful vistas and dramatic scenery | baby boom in animal kingdom | migratory birds are around
  • Emerald season: 500 USD pppn.
  • The impala rutt has started and the males can be seen and heard bouncing around the bush their white undersides of their tails raised high like a flag announcing their dominance.
  • A beautiful time of the year for the weather. Warm with a few scarce thunderstorms but cooling down in the evenings which means a lovely aperitif can be had around the camp fire.
Lower rates | Good game viewing | Pleasant temperatures
  • Emerald season up to 21 May: 500 USD pppn.
    Shoulder season from 22 May: 560 USD pppn.
  • Keep an eye out for the animals as they hide in the tall vegetation and marvel at the height of the grass when you see an elephant or giraffe just peeking out over it.
  • The end of the rains and the storm clouds have gone leaving the clear skies to start drying out the bush. The days are a very pleasant temperature but early mornings are certainly a little cooler.
Lower rates | Good game viewing | Pleasant temperatures
  • Shoulder season: 560 USD pppn.
  • The bush is starting to dry out and the animals know that what lies ahead are the tough dry months. The only ones benefiting from the hardship are the predators.
  • The temperatures are starting to cool and some mornings give rise to a mystical mist which rises from the Luangwa in the sunrise.
Great game viewing | Favourable weather
  • Peak season: 715 USD pppn.
  • The ebony trees start to fruit around camp and the elephants find it all but impossible to resist the temptation and hang out around camp feasting on the fruit. Meanwhile the baboons spend the early mornings sitting in the sun warming up.
  • The start of winter and temperatures drop significantly at night providing ample opportunity to snuggle up under a duvet.
Great game viewing | Favourable weather
  • Peak season: 715 USD pppn.
  • The calls of leopard and lion travel through the night as the bush thins out and the early mornings are serenaded with the ghostly call of the ground hornbill.
  • Winter is in full swing with cold nights and mornings but pleasant day time temperatures.
Phenomenal Game Viewing
  • Peak season: 715 USD pppn.
  • The predators are sharpening their claws the next few months for them is hunting season. Sticking to the gulley’s and sneaking up on their pray there is no shortage of opportunity.
  • With winter behind us the temperatures rise sharply as we all prepare ourselves for the warmest time of the year. Evenings are warm but the temperatures still dip a little but the days are getting hot.
Phenomenal Game Viewing
  • Shoulder season: 560 USD pppn.
  • The time of year when everyone and everything is hot. The wildlife concentrates around any available body of water and only the mopane trees have the energy to burst into new leaf injecting a much needed splash of colour to the dry bush.
  • This is the peak of our dry season and temperatures are at their highest with the bush as dry as it will be all year.
Lower rates | Beautiful scenery | Good game viewing |
  • Emerald season: 500 USD pppn.
  • The intensity of the heat and build up of distant storm clouds this is when the bush bursts into new life with impala, puku and warthogs being born in their plenty and rushing around the bush waiting for the rains.
  • The days and nights are hot and scattered with the promising sight and sound of enormous, localised storms. Sudden downpours provide momentary relief from the heat but dry out as soon as it stops.
Lower rates | Beautiful scenery | Good game viewing |
  • Emerald season: 500 USD pppn.
  • The migratory birds are coming in and our ears are tuned in to hear the first call of the elusive Angola Pitta. The Abdim Storks line the river banks and the woolly necked storks are also starting to arrive.
  • Hot and stormy one of the most dramatic times of the year with purple grey skies and jagged lighting splitting the clouds in half.
I have stayed at several places in/around South Luangwa National Park and Nkwali is now at the top of my list. The rooms are very clean and nice, the food is great and the location is also wonderful. But what really set this lodge apart was the accommodating staff. Most of the lodges in the area have wonderful staff, but Nkwali stood out among the rest. Would highly recommend Nkwali.
Chris R about Nkwali Camp
We love Nkwali Camp. One of our most favorite places in the world. The staff carries the spirit of Robin Pope. Love and respect for the nature with its wildlife - small and big. Everybody is very welcoming, warm-hearted, helpful and you will hear a lot of laughter :-) in the camp. The chalets are beautiful and comfortable with fantastic views to the river.
Daniella S. about Nkwali Camp
This was our seventh visit and it didn't disappoint. We spent two nights here at the start of a two week trip to Zambia and Zimbabwe. Our guide (Pius) was great, with great sightings of mammals and birds. The team looked after us well and the food was fantastic!
Jane P about Nkwali Camp
We returned here for 4 nights having previously visited 3 years ago. The accommodation, staff, catering and service is amazing. You cannot fault anything about this experience. The manager, Kiki is a terrific host and the staff cannot do enough to make your stay as perfect as possible. The animal sightings were amazing with leopards seen on every drive together with all the big 5. Guides are so knowledgeable and make it a truly memorable experience. I would highly recommend.
Ardy2012 about Nkwali Camp
A beautiful camp with a rustic appearance with magnificent views of the Luangwa River and wildlife all around and within the camp. Lots of interesting bird life. Sitting by the pool in the shade on a hot afternoon, overlooking a pond with a resident hippo and a family of 5 elephants including a baby. Africa doesn’t get any better than this!
Foot_Loose about Nkwali Camp
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 number of repeat guests I meet is obvious testament to the quality of the Robin Pope safari experience. I hope my next visit is in the not too distant future.
Stephen H about Nkwali Camp

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