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Time + Tide Nsolo Camp

Lodge style Rustic romance

An authentic Africa safari

One of the more secluded bush camps in South Luangwa National Park, Nsolo Bush Camp is also one of the more historic, having been scouted in 1987. Set on a bend in the Luwi sand river, a dry river bed often used as a thoroughfare for antelope and predators, Nsolo offers a wide variety of exciting game viewing opportunities. This solar-powered camp is frequented by trumpeting elephants, and the river lures hungry crocodiles and honking hippos who are sure to give you a show. The surrounding area boasts the elusive wild dogs of Africa, who frequently den nearby, and is also a favorite spot for honey badgers, two animals you should have on your safari bucket list. Nsolo is run by an excellent team, and has a reputation for its incredible guides and incomparable walking safaris, as well as attentive staff and mouth-watering food. You’ll find this unique location has everything you want in a bush camp, and more.

This intimate “bush luxury” camp consists of only four spacious chalets with locally-sourced grass and reed walls, all conveniently raised on wooden decks. Nestled under shady evergreen trees, the chalets have large, open-air bathroom facilities with a flush WC and hot and cold showers. The private verandahs, some of which wrap around trees, will charm you with views of the surrounding bush and waterholes in the Luwi River. A small camp with plenty of personality, the shady chitenje lounge with a bush bar and dining area have open sides to offer you a peaceful refuge on the banks of the river. Snuggle into a comfortable seat here with a sundowner and a selection from the camp’s library, or watch a variety of large and small game who visit these permanent Luwi riverbed water pools. The communal dining table is often set out in the sandy river bed, surrounded by the camp’s signature flickering lanterns for an enchanting dining experience. And perhaps the best thing about mealtime is the delectable creations Chef presents, along with his charming anecdotes and lively storytelling. Talk about unforgettable!

Activities at Nsolo Bush Camp

In the vicinity of Nsolo, there are many wonderful walking areas where you can stretch your legs. There are few things more exciting than heading out on a walk at dawn, after a night of listening to the lions calling, only to find fresh tracks and following them up. Your heart will pound with the thrill of this memorable experience. Of course, there is also the opportunity to participate in game drives if you wish to combine walking and driving. Both offer incredible views, exciting big game encounters, and the protection and knowledge of experienced guides who take their work to heart. With their guidance, you could see grazing herds of buffalo, the charge of an elle protecting her young, or the dramatic contrast of zebra against the plains. If you’d like a great story to tell your friends when you get home, consider a night sleeping under the stars in romantic tents, the song of campfires crackling through the evening. However you choose to spend your time, you’re sure to leave Nsolo with a special spot in your heart for this amazing place.

Tripadvisor comments Nsolo Bush Camp

What a wonderful introduction to Africa Nsolo proved to be. Our camp was extremely comfortable, the food delicious (even a birthday cake before my husband’s birthday) and all the staff kind, welcoming and unerringly helpful. Everything was managed most efficiently and the camp was spotlessly clean. The guiding was terrific and Friday introduced us, a pair of raw novices, to the joy of walking safaris – what an experience! On our final day at Nsolo, he and Kafus walked the eight miles with us to Kakuli Bushcamp which was truly unforgettable.

from Ely, United Kingdom

We had a terrific stay at Nsolo camp. Totally unlike we've experienced before, this bush camp is truly luxurious. Clean and comfortable room with its own ensuite and balcony/deck area. AMAZING food and certainly no shortage of it. A great team of guides, waiters and hosts - all very friendly and helpful. It was great to be able to get out and about and do some guided walks too. I have to admit though, that I didn't sleep well either of the nights I was there - the wildlife have no consideration for the people sleeping :) Heard a leopard and hyena battling out who was taking home breakfast one night, and a happy hippo having a great time in the little lake out the front of the camp. Totally worth the lack of sleep to be a part of nature.

from Melbourne, Australia