Nkwali is located on Robin Pope’s private land, overlooking the South Luangwa National Park. The land is superb game viewing country, with a beautiful area of ebony woodland and open grasslands. Elephants regularly cross the Luangwa, seen from the bar, or come to the waterhole near the thatched dining room.

The camp enjoys a lovely setting overlooking a wide bend in the Luangwa River and has easy access to the game-rich Mfuwe Sector of the South Luangwa National Park, via bridge and pontoon. The Mfuwe Sector is South Luangwa’s most easily accessible region, and Nkwali is open longer than most South Luangwa camps (April through December).

The private land on which the camp is located is blessed with a lovely ebony woodland as well as open grass plains and wildlife around the camp is plentiful. Mfuwe is the most famous sector of the South Luangwa National Park and it offers arguably the best opportunities within the Park of seeing leopard and South Luangwa Valley’s endemic species of giraffe, the Thornicroft’s Giraffe. General game-viewing in the Mfuwe sector is excellent, and is what earned the South Luangwa Valley its reputation as Zambia’s premier safari destination.


Nkwali accommodates a maximum of twelve guests in six cool and spacious A-frame chalets, constructed of woven bamboo and thatch. Each has its own enormous open-air en-suite bathroom constructed primarily of molded clay. The common areas are also breezy and capacious.

Dining and Facilities

Excellent bush dinners with full bar is included. The camp also includes laundry services.


Activities at Nkwali Camp are very much focused on the Mfuwe Sector’s abundance of wildlife, with game drives in open safari vehicles being the mainstay. Guests are taken out in the specially adapted four wheel drive vehicles by qualified and knowledgeable professional guides. Guided night drives are also conducted, with the opportunity to see various of the nocturnal species that take over once the sun has set.

Robin’s House

Set apart from the camp, on the banks of the Luangwa River and near the swimming pool, Robin’s House has an amazing view of the river and the animals that come down to drink. It is under a grove of large trees and is well shaded with large windows allowing light to flood in. There are two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a sitting room and a small kitchen.

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