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The wilderness experience at Nkonzi is what it is all about. Being so deep inside the national park you are surrounded by wildlife day and night. From the moment you step outside your tent, you are on safari. The camp is set in the animal rich Luwi River area which puts you in a fantastic position to set off on a walking safari beginning and ending at the camp.
Just a 1.5 hour drive northwest of Mfuwe, which is the main safari hub for South Luangwa, Nkonzi Camp is set amongst ancient forests and grassy plains. It is an area that is remote enough to allow for an intimate safari experience while offering some of the greatest and rewarding wildlife viewing opportunities in the South Luangwa National Park. It pairs well with Flatdogs Camp which is closer to Mfuwe and offers a totally different style of safari.
Nkonzi is remote and unspoiled yet accessible; the South Luangwa main gate is a 45-minute drive from camp and Mfuwe Airport is approximately 1.5 hours from camp. Nkonzi is a seasonal bush camp, open from 1st June to 31st October. At the start of November each year when the rain comes and makes the area inaccessible, camp staff pack up everything ensuring nothing is left behind except wandering wildlife.
You are unlikely to come across any other guests, which allows you to revel in each wildlife sighting. Whether it’s the lions, leopards, elephants and giraffe that the park is famous for, or the special birdlife and rarer mammal species, the best part is that you will share these experiences with a maximum of seven other guests. If you are a small group of eight, consider booking Nkonzi Bush Camp for exclusive use.
Zero light pollution means the night sky is a stargazers’ paradise and the panoramic views of the Milky Way are incredible.
Nkonzi Bush Camp itself is small but perfectly formed, with just four en-suite safari tents offering all the comforts you’d expect without detracting from the romance of a safari under canvas. Tented en-suites offer flush toilets, hot bucket showers, ceramic basins and guest amenities. Safari tents have twin or king beds, 100% cotton linens, warm duvets and hot water bottles in winter and cooling fans in summer. Solar lighting and charging stations are available in each tent.
Top tip: to see the valley lit up at night, time your stay with a full moon.
The camp offers a central Meru safari tent where dining, lounging and drinks are served and enjoyed.
Game drives and especially walking safaris are a highlight of your stay with one of the excellent guiding team leading each activity.
Toast cooked over the campfire in the morning to stargazing over supper and desserts baked in the ground oven, this is a hidden gem of the Zambian safari circuit. Created in the bush kitchen, they proudly serve locally grown, fresh produce as much as possible. If you let them know in advance, they can cater for a variety of dietary requirements.
Meals are taken either in the open-sided Meru safari tent or outside under the shade of a tree or under the stars.
The fully-inclusive rate includes all meals, snacks and alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks. Some rare or select alcoholic drinks may incur an additional charge.
There is much talk of sustainability within the travel industry, but Nkonzi Bush Camp is a genuine example of traveling light and leaving nothing but footprints. Being so deep inside the National Park means they are not connected to mains electricity. Nkonzi rely on solar powered lamps and candles and have a small solar charging unit for camera batteries. They even recommend that you don’t bring equipment that needs extensive recharging to avoid disappointment.
If you like the idea of being off-grid, you will be pleased that there is no mobile phone signal in camp or internet connectivity. When they pack up at the start of the rainy season in November each year, they leave no trace behind.
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