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Nkwali is located on private land on the banks of the Luangwa River, overlooking the South Luangwa National Park.  This is an area where leopards roam along the bank and can often be spotted from camp.

The land is superb game viewing country, with a beautiful area of ebony woodland and open grass plains. Elephants often cross the Luangwa, seen from the bar, or come down to the waterhole which is near the thatched dining room.

The six chalets are cool and spacious, with an amazing view of the Luangwa River. They offer rustic luxury with their bamboo woven walls and thatch roofs. They have en-suite semi-open air bathrooms with flush loo, double shower and basins. There is one double, four twins and a honeymoon suite/family suite.

Throughout the year there is exclusive direct access from camp into the park by boat. During the dry months camp operates a pontoon into the more southern part of the area.


Chalets – woven bamboo walls with plastering on the inside and thatch roof.



Open Season

Open all year round

Safari Experience

A typical day at Nkwali has you waking with the dawn to enjoy breakfast round a camp fire before heading out on your morning activity.

A delicious lunch is enjoyed on the bank of the lagoon, which is frequently visited by a variety of wildlife.

The afternoon is the quiet part of the day, perfect for siesta or a swim in the pool.

In the mid-afternoon you meet up with your guide before heading out for your evening adventure, finding a beautiful location to watch the sun go down with a well earned drink in hand.

The opportunity to discover the nocturnal world by spotlight is a wonderful treat before heading back to Nkwali for dinner.

Wildlife & Birdlife

The ox bow lagoons, woodland and plains of the valley host huge concentrations of game – including elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, giraffe, hippo – and over 450 species of birds.

Added Extras

Guest guide/vehicle ratio of 4:1 affording guests a lot of flexibility and personalised experiences.

Various surprises are in store for guests including champagne sundowners, bush meals, celebratory “do’s” for special occasions.