Nkwali Camp

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Nkwali Camp

Nkwali Camp is located on private land immediately outside South Luangwa National Park, to which it enjoys access via a private pontoon. Small, intimate and unpretentious, it offers lovely rooms and a great location.

Nkwali Camp is positioned on the banks of the Luangwa River, on private land just outside the South Luangwa National Park. It is owned and managed by upmarket safari operator Robin Pope Safaris, and, like all Robin Pope camps, is small, intimate and luxurious.

Nkwali Camp has a superb location, just across the river from the busy central sector of the South Luangwa National Park, with direct access to the other side via a private pontoon—meaning guests here have the option of exploring the national park in the day and retreating to the quiet of the camp in the evening.

In terms of its immediate location, Nkwali Camp has been carefully positioned beneath a copse of mahogany and sausage trees, from where it overlooks a bend in the Luangwa River that often teems with game. Surrounding the camp, vast plains and wooded areas create a diverse game-viewing environment. The region is famous for its leopard and occasional wild dog sightings.

Nkwali is rather understated in its design. The homely main lodge features comfortable lounge areas and opens out onto a viewing deck which overlooks the Luangwa River. The open-air dining area is separate to the lounge and overlooks a watering hole. There's a small swimming pool with loungers. The stone and bamboo thatched chalets are spacious and airy, and sit overlooking the river.

Nkwali is one of the only camps in the South Luangwa that is open for the duration of the year. Lower rates apply in the 'green season' (Nov to May) which is also when the park is quietest.


Accommodation consists of six large and very attractive thatched chalets with bamboo reed walls. All have en-suite shower and flush loo. Every chalet overlooks the river.

Situated nearby, "Robin's House" is a private villa with two bedrooms, which are self-contained with kitchen chef, valet, private game viewing vehicle and guide.


The dining area is partially open with views of the lagoon. The bar is situated on the river bank, built around a huge ebony tree. Meals are typically served around the communal dining table in the open-air dining area or outside under the stars. The menus are rich and varied.


- Pool
- Dining area
- Bar
- Library
- Mains electricity


- Day and night game drives
- Fly camping
- Walking safaris
- Boating trips during the ‘green season’

Child Policy

Children over the age of seven can be accommodated at Nkwali Camp. Walking safaris are restricted to children over the age of twelve.