Nsolo (named after the honeyguide bird) is the quintessential ‘bare-foot luxury’ camp. Sited by Norman, his son Adrian and scout, Rice Time Tembo 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 is rustic, open-air and run by an excellent team.
Accommodation in this “bush luxury” walking camp consists of five spacious chalets each on raised wooden decks with grass and reed walls. Set under shady evergreen trees, the chalets are run on solar power, have large, open-air bathroom facilities with a flush WC and hot and cold showers; the private verandas, some of which are wrapped around trees, overlook the surrounding bush and waterholes in the Luwi River.
A camp with plenty of charm, the shady chitenje lounge with a bush bar and dining area are open-sided and offer a peaceful refuge on the banks of the river, where guests can study the camps collection of books or watch a variety of game visiting the permanent pools of water. The communal dining table is often set out in the sandy river bed, surrounded by flickering lanterns.
Spacious grass and reed chalets
5 Doubles or Twins
20 May – 31 October
In the vicinity of Nsolo, there are many wonderful walking areas. There are few experiences more exciting than heading out on a walk early in the morning, having heard lions calling through the night, finding fresh tracks and following them up. From Nsolo, there is also the opportunity to participate in game drives for those wishing to combine walking and driving. One of the most remote bush camps in the South Luangwa wilderness.
The wildlife in the area is prolific and memories of the experience of tracking big game on foot last a lifetime.
Walks can be complemented by game drives using various loop roads around.
Nsolo is not far from the perfect habitats to find Roan antelope or reed buck, eland and hartebeest which are very rare in other parts of the Park.
The area is also well known for lions passing through, and they are often heard in the Luwi River bed right in front of the camp.
When the wild dogs are denning towards Luwi, they are not far away.
There is also a hide nearby – ideal to stop off on a game drive and see what wildlife is attracted by the lagoon.
The waterhole next to camp brings in a lot of game and wild dogs regularly den here.
Guests often set out from Nsolo on their ‘Return to the Wild’ Sleepout under the stars.
Camp runs on solar power