Nkonzi Camp is a classic Zambian bush camp perfectly suited to safari experts. Nkonzi is owned and run by Gavin Opie, a highly experienced safari guide who has lived in Zambia for over 20 years. Together with his small and dedicated team, Gavin prioritises exceptional safari guiding. Guests will be immersed in the safari experience – unforgettable wildlife experiences are guaranteed. This isn’t just ticking animals off a checklist; Gavin offers safari guiding at its very best.
Nkonzi 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.
The central Meru safari tent at Nkonzi Camp is the epitome of old-world safari charm. Here you will enjoy steaming cups of fresh-brewed coffee in the morning, a cold gin and tonic in the afternoon, and atmospheric candle-lit suppers under star-studded night skies. This is the perfect place to relax and share safari tales while listening to the serene sounds of the African wilderness.
South Luangwa National Park, Northern Region
4 canvas en-suite safari tents
Exceptional safari guiding and a classic bush camp experience
Yes, ages 12+
June 1 – October 31
4 nights make use of the long stay special
At Nkonzi Camp, every moment offers an authentic safari experience. From 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. Game drives and walking safaris are a highlight of your stay with Gavin himself or one of the excellent guiding team leading each activity.
Hidden in a secluded area of the park, 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 7 other guests!
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.
The wilderness experience at Nkonzi is incredible. 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.
Game drives can head north, east, south or west into untouched wildlife habitats. Stargazing is also amazing from Nkonzi camp, with zero light pollution and panoramic views of the Milky Way.
Top tip: to see the valley lit up at night, time your stay with a full moon.
Gavin Opie is more than just a renowned safari guide; he has a passion for Zambia borne of his many years living and working in this incredible country. Gavin knows the South Luangwa like the back of his hand, but he is also a wonderfully entertaining host with enthralling stories to tell. Gavin’s guiding team can introduce you to the wild animals of Luangwa, including 4 of the big 5 (rhino aren’t found in South Luangwa), while also passing on their love for the smaller species, birds, trees and plants that make the Zambian landscape so special. If you have ever wondered what it takes to be a great guide look no further than Nkonzi Camp and their wonderful guiding team.
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