Nsefu Camp

Built-in 1951 this camp has a rich history in one of the first protected areas of the park. Subsequently, sightings are frequent and the animals are not skittish. If you are looking for some good close up photos this is the place to base yourself. Robin Pope took over this camp over 20 years ago and put his mark on the place; great food, great guiding and comfortable rooms in an excellent area of the park. Nsefu delivers the high standard you expect from Robin Pope.

Why we love Nsefu!

The views over the river, the sunrises and sunsets – Nsefu is a magical slice of heaven. The staff make you feel right at home from start to finish and have a great story or two to tell. From breakfast to morning tea, canapes and dinner, the food was outstanding – we also enjoyed a Mongolian BBQ one evening which was a lovely touch to end a wonderful few days.

– Last visited by Jen Hagger, Sales & Marketing – February 2019 – 

Fast Facts


Nsefu Sector, South Luangwa National Park


6 thatch rondavels

Great for

Those who want to know the history of the park, walking safaris and anyone who prefers walls to canvas!

Children welcome

Minimum age 12. (Discounts available)


All year: 22 January – 31 March & 22 May – 20 November

Ideal length of stay

2-3 nights. Combine with other RPS properties for a well-rounded valley visit or with their properties in Malawi for a circuit discount.


Yes and breeze bed system


No WiFi

(Rates 'from' pppn)

Pricing Category


Pricing categories explained

The price categories give you an idea of the nightly cost of the respective lodges. Please note: the category is based on the starting from price.

Category Ranges:
$: USD 0 – USD250/pppn
$$: USD 251 – USD600/pppn
$$$: USD 601 – USD1,000/pppn
$$$$: USD1,001+/pppn

Lodge Key Features

Sunrise Safari

Exclusive to Nsefu Camp, you can start your game drive at 05.00, before the sun comes up and venture into the park in darkness. This is a great time for predator activity and to see the nocturnal animals returning home. You will have a full cooked breakfast in the bush and continue the drive.

A sunrise safari is a unique activity and perfect for those looking to get out early for chances of seeing Aardvark, honey badger, pangolin and all the others that make up the list of elusive species! Enjoying a cup of coffee and some eggs and bacon with thick slices of bread toasted fresh on a fire as you watch hippos return to the river! Magic!

Historical rondavels and breeze beds

It was decided when RPS took over the camp that the 6 original rondavels must stay and would become protected architecture. They added larger en-suite bathrooms out the back with flushing toilets and large walk in showers and an added breeze bed system, which is a welcome addition in the hotter months. They have transformed the smaller basic rondavels into the luxury you would expect from an RPS camp.


Nsefu is one of few camps with a hide within its grounds, it overlooks a man-made lagoon which attracts excellent birdlife and lots of game. Expect to see wallowing warthog, elephants looking to drink and bathe and the occasional cat! if you don’t want to miss any of the action when you’re not on game activities this is the place to be. Don’t forget your camera!

Client Reviews

  • Historic Camp surrounded by wildlife

    Nsefu Camp has been beautifully and carefully upgraded to preserve its historic character but provide comfort and all the amenities. However, the best thing about this camp is the guiding. Our guide, Pius, was a wonderful eco-educator and, by expert tracking, followed lions, leopards and numerous other creatures. South Luangwa National Park is a treasure, with elephant families everywhere.

  • The most beautiful lodge

    I have stayed in many safari lodges, and this is the most beautiful lodge I have ever been fortunate enough to stay in. The rooms are gorgeous, the old rondawel style, but fully refurbished, a lovely large bathroom, and the most beautiful view from my bed. I could have stayed a week. The staff were lovely, very helpful. The camp is well run and managed.

  • A lovely camp with great guides

    We had a wonderful time at Nsefu Camp. As it was early season we were the only guests. Nothing was too much trouble.
    Great guides, brilliant game viewing and exceptionally good food.
    We enjoyed the mix of viewing by boat and walking.

  • Unchanged refuge

    I was last at Nsefu 20 years ago, and this was my first visit in the rainy season. It has not changed in any significant way, and is still a truly wonderful place. In the rainy season it is only accessible by a two-hour boat trip, and once there all safaris are done on foot or by boat. You never see another group of tourists. Sebastian the manager is a delight, and the food is delicious too.


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