Nkonzi Camp

Nkonzi camp is for those who want a bit of adventure, who urge to explore the park as the founders once did all those years ago! Run by Gavin Opie, a well-renowned guide, it is a chance to see some of the parks unique flora and fauna. With an emphasis on the wildlife, this is the time to really delve into nature and learn all about the valley.

The intimate camp is simple yet comfortable with communal dinners round the fire, under the starlight, it is the perfect place to swap stories and get a good rest after tracking the animals through the day. Gavin hosts perfectly from telling stories round the camp fire to teaching you how to track leopards. It is perfect for those who really want to experience the bush as it should be.

Why we love Nkonzi Camp!

One of the more rustic camps within the park, this is
 for those that truly enjoy an adventurous safari. With bucket showers, etc.
 You feel as though you are a first-time explorer of the park. Gavin and his 
team deliver everything expertly and are incredible guides. This is
 definitely a camp for those who want to experience raw nature.

– Last visited by Chloe McCormack, Sales & Marketing – August 2017 –

Fast Facts

Location

South Luangwa National Park, Northern Region

Rooms

4 canvas tents

Avg. room price

From $400 USD

Great for

Those wanting a secluded back-to-nature safari

Children welcome

Yes, ages 6+

Open

June 1 – October 31

Ideal length of stay

4 nights make use of the long stay special

Fans

No

Wi-fi

No

Lodge Key Features

Intimate

Nkonzi makes sure you are well taken care of; from the cup of well needed coffee in the morning to the welcoming nature of the hosts. Enjoy privately guided game drives and walks with Gavin himself or one of the well-trained guides.

Hidden in a secluded area of the park you are unlikely to come across any other guests, which allows you to see the smaller creatures in the Luangwa as well as the animals it’s famous for! And the best part is you will share that experience 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.

Safari activities

The wilderness experience at Nkonzi is incredible. Being so deep inside the national park you are surrounded by wildlife, including visitors to the sand bed. The camp is in the animal rich Nsefu sector. This 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.

Expert guides

Gavin has lived in Zambia for over twenty years and leads safari activities himself as well as hosting guests, he knows the South Luangwa like the back of his hand and is an incredibly entertaining host. Gavin can educate you on the wild animals of Luangwa, including 4 of the big 5 (rhino aren’t found in South Luangwa), he is also excellent at finding the smaller species, from showing you how to identify birds and trees to tracking. If you have ever wondered what it takes to be a great guide look no further than Gavin!

Client Reviews

  • Amazing Adventure.

    We had an amazing adventure with Gavin and Abram on our 7 day stay at Nkonzi at the beginning of September 2018. We had daily game drives and night drives. 2 Full day drives and a walking safari. We saw 3 Leopards and lost count of how many Lions we saw. Elephants everywhere all with Baby’s- pure joy watching a baby elephant playing in the mud. Gavin and Abrams knowledge of the animals and the local eco system is inspirational. The camp team took great care of us and Jacob always had a cold Mosi waiting for us when we returned to camp. Lovely food and lots of it. We saw 30 + species of mammals and 117 species of bird including hundreds of Southern Carmine Bee eaters. The Tents were great, really comfy and huge bed.

    c0deye
  • Incredible and unforgettable experience in South Luangwa

    We could have hardly wished for a better Safari experience (our first, but we feel this will be hard to beat). Prior to our trip, my girlfriend spent a great deal of time looking for the right park. Despite reading about the fantastic sighting you can find in the most common ones (in Tanzania, Kenya etc.) we were very keen to find a less crowded park, yet see a lot of wildlife. South Luangwa seemed to tick all the boxes. Next step was to find camp which, for a reasonable price, would offer a more authentic and close to the nature environment than most of the luxurious lodges we could find (with an unnecessary level of confort). We couldn’t have found a better fit. South Luangwa is a fantastic park, with very varied landscapes and a fantastic wildlife (we saw Lions, Elephants, Leopards, Hippos, Crocodiles, Giraffes, Hyenas and more).

    Erwan L
  • Real African bush experience

    We spent 5 nights at Nkonzi Camp at the beginning of July, a wonderful experience of being immersed in the bush, yet with all the comfort of a well appointed safari tent under big mahogany trees, atmospheric open air bathroom attached, and excellent food. The camp has views over the dry riverbed to forest and expansive skies, with the ever present possibility of bird and animal sightings while not on safari. The safaries and walks each morning and evening were a special delight for the bigger and small animals, birds and the insights Gavin, and his guide Abraham, gave us to the plants and ecology of the South Luangwa.

    Michael A
  • A truly remote gem

    Our most remote safari stop proved to be a real winner! Gavin has created something very special by a dried riverbed in the National Park. Nkonzi felt like proper camping but with all the comforts including delicious food and comfortable beds, an authentic safari experience.
    Due to it’s remote location within the park we found that on safari we saw far fewer vehicles than we did in other accommodation – this made the experience feel more intimate and was nice to have sightings to ourselves rather than to share with multiple trucks full of people.
    It was just our family of 4 and another couple staying at the time so everything about the experience felt intimate and personal.

    ksdavies95

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