TENA TENA & NSEFU CAMP - ANYTIME 2017

FINEST LUANGWA: NSEFU SECTOR, SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK
WITH EDWARD SELFE

"Peak-season safari with sightings and lighting conditions at their finest, in a remote and exclusive area of South Luangwa National Park"

RATES: US$ 6,420 PP
NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
DATES: ANYTIME 2017

MAXIMUM 4

7 NIGHTS (8 DAYS) ~ 3 NIGHTS TENA TENA CAMP, 4 NIGHTS NSEFU CAMP



TOUR SUMMARY:

This is a highly-exclusive and top-quality safari, using the South Luangwa's Nsefu Sector, a remote and inaccessible corner of this famous National Park. With all the game sightings that the main park offers, but with a fraction of the visitors, it offers a serene wildlife experience which you rarely have to share with anyone else.

Choosing to use the Nsefu Sector at the end of August is not accidental. This time of year offers an outstanding combination of good sightings - because the water levels in the lagoons are very low so game has to visit the river to drink - and wonderful light. The temperatures are not yet too high either, so we can enjoy good game viewing later into the morning than at other times of the year. With no other vehicles around (apart from the few from our camp) we are free to enjoy sightings for as long as we choose.

We have been on many trips to various wildlife destinations - however, our recent trip to Zambia is the first time we have been back to an African camp we’ve visited before. The reason for this return visit was quite simply Ed Selfe.

Of the many guides we’ve had, we have been the most impressed with Ed, due to a combination of his knowledge as a guide and his friendly outgoing personality, with a sense of humour very much in tune with our own! And of course, the clincher - Ed’s expert photographic skills, not only anticipating the best position for any imminent action, but ensuring that the two of us both had the best possible view and lighting.

In summary, as keen wildlife photographers, we consider ourselves fortunate to have crossed paths with Ed - superb guide, great company and expert photographer. And hopefully now friend.

Ken MacLennan-Brown & Sandra Rossi, UK

WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THE NSEFU SECTOR IN DRY SEASON?

High Predator Density
The Nsefu Sector is known for its high density of predators. Lion prides are well established and can regularly be found in their favourite hide-outs. Leopard sightings are very common and at this time of year, the cats can even be found hunting in daylight.

Endless Elephants
Nowhere in Luangwa is home to more elephants than the Nsefu Sector. Wilder and more remote than the main park, the area's elephants are used to throwing their weight around can often be seen stripping branches off trees and rearing up on their back legs.

Unusual Salt Pans
Right in the centre of this part of the park, an artesian well gushes hot salty water from deep in the earth. It's salty, but good to drink, and animals come from miles around to quench their thirst. Expect clashes as buffalo meet elephant meet hyaena!

Very Large Safari Area
This is a large and under-utilised area of the park, with very few visitors. The camps in this area like to keep it that way, which is ideal for our needs - abundant game, beautiful scenery and no one else around.

Secluded Part of the Park
There are just 4 camps using the large Nsefu Sector, so it is normal to see no other vehicles during a whole safari in the bush. Occasional meetings with other vehicles allow sharing of information and a chance to plan for future photo opportunities.

Beautiful Time of Year
This trips runs in mid-winter in Luangwa, and is ideal for those who enjoy cooler mornings and a maximum temperature of 30degC during the day. Bring a fleece for cooler nights spent observing the milky-way during night drives. Later in the year, the temperatures rise considerably, reaching mid-40s on occasion.



TRIP REPORTS FROM THIS AREA IN PREVIOUS YEARS:


Photo Safari: Patrick Cooper | Zikomo Safari & Marula Lodge | 20 - 26 July 2016
Predators, action, two kills in process and stunning behaviour sightings were the highlights of my safari in Luangwa with Patrick Cooper earlier this week.

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Photo Safari: Mike White | Zikomo Safari Lodge | 2 - 8 July 2016
The Nsefu Sector's stunning scenery, abundance of wildlife and scarcity of other vehicles gave us a wonderful week with excellent sightings.

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THE CAMPS:

Tena Tena and Nsefu camps are run by Robin Pope Safaris, a by-line for excellence, both in camp and on safari. Quite apart from an outstanding safari experience, we can look forward to excellent hospitality and wonderful views of the Luangwa River from our rooms. Both camps are set along the main river, which places us right in the centre of the action. I have been guiding in this area for the last 3 seasons, and it's not uncommon to find elephant in the camp, and you will hear lion, hyaena, leopard and hippo from the camp on a nightly basis.

Tena Tena
Situated in the exclusive Nsefu Sector Tena Tena sits nestled under a magnificent and thick grove of mahogany trees. On a double tiered river bank each room enjoys its own private view onto a long stretch of the Luangwa River.



Nsefu Camp
Situated in the exclusive Nsefu Sector on a magnificent meander on the Luangwa River across (which elephants often cross) lies the historic camp Nsefu. Nsefu is one steeped in history; it was built in 1951 and - barring some upgrades - the camp and rooms are still in the same place in the original style.

The camp welcomes just twelve guests in six original brick and thatch rondavels with en-suite facilities, each room opening up to what can simply be described as the best view in the South Luangwa.



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DETAILS:

SAFARI STARTS AND ENDS: At Mfuwe International Airport. Please get in touch for assistance with booking internal flights from Lusaka to Mfuwe, or visit Proflight Zambia's website.

RATES INCLUDE: Airport and inter-camp transfers, National Park Fees (any increases in Park Fees will be passed on to the guests), Luangwa Conservation and Community Fund fees, full board accommodation, game viewing activities, bar, domestic departure taxes and laundry. After 4 days of safari at Nsefu Camp, and our final morning safari, we will co-ordinate your departure to meet with the remainder of your itinerary and any onward connections.

RATES EXCLUDE: All flights and personal purchases.

MINIMUM OCCUPANCY: 2 - a small surcharge will be applied if fewer than the maximum 4 is reached.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: There is no single supplement.