Welcome to Nkonzi Camp, an authentic and intimate bush camp set deep inside the South Luangwa National Park.
If you’re searching for a remarkable, personalised safari in Zambia at a price that won’t break the bank, Nkonzi Camp could be just right for you.
With just eight beds, Nkonzi Camp is small but perfectly formed.
Our traditional canvas safari tents come complete with open-air en-suite bush bathrooms, where you can revel in a hot water bucket shower under beautiful African skies. Our comfortable beds with white cotton linen ensure a restful and romantic night’s sleep in the wild. And you can while away the midday hours watching colourful birdlife in the branches above our shady bush lounge.
We do things differently
By focusing on the important things – exceptional guiding and incredible wildlife encounters – and cutting out the unnecessary stuff – crystal decanters and private plunge pools – we can offer outstanding safaris at excellent prices.
Here are the things that set us apart.
Location, location, location
Nkonzi hugs the banks of the white sand Mushilashi River in an exclusive area of the South Luangwa. This means you’re immersed in the safari experience from sun rise to sun set, and the bit in between! You’ll never waste precious time queuing at the main park gate before your game drive – instead you’ll already be deep in the bush marvelling at the untouched beauty of this breathtaking wilderness.
Expert guiding tailored to you
Our safaris are guided by Gavin Opie, experienced safari guide and founder of Jackalberry Safaris. Gavin is always on hand to chat and answer questions. He loves hosting breakfast, brunch and dinner, especially our Milky Way Braai, where he practices extreme self-control not to whip out his Springbok apron and assume braai duties.
Gavin has a fun and engaging approach that will make you feel at ease instantly. His breadth of knowledge is something to behold, and he will always tailor your safari to what interests you; be that birding, photography, or just everything! Whether this is your first, fourth or forty-fourth safari, Gavin will make it unique and special to you.
Nkonzi is a classic tented safari camp, in the spirit of the South Luangwa’s early explorers. We have a minimal carbon footprint. Solar energy heats our water, our state of the art composting toilets are kind to the environment and we’re even trialling eco-briquets for our campfires. We know it takes a big effort to reach this small corner of Africa, so it helps if your camp is as low-impact as possible.
Very special experiences
Our itineraries offer a variety of very high-value safari activities. Walking safaris are our speciality; the experience of tracking wild animals on foot is a memory that will stay with you forever. Our all-day expedition from 06:00-20:00 gives Gavin the opportunity to share all of his insider knowledge about the South Luangwa with you. And our unique bush breakfast, cooked over an open fire in the morning light, is truly unforgettable.
Doing things the right way
Finally, we want to honour the dream of preserving South Luangwa National Park for generations to come. That’s why our Ethical Guiding policy is so important to us – it’s at the heart of all our safaris. Come on a Jackalberry Safari and you can sleep easy at night knowing our guides are doing the best for you and the wildlife at the same time.
Most of all, we believe that a true safari should touch your soul.
Going on safari can be a life-changing event. We want you to experience that too. Join us at Nkonzi Camp for safari stories you’ll be telling for a lifetime.