South Luangwa: Mfuwe vs Nsefu Sector





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    Default South Luangwa: Mfuwe vs Nsefu Sector

    I visited SL a few years ago and stayed exclusively in the Mfuwe area which I thought was very good. I would like to return again next year and was considering 1 week at Flatdogs in the Mfuwe area and perhaps another 5-7 days in the Nsefu area. I have an impression that the Nsefu area will have less traffic but I'm uncertain of game conditions. I have a few questions:
    1. is the Nsefu area worth a visit?
    2. are there camps in the area that are in the same cost range as Flatdogs or do I need to drive from Flatdogs to the gate. If so how long a drive?
    3. I will be travelling in late August so last question are there difficult river crossings to reach Nsefu?
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    Once you are half an hour away from the park entrance at Mfuwe, you won't see any/ much traffic. We headed North East along the main river first day, and didn't see another car for 4 hours...and were constantly surrounded by amazing animal numbers.

    There are a number of other camps close to Flat Dogs.......which......note.....doesn't allow camping in high season (July 1st to Oct 31st). Wildlife Camp is nice, but there are a clump of others within 5 or 10 km of the gate (as is Flat Dogs), and they are all on the river in the GMA.

    Sorry, I can't help with Nsefu

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    Hallo,

    we stayed at Wildlife Camp this September and visited the other camps.
    Our decision: Wildlife Camp is the nicest.

    Beate

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    Beate,

    you didn't also go to McBride's, did you? In a Landcruiser?

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    I stayed at Wildlife Camp on my previous trip. Only downside is a bit of a trek to the gate otherwise very nice. It seems the distance to Miliyoti gate in the Nssefu sector is around 15ks or so given my map is accurate. I would also like to venture further north to Zebra Plain also but uncertain of distance and timeframes.

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    Hallo Mike,

    no, from Wildernes Camp we went north via Luambe NP to North Luangwa NP.
    We had a Nissan Patrol with roof tent, rented in Malawi.

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    Hi Gene!

    We visited SL and Nsefu in August and instantly fell in love with the Nsefu sector. Lot of game, no tourists and the roads were in a very good condition. All rivers were dry or not more than a small creek. You should not have any problems. The closest cheap camp (though I donīt know if you are campers) which offers camping as well is the "Itīs wild" community camp north of the Nsefu between Nsefu and Luambe. Itīs about half an hour away from the northern gate.
    Donīt miss Nsefu!

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    Hi Stefan,
    Yes, I have heard of Its Wild and we do like camping. How far of a drive from Mfuwe main gate to Nsefu sector?

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    Sorry Gene, canīt remember. Just check T4A for the distance and calculate with 25-30km/h.

    Itīs quite a scenic route passing through a couple of villages.

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    Hi Goldmole,

    We are very keen to go to north Luangwa. Can you post more information on your route and who you contacted for the community camps.

    Mike
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    Hi!

    We camped at Mwanya (Itīs wild), Luambe, Chifunda (Itīs wild),Delia (North Luangwa) and Natwange (North Luangwa North Gate).

    "Itīs wild" has an office and shop beside the Mfuwe filling station. We did not book in advance but just showed up and experienced no problems.

    The North Luangwa camps (and in fact all other camps as well) can be booked via internet or radio from almost all camps (like Luambe, Chifunda).

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    Stefan,

    Thank you for the information.

    Mike

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