Our itinerary was the following:
- 3 nights Zikomo camp (Nsefu sector)
- 3 nights Nkonzi camp (jackalberry safari)
- 5 nights kafunta (split as follows: 2n river lodge, 2n island bush camp, 1n river lodge).
We absolutely loved both Zikomo and Kafunta!
For us, Zikomo is really located in the most beautiful part of the park, the Nsefu sector (close to Tena Tena camp for those of you who are familiar with the area). We would absolutely recommend anyone going to SLNP to include at least one camp in this northern sector. And if you can only swing 1 camp in SNLP then really pick one (of the few) in this northern part of the park. The scenery is just beyond gorgeous! We were literally in awe every drive we took. The winding river, the open view, the light, the colours, breathtaking!
Zikomo offered everything we wanted from a camp and at a rate that is beyond reasonable, especially for this area! I was not convinced of the room decor based on the pictures and it is not really entirely my minimalistic taste, but the camp is rustic, it is friendly, the service was great, the view from camp was gorgeous (location), the food was delicous, the drinks were cold, the guiding was good, and their main attraction: Nsefu sector (did I mention the location?).
It's a great alternative for those of us who can't afford the really high rates that the other Nsefu sector camps charge (yes, I am looking at you, gorgeous and remote Tafika). At this time it's a bargain - so get there before they become too popular and known And it is well worth that price! In terms of landscape, remoteness, even sightings, Nsefu sector definitely beat everyone else. So anyone planning a trip, this is perhaps a camp to look into! They are relatvely new to the market so they do still have one kink to work out. Mainly they need to upgrade their vehicles! Urgently! Really, I don't know whether I was more suprised by the fact that the heap of junk they used to pick us up at the airport didn't break down or that it started in the first place This is Africa, so you smile and get on it (and no worries, this is not the vehicle used for the actual safaris). But we did have a break down during our actual safari, and there I was disappointed (we had to cancel the whole day safari). I am rather convinced though that Tom wasn't all that sad about not being in the car all day and getting in his afternoon nap time after all!
They have something great going on here: location, location location, i.e. an affordable Nsefu sector camp. And at the risk of sounding incredibly repetitive, Nsefu should be included in any itinerary! It's just so much more beautiful and remote! We were always alone! If you read my previous post and my worry about too many cars in Tanzania, well there was absolutely no need to worry about that here! If we saw two other cars on a whole drive, it was "a busy day"! It also meant that the guides had to really work their asses of because there really wasn't anyone to ask for tips on where to go. And they did!
What I also very much liked about Zikomo as a "hard core safari goer" (who has been on all of 2 safaris now ) is that they really took you out on drive for the maximum time! You really left at 6am and were never back before 10am. Same at night, off by 16 and never back before 20 (and later if there was a good sighting!). We loved that! Definitely a camp where game viewing came first which is what I want!
The camp was also not very full when we were there (though their camp site was very popular with self drivers) so we had the vehicle to ourselves half the time. Though we would have happily continued sharing with the very nice young french couple we met there! They were avid photographers so they were always very eager as well! (you can check out some of their pictures which are way more professional than mine here: http://www.eyesonthe...com/portfolio/)
Edited by martywilddog, 05 November 2016 - 09:08 AM.