Agree with all the positive things others have said. Difficult to get there by road, but 2 hour boat trip from Mpulungu is easy and very pleasant. Being in a remote place is a major bonus! Highlights for us were the excellent chalets, the water skiing and scuba diving and seeing animals in a very natural setting in the Nsumbu National Park. We first saw the wildlife by boat from the lake and then on a walking safari. Noone else there and a pleasant change from the usual commercial game park. Close encounters with elephants, hippos and crocodiles and more. Charming and efficient owners and good food and service.
We have just returned from a 4 day stay at Ndole and all agreed that it we loved it. Given we have two young ones - and a limited timeframe to travel in we decided we would charter a flight to nearby Nkamba Airstrip from Ndola. The flight took just under two hours and we were met by Harry. A 45min transfer by boat and we arrived.
Ndole is stunning - it feels like it is set off the sea... the fact you can swim and snorkel in the lake is great as in Zambia this isn’t an option in many places. We enjoyed great hospitality - the food was varied and delicious. The activities were plentiful and as a family with young ones and grandparents there was plenty to keep us all as busy as we wanted to be. The rooms were clean and comfortable and had lovely views of the lake - we welcomed the sunrise every morning and enjoyed a drink on the beach every evening.
The team do a brilliant job of looking after their guests and if it’s a little piece of being in the real Africa you’re after this is definitely a place worth visiting.
February 7, 2017
Nobody told me just how good it is to snorkel in fresh water, no waves and tides to worry about, no salt to burn your eyes, and I never imagined that freshwater fish could be so colourful.
The road (unsurfaced) to Nsobe is very long, and very bumpy but when you enter this peace of paradise it all becomes worth the effort. Whether you lie in a hammock, lie back in a deck chair or walk along the beach with your toes in the water, you could easily be excused for imagining that you are on a tropical island, with the waves lapping at the shore and the palm trees swaying in the breeze, a steady stream of fishing boats heading out for the night's catch. You could not hope for better hosts than Craig and Elise, in fact Craig is a mine of information about the north-east of Zambia and I planned our 11 day safari through Northern, Luapula and Muchinga Provinces based on Craig's suggestions for everything from camp sites to pontoons to take (luckily it had recently become a bridge). The food is delicious and there was a nice variety of vegetables and salads as well, and the chalets are extremely comfortable. Amazingly, there is even a fully wheelchair accessible chalet. Airport transport, well yes, if you get to Mpulungu or fly to Nsumbu National Park, they will fetch you by boat, at a price.Room Tip: We were lucky to be upgraded from non-en suite to en-suite, what a treat.