Where to stay
Both the bushcamp and campsite are on the reserve, and reservations for both are virtually obligatory, otherwise they may not have the space, staff or supplies to accommodate you. Your two options are: Nchila Bushcamp
(1 Double And 2 Twin Chalets) Po Box 50, Ikelenge, North Western Province; Or C/O Wager, Po Box 20241, Kitwe; Email: Nchila@Nchila-Wildlife-Reserve.Com; Www.Nchila-Wildlife-Reserve.Com (GPS:Nchila)
Nchila's small bushcamp overlooks a large plain and dambo from the edge of riverine forest and miombo woodland. It can take a maximum of about six people (eight if squeezed!). There's one stunning double-bedded chalet, which wouldn't be out of place in the most stylish of lodges. It has a king-size bed with a large en-suite bathroom, incorporating a large, slightly sunken bath beside the window, as well as a good shower. A good second chalet has two twin rooms which share a bathroom – including a flush toilet, shower and a bath with another shower over it. Both are built of stone with thatched roofs, and have plenty of space, and water heated by wood-fired boilers. In addition to these, there's a smaller third chalet (comfortable for one person, or 'cosy' for two) which also has its own en-suite shower and toilet. All of these are well-furnished with solid wooden furniture, stylish fabrics and imaginative touches.
The camp's focus is its thatched communal dining area, which has a lovely view over the dambo and makes a pleasant place to just sit and watch the wildlife. This has a dining area and a lounge area, separated by a large log fire. Behind these, in a separate building, is the kitchen which is staffed by Nchila if you're on a fly-in trip and they are catering for you. The food is good but simple: very fresh wholesome farm fare!
If you are driving yourself here and can bring your own food and drink, then you can stay on a self-catering basis, and cook for yourself. Limited amounts of fresh produce are sometimes available from the farm – milk, cream, eggs, butter, beef and pork products, as well as lamb and game. However, all of these are dependent upon availability, so if you're self-catering then you must bring most of your own supplies, including any packet or canned foods that you need. It's best to agree in advance with Nchila what you'd like them to provide if they can.
If you're self-catering, then a guide is available on request, and there's a 4WD and driver that can be hired with advance notice. A 90-minute game drive costs about US$30 per person.Nchila Campsite
For contacts, see above
There is also a new area for campers (tents not provided!) with rougher long-drop toilets, bucket showers and a shelter to eat and relax under. It's in a lovely shady spot next to the Sakeji River. Firewood is provided and a staff member is available to draw and heat water for showers. Some items of fresh produce may be available; best arranged in advance.