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Robin Pope Walking Safari

The definitive, original mobile walking safari; explore the remote north of the South Luangwa on foot while staying in a simple mobile camp that moves with the group.

Robin Pope Walking Safari: Summary

Robin Pope Walking Safari in a nutshell

This appropriately named safari centers around walking safaris in the remote north of the South Luangwa National Park. lusciously verdant and diverse habitats of South Luangwa National Park.

Making use of two simple bases, the trip first stops at Flatdogs camp in the Mfuwe area just beyond the South Luangwa gates. Flatdogs offers a relaxed experience, where guests are able to both dine and opt into activities as and when they see fit. It is a comfortable camp, retaining its authentic character whilst offering competitive rates and being good value for money.

The safari then moves to northern Zambia where, between October and December every year, well over 10 million straw coloured fruit bats descend into the forest’s of Kasanka National Park. Backlit by dramatic skies hinting at the promise of storms, the migration is an outstanding spectacle to behold, visited by numerous predatory birds. Vultures, crowned, martial and fish eagles are all present, as well as the kites and goshawks that come to feast on the hatching termites during the rains.

Comparatively smaller than most national parks, Kasanka feels far more tropical than most of Zambia’s forests. The lush habitat is especially favoured by the rare, swamp-dwelling Sitatunga antelope, which can almost always be seen from Kasanka’s Fibwe Tree Hide.

At a glance

Starts: Lusaka International Airport
1 night Nkwali - South Luangwa National Park, Zambia Full Board
5 nights Robin Pope walking - South Luangwa National Park, Zambia Full Board
1 night Nsefu - South Luangwa National Park, Zambia Full Board
Ends: Lusaka International Airport

Nkwali

Day 1

Built on the banks of the Luangwa River, Nkwali Camp sits under the shade of tall mahogany, ebony and sausage trees. Owned and run by Robin Pope Safaris the camp is well situated a relatively short drive from Mfuwe Airport and overlooking South Luangwa National Park.

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Robin Pope Safaris walking safari

Days 2-7

Robin Pope Safaris offers the only real mobile camping option in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. Their mobile walking safari gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the wilderness, getting in touch with nature and staying in simple, but comfortable, mobile camps.

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Nsefu

Day 7

Nsefu Camp, run by Robin Pope Safaris, is located on a wide bend of the Luangwa River in the remote and game-rich Nsefu sector of the South Luangwa National Park. A meandering few hours game drive from the main RPS base at Nkwali, and originally built in the 1950s, it is the South Luangwa's oldest camp – and for years has had a reputation as a high-quality bushcamp with a strong focus on guiding.

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Nkwali

Nkwali

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Robin Pope Safaris walking safari

Robin Pope walking

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Nsefu

Nsefu

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

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Highlights

Our thoughts on five of the top experiences of this Robin Pope Walking Safari.

  • Be led by some of the most experienced guides in the Luangwa
  • Explore some of the most remote areas of South Luangwa on foot
  • Start & end the trip at excellent permanent camps for 4WD safaris & walking

Activities

Some activities which can be included in the Robin Pope Walking Safari: talk to us about those which interest you.

  • 4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching

  • Boat trip

  • Cultural excursion

  • Fly-camping

  • Guided walking safari

  • Night drive

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Key species to see on the Robin Pope Walking Safari

Based on our travellers' observations, we’ve estimated the likelihood of seeing these species during the Robin Pope Walking Safari. Click on the animals and our wildlife surveys page for more info.


Lion

100% chance

Buffalo

100% chance

Eland

100% chance

Elephant

100% chance

Giraffe

100% chance

Hippo

100% chance

Roan antelope

100% chance

Spotted Hyena

100% chance

Wildebeest

100% chance

Zebra

100% chance

Leopard

87% chance

Wild dog

73% chance

Sable antelope

5% chance

Aardvark

1% chance

Pangolin

0% chance

Side-trips whilst on this safari

We may be able to build in some of these optional excursions from the Robin Pope Walking Safari. Talk to us: they’re usually best arranged when you book.


Tribal Textiles Tour

Tribal Textiles Tour

One - two hours

Visit the Tribal Textiles workshop, where hand-painted textiles are produced by more than a hundred local people. The workshop is close to Mfuwe Airport, so is ideally placed for a stop en route to/from the South Luangwa. With products ranging from cushion covers to bags and T-shirts, it's a great place for souvenir shopping while at the same time supporting the local community.

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Kawaza Village Visit

Kawaza Village Visit

Two to three hours

Just outside Zambia's South Luangwa National Park lies a normal, working rural African village which is open and welcoming to visitors to the Luangwa valley. There is nothing artificial or contrived about Kawaza Village, and it offers a rare opportunity to experience and appreciate Kunda culture, and meet local Zambians.

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