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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: Day-by-day

More detailed information of what each day entails, and the various places you’ll stay on the Robin Pope Walking Safari. Everything we do is completely tailor-made so while this is an idea which works well, we’ll always design an itinerary just for you.


Day 1

Starts: Lusaka International Airport

Day 1

Lusaka to South Luangwa by flight & 4WD

Depart Lusaka on a 70-minute flight to Mfuwe Airport, in the Luangwa's rift valley. Here you meet your Nkwali guide for an hour's drive in an open 4WD, swapping the settlement of Mfuwe for wildlife in the bush as you approach the small, riverside camp.

Nkwali
Day 1

Nkwali

1 night
Full BoardSouth Luangwa National Park, Zambia

To look out over the Luangwa River from Nkwali’s open-fronted chalets is to feel at one with the bush. It’s a oneness that is enhanced by the mature mahogany, ebony and sausage trees whose shade shelters the little camp.

Nkwali

To look out over the Luangwa River from Nkwali’s open-fronted chalets is to feel at one with the bush. It’s a oneness that is enhanced by the mature mahogany, ebony and sausage trees whose shade shelters the little camp.

High ceilings and flagstone floors in the six stone-and-thatch chalets help to keep them cool, too, while en-suite bathrooms with open-air double showers emphasise the connection with the environment – in total privacy, of course.

The theme continues in the open-sided “chitenge”, where comfortable chairs and a small bar merge with a wooden deck over the river. Delicious meals are served here, or in the thatched dining area, close to the camp’s waterhole, while loungers around the small pool offer yet more options for relaxation – or watching the birds.

While it’s the natural world that underpins the camp’s ambience, its location, a relatively short drive from the small airport, makes it exceptionally accessible – even during the “emerald” season when most camps in the South Luangwa are closed.

"Everyone at nkwali made you very welcome"

Mr & Mrs HfromKent

Arrived 15 Feb 2024, 4 nights

Nkwali’s other trump card is a private pontoon across the river into the national park, where you’ll seek out wildlife with expert guides on 4WD game drives and short walking safaris. See our full report on Nkwali

96%
240 reviews of Nkwali by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Boat trip

Cultural excursion

Guided walking safari

Night drive

Day 2

4WD game drive to mobile camp

Today you'll head north with your guide in an open-topped 4WD for the start of your mobile walking safari. After a journey of around 4–5 hours through game-rich terrain into one of the most remote areas of the park, you'll arrive to find your new camp ready and waiting.

Robin Pope Safaris Mobile Safari Camp
Days 2-7

Robin Pope mobile

5 nights
Full BoardSouth Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Robin Pope Safaris offers the only real mobile-camping option in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park. Staying in their simple, but comfortable, mobile camps gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the wilderness, connect with nature and discover the essence of this exceptional park entirely on foot, without resorting to a vehicle.

Robin Pope Safaris Mobile Safari Camp

Robin Pope Safaris offers the only real mobile-camping option in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park. Staying in their simple, but comfortable, mobile camps gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the wilderness, connect with nature and discover the essence of this exceptional park entirely on foot, without resorting to a vehicle.

"Wonderful six days."

S & JfromHerefordshire

Arrived 8 Sep 2022, 7 nights

Staying in RPS mobile safari camps as part of a walking safari is a brilliant way to experience the wilderness of the South Luangwa. Purely walking safaris don't suit everyone, so if luxury and four walls are a priority, it might be worth looking at some of our permanent tented camps in the national park. However, if you are looking for adventure in remote, untouched areas of the park, sleeping out under the stars, with no vehicles in sight, we would highly recommend this option. See our full report on Robin Pope Safaris Mobile Safari Camp

98%
24 reviews of Robin Pope mobile by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Cultural excursion

Fly-camping

Guided walking safari

Night drive

Day 7

Game drive to Nsefu

On this, the last day of your mobile safari by the Mupamadzi River, you'll leave camp after an early breakfast on a rewarding 4–5-hour game drive south to a crossing point on the Luangwa River. Having crossed the river by boat, it's then a final 20-minute drive to Nsefu Camp.

Nsefu
Day 7

Nsefu

1 night
Full BoardSouth Luangwa National Park, Zambia

This laid-back camp, steeped in South Luangwa history, has quality guiding and dining in a beautiful riverside setting. Nsefu was opened in 1951, the first camp in the South Luangwa and the brainchild of the renowned conservationist and guide, Norman Carr. Norman pioneered walking safaris here to benefit conservation and communities long before responsible tourism became a buzzword.

Nsefu

This laid-back camp, steeped in South Luangwa history, has quality guiding and dining in a beautiful riverside setting. Nsefu was opened in 1951, the first camp in the South Luangwa and the brainchild of the renowned conservationist and guide, Norman Carr. Norman pioneered walking safaris here to benefit conservation and communities long before responsible tourism became a buzzword.

In the intervening years, the camp has preserved its history in its unique and unassuming charm. The bar and lounge have old black-and-white photos of Carr's safari days, and the six small rondavels, unique in the Valley, retain their original characteristics with the addition of small terraces that look out towards the Luangwa River.

Nsefu's dining room was gobbled up as the river changed course, so they now offer “nomadic dining” depending on the season – under the stars, under the shade of trees, or even a private dinner for two on top of a huge dormant termite mound – far more romantic than it sounds!

The camp's location, within the Nsefu Sector, features superb wildlife, and the camp itself provides some fantastic sightings in the dry season, with huge herds of buffalo and elephants meandering across the river. Pukus seem to be ever-present, quietly eating the crimson petals of the camp's mature sausage trees, and birds continually dip into the camp waterhole

"It was good to have the boating experience"

Mr & Mrs HfromKent

Arrived 19 Feb 2024, 3 nights

Nsefu’s laid-back charm continues to entice guest back time and time again. See our full report on Nsefu

98%
192 reviews of Nsefu by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Boat trip

Cultural excursion

Guided walking safari

Night drive

Day 8

South Luangwa to Lusaka by 4WD & air

After breakfast at Nsefu, it's time to say farewell to your safari guide ready for the leisurely 2–4-hour game drive back to Mfuwe Airport. Here you'll board a scheduled flight for Lusaka, landing after around 70 minutes in time to make your onward connections.

Day 8

Ends: Lusaka International Airport

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Optional extra day-trips and excursions possible whilst staying at lodges on this trip. These are usually best arranged in advance so talk to us.


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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