Robin Pope Mobile Safaris
Tented accommodation Dinner on the Mobile Walking Safari
Tented accommodation
Dinner on the Mobile Walking Safari

Robin Pope Mobile Safaris

The Robin Pope Safaris’ Mobile Walking Safaris have long been known as the best wilderness experience of the South Luangwa. After a night at Nkwali, the party drives to the north of the park where they will walk for five days covering approximately 10km a day, following the Mupamadzi River. This clear river is a major tributary of the Luangwa.

Country

Zambia

Highlights

Adventuring deep into the bush, away from roads and human life, is a great experience. But to do this for five days of walking is exceptional. As you would expect with Robin Pope Safaris, the camp is fully serviced and provides everything a guest might want at the end of an awe-inspiring day. The area is remote and wild, the terrain and habitats varied and the game shy and unused to man. From ants to buffalo, a bird's nest to tracking a lion, you will learn the many facets of the bush.

Need to Know

International airlines
Coming to see us couldn't be easier. International flights to Lusaka are provided by South African Airways, Kenyan Airways, Emirates and Ethiopian Airways. Daily flights into Livingstone Airport are available with British Airways and South African Airways from Johannesburg, South Africa. Kenyan Airways operates 3 times a week between Nairobi and Livingstone.

Visa
You'll need a tourist visa, which most nationals can purchase on arrival. Please confirm with us if you need to apply for visa in advance or refer to the Zambia Immigration website. Do check your stamp at immigration to make sure that you've been given enough days on your visa. Both international and domestic airport taxes should be included in your ticket price. For charter flights we will confirm this at time of booking.


From the 1st of June 2015 all foreigners and South Africans travelling with children under 18 to or from South Africa as well as travellers in transit will be requested to provide an unabridged birth certificate (including the details of the child's father as well as the mother) of all travelling children. This applies even when both parents are travelling with their children. In the case of one parent travelling with a child, he or she must produce an unabridged birth certificate and consent in the form of an affidavit from the other parent registered as a parent on the birth certificate of the child authorising him or her to enter into or depart from South Africa with the child he or she is travelling with. When children are travelling with guardians, these adults are required to produce affidavits from parents proving permission for the children to travel. Please contact us for more information.

Airport Taxes
Both international and domestic airport taxes should be included in your ticket price. Note - for charter flights and seat rate charters these are NOT included.

Money Travelers’ cheques and cash are accepted. Credit cards are becoming more widely accepted but not in remote areas and should not be relied on except in major towns. RPS accept visa for payments made in the camp.US dollars are easier to change than sterling. Please ask the exchange or bank to supply you with only new US dollar bills - i.e. ones with large heads as any with small heads are not accepted in Zambia.

Insurance
Make sure that you have comprehensive medical and travel insurance before you arrive.

Medical
You must have malaria protection and we recommend tetanus and the hepatitis vaccinations. It is advisable to know your blood group type in case of emergency.

Photography
Please be sensitive when photographing local people and their villages. Ask the guide or the villagers first. Be careful when photographing public buildings and persons in uniform - just ask first.

Meals & Drinks
Rate is fully inclusive of all meals and drinks.  
 
Electricity & Water
No power here, just paraffin lamps and torches are using for lighting. Bottled water is also provided at the camp free of charge.
 
Children’s Policy
Minimum age is 21 years.
 
Payment for extras

All extras can be paid in cash (local currency, US$, Euro or British Pounds) only.
 
Tipping
Is not expected but always enthusiastically received if you are happy with the service. Please always give tips for the staff to the management to be shared out and please tip your guide individually.  
 
Open
Open July – September.


SafarisSafaris


Walking safaris and game drives at Nkwali and Tena Tena or Nsefu. Highly experienced guides lead the five-day walking safari through the varied terrain of the far north of the park. When walking, guests will see the bush in great detail, with every sense heightened. The area is remote and wild, the terrain and habitats varied and the game shy and unused to man. From ants to buffalo, a bird's nest to tracking a lion, you will learn the many facets of the bush. Follow the call of the lion, creep up to a buffalo herd or watch a beetle cross the sand. Elephants, dense populations of hippo, leopard and lion are prevalent with frequent sightings of endemics Thornicroft’s giraffe and Cookson’s wildebeest.


Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

The unspoiled South Luangwa National Park is one of natural jewels in Zambia's crown, and home to one of the most varied collections of wildlife on the planet.

The park is centered around the Luangwa River. Untapped by man, its natural ebb and flow of flooding makes much of the park inaccessible by road which keeps it a sanctuary for the large concentration of game that live there. A paradise for birders, over 450 species are to be found in the park, and the wildlife includes elephant, buffalo, hippos, giraffe, leopards and lions.

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

There are no local activities whilst on the walking safari; however, whilst staying at Nkwali or Tena Tena or Nsefu : Visits to Kawaza School and Kawaza Village
Visits to Tribal Textiles
Visits to Chipembele Educational Centre
Spend an afternoon at the local market and shops
Enjoy a relaxing massage

FacilitiesFacilities

Laundry
Shared bucket shower
Bush loo

AccommodationAccommodation

After a night at Nkwali to start off the safari, you begin your walk. The fully serviced mobile camp is extremely comfortable and well-equipped with walk-in tents and full bedding. The shower is under a tree and the toilet is a bush loo with a wooden throne. Meals of a high standard are served under the open sky. A final night at Tena Tena or Nsefu completes the safari.

AccoladesAccolades

2011 Responsible Tourism Awards:
Overall Winner
The Good Safari Guide:
Winner of Best Safari Guiding Team 2010

SeasonSeason

In our part of the world, we're blessed with distinct seasons, from the dry heat of winter through to humid, wet summers. The new year is an astonishing time in the bush; the birds are breeding, it's the peak birth time for many animals and all around you'll see the natural world come alive. The lagoons re-fill after the long dry season, and as the game goes to higher ground, you get a great chance of watching them. It mostly rains overnight ensuring little or no disruption of activities by day. Boating through the lagoons and along the Luangwa makes a wonderful activity.

From April to May, the main wet season has gone, the grass is high and the migrant birds begin to leave. At the end of May our most remote safari camps re-open. Winter time comes in June and July, which is also our dry season, and although it's warm by day, you'll need a jacket at night as it gets chilly.

September brings hot, hazy weather and a riot of flowers on the trees. It's an excellent time to see game, and if you're a birder then you'll see the Carmine bee eaters nesting from now until November. In October it gets very hot, up to 40 degrees in the shade. This is the end of our dry season when our camps that are located far in the bush, close.

With November and December comes the onset of the rains, the migrant birds return, the bush sprouts new life and begins to bursts into vivid green, heralding the start of another Emerald Season.
The beginning of the rains can also bring a deluge of flying ants and other insects (sometimes in pretty big proportions, but normally lasting a few hours). With the insects come the cooler temperatures but also the humidity.

OPEN: June - September only

Average StayAverage Stay

7 nights

Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)

International average rate:
$4664 per person for whole trip (7 nights)
Includes: full board, all gameviewing activities, laundry, bar, transfers to/from Mfuwe Airport, meet & greet at Lusaka & Mfuwe Airports.
Excludes: visas and flights.

Children PolicyChild Policy

Children/young adults not permitted below 21 years unless in a private group, then minimum age 16.

Contact and Social Media

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at safariawards.com.

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Safari Awards Results History - Africa

Year Category W RU 3rd HC F N
2017 Best Safari Cuisine Nominee
2017 Best Walking Safari Runner Up Finalist Nominee
2016 Best Mobile Safari Finalist Nominee
2016 Best Walking Safari Finalist Nominee
2015 Best Mobile Safari Finalist Nominee
2015 Best Safari Cuisine Nominee
2015 Best Walking Safari Finalist Nominee
2014 Best Community Focused Safari Property Finalist Nominee
2014 Best Ecologically Responsible Safari Property Finalist Nominee
2014 Best Mobile Safari Third Place Finalist Nominee
2014 Best Mobile Safari Finalist Nominee
2014 Best Safari Guiding Team Highly Commended Finalist Nominee
2014 Best Walking Safari Highly Commended Finalist Nominee
2013 Best Mobile Safari Nominee
2013 Best Safari Accommodation Group Nominee
2011 Best Mobile Safari Third Place Finalist Nominee
2011 Best Safari Accommodation Group Finalist Nominee
2011 Best Safari Guiding Team Runner Up Finalist Nominee
2010 Best Safari Accommodation Group Runner Up Finalist Nominee
2010 Best Safari Guiding Team Winner Finalist Nominee
2009 Best Mobile Safari Winner Finalist Nominee
2008 Best Safari Accommodation Group Finalist Nominee
2008 Best Safari Guiding Team Finalist Nominee

Safari Awards Results History - Zambia

Year Category W RU 3rd HC F N
2017 Best Safari Cuisine
2017 Best Walking Safari
2016 Best Mobile Safari
2016 Best Walking Safari
2015 Best Mobile Safari
2015 Best Safari Cuisine
2015 Best Walking Safari
2014 Best Community Focused Safari Property
2014 Best Ecologically Responsible Safari Property
2014 Best Mobile Safari
2014 Best Mobile Safari
2014 Best Safari Guiding Team
2014 Best Walking Safari
2013 Best Mobile Safari
2013 Best Safari Accommodation Group
2011 Best Mobile Safari
2011 Best Safari Accommodation Group
2011 Best Safari Guiding Team
2010 Best Safari Accommodation Group
2010 Best Safari Guiding Team
2009 Best Mobile Safari
2008 Best Safari Accommodation Group
2008 Best Safari Guiding Team

- Winner (W)   - Runner Up (RU)   - Third Place (3rd)   - Highly Commended (HC)  
- Finalist (F)