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Robin Pope Safaris Walking Mobile

8 days from £4095pp plus international flights.

African walking safaris were pioneered in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park, and today Robin Pope Safaris still offer some of the very best experiences on the continent. It's little surprise that this experience was chosen by National Geographic Traveler magazine was a 2015 'Tour of a Lifetime'.

Get a lot closer to Africa by exploring Zambia on foot accompanied by some of the most experienced guides in Africa - a walking safari is an experience to be savoured. This 7 night trip combines the Robin Pope Safaris camps of Nkwali and Tena Tena with 5 nights fly camping, walking between the camp locations. 

Using areas suitable depending on the time of year and weather conditions, you will walk each day with a team setting up camp for you, complete with heated water on the fire for bucket showers. Walking is normally for around 4 hours a day. 

Bush camping is one of the most exclusive experiences in Africa and involves walking with the best guides, moving deeper into the bush from the fixed camps by camping out with dinner and stories round the camp fire, simple but delicious food. These mobile safaris cover about 10km on foot each day, following the Mupamadzi River trail which is a major tributary of the Luangwa. The area is remote and wild and the terrain and habitats are varied and wildlife is shy and not used to people.

From ants to buffalo, birds nests to tracking lion spoor, you learn many things about the bush. These fully-serviced mobile camping trips are extremely comfortable and well-equipped with walk in tents and all bedding provided. The shower is under a tree and the toilet is a bush loo with wooden seat.

Maximum group size is 6 guests, minimum age 21 unless you take a private group when minimum age is 16. The mobiles operate June to October. During the mobile camping days, game viewing is by walking only. Drives and walks are taken at camps either side. Battery charging is possible during the day while you are walking and adaptors are available. All trips are led by senior walking guides with years of experience with armed rangers and camp staff.


NOTE: This is just one of the walking mobile itineraries offered by Robin Pope Safaris, so do ask us for details of other options. Please also note that these are scheduled small trips, and they do book up well in advance. 
Itinerary
View from Robin Pope Safaris Kapani Lodge

DAY 1: TO SOUTH LUANGWA

When you arrive at Lusaka you will transfer to a flight to Mfuwe. ​On arrival here a guide from Robin Pope Safaris will meet you and drive you to Nkwali Camp on the Luangwa River. Depending on your arrival time in the day you will enjoy a lunch or afternoon tea, and the afternoon and night game drive. Lunch and/or tea, dinner. 
Walking mobile with Robin Pope Safaris

DAY 2: WALKING MOBILE SAFARI

After an early breakfast, we head north on a game drive through the park to start the walking mobile safari. We will stop for a picnic lunch on the way. The camp will be set up for your arrival, with well-equipped walk-in tents, a bush shower under a tree, and a long drop loo with a wooden throne!  Enjoy a relaxing siesta before tea and then we go for a walk in the afternoon returning in time for sundowners and dinner in the open under the stars. Full board.
The walking mobile camp in South Luangwa

DAY 3: WALKING MOBILE SAFARI

Each morning you will be up by sunrise ready to start the day's walking as it's so much better in the cool of the morning and late afternoon. The middle of the day is left for siesta time. You are accompanied on the walks not only by an expert guide, but also an armed scout. Fancy creeping towards a family of elephants or watching buffalos and zebras from a discreet distance? It's exciting stuff! Full board.
Elephants in South Luangwa

DAY 4: WALKING MOBILE SAFARI

Each day you enjoy exciting wildlife viewing on foot with your guide, using the camp as your base. The camp will move be moved twice during your safari. Full board.
Tent on safari

DAY 5: WALKING MOBILE SAFARI

Explore the area on foot and see what the wilds of South Luangwa have to offer. Full board. 
Safari on foot in South Luangwa

DAY 6: WALKING MOBILE SAFARI

More wildlife viewing by foot. The walking is not strenuous, as it's not hilly and a slow pace is taken so that we can see everything we come across. Full board.
Giraffes in South Luangwa

DAY 7: TO A TENTED CAMP

After an early breakfast this morning we drive south for roughly 4 hours through the park. We cross the river and then head for Nsefu Camp, Zambia's original game camp. It's on a bend in the river, with wonderful panoramic views. Sit back and enjoy your freshly prepared lunch. In the afternoon there will be a game drive. Full board.
View of South Luangwa from the air

DAY 8: DEPART

You will be driven back to Mfuwe airport for the flight to Lusaka at the appropriate time depending on what you're doing next. It's about 1½ hours to the airport. Breakfast. 
Price & Dates

Guide price from (pp sharing): £4095 (ex. international flights)

Price notes: 2016 - £4095 pp sharing including domestic flights.

Includes: Full board accommodation, flights Lusaka-Mfuwe-Lusaka, walking guide and ranger, local drinks, park fees, activities, airport transfers, laundry.

Excludes: International flights and taxes, domestic flight taxes, visa, premium drinks, tips, personal expenses.

Getting there: You need to fly into and out of Lusaka. There are no longer any direct flights here from Europe, so the best route into Lusaka is usually via Johannesburg for most people.  Flights will usually cost from about £900 pp upwards at the time of year that this safari runs, but we will get you the best price possible. 

Depature dates: 

24 Sep 201629 Sep 2016

places you will see

places you will see

South Luangwa National Park
South Luangwa National Park
This is one of THE best places for an African safari. It is one of the last unspoilt wilderness areas and possibly the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa.

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