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Robin Pope Safaris River Journeys

8 days from £3529pp plus international flights.

South Luangwa National Park is one of the foremost safari destinations in the whole of Africa. The Luangwa Valley marks the end of the Great Rift Valley and is a wonderfully unspoilt area. You have a week to immerse yourself in this environment, searching for wildlife, taking in wonderful views and enjoying warm hospitality.

This holiday combines three camps. You'll have a choice of activities including walking, driving and boating and no two days will be the same. Your expert guide is passionate about the environment and its inhabitants and this enthusiasm will be evident as you explore together.

When not out wildlife viewing you'll have time to unwind in camp. These properties are small, accommodating a maximum of between ten and fourteen guests, so you won't be part of a crowd. each camp has an attractive central area where you'll dine, chat and relax, Two have pools and from all you'll be able to watch animals as they gather at the river or lagoon to drink.

This holiday is run by Robin Pope Safaris, one of Zambia's best known and respected safari operators who've been in business since 1986. They are committed to offering their guests the very best safari experience and their staff and guides take great pride in their work, so you'll be in the best of hands.

Note: This is a sample itinerary. These three camps can be combined in any order you wish to form your own eight day holiday. We'll be happy to help you plan the perfect safari. Please note that these small camps tend to book up well in advance.    

Photographs courtesy of Robin Pope Safaris
Relax at Luangwa River Camp


A representative from Robin Pope Safaris (RPS) will meet you at Mfuwe airport and transfer you to Luangwa River Camp. Settle in to your chalet, taking in views of the river from your private deck. The main guest area is open plan and houses the lounge and dining areas. There's a swimming pool where you can cool off after your journey. Dinner
Boat safari on RPS River Journeys holiday


Your first full day in South Luangwa. You'll be able to choose between game drives, boat safaris and guided walks. These all offer great wildlife viewing opportunities and you'll be led by a knowledgeable guide. The drives are in open vehicles with excellent visibility. Taking to the water allows you to explore the lagoons and get good views of marine life and water birds. The walks, which are accompanied by an armed ranger, enable you to get close to nature, to see the signs left by the animals and get an insight into the life of the bush. Full board  
Woodland Kingfisher in South Luangwa


After breakfast you'll depart from Luangwa River Camp by boat. The journey to Nsefu will take between 2 and 4 hours, as you'll stop to watch wildlife en-route. You may see elephant and lion on the banks and there are sure to be many birds. You'll reach a large bend in the river and will catch your first sight of Nsefu Camp. You'll arrive in time for a tasty lunch. Later you'll have the chance to go out exploring with your guide, returning to the camp in time to freshen up for dinner. Full board   
Walking safari on the River Journeys holiday


You'll have plenty of time over the next 2 days to head out into the park by boat and on foot. As the water levels will be high you might to go boating over land that is usually used for game drives. If you want a full day out you can go for a walk further afield and take a picnic to enjoy at a specially chosen spot, followed by a siesta, returning to camp in the late afternoon. In the evening, if you wish, you can take a boat ride heading back to the camp after dark. Precise activities and timings can be decided with your guide on the day. Full board  
Walking safari on the River Journeys holiday


This is your second day at Nsefu, and as with the prevoius day, you have a choice as to what you want to do. Precise activities and timings can be decided with your guide on the day. Full board  
Nkwali Camp


Today you'll take a boat to Nkwali Camp on RPS private land in Mfuwe bordering the national park. Your room is a spacious thatched structure overlooking the river. You'll enjoy lunch or tea, depending on your arrival time, before setting out for the afternoon or night game drive. Either way you'll be back in time for a convivial dinner. Full board
Evening game drive on the River Journeys itinerary


You'll have an early breakfast around the campfire before departing on the morning game drive or walk. Both start with a boat ride into the national park. The wildlife here is plentiful and diverse and there are excellent chances of seeing herds of elephant and giraffe. There'll be a welcome mid-morning break for hot drinks and snacks before continuing the safari. You'll head back to camp for lunch and a rest or a gentle swim in the pool. In the late afternoon you'll go out game spotting in the 4x4 vehicle. The drive continues after sunset with good chances of observing nocturnal species, returning to camp for dinner. Full board 
Elephant from the deck at Nkwali Camp


Enjoy a hearty breakfast and some last minute game viewing from the deck before leaving camp and travelling back to Mfuwe airport, about a 40 minute ride, for your onward flight. Breakfast   
Price & Dates

Guide price from (pp sharing): £3529 (ex. international flights)

Price notes: 2019 Guide price pp sharing. 22 Jan to 31 March 2019: £3,529.


Full board accommodation, flights Lusaka-Mfuwe-Lusaka;  guide/ranger for walks, local drinks, park fees, activities, airport transfers, laundry.


International flights and taxes, domestic flight taxes, visa, travel insurance, premium drinks, tips, personal expenses.

Getting there: 

You need to fly into and out of Lusaka. Flights will cost from about £900 pp. British Airways no longer fly into Lusaka, so the best way to get here now is via Johannesburg. We can help you with your flights and will get the best possible price for yo.

Departure dates: This green season holiday can depart on any day of your choice between 22nd January and the 31st March 2018, subject to camp availability.

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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Time: GMT +2 hours

Flight time: Flights from Europe to Lusaka take about 10 hours. Lusaka International Airport is about 25km from the city centre (about 30 minutes transfer).

Language: Zambia's official language is English, but outside of the cities few people speak it.

Visas: Visas are required for most nationalities, although a waiver can normally be organized in advance for British citizens.

Health: This is a malarial country.


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