……it depends on the season, style of travel and camps used but here are some estimates.
These estimated rates exclude international flights, but do include internal flights or road transfers (and connecting flights between Zambia & Malawi where applicable), and all land arrangements. Extras will be visas and airport departure taxes.
Please contact us for further safari and booking details. We can tailor make your holiday in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi and arrange all your internal travel. Or contact your usual travel agent for more information.
There are many tour operators/travel agents that feature us, and here is a list of our most supportive tour operators.
|Date||Safari||Guide||No. nights||No. guests||Available Spaces||Notes||Rate US$||Park Costs & LCCF|
|19 Jun 2018||1||Jason Alfonsi||7||6||Full*
|24 Jun 2018||2||7||6||Full|| $4392
|29 Jun 2018||3||Jason Alfonsi||7||6||Full
|4 Jul 2018||4||7||6||4*||$5333||$630|
|9 Jul 2018||5||Jason Alfonsi||9||6||6
||7 nights Mobile Walking||$6917||$820|
|16 Jul 2018||6||Kanga Banda||7||6||Full
|20 Jul 2018||7||Jason Alfonsi||9||6||Full||$6917||$820|
|25 Jul 2018||8||7||6||Full
|30 Jul 2018||9||Jason Alfonsi||9||6||Full||7 nights Mobile Walking||$6917||$820|
|6 Aug 2018||10||7||6||Full
|11 Aug 2018||11||Jason Alfonsi||6||6||Full*||6 nights Mobile Walking||$4541||$535|
|16 Aug 2018||12||7||6||4
|20 Aug 2018||13||Jason Alfonsi||9||6||Full||Ending at Tena Tena||$6917||$820|
|25 Aug 2018||14||7||6||Full*||$5333||$630|
|30 Aug 2018||15||Jason Alfonsi||7||6||Full||$5333||$630|
|4 Sep 2018||16||7||6||Full||$5333||$630|
|8 Sep 2018||17||Jason Alfonsi||9||6||Full||Ending at Tena Tena||$6917||$820|
|13 Sep 2018||18||7||6||Full||$5333||$630|
|18 Sep 2018||19||Jason Alfonsi||9||6||Full||7 nights Mobile Walking||$6917||$820|
|25 Sep 2018||20||Kanga Banda
|Date||Guide||No. nights||No. guests||Available spaces||Rate US$||Notes|
|16 Feb 2018||TBC||8
||$4803||Includes night in Lusaka|
|Led by David Rogers Photography.|
|Date||Guide||No. nights||No. guests||Available spaces||Rate US$|
|11 Nov 2018||TBC||7||6||6||$4229|
Please contact us with any requests – there may be provisional booking in the system, and we can help find an alternative if the accommodation is full.
|Filter agents for|
Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 302 086
The Natural Travel Collection, Long Barn South, Sutton Manor Farm, Bishops Sutton, Hampshire, SO24 0AA, United Kingdom
Telephone: 866 486 9351
8306 Mills Dr. Suite # 624 Miami, Fl 33183
Telephone: 503-233-4053 (Toll free 800-328-7266)
5316 SE Sherman Street, Portland OR 97215
What type of plugs are at your properties?
Three pin square UK plugs.
What kind of supplies are offered in the rooms (hairdryers, shampoo, etc)?
Shampoo, soap, body lotion, facial tissues and insect repellant can be found in the rooms as well as hair dryers in some of the camps but not all (Nsefu, Tena Tena, Mkulumadzi, Kuthengo Camp, John's Camp and walking trails do not).
Do the rooms have mosquito nets and is there repellent available?
All rooms have mosquito nets (Tena Tena have mosquito nets available upon request). Insect repellent is also available in all rooms. Mobile Walking Safari tents & Luangwa Bush Camping tents do not have mosquito nets.
Seasons & Weather
When is the best time to travel and what to expect?
There is no actual "best" time to visit. We have very distinct seasons, each with its own unique appeal; so 'best' time is largely dependent on your specific interests. Please see the Seasons and Climate Pages for Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi for the highlights of each season.
What is the weather like?
The dry months are from April – October. May and June being the main winter months where temperature drops slightly; requiring you to pack a light jacket/fleece or two. The wet months are November – March; with rainfall mainly falling by night, making it still a good time for game viewing activities. Temperatures range throughout the year from between 11-40˚C.
What to bring on safari?
A hat, high-strength sun screen, strong insect repellent, anti-histamine cream/tablets, three sets of bush-coloured safari outfits, two sets of casual evening clothes and a medium-weight sweater plus a warm jacket if you come in winter (June - early August). Pack soft bags, not hard cases. DO NOT exceed the limit of 15 kg for hold luggage and 5 kg for hand luggage.
Can I go on a game drive on day of arrival?
Yes but it depends on the time of your arrival. The transfer from the airport to the camp is usually a game drive in itself!
When are the migratory birds in these areas?
Nsefu sector - November to April.
Mana Pools - August to late January.
Both areas attract carmine bee-eater, open-bill stork, the African Skimmer, the Angola/African Pitta, racquet tailed roller and the yellow-billed kite to name a few.
What anti-malaria drugs are recommended?
Doxycycline or Malarone currently; but we do recommend that you consult your usual GP or Travel Clinic for up to date information.
Is Lake Malawi bilharzia free?
Bilharzia can be found in certain areas of Lake Malawi. We have been testing the vicinity of Pumulani on a regular basis, since inception, and all the tests have been clear.
Phone and Internet
Is there mobile phone network coverage?
Very limited access in the lodges and no access in the bush camps.
Is there internet available at the camps?
Generally no access at the camps though one or two properties may offer limited access.
Are credit cards accepted as a form of payment at Robin Pope Safaris?
Credit cards are only accepted at Nkwali, Luangwa River Camp, Luangwa Safari House, Robin’s House and at Pumulani (Visa Card).
How much are the park costs?
Park costs range from $10-$95 per person per day depending on the camp, these include national park fees and (L)CCF.
How much tip should I give?
Tipping is generally not expected but always enthusiastically received if you are happy with the service. We recommend US$5 per person per night for camp staff and the same for guides.
What are the transfer times between Robin Pope Safaris' camps?
Depending on which camp you are visiting, it is an average of a 2 hour transfer time between the Zambian camps (except from Stanley Safari Lodge in Livingstone which is a flight away) but normally transfers are done as a game drive transfer.
In Malawi transfer time between the Malawi properties is 5 hours.
Transfers between Zambia properties to Malawi properties are about 5 hours (depending on whether air or road transfers are used).
John's Camp in Zimbabwe is approximately 5 hours from the South Luangwa properties, or 4 hours from Lusaka (dependent on flight times, border procedures and traffic).
What are the visa requirements?
All travellers must be in possession of a valid passport when entering and leaving the country.
Most nationals can obtain their visa at the point of entry into Zambia. Current charges are $50 for
tourists of most nationalities, including US, Canadian, British and most European countries.
If you are not one of the above please ask about visas before booking. Please visit the
Zambian Immigration website
for full information.
Visas can be obtained at all Entry ports into Zimbabwe on arrival. Fees differ according to country of residence.
Canadian passports: Single entry - US$75
British and Irish passports: Single entry - US$55 (or equivalent in ZAR or GBP); Double entry - US$70.
Other passports (USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand): Single entry - US$30 (or equivalent in ZAR or GBP); Double entry - US$45 (or equivalent).
Zimbabwe immigration visa website link www.evisa.gov.zw
Effective 01 October 2015, the Government of Malawi has announced introduction of new visa
regulations applicable to visitors from any country which requires Malawian Citizens to acquire
visas to visit their country of citizenship. These countries include but not limited to the
United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Schengen member states, Australia, New Zealand. Most
Middle East countries will also be required to pay visa fees. A comprehensive list of countries
required to pay the fee is still being compiled. Exempt from this visa fee are countries
belonging to SADC and COMESA; with the exception of those countries that charge visa fees to
Transit (valid for 7 days) - US$50
Single entry (valid for 3 months) - US$75
Multiple entry (valid for 6 months) - US$150
Multiple entry (valid for 12 months) - US$250
What to bring for community projects?
Anything from books and stationery to clothes and toys. Cash donations are also accepted. Please ask us as well for updated ‘wish list’ from the project.
We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and take supplies for the projects we support in need, you’ll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families. Please click here to see what supplies are needed for our project/projects.
Can I bring my children?
Can I bring my children?’ Children of all ages are allowed at Robins House, Stanley Safari Lodge, Pumulani, Kuthengo Camp and Mkulumadzi. The rest of our properties have a minimum age limit of 7 years except for Tena Tena, Nsefu and John’s Camp whose minimum age limit is 12 years.
As for the walking trails, Luangwa Bush Camping is minimum 16 yrs and Walking Mobile Safari is 21 years minimum.
What is your cancellation policy?
Confirmation to 91 days 20% of accommodation only is due, then of full invoice 90-61 days 25%, 60-31 days 50%, 30- 0 days 100%. Cancellation fees will be applied and so we ask that you ensure full "Trip Cancellation Insurance" is bought at time of confirmation.
What are your emergency contact numbers?
Malawi office: +265 (0) 999 970 002/3
Zambia office: +260 (0) 216 2460 90/91/92
Zimbabwe office: +263 (0)772 361 712