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The 7-night Luangwa Trail is one of the most exclusive experiences on offer in South Luangwa National Park in Zambia, walking with the best of guides in the industry. A unique way to immerse yourself in this wilderness area and getting closer to nature.

Key facts of Luangwa Trail

Luangwa River Camp 2 nights Tena Tena 1 night
Luangwa Bush Camp 2 nights Nsefu 2 nights
Rate from US$5030 per person sharing
Available dates 22 May - October

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South Luangwa wildlife
Bush Camping walking safaris

Luangwa Trail in the heart of the Luangwa Valley.

The South Luangwa National Park, Zambia marks the end of the Great Rift Valley, one of the last remaining unspoilt wilderness areas and possibly the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa. This is one of the most exclusive experiences on offer in the African bush. Walking with the best of guides, venturing deeper into the bush by camping out for a couple of nights, dinner and stories around the fire, simple but delicious food.

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.

You will also get a chance to stay in some fixed camps during the safari, namely Luangwa River Camp, Nsefu Camp & Tena Tena. This unique safari experience should be on everyone’s bucket list.

Itinerary of Luangwa Trail day by day

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Day 1 - 2
Day 3
Day 4-5
Day 6 - 7

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Day 1 - 2: Luangwa River Camp

Luangwa River Camp sits nestled under an ancient ebony grove on the banks of the Luangwa River overlooking the game rich area known as the Luangwa Wafwa. This small and intimate camp with just five bush suites, along with its setting and location creates a real “wow” factor and a romantic feeling simply flows through the camp. It is the first stop on the Bush Camping Safari. During your time at Luangwa River Camp, a typical day consists of 2 game activities per day, with the choice ofa game drive or a walking safari. Early morning is best for doing walking safaris as well as game drives and commence after a light breakfast. Once brunch and a siesta followed by teatime treats, it's back out into the park to see what the late afternoon/early evening has to offer. Alternatively, a cultural tour or trip to a wildlife education centre can be arrange, which gives one a more holistic experience of the Luangwa Valley.

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Day 3: Tena Tena Camp

Tena Tena Camp is next on the Bush Camping Safari. This remote and intimate camp lies within the National Park, in the exclusive Nsefu Sector and enjoys a stunning location on a sweeping bend of the Luangwa River. A grove of mahogany trees shade the large custom-made tents. From the thatched dining room and bar, guests can watch the elephants, hippo and antelope on the riverbank. Tena Tena is synonymous with Robin Pope Safaris as it was the first camp which Robin opened and ran and has become a favourite amongst many safari lovers over the years. In terms of game activities, the flow is similar to that of Luangwa River Camp but bearing in mind you are in a completely new area with lots to see. Depending on the time of year, you will be able to access the hippo hide within the area giving you an opportunity to view game such as hippos, crocodiles and water birds within a closer proximity.

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Day 4-5

Up at sunrise for breakfast and then the morning walk to the first bush camp. Situated in a secluded area of the Nsefu sector the camp is simple and “bush”. Arriving in time for a leisurely lunch followed by a siesta and an afternoon walk will follow tea and then back to camp for sundowners and dinner around the camp fire. What is “bush camping”? …walking with the best of guides, dipping deeper into the bush from the fixed camps by camping out for a couple of nights, dinner and stories around the fire, simple but delicious food.

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Day 6 - 7: Nsefu Camp

Last but not least on the Bush Camping Safari is Nsefu Camp, situated on the banks of the Luangwa River, in the remote Nsefu sector on the north side of South Luangwa National Park. It was the very first photographic safari camp in Zambia, which dates back to the fifties. The Nsefu sector was first pronounced a game reserve in 1966 some five years before the South Luangwa was even declared and has always been recognised as an outstanding game-viewing area.

A day on safari at Nsefu Camp starts with a hearty breakfast around the camp fire, after which your morning activity will begin! Depending on time of year an all day picnic drive to the salt pans that will cover different habitats comes highly recommended and is an exceptional day’s safari. Nothing is set in stone and your days will be designed and planned with your bearing your interests in mind. You can mix and match activities to maximize your experience in this game rich and remote area of the Luangwa. One should also remember to make use of the permanent viewing hide at Nsefu Camp

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I have always wanted to do a walking safari. One of the best things about the Robin Pope set up is that the places are small and intimate. You have your own guide who is so knowledgeable and makes every effort to get you up close to animals while respecting them at same time.
Mike B about Luangwa Trail
From start to finish, we were delighted with Robin Pope Safaris. We chose a walking safari to immerse ourselves in the African wilderness and were so glad that we did! The tents were very well-equipped with washstands, torches, tissues and insect repellent. The staff were outstanding!
Mary J about Luangwa Trail

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