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The Bush Camping Safari is one of the most exclusive experiences on offer in South Luangwa National Park, walking with the best of guides in the industry.

Key facts of Luangwa Trail

Luangwa River Camp 2 nights Tena Tena 1 night 
Luangwa Bush Camp 2 nights Nsefu 2 nights
Number of nights 7
Available Dates 22 May - October
Country visited Zambia
National Park South Luangwa National Park
Max group size 4

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South Luangwa wildlife
Bush Camping walking safaris

A Bush Camping Safari in the heart of the Luangwa Valley.

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. This is rustic camping but with that extra touch of comfort. There are stand up tents, mattresses on the ground, sheets and blankets, wash basin, shared 60L bucket shower, bush loo, full bar and food service, fully serviced camp (except laundry). The walking is in one of the most lagoon rich areas of the Luangwa and hence the game is superb. You will also get a chance to stay in some fixed camps during the safari, namely Luangwa River Camp, Nsefu Camp & Tena Tena. When staying at Tena Tena and Nsefu you can walk between the two for two or three days, camping on the way. This unique safari experience should be on everyones bucket list.

Itinerary of Luangwa Trail day by day

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Day 1 - 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6 - 7
Luangwa River Camp

Day 1 - 2: Luangwa River Camp

The South Luangwa National Park marks the end of the Great Rift Valley, one of the last remaining unspoilt wilderness areas and possibly the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa. 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 tea time 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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Tena Tena Camp

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.

It is through the South Luangwa National Park that the great meandering Luangwa River runs, with its ox bow lagoons, tributaries, riverine supported woodlands and large plains, all of which play host to huge concentrations of game including elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, giraffe, hippo and over 450 species of birds.

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Day 4

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.

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Day 5

The day is spent walking in the game rich area of the Luangwa riverine habitat, with ebony groves, many lagoons and of course the Luangwa River itself. During your morning walk the camp will be moved to a second site and lunch will be waiting for you on arrival, alternatively you and your guide may decide to have a picnic lunch en route. This is a very flexible day and your guide will discuss options to suit you and any other guests.

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Nsefu Camp

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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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
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

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