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A memorable safari combining some of the best locations and experiences in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia' premier safari destination.

Key facts of RPS Luangwa Trail

Nkwali 2 nights Tena Tena 2 nights 
Luangwa Bush Camp 3 nights Nsefu 2 nights
Number of nights 9
Available dates 22 May - October
Country visited Zambia
National Parks South Luangwa National Park

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South Luangwa wildlife
Elephants seen on the Luangwa Trail

Luangwa Exploration including a few nights bush camping.

The unspoiled South Luangwa National Park is one of natural jewels in Zambia’s crown, and home to one of the most varied collections of wildlife on the planet. The park offers a unique combination of landscapes, from grassy plains to mature and majestic woodlands. This area’s reputation for abundant wildlife and unspoiled vegetation precedes it.

The park is centered around the mighty 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.

The Luangwa Trail takes full advantage of what the Luangwa Valley has to offer, combining time at Nkwali Camp located outside the national park in the game rich game management area with our beloved bushcamps, Tena Tena Camp and Nsefu Camp, which are both situated in the exclusive Nsefu Sector. A great addition to these camps is night at our fly camp option Luangwa Bush Camping.

Itinerary of RPS Luangwa Trail day by day

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Day 1 - 2
Day 3 - 4
Day 5 - 7
Day 8 - 9
Nkwali Camp

Day 1 - 2: Nkwali Camp

Nkwali Camp has a wide view of the Luangwa River. On Robin Pope Safaris’ private land, and overlooking the South Luangwa National Park, Nkwali is ideally situated for the start of your safari. The six rooms all look out over the river and have open air bathrooms. Depending on your arrival time in the day you will enjoy a lunch looking out over the lagoon to the back of Nkwali or if in the afternoon for tea and the afternoon and night game drive.

During your time at Nkwali Camp, a typical day consists of 2 game activities per day, with the choice of a 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, its 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 - 4: Tena Tena Camp

Tena Tena Camp is next on the Luangwa Trail. 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 waterbirds 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 5 - 7

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 campfire.
The days are 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. The days are flexible, your guide will discuss options to suit you and any other guests.

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Nsefu Camp

Day 8 - 9: Nsefu Camp

Last but not least is a stay at the historic 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 suggested 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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Accommodations, service, and food were top notch at all the camps during my stay. The staff, the guides, the chefs were all wonderful! A big thank you to everyone who made our trip so wonderful! Here's the problem,I want to return to South Luangwa like NOW! And this company has completely spoiled me! Thank you again, RPS, I'll be back!
Annie L about RPS Luangwa Trail
This safari hit just the right note between great comfort and fitting in with its surroundings, the food was excellent, and the standard of guiding impressive. The staff did a brilliant job of managing everyone, providing a very relaxed - but efficient - atmosphere. And then, of course, the animals put on quite a spectacular show. South Luangwa is nothing short of incredible.
Jerry P about RPS Luangwa Trail

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