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The Robin Pope Safaris' Mobile Walking Safaris have long been known as the best wilderness experience of the South Luangwa National Park.

Key facts of The Mobile Walking Safaris

Nkwali 1 nights Mobile Walking Camp 5 nights
Nsefu or Tena Tena 1 night
Number of nights 7 or more
Available dates June - October
Country visited Zambia
National Park South Luangwa National Park
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The best wilderness experience

The Robin Pope Safaris’ Mobile Walking Safaris have long been known as the best wilderness experience of the South Luangwa National Park, operating since 1990. They were the first such walking safaris in Africa. They continue to be totally unique. Ditching the confines of the game drive vehicle for a pair of walking boots as you venture out in the wilderness, where so much lies in store. After a night at Nkwali Camp, the party drives to the north of the park where they will walk for five days covering approximately 10km a day, following the Mupamadzi River. A final night at Tena Tena Camp or Nsefu Camp completes the safari.

South Luangwa National Park is widely known as the home of the walking safari. The area is remote and wild, the terrain and habitats varied and the game shy and unused to man. From ants to buffalo, a bird’s nest to tracking a lion, you will learn the many facets of the bush. All walks are led by a highly experienced guide and always accompanied by an armed game scout, thus giving you the utmost safety during this adventure

Itinerary of The Mobile Walking Safaris day by day

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Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5,6
Day 7
Nkwali Camp

Day 1: 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. Many places claim to be "among the remaining wilderness areas" or "one of the last wildlife sanctuaries"; South Luangwa National Park lives up to both and more. The Luangwa Valley is vast, remote and home to both people and a truly impressive variety of game.

Nkwali Camp is a small intimate and authentic camp and is the ideal start off point to any safari with a few more creature comforts than the bush camps to help ease people into the African way of life. While at Nkwali Camp, you have the option of 2 game activities per day, with the choice of a game drive or a walking safari. There is no typical day on safari, you can choose to do as little or as much as you like although we recommend at least one activity per day. Apart from the game activities, there are also some enriching cultural experiences such as visits to the local village and school to see what local Zambian life is about. A trip to one of the wildlife education centres is also encouraged.

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Day 2

After an early breakfast, you will be heading north to start your walking mobile which has become known as THE wilderness experience of the South Luangwa. Your drive is some 90kms to the Mupamadzi River along a bush road, through remote parts of the park. You arrive in camp for lunch around mid-day. The camp is already set up for your arrival with well-equipped walk-in tents. The shower is under a tree and the toilet is a long drop with a wooden throne. Enjoy a relaxing siesta after lunch, before tea and going for a walk around camp in the afternoon, to return for sundowners and dinner in the open under the stars!

Day 3

Up at sunrise for the morning walk. The area is remote and wild, the terrain and habitats varied and the game shy and unused to man. From ant’s to buffalo, a bird’s nest to tracking a lion, you will learn the many facets of the bush. The mobile camp will be packed and moved to Camp 2 and lunch will be ready as the guests arrive late morning. Lunch, siesta and afternoon walk.

Day 4

Explore the area on foot – returning to the same campsite.

Day 5,6

The camp will be moved again to camp 3 during the morning as you walk further down the river. The Mupamadzi River is a major tributary of the Luangwa. All walks are led by an experienced naturalist and accompanied by an armed game scout.

Tena Tena Camp

Day 7: Tena Tena Camp

Tena Tena Camp is the last stop on your Mobile Walking 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 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.

*Note there is also the option to spend the the night at Nsefu Camp.

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This walking safari succeeded my expectations in every way. We were in a remote part of the national park, along the Mupamadze River, which offered some beautiful sites under trees by the sandbanks of the river, shallow enough for us to wallow in the water. The loo and shower facilities worked extremely well and there was even hot water for the showers, which we had not been expecting.I learnt so much, saw so much, felt safe at all times - I had the time of my life, thanks to Kanga and all the staff - they were very professional and a real pleasure to be around!
Susan F about The Mobile Walking Safaris
We chose a walking safari to immerse ourselves in Africa and we chose RPS after a friends recommendation, and we are so glad that we did. We were thrilled to see so much game in the South Luangwa, (it was quite literally teeming with animals) and found RPS staff throughout to be extremely helpful and accommodating. One of the best things (and there were many), was that in our five day safari, apart from our group and the team looking after us, we only saw two wildlife policemen one day in a jeep and no other people at all; with the same proviso, we heard only animals and there was no light pollution. We can't recommend RPS highly enough.
William T about The Mobile Walking Safaris

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