Robin Pope's Mobile Walking Safari

Discover Zambia on foot

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Robin Pope is a man who knows Zambia better than most having started leading safaris in 1975 and then opened his own company 11 years later. Best known for his Mobile Walking Safari, it has long been known as one of the best wilderness experience available today and one area Robin Pope really excel at is in the expert level of guiding they provide. The Luangwa has become the hub of walking safaris due to its knowledgeable guides so you will learn and see so much.

The way a Robin Pope Mobile Walking Safari works is that after a night at Nkwali (base camp) you are driven north where you spend the next five days walking covering approximately 10km a day following the Mupamadzi River. The camps you stay at for the five nights tends to move two or three times, though this does depend on how much ground is covered. Each walk is focused around the game-rich Mupamadzi River, allowing you to see the big and small creatures that call this area home. Perhaps a little surprisingly given the location is the standard of food in the mobile camps, it is delicious and served each night around a camp fire and under the stars. At the end of the safari you can choose to stay at Tena Tena or Nsefu Camp.

Due to the nature and changing location of the safari the itinerary shown in the 'Detailed Itinerary' section is an example of how a trip may run. 

This is a superb safari that offers an incredible experience.

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Being in a small group experiencing the wildlife upclose
  • Walking 10km a day across unspoiled savannah
  • Staying at several different locations to maximise your experience
  • Dining under the stars, sometimes you can see the Milky Way it is so clear
  • Walking with some of the best safari guides in Africa
  • Feeling like you are discovering an area no-one has been to

Sample Itinerary Summary

Not quite your cup of tea? Our Destination Specialists can tailor any part of this itinerary or create one from scratch just for you.

7 days
Group basis, Escorted

Tailor your itinerary

Before you begin the Robin Pope Mobile Walking Safari you will send at least one night at Nkwali Camp and afterward the walk you will spend a night at either Tena Tena or Nsefu Camp. How long you spend at these camps is up to you, at least 1 night is required however many people stay 2 or 3 as they all offer fantastic adventure opportunities.

-  Nkwali Camp: Nkwali Camp is located in a small private reserve in Mfuwe sector, just outside South Luangwa National Park. It is the main base of Robin Pope Safaris. The camp 
consists of 6 thatched rooms overlooking Luangwa River. They are cool, spacious and have ensuite bathrooms. The real treat here is that there is a swimming pool. With wonderful game viewing, particuarly for elephant who can often be seen crossing the river or visiting the nearby waterhole, as well as a good chance to see lion and leopard. This camp is open all year so you can visit whenever you want.

Tena Tena: Located is also in the  Nsefu sector, it is a tented camp that operates in a virtually private walking area. With 5 rooms, each spacious and cosy with with open-air bathroom, outside shower and a verandah with views over the river. It is one of the most adventurous camps that Robin Pope operates in the valley. The camp is open from late May until the end of October.

Nsefu Camp: Also located in the Nsefu sector is amde up of 6 small concrete rondavels, which look out over a sweeping bend in Luangwa River. It is the oldest lodge in the park. With a reputation for great guiding, Nsefu is one of the more established lodges here. 

Robin Pope operate 7 different lodges in Zambia and all are fnatastic for walking safaris. These are great options if you do not want to move camp each night but still want the excitment of a walking adventure.