Robin Pope Safaris Mobile Camp
South Luangwa National Park, Luangwa Valley, Zambia
At a Glance
Rise early like the predators and head out on foot to explore their territory
Camp in simple tents and dine under the stars at this remote and exclusive mobile camp
Follow the movements of the game as the camp is relocated to be in the optimum area
Enjoy superb guiding with some of Robin Pope Safaris top guides
Walk through a stand of wild jasmine - white and sweetly scented, and a mecca for sunbirds
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
The Robin Pope Safaris Mobile Camp is open from June to October.
Zambia has a moderate to sub-tropical climate with three distinct seasons: from November to March is the Emerald, or the rainy season, April to July is Zambia's winter, when the weather is cool and dry, and August to October is summer, when the weather is hot and dry. In terms of game-viewing, the drier months, meaning a higher concentration of game at the permanent water sources, are a superb time to visit. Alternatively come for some superb bird-watching at the end of the rains.
To start planning your vacation to Robin Pope Safaris Mobile Camp
Robin Pope Safaris Walking Mobile camps are situated in the far north of South Luangwa, along the perennial Mupamadzi River in Zambia. The camp moves every day or two, relocating to game rich areas each time and offering exhilarating walking safaris!
The Robin Pope Safaris Mobile Camps are semi-permanent and are set up along the Mupamadzi River in the remote north part of the South Luangwa Valley. Guests leave on a set-departure trip organized by Robin Pope Safaris for 5 nights.
With a maximum of six guests, the safaris are exclusive and are led by RPS's top guides. The camps are simple, with en-suite walk-in tents with long drop loos and a bucket shower. The camps are open and animals will wander through freely.
The days start with the dawn, guests gather around the camp fire, where tea, coffee and toast will be waiting. The first walk of the day is in the cool of the morning, when the animals are more active. Generally, walks last for about four hours, but they are not a route-march - plenty of time is spent stopping and looking at game and birds, and the guide will point out interesting plants and tracks. There are numerous stops for resting and for some tea, coffee and cake before continuing on to the next camp, which the team will have packed up and moved to a new location. The mobile camp is usually moved three times during the five night safari, but this will depend very much on the wildlife activity.
The expert level of guiding on all these trips is very reassuring. The Luangwa has become the center for walking safaris because of its stringent tests for guides, and the park rules that dictate that an armed game scout and a guide must accompany every group. It's one of the safest places to walk in Africa.
Finally, completing the complement for most walking trips is a 'tea-bearer' – a member of the camp's staff who acts as another experienced pair of eyes, whilst carrying vital supplies of tea, coffee, cold drinks and delicious cakes for refreshment stops along the way.
Accommodation is in three comfortable walk-in safari tents. The tents are very simple as they are traditional safari style tents. They have bucket showers (hot water available) and long-drop toilets.
Children under the age of 12 years are not permitted to walk in the South Luangwa and those between 12 and 16 years will need to seek permission in advance.
The sole activity during your stay at the mobile camp is game viewing. All the game viewing will be done on foot as the walking safaris will take the guests from one camp to the next, making no two days the same. The walking safaris will allow you to explore the bush up close and to enhance your knowledge of life in the bush.
Game Drives in the South Luangwa
Game drives are the most common way of exploring the African bush. A vehicle allows you to cover distance quickly and comfortably and offers visitors the best opportunity of getting very close to wildlife in a safe and controlled way.
If you get the opportunity to head out after sunset you should take it. The bush transforms under the cover of darkness as the nocturnal wildlife gets going. Using a spotlight your guide will scan the bush for eye-shine picking out some great action.
Robin Pope Safaris Liuwa Plain
In the far west of Zambia lies the Liuwa Plains, one of the remotest and least visited parks in the whole of Zambia. The Liuwa Plain National Park covers an area the size of Majorca, mostly flat plains and pans which fill during the rains.
Zambia Walking Safari
South Luangwa National Park and Luangwa Valley
from $7100 pp 7 nights
- Exclusive mobile walking safari led by expert guides
- Visiting and exploring one of the most remote and pristine areas of the South Luangwa
- Stay in comfortable tented accommodation on the banks of the Mupamadzi River
Location & directions
South Luangwa National Park, Luangwa Valley, Zambia
The RPS Mobile Camps are set up along the Mupamadzi River in the remote north part of the South Luangwa Valley, Zambia.
How to get there
10-hour international flight followed by a 70-minute domestic flight and approximately a 4-hour road transfer. However this forms part of a set departure mobile camping trip, so the transfer will be all included.