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Robin's House

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Robin's House is built in a beautiful area of ebony woodland overlooking the Luangwa River next door to Nkwali Camp. This private house is taken on an exclusive basis with two ensuite bedrooms making it a perfect retreat for families.

At a Glance

  • Robin's House is taken on an exclusive basis and is an excellent choice for families

  • Experience top-class guiding on day and night game drives in open vehicles with your exclusive expert guide

  • Relax and unwind in your private pool and escape the heat of the day

  • Wake to the sounds of hippo wallowing in the river just below you

Adventure, Family, Wildlife, Eco/ethical tourism

Insider's View

Enjoy breakfast overlooking the river and you may just see elephants crossing to the other side.

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

Spend the afternoon relaxing by the pool

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Robin's House or take a look at our itineraries to Luangwa Valley

Description

Robin's House is the perfect choice for young families or friends traveling together. Taken on an exclusive basis with a private guide, chef and host, days here are yours to spend as you please.

The house comprises two separate ensuite bedrooms with a central indoor living area. Depending on weather and temperatures, meals are either served around the dinning table or outside over looking the Luangwa River. The small pool offers respite during the hotter months and provides a welcome distraction for younger travelers too.

Wildlife is regularly seen around camp, with regular hippo sightings at breakfast when the river is in full flow. Surrounded by ebony woodland and open grasslands, the area attracts plenty of game including lion, leopard and even wild dog. Elephants are regular visitors and can often be seen crossing the river into the national park.

Access to the national park is either by boat (2 minutes) or the nearby pontoon (10 minutes). The main bridge and park gates are just 15 minutes away - giving 3 options for entry. This central area of the park is accessible all year and so the wildlife is used to the vehicles guaranteeing excellent sightings and photographic opportunities.

Robin Pope Safaris are renowned for their excellent guiding at all their camps and Robin's House is no exception. With a private guide and host, guests can experience total flexibility as to how they spend their day. Hosts are on hand to help with any babysitting needs giving parents the opportunity to enjoy early morning game drives for example. Robin's House takes children of all ages and activities will be tailored to each party depending on ages. Younger guests can bake biscuits with the chef, learn to paint, or explore the local village meeting some of the local Zambian children too.

Game drives are a great way to discover the wildlife however nature walks and walking safaris are also offered (walking safaris are suitable for children 16yrs upwards). When the river is high and in full flow (approximately end December - April) boating excursions are also offered - an excellent way to explore the lagoon and enjoy the wonderful bird life.

Accommodation

Robin's House is a two bedroom private house located a short walk from Nkwali on the banks of the river. The house is perfect for families and has its own living area and private pool. The house comes with its own dedicated team of staff including a private guide and vehicle.

Childcare

Children of all ages are welcome at Robin's House. There is a whole range of family safari activities available including game drives and nature walks to learn to identify animal spoor and droppings, birding for beginners and learning to use spotlights at night. A private host is on hand to help with any babysitting needs keeping the children entertained. Other activities available include safari packs with fun quizzes and puzzles, trips to Kawaza School to meet Zambian children, helping out in camp or playing games. The older boys love going to the workshop for the morning, playing sport (beach cricket) or even having a sleep in, lazy morning and fry up by the pool.

Facilities

The private deck and pool become the central point of the house during the summer months. Dinners are served around the main dinning table or outside under the shade of trees with views over the river. The refreshing swimming pool is perfect to enjoy between safaris.

Activities

Activities are entirely chosen by the guests and tailored to their requirements. Guests have the option of a walk or a game drive. The drives include morning, afternoon and night drives. An all day drive, with a picnic lunch, is also available. The walks are led by very knowledgeable guides, and escorted by armed National Park scouts. The standard of the guiding is outstanding. Guests can also visit the local village of Kwaza and interact with the villagers and learn about their way of life.

During the months of December to April (Emerald Season) the Luangwa River is rising and falling depending on the rainfall. January to March it is flowing bank to bank. At times it is near full and pouring into the adjacent lagoons. Whatever the level, boating on the river during these months is simply magical.

Alternatively, guests can choose a cultural visit to a local village and school as well as Tribal Textiles an industry based in Mfuwe producing gorgeous hand printed fabrics.

Location & Directions

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Robin's House sits under the shade of mahogany, ebony and sausage trees, on the banks of the Luangwa River. Just outside the South Luangwa National Park, Eastern Province of Zambia.

When to go

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.

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