South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
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
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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 holiday to Robin's House
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.
Robin's House is the perfect choice for young families or friends travelling 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 travellers 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 12 yrs 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Louisa Verney (Staff)
Nkwali is a great place to start your safari adventure in the South Luangwa. The lodge is a short boat trip from the lodge into the park and the game viewing is excellent. Nkwali has a really homely feel with everyone meeting round the camp fire to discuss the days game viewing excitements followed by a delicious dinner round the huge table.
Louisa Verney (Staff)
Nkwali is found just outside the South Luangwa National Park and is a great lodge from which to start your South Luangwa adventure. The six rooms are open in feel during the day but they have a gate which is able to be pulled over during the night so that you feel safe and secure as you sleep. The Mfuwe area of the park is renowned for its excellent game viewing, as the animals are used to seeing game driveshaft veichles year round so are very relaxed and happy to be photographed. When the river levels are high it is possible to access the park by the pontoon or when the water levels drop you are just able to drive across the river which save going through the main gate which is a big advantage.
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.
Green Season Game Drives
The Green Season, Rainy Season, Emerald Season, Secret Season - what ever you decide to call it, this is a beautiful time of year to be on safari. Activities are rarely disrupted by weather and the bush is full of life.
Green Season Walking Safaris
Walking in the African bush is a special experience at any time of the year, but the opportunity to walk in somewhere like the Luangwa Valley in the Green Season is a treat for even the most experienced visitor to Africa.
Mulberry Mongoose workshop
Take a trip to the workshop of Mulberry Mongoose, a local company which employs local women to create fantastic hand-made jewellery and accessories, while giving back to the community and the environment.
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.
Private photographic guide South Luangwa
Spend a day (or more) in the company of a professional wildlife photographer to hone your skills and make sure you take back some fantastic photos of your safari in the South Luangwa.
Zambia for Families
from £4200 pp inc flights & transfers for 7 nights
- Stay in exclusive houses in Zambia and have complete control over your stay.
- Enjoy your own space and lodges which have plenty of flexibility for young children.
- Kids will love going on bush walks searching for animal tracks and spoor at Robin's House.
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.
How to get there
10-hour international flight to Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, Lusaka. After a 70-minute flight from Lusaka, you arrive at Mfuwe Airport where you are met for a transfer to camp, which takes approximately 50 minutes.
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