The Robin Pope Safaris’ Mobile Walking Safaris have long been known as the best wilderness experience of the South Luangwa. After a night at Nkwali, 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. This clear river is a major tributary of the Luangwa.
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.
The safari begins with a flight from Lusaka to Mfuwe, where you will meet your guide and drive to Nkwali. You will have the chance to explore on game drives and night drives (and of course walks), with good photographic opportunities. The safari then heads up to the remote north of the park. This takes you through different country and woodland, passing through a petrified forest and large open pans which attract some unusual species of both birds and antelope (Lichenstien's Hartebeest). The party will picnic on the way making the journey very much part of the safari.
The camp is very simple. A row of "walk in" tents that open both ends for good ventilation with camp beds, mattress, sheets and blankets.
A shared large bucket shower under a tree and 2 bush loos - short drop with a wooden throne.
The dining table is under the shadiest tree and the bar is a small table with the glasses and drinks, next to a small gas fridge to keep the beers and wine chilled. The food is first class and of the same standard as the safari camps.
The Walking Safaris
The day starts before dawn, getting up for a quick breakfast around the camp fire. Setting off for the morning walk around six, the morning walk will be from 4 to 6 hours depending on sightings and enthusiasm.
After lunch there is a chance for a rest, read or snooze before afternoon tea. The afternoon walk is gentle, short and often sundowners will be brought to a meeting spot in the bush by vehicle and so there is a short spotlight drive back to camp. Then in the evening a shower and a welcome dinner, Then if you wish drinks around the fire before before heading to your very comfortable bed, weary but happy, usually serenaded by the local lion pride or hyena.
On day that camp moves, the team will break camp, pack the truck and headed off to the next camp site. They arrive, set up camp, cook lunch, If a little late on departure the chef may end up chopping onions on top of the "kitundu" (safari kit!), and as you walk in hot, and no doubt a little tired, from your walk, you will be greeted with cold drinks and lunch will be ready.
The walking is varied in difficulty as the terrain changes and the morning walks are from 6 to 10 kilometers. The timing, distance and toughness of the walks is determined by the group but you do need to be "walking fit" and we say that as a guide you should be able to run at least 50 metres (not from an animal of course).
The area is very different from the Luangwa River. 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. The Mupamadzi is clear and shallow. A tributary of the Luangwa, it rises in the mountainous escarpment within sight. We crossed the river many times - the ritual of taking of the boots and cooling the feet became second nature! There are foothills, open plains, thickets, wooded parklands, reed beds, forest - amazing how many terrains and habitats you can walk through in one day.
The safari ends with a further night at the beautiful Nsefu Camp (or Tena Tena,) where you will stay in a super cottage and enjoy the very high standards of care and quality wildlife viewing that the Luangwa is so well known for.
Activities include :
Nkwali, Tena Tena & Nsefu: walking, game drives (day and night), Kawaza Village Tour, Tribal Textiles tour (for souvenirs), Chipembele Wildlife Orphanage visit.
Mobile Walking: walking only.
Accommodation and Destinations
Rates from US$ 5364 per person sharing in 2019.
8 Days / 7 Nights
Full board, all game viewing, laundry, bar, National Park fees, transfers.
visas, airport taxes, flights.
Domestic return flights between Lusaka and Mfuwe.