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Robin Pope River Journey Safari


This 7 night South Luangwa Safari offers a unique safari experience in the Emerald Season combining Nkwali Camp and Nsefu Camp.

Please note that all of our Zambia safaris can be tailor-made. This itinerary is just a suggestion and can be amended to better fit your requirements.

Safari Details

The Luangwa Valley is at its most dramatic in the Emerald Season, with the Luangwa River now flowing over into the brimming lagoons. Boating into these lagoons, flooded ebony groves and flowing channels gives you a view of the Valley which is normally inaccessible during this season.

The Luangwa River is one of the last remaining major rivers in Africa, and even in the world, that has not been damned for hydropower. This vast river still annually rises, floods into lagoons and channels, changes course and resulting in new lagoons and in so doing creates an rich flood plain river system. To be in the heart of the park, at peak flood time, staying at the first camp built in Zambia (1951) with the river being your only access, is quite an experience.

At Nkwali Camp you will drive, walk and boat. Most of the game in this area remains resident all year and so the game viewing is always excellent and hopefully see wild dog as it is the season for our top viewing season for the dogs. After a few nights you will boat slowly up the Luangwa River, to Nsefu Camp, bird watching and game viewing on the way. The transfer is around 3 hours.

At Nsefu Camp the emphasis will be on exploring the flooded ebony groves and lagoon systems, flowing channels and tributaries by boat. There will also be excellent walking, including a boat and walking combination to reach one of southern Africa's largest yellow billed stork colonies in full action. After 2 or 3 nights at Nsefu Camp the final night will be spent at Nkwali Camp. Extra nights can be added at both camps.

  • Itinerary - A combination of Nkwali and Nsefu for 7 nights
  • Transfers - By boat Nkwali Camp / Nsefu Camp - Tues, Thurs and Sat only
  • Included - All safari costs (activities, national park fees, bar and laundry)
  • Not Included - Internal flights, departure taxes and visa
  • Rate - On Request

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