DAY 5 & 6 - Mobile Tented Camp, South Luangwa National Park
Explore the area on foot – returning to the same campsite.
Overnight: Mobile Tented Camp 2
South Luangwa National Park in eastern Zambia, the southernmost of three national parks in the valley of the Luangwa River, is a world-renowned wildlife haven. It is one of the best-known national parks in Africa for walking safaris. Founded as a game reserve in 1938, it became a national park in 1972 and now covers 9,050 km2.
The park spans two eco-regions, both of them woodland savannah, distinguished by the dominant tree: Southern Miombo woodlands cover the higher slopes of the valley, while Zambezian and Mopane woodlands cover the bottom of the valley.
The Muchinga Escarpment in Northern and Central Provinces forms the park’s western or north-western boundary, it slopes down from there to the river, lying mostly on its western bank. The eastern bank of the river is in Eastern Province, and as access to the park is only from that side, it is usually thought of as being wholly in Eastern Province.
After an early breakfast, you will be heading north to start your walking mobile safari. The drive is some 90kms to the Mupamadzi River. You arrive in camp for lunch around mid day. Enjoy a relaxing siesta after lunch, before tea and going for a walk around camp in the afternoon, to return for sundowners and dinner in the open under the stars!
Overnight: Mobile Tented Camp 1
After an early breakfast, transfer to the Luangwa River crossing point opposite Tena Tena. On arrival you will be shown to your tent and then lunch will be served followed by a well-deserved siesta before the afternoon and evening game drive. Time to rest those weary legs!!
Overnight: Tena Tena
DAY 7 - Tena Tena
The camp will be moved again to camp 3 during the morning as you walk further down the river. The Mupamadzi River is a major tributary of the Luangwa. All walks are led by an experienced naturalist and accompanied by an armed game scout.
Overnight: Mobile Tented Camp 3
DAY 3 - Mobile Tented Camp, South Luangwa National Park
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South Luangwa National Park supports large populations of Thornicroft’s Giraffe, and herds of elephant and buffalo often several hundred strong, while the Luangwa River supports abundant crocodiles and hippopotamuses.
Within the woodland savannahs are larger patches of grassland, so that grazers such as zebra and leaf browsers such as giraffe are found in profusion in the same areas. Patches of flooded grassland habitats (floodplains) are found close to the river, on which hippopotamus graze at night.
Their dung released into the river fertilises its waters and sustains the fish population which in turn sustains the crocodiles. The Luangwa valley, continued to the west by the Lunsemfwa River valley, contains some varieties of animals such as Cookson’s wildebeest and Crawshay’s zebra which are endemic or near-endemic to the valley.
Nkwali is dominated by an enormous ebony tree around which the bar is moulded. The six chalets are spacious and during the day are fully open to wonderful river views, in the evenings the Constantia grill doors are pulled together to close the open room fronts. The en-suite bathrooms are spacious with double sinks and showers from which you can enjoy the enormous African skies.
Set back from the river on a lagoon are the dining room and swimming pool from which guests are often treated to elephants and other game coming down to drink during the day unperturbed by our presence.
DAY 2 - Mobile Tented Camp, South Luangwa National Park
DAY 1 - Nkwali Camp
Tena Tena when translated means “temporary home”. The six tents are very private with plenty of space between them and each with its own window onto a magnificent stretch of the Luangwa River where the hippos wallow and the lions roam. The en-suite bathrooms are spacious and open to the elements, designed to copy nature with curved walls around the trees and simple subtle colours and a view from every facility. The main area is shaded by an enormous tent strung up between leadwood poles with plenty of space to relax and unwind before sitting down to a beautiful dinner on the banks of the Luangwa enjoying the sounds of the African night.
Mobile Tented Camp
The Mobile Tented Camp consists of three twin walk-in Meru tents. The shower is under a tree and the toilet is a long drop with a wooden throne.
The RPS MOBILE WALKING SAFARIS have long been known as the best wilderness experience of the South Luangwa.
For the adventurous spirit that wants to get even further out into the wilderness, to immerse themselves in the sights, sounds and smells of the bush, we offer dedicated walking safaris. Walking through the bush is a completely different experience to driving.
All your senses are alert. Every sound, every movement - the flap of a bird's wing, a tail swishing through the tall grass - acquires significance. As one of our guests said after walking for five days along the Mupamdazi River, it is like reading an engrossing book, compared to watching a film.
DAY 4 - Mobile Tented Camp, South Luangwa National Park
Up at sunrise for the morning walk. The area is remote and wild, the terrain and habitats varied and the game shy and unused to man. From ant’s to buffalo, a bird’s nest to tracking a lion, you will learn the many facets of the bush. The mobile camp will be packed and moved to Camp 2 and lunch will be ready as the guests arrive late morning. Lunch, siesta and afternoon walk.
Overnight: Mobile Tented Camp 2
The last night can be spend at Nsefu Camp.
For general idea of fitness level, here are some guide lines. This does not mean this is the distance and timing of every day. But it gives you an idea of how fit you need to be.
Robin always says that you should also be able to run 50 meters, but please understand that this is not because you will be running from any animal! It's just another way of showing a level of fitness. The ultimate walking safari experience 10 km in 4 hours on varied ground.
Depending on which time of year you visit, you may need waterproofs, a warm jacket or sunscreen. The dry months are from April till October and the wet months November till March. Temperatures range throughout the year from between 11-40 C.
On arrival at Mfuwe International Airport a guide from Robin Pope Safaris will meet you. The drive to Nkwali Camp is 1 hour. Nkwali Camp has a wide view of the Luangwa River and is ideally situated for the start of your safari.
Overnight: Nkwali Camp
6 Nights / 7 Days