Robin Pope Safaris

    Camps and Lodges


Robin Pope Safaris Introduction 

Robin Pope Safari Camps and operations are among the finest in Africa, with comfortable lodges, superb guides and excellent food.

Map of Robin Pope Camp Locations

Itineraries using Robin Pope Safaris

Nkwali Lodge

Nkwali Camp is located on Robin's private land, overlooking the National Park.  The land is superb gameviewing country, with a beautiful area of ebony woodland and open grass plains. Elephants often cross the Luangwa, seen from the bar, or come to the waterhole near the thatched dining room. 

Accommodation for 12 guests in cool and spacious chalets, each with a view of the river.  Throughout the year we have direct access to the park by boat. The area is famous for leopard and giraffe sightings.

Open all year.

Tena Tena

The Times, London has rated Tena Tena Camp "altogether beyond superlatives.. one of the best safari camps in the whole of Africa."  This remote and small camp lies within the Nsefu Sector of the National Park and enjoys a stunning location on a wide bend of the Luangwa River.  A grove of mahogany trees shade the large custom-made tents and open air bathrooms. From the thatched dining room and bar, guests can watch the elephants, hippo and antelope on the river banks.  The spectacular Buca Buca lagoon is nearby, where a whole morning can be spent quietly watching game come down to feed and drink.  Because of the remoteness Tena Tena guests have these scenes to themselves. 
Accommodates 10 guests in luxury tents under thatch

open late May to end Oct


Nsefu Camp lies on a sweeping bend of the river, 12 kilometres north of Tena Tena. Nsefu was the first game camp in Zambia and dates back to the early fifties. The view of the river is superb and includes a terraced area where game grazes during the day.  The bar, tucked in beside a huge dormant termite mound, overlooks a waterhole that is very productive for game, especially leopard at night.  The original rondavels have been extended, with a spacious bathroom added.  Each room has a clear view of the river, through large windows and from the new wooden veranda.

Accommodates 12 guests in traditional rondavels
En suite semi-open air bathrooms

open late May to end Oct

Walking Safaris

Robin Pope's Walking Mobile Safaris start with 2 days at Nkwali Camp.  You then drive north to the Mupamadizi river for five days of walking covering approximately 10km a day.  The trek will follow this clear river which 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 fully serviced mobile camp is extremely comfortable and well-equipped with walk-in tents and full bedding.  The shower is under a tree and the toilet is a bush loo with a wooden throne. Meals of a high standard are served under the open sky. Your safari will conclude with three nights at Tena Tena or Nsefu

Bush Camps

Luangwa Bush Camping is a 2-night walk between Tena Tena and Nsefu for a couple of days, camping in stand up tents, mattresses on the ground, sheets and blankets, wash basin, shared  ucket shower, bush loo, full bar and food service. The walking is in a lagoon rich area and game is superb. Debs Tittle, one of Zambia’s best, is the guide and host.

Palm Grove Bush Camping takes place in an area recently explored by Robin  – the  dry river bed of the Mushilashi River. There is a huge palm grove in the middle of the bush and the camp is under evergreen trees on an island in middle of the river bed, surrounded by white sand. This is a wilderness experience with rigorous walking in a wild area where game is sparse and very shy. This is arranged ad hoc.

Safari Houses in Luangwa

For groups or families, private safari houses offer a unique experience.

Robin’s House is ideal for families, honeymooners and guests looking for a little privacy.   Set apart from Nkwali camp the house has an amazing view of the Luangwa river and the animals that come down to drink.  It is under a grove of large trees and is well shaded. Two luxury bedrooms and a central sitting room and dining room. Service includes a private chef, valet,  private guide and safari vehicle.

Luangwa House is a stunning private house 1 km from Nkwali. It is built on the edge of a seasonal lagoon with Chindeni Hills in the backdrop.  The main room is vast – going up two storeys. And each bedroom is not only large but also has individual styles.

Chongwe River House - Private House - Lower Zambezi National Park

This extraordinary house is at the end of a massive winterthorn grove, on the banks of the peaceful Chongwe River, a tributary of the Zambezi.  The entire house is built of ferro walls and wild wood.  With no straight lines it flowing and natural in every way. On entering the house, the main room has low bridges over flowing water. From this room you look out over the deck and pool to the river and mountains beyond. The Chongwe area is famous for huge male elephants.  From the bedrooms, the sitting room and the deck you will have game in view, feeding and watering.

private safaris - walking, drives, night drives, boating, canoeing and fishing
open April - November

Pumulani - Malawi

Situated on beautiful shores bordering Lake Malawi National Park a World Heritage Site.This is Birdwatchers will be in paradise - there is an abundance of birds in both the lake shore beach and gardens as well as the hillside woodland.

Accommodations are in ten villas built up the hillside, individual in style.The central dinning and bar area is high above the lake with spectacular views. The infinity swimming pool is on a lower terraced deck.

Activities include snorkelling, kayaking, waterskiing, fun tube, wake boarding, sailing, fishing and scuba diving and  village walks.  At the end of the day guests can enjoy Africa’s most spectacular sunsets on board our  12 meter dhow been handcrafted by local inhabitants.

Closed January, February, March

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