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Robin Pope Bushcamps

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

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© Robin Pope bushcamping Bushcamping gives you the real feeling of wilderness
5/5 Simple, wild camps where you can enjoy nature undisturbed
© Robin Pope bushcamping Simple, wild camps where you can enjoy nature undisturbed

One of the best ways to see the Luangwa - on foot with a fabulous guide. Expect an intimate, adventurous and unchoreographed experience.

Bush camping with Robin Pope Safaris is taking walking safaris back to their routes. Debs Tittle, a Brit who fell in love with the bush and Zambia many years ago is a really superb guide.   She will plan each bush camping trip with precision and enthusiasm and has some really very special - although sometimes hard to get to - camping areas.  The trips are small and private, so you can also indulge your own particular interests and not have to worry about whether the others in the group share them.

The emphasis is on experiencing the bush and getting "back to" nature, pausing to look at tracks, enjoying the sounds and smell of the bush and having the benefit of Deb's vast knowledge applied to anything you come across.  Almost the best bit is that you'll be shadowed by one of the best Zambian institutions: The Tea Caddy, who will ceremoniously pop open his backpack under a shady tree so you can enjoy a well-earned brew...now that's luxury.

The experienced crew will set up and take down the tents as you move, ensuring that you'll arrive to the welcome sight of a camp in full swing: warm shower, cold drink and hot meal.  You will be extremely comfortable but without any over-the-top luxury.There is no electricity in camp - only paraffin lamps and bush showers - which is, quite frankly, the way it should be.   These trips usually run for two or three nights combined with a stay of a couple of nights in one of the permanent camps.

Accommodation:

Private safari 2 or 3 nights in large tents.

Experience:

One of the best ways to see the Luangwa - on foot with a fabulous guide. Expect an intimate, adventurous and unchoreographed experience.

Inclusions / Exclusions:

Includes full board accommodation, scheduled activities, soft drinks, beer, house wines and local spirits, park fees where applicable.  Does not include special activities, premium wines, champagne and spirits, gratuities, items of a personal nature.  Laundry may not be available until you reach a permanent camp.

Age Restrictions:
minimum age of 12 years
Electricity:
kerosene lamps and candles
Laundry:
yes
Rooms:
Maximum of 6 people
Bathroom:
Long drop loos and bucket showers with hot water.
Open/Closed
Nov - April

About South Luangwa National Park and Zambia

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Watching elephant drinking undisturbed from the vantage point of the riverbank
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South Luangwa National Park

The Luangwa Valley is probably Zambia's best known wildlife area. As well as having very good all-round game, Luangwa is somewhere that has gained a well deserved reputation for walking safaris, though there is a great deal more to do above and beyond. The park consists of large amounts of woodland; miombo interspersed with grass lands in the north of the park and large stands of mature ebony forming deep shade along the banks of the river. Read more?

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5/5 Big game of a different sort - the vicious Tigerfish puts up quite a fight
Big game of a different sort - the vicious Tigerfish puts up quite a fight

Zambia

Zambia has made a name for itself in the last ten years, as a high quality wildlife destination and one that is particularly good for walking safaris.  Intimate (and often rustic) bushcamps, excellent local guides, beautiful riverine scenery and varied game and birdlife are the trademarks of a safari in Zambia. Recommended experiences in Zambia White water rafting the Zambezi Visit Victoria Falls on your safari to Zambia, Zimbabwe or Botswana to experience some of the best white water rafting and loads of other activities. See more and book Zambezi River island escapes These unusual lodges are all on islands in the mighty Zambezi River and are perfect for the start or end of a safari or while visiting the Victoria Falls. Find out more Bushcamping in Luangwa Valley Spoil yourself with a tailored walking safari in Zambia, walking from one small camp to the next through the game-rich Luangwa Valley. Find out more Family safari in Luangwa Valley A wildlife safari tailored to the needs of reasonably adventurous families in the South Luangwa, Zambia. Find out more Big game safari, lower Zambezi A safari to the Lower Zambezi that offers exceptional big game on drives, by boat or on foot. Camps and lodges range from luxury to simple bushcamps. Find out more Read more?

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