Reasons to Visit
Zambia is a safari destination for the connoisseur, boasting a fantastic range of wildlife in its diverse national parks. Many amazing game experiences can be had within the national parks, with lion virtually guaranteed and leopard in abundance. This superb array of game can be appreciated on foot, by car or on the water.
Zambia offers the full range of fascinating, colourful birdlife you’d expect to see on safari, with a range of water based birds in the Lower Zambezi and Kafue National Parks. The Bangweulu Wetlands are one of the few places on the planet where you can see the impressive Shoebill Stork.
An evening cruise on the Zambezi in Livingstone and game viewing from Kafue’s Lufupa River are wonderfully relaxing, but best of all are the water based activities in the Lower Zambezi. Drifting slowly down river, observing elephants coming into drink as the sun goes down is one of the definitive African experiences.
With night drives offered in all of the major national parks, Zambia is arguably the best destination in Africa to observe nocturnal wildlife. The South Luangwa in particular is known for outstanding leopard sightings, and there is a tangible excitement to watching how wildlife behaves after dark.
By any judgement Victoria Falls is an awesome force of nature. During the wet season up to 550 million litres of water cascades over the lip of the Falls each minute, offering an intensely photogenic experience. The spectacle that so bewitched David Livingstone is still equally impressive today.
Walking offers an opportunity to appreciate the birdlife, track animals footprints and learn about the smaller creatures such as a mother and baby warthogs. It makes an excellent contrast to a game drive and allows visitors to understand more about the ecosystems of the South Luangwa.
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Africa and The Indian Ocean
This is one of the 'Houses of Zambia' which have been built to offer guests a superb luxurious and private safari experience. This is the ultimate in tailor-made with your own chef and safari guide to look after you.
This stunning private house is built approximately 1km from Nkwali Camp, on Robin's own land. Built on the edge of a lagoon and with a backdrop of the Chindeni Hills you feel instantly part of the surrounding landscape. Local stone, grass and wood have been used to construct the house, which outwardly has a traditional feel. However, venture inside and you find that each room has a totally individual style. The effect is almost castle-like with a wonderful feeling of space and size.
In front of the house is a beautiful tiled terrace with your own private sizeable plunge pool - the perfect place to cool off on hot afternoons! Extending from the terrace and built over the lagoon is a magnificent raised wooden walkway leading to a viewing deck surrounding two huge ebony trees complete with leather couches, dining table and chairs and bar. Returning from a drive to a candlelit dinner on the deck will be a memorable experience.
Inside the house you will find a spacious living room complete with large comfy sofas and a huge marble dining table. This impressive room stretches up two storeys to the thatched roof and is flanked by dramatic suspended leadwood stairways ascending to two upstairs bedrooms. There are also two bedrooms downstairs so you can take your pick! Each luxurious bedroom is uniquely designed using materials ranging from marble, glass and chrome to local woods and materials to reflect the names: the Sand Room, the Coral Room, the Blue Room and the Sea Room. The simple designs on the fabrics, made locally, all match the room colour scheme. Their spacious and airy confines have large wall to floor windows that open onto a large patio or balcony. Each room is en-suite with large shower areas.
During your stay all your game viewing activities are exclusively your own with your private safari guide and scout and it is therefore ideal for a small group or a family. You will be able to enjoy wonderful game drives in the South Luangwa park and walking safaris in the dry season. Your delicious meals will be cooked by the house chef and the menu planned according to your wishes.
If you are interested in responsible tourism, it is possible to arrange a visit to one of the projects that Project Luangwa, which the Robin Pope Safari camps work closely with, as part of your safari. These include schools which have been built, tree planting, and a new library. This needs to be pre-arranged and requires a donation toward the project, and is a wonderfully enriching experience.
An idea that was originally established in Zambia, safari houses are now common in most of East Africa's popular game parks. We look at a few of the most popular in Zambia and the reasons why they are still a firm favourite amongst some safari-goers.
South Luangwa National Park is Zambia's most famous safari park. Most of the game viewing, of which there is plenty, is centred around the Luangwa River. Walking safaris are a speciality in the park.
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South Luangwa National Park
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