Best of South Luangwa Safari SeasonTena Tena, Zambia Luangwa River Camp, Zambia, South Lungwa Kaingo, Zambia


Dates: 9 to 16 June 2019.

Availability: Full Now taking bookings for 2020

Price:  $6312 per person and includes flights from Lusaka and 4 nights at Nsefu 3 nights at Nkwali,  There is no single supplement.


Join our Photographic Workshop in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park, one of the great game parks of Southern African. Luangwa is particularly regarded for its wonderful riverine scenery, high leopard concentrations and excellent guiding.

This photographic expedition coincides with the safari season. The Luangwa River is dropping, lagoons are attracting birds such as pelicans and yellow billed storks in their hundres. Daytime sightings of leopards are great. The weather is comfortable. Its a great time to be on safari.

Robin Pope Safaris has excellent guides, and I have been working for them for 10 years. Vehicles are open. The sixth window seat is for the scout that joins us if we want to go on walks.

One of the highlights of a visit to South Luangwa is that it is one of the only national parks in Africa where you can explore and photograph on foot and go on night drives.

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Guests should make own arrangements to and from Lusaka.  The flight to Mfuwe takes roughly one hour and from there it is a 2 hour game drive through the park to Nsefu.

Nsefu is very remote and is only accessible by river at this time of year.  This camp, which was the first to be built in Zambia’s South Luangwa Valley during the 50s, has a classic feel and recalls the bygone days. It also enjoys a prime position looking with a 270 degree view of the river. Game drives in this area are outstanding and the area is very good for wild dog, leopard, lion and other game. It is one of the most private parts of the park.

Nkwali Camp, which is in the more southerly part of Luangwa near spectacular game driving and walking areas is our home for the last three nights. The camp is in a private concession outside the park on the river. Robin Pope Safaris is one of the few camps that can keep their vehicles in the park and depending upon water levels its a quick boat trip over the river to our vehicle.

The game in Luangwa can match the best wildlife areas in Africa. What really makes it extra special is the spectcular landscape, the classic style of camp and the people of the Luangwa Valley. It is a wonderful destination — and for me, a second home.

Optional add-ons and extensions

Anyone wanting to extend their stay by a few days at the start or finish will find plenty to do in the Luangwa Valley. There are also direct flights from Mfuwe to North Luangwa, Lower Zambezi and Victoria Falls. Kafue, with its amazing diversity of antelope and great wildlife, is also a short flight away.

Getting there

The price includes flights into Mfuwe from Lusaka International Airport and guiding, all activities, park fees and private vehicles.

Photographers need to know

  • Luggage limits are 25kg per person. We can arrange additional limits if required.
  • Maximum distance of walking unlikely to exceed two kilometres over uneven ground.

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For more about traveling in Zambia, see our country information page.  


We also run trips during February (the Emerald Season) and November (the Predator season) which offer quite different experiences of this wonderful valley. The Emerald Season trip is also called the River Journey as we follow this magnificent river for 40 kilometres upstream into an area that is inaccessible at other times of year. Predator viewing is also excellent at this time and the birding is at its best. During November its hot and the predators have the upper hand. We follow the pattern of their movements waking up extra early. This is the time for carmine bee-eaters.