Robin Pope Safaris, Africa

Robin Pope Safaris offers personalised, unforgettable experiences, combining genuine African bush adventure with simple yet stylish luxury.

Published 6 Jun 2017, 16:23 BST

Robin Pope Safaris offers personalised, unforgettable experiences, combining genuine African bush adventure with simple yet stylish luxury. Operating in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi, the company guarantees an authentic taste of Africa’s remoteness and warmth, with a focus on the continent’s outstanding wildlife.

South Luangwa National Park properties, Zambia

Founded in 1986, Robin Pope Safaris’ main operations are concentrated in Zambia’s pristine South Luangwa National Park, home to perhaps the greatest variety of wildlife on Earth — including more than 450 bird species. Each property offers a true wilderness experience, plus stylish accommodation, attentive service, fine dining and some of the best safari guides in Africa

There are four intimate camps and two private houses located in and around the park. Each of the camps — Nkwali, Luangwa River Camp, Tena Tena and Nsefu — offer a host of safari experiences and local activities, from game drives and seasonal boat trips to village tours and wildlife conservation. Offering the same activities, but with added privacy, Luangwa Safari House and Robin’s House are ideal for families and exclusive use

Walking safaris

Robin Pope Safaris prides itself on delivering the finest walking safaris. Luangwa Bush Camping offers exclusive walking experiences led by the best guides, with up to three nights’ camping in the bush. The journey travels through one of the most lagoon-rich areas of the Luangwa, meaning the game-watching opportunities are second to none

The Mobile Walking Safari, meanwhile, takes hikers on an off-the-beaten-track adventure through wild, remote areas. Over five days, travellers cover around six miles a day, trekking through an area that’s remote and wild, with participants learning about everything from identifying a bird’s nest to tracking a lion. A final night at Tena Tena or Nsefu completes the safari

Both Luangwa Bush Camping and The Mobile Walking Safari trips include fully serviced mobile camps, with well-equipped walk-in tents, to ensure guests enjoy an unforgettable adventure in comfort

Stanley Safari Lodge, Zambia

Further afield in Zambia, on a hill bordering the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and overlooking unspoiled bush, lies Stanley Safari Lodge. It’s situated just over a mile from Victoria Falls, where the mighty Zambezi River drops some 2,500ft into a narrow gorge. The scenes are postcard-worthy: the spray from the Falls; the river snaking away in the distance; and, come evening, the beautiful African sunset.

There’s more to the Falls than just world-class views, though. The gorges here are ideal for all manner of adrenalin-fuelled activities: the wide, majestic Zambezi upstream of the Falls is perfect for boating and canoeing, while the Victoria Falls Bridge is famous for its bungee jumping options

John’s Camp, Zimbabwe

Going south into Zimbabwe along the Zambezi leads to Robin Pope Safaris’ John’s Camp. A charming, 10-bed tented camp, it’s nestled among the canopies of trichelia and mahogany trees, within the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mana Pools National Park. The park is among the last remaining wild-walking parks in Africa, and guests at John’s Camp enjoy stunning views across a flood plain towards the Zambezi River. Among the wildlife roaming the surroundings are bull elephants, buffalo, lions and hippos, not to mention a vast number of bird species. The camp is made up of five twin or double en suite Meru-style tents — plus a common dining area and a stargazing sleep-out platform for the more adventurous travellers. The concept is simple but the experience is intimate

Pumulani, Malawi

Robin Pope Safaris’ Zambia and Zimbabwe properties are complemented by Pumulani, a beach lodge on Lake Malawi that represents the ultimate luxury escape. Located within Lake Malawi National Park, Pumulani is the perfect destination for post-safari relaxation. Set atop a hill overlooking the lake, it’s home to 10 spacious villas, each with a private deck, as well as an al fresco restaurant and an infinity pool. Raised wooden walkways offer direct access to the beach. Guests can also take the opportunity to explore local villages, join a fishing or birdwatching trip or embark on a sunset cruise

Mkulumadzi Lodge, Malawi

Further south, in the Great Rift Valley, Majete Wildlife Reserve is one of Malawi’s largest protected areas and its only Big Five reserve. Located within the Miombo woodlands ecoregion, its landscapes feature granite hills, river valleys and lush riverine forest. Mkulumadzi Lodge is surrounded by 17,300 acres of private concession inside the reserve and stands at the meeting point of two rivers — ideal for boating safaris, as well as game drives, guided walks, hikes and cultural tours

Robin Pope Safaris operates a responsible tourism policy, ensuring its lodges operate harmoniously within fragile ecosystems and alongside communities in a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable way.

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Key facilities

• Six safari camps and lodges (Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi)
• Two private safari houses (Zambia)
• Two specialist walking trails (Zambia)
• One beach lodge (Malawi)

Key activities

• Game-viewing
• Birdwatching
• Trip to Victoria Falls
• Walking safaris
• Canoeing/kayaking
• Fishing
• Snorkelling
• River cruises
• Scuba diving
• Cultural tours


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