Like excited little children we followed Robin, our intrepid field guide, into the African bush, our senses peaked noticing every sound, every smell, feeling the warmth of the morning sun on our skin and listening intently to Robin as he interpreted the signs of nature. Fresh tracks and signs in the sand were translated into a story of a leopard following closely in the footsteps of a duiker, a small antelope species. We followed the tracks and the story evolved into a panicked chase and skillful kill of the antelope, the leopard then retreated to the nearest treetop with her kill to eat in peace. We must have arrived not long after this spectacular event as the leopard was still there, quietly looking down on us.
Robin Pope grew up in Zambia and has been guiding private walking desert safari deals through the South Luangwa National Park and surrounds for the last 24years. His knowledge of the African wildlife is unsurpassed and he is known and revered by many as the best wildlife guide in Africa. The unspoilt South Luangwa National Park in Zambia is home to one of the greatest collections of wildlife in the world – including leopard, lion, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, hippo and more than 400 species of birds.
Robin Pope Safaris not only offers Private Walking Safaris, Photographic Safaris, Birding Safaris and unique special interest safaris such as the Kasanka Bat Safari and the Shoebill Safari, but they also have 3 intimate camps offering a true wilderness luxury experience, situated on the banks of the Luangwa River in South Luangwa National Park. With this combination of top class wildlife guides, impeccable hospitality and delectable cuisine, going on safari with Robin Pope Safaris makes for an unforgettable experience not to be missed! The emphasis is on guests’ comfort, relaxation and enjoyment of an authentic African experience in the Classic tradition.
Their three luxury camps, Nkwali, Nsefu and Tena Tena, win regular praise in the press with Tena Tena recently being described by The Times of London as “altogether beyond superlatives… one of the best safari camps in the whole of Africa”. Robin Pope Safaris and their camps are members of Classic Safari Camps of Africa. Classic Safari Camps of Africa is an association of independent, privately owned camps and lodges in some of the most beautiful wildlife and wilderness areas in East and Southern Africa. Each of these unique establishments offers genuine hospitality and an intimate knowledge of Africa’s natural environment, and is dedicated to conservation and the involvement of local communities sharing and conserving the spirit of Africa.