"Two-location Luangwa safari combining rich central area with exclusive Nsefu Sector"

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We use two camps in different areas of the South Luangwa National Park: Lunagwa River Camp is poised on the heart of the central area where the game is very relaxed around vehicles and therefore presents great photographic opportunities. The camp has its own private crossing point which give us access to one of the best wildlife zones of the central area - the well-known Luangwa Wafwa.

Nsefu Camp is further north in the exclusive Nsefu Sector of the National Park. Both areas offer outstanding wildlife photography opportunities with the added bonus that at Nsefu Camp we will have the area largely to ourselves - a private and serene experience with Nature.

Nowhere offers the density of sightings of Luangwa’s central zone, with close approaches to game in a relaxed setting. After years of safari vehicles, game has become accustomed do our daily visits and largely ignores us! This gives us a chance to hone our skills in the first half of the safari before heading north to the exclusivity and luxury of Nsefu Camp. Run by Robin Pope Safaris, Nsefu is one of the Valley's longest-standing camps and resides in a tranquil wildlife hotspot in the middle of the Nsefu Sector. This second half of the safari shows Luangwa at its very best, competing with safaris anywhere else on the continent.

This safari is run in conjunction with Spirit Journeys Worldwide, a UK-based tour operator with many years' experience. The group will be guided by my with two supporting tour leaders. The group will be split between two vehicles with me alternating between the two.

As a serious amateur photographer, I would highly recommend an extended stay for anyone who wants to experience Africa with a good camera in hand. Our guide, Edward Selfe, was not only a highly informed and experienced naturalist, but also an excellent photographer. Whenever possible, he would position our vehicle with consideration of the light, the animal angle and the upcoming potential action so we had the best chance of getting that special photo we wanted! Photography in Africa is challenging, but having a photo savvy safari guide like Edward can make all the difference.

Laurie Shapley, USA


Unusual Salt Pans
Right in the centre of the Nsefu Sector, an artesian well gushes hot, salty water from deep in the earth. It's salty, but good to drink, and animals come from miles around to quench their thirst. Expect clashes as buffalo meet elephant meet hyaena!

Night Photography
Around the central area of the park, nocturnal mammals have become accustomed to the presence of night safaris and tend to ignore vehicles with spotlights. Mongooses, Pel’s fishing owls, leopards, genets and civets are all more active at night; with or without flash, there are interesting and exciting experiences to be gained.

Relaxed Game
Both the Central and Nsefu areas of the South Luangwa have been safari hotspots for half a century. Game is wonderfully habituated to vehicles allowing photographers to document natural behaviour in an extraordinary way. The predators particularly are very confiding and allow wonderful encounters.

Very Large Safari Area
Using two different zones of the park gives us vast opportunities for exploration. Some days we won’t venture far from camp, but other days will take us deep into the bush; it’s sometimes possible to take a safari lunch with us, so that we don’t have to return to camp in the middle of the day.


Photo Safari: Double Luangwa | Flatdogs Camp & Nsefu Camp | 3 - 10 Sep 2017
I had been looking forward to this safari since I first started the arrangements; a combination of Flatdogs Camp and Nsefu Camp, both in outstanding areas of the park and promising superb wildlife experiences.

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Photo Safari: Luangwa Classic | Flatdogs Camp & Lion Camp | 5 - 11 September 2016
Lions crossing rivers, a story of 3 leopards, wild dogs on a Puku carcass, sparring elephants and a baboon kidnapping. This is worth a read!

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Photo Safari: Mike White | Zikomo Safari Lodge | 2 - 8 July 2016
The Nsefu Sector's stunning scenery, abundance of wildlife and scarcity of other vehicles gave us a wonderful week with excellent sightings.

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Luangwa River Camp
Luangwa River Camp sits nestled under an ancient ebony grove on the banks of the Luangwa River overlooking the game rich area known as the Luangwa Wafwa.

This small and intimate camp with just five bush suites, along with its setting and location creates a real “wow” factor and a romantic safari feeling simply flows through the camp.

This was my third time to LRC and it keeps getting better each time I stay there. The chalets are cool, comfortable and well designed with a large tub and separate shower, comfortable beds and fine linens. The food is first class, the chef should be in a 5 star restaurant! The staff are friendly, helpful and knowledgable.

Matnikstym V, USA

Nsefu Camp
Situated in the exclusive Nsefu Sector on a magnificent meander on the Luangwa River lies the historic camp Nsefu. Nsefu is one steeped in history; it was built in 1951 and - barring some upgrades - the camp and rooms are still in the same place in the original style.

The camp welcomes just twelve guests in six original brick and thatch rondavels with en-suite facilities, each room opening up to what can simply be described as the best view in the South Luangwa.

Nsefu has many repeat guests, some of whom I got to meet during my stay. With the combination of great location, wonderful staff and an abundance of wildlife, I can certainly see why. I would recommend this camp, without reservation, and send my best to all those who made my stay so memorable.

Sara G, USA



This safari offers a combination of two areas; the central zone and the Nsefu Sector. Both have considerable advantages: the game density in the central area is second to none, but we share the area with a few other camps and operators. The Nsefu Sector is far more exclusive, offering a combination of outstanding game and absolute privacy. It will therefore be the case that we share sightings with other visitors at Luangwa River Camp but this will rarely be the case at Nsefu Camp.


GROUP SIZE: Minimum 4, Maximum 8 - a surcharge will be applied if fewer than 4 is reached. I will guide every safari activity throughout the trip, but group will also contain two deputy tour leaders who will assist with photographic advice and expertise.

RATES INCLUDE: Internal return flights from Lusaka to Mfuwe. Airport and inter-camp transfers, National Park Fees (any increases in Park Fees will be passed on to the guests), Luangwa Conservation and Community Fund fees, full board accommodation, bar drinks, game viewing activities and laundry.

RATES EXCLUDE: International flights and personal purchases.


BOOKING: If you are considering joining this safari, contact me via the Contact Page to request a booking form and discuss anything you would like to know.

SAFARI STARTS AND ENDS: Spirit Journeys Worldwide will arrange your internal flights with Proflight during the booking process. We will collect you from Mfuwe International Airport and transfer you to your first camp. Safaris begin with the afternoon game drive. After our final morning on safari, we will co-ordinate your departure to meet with the remainder of your itinerary and any onward connections.

FLIGHTS: You can reach Mfuwe International Airport using Proflight Zambia. You can book directly on their website or ask you agent to do so. Emirates now have a code-share with Proflight so it's possible to book from your home city > Dubai > Lusaka > Mfuwe on the Emirates website. This offers good value and ensures that the airlines know that you are connecting between flights.