"The very best of Luangwa: outstanding sightings, luxury camps and an exclusive safari area"

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This is a highly-exclusive and top-quality safari, using the South Luangwa's Nsefu Sector, a remote and inaccessible corner of this famous National Park. We will be based in small, luxury camps which have private use of a large and very rich safari area, encompassing stable lions prides, endless elephants and a wealth of plains game. It is also one of the very best places in Africa to find leopards.

Nsefu Sector offers all the game sightings of the main park, but with a fraction of the visitors, generating a serene wildlife experience which you rarely share with anyone else. With no other vehicles around (apart from a few from our camp) we are free to enjoy sightings for as long as we choose.

The camps are run by Robin Pope Safaris – known for their excellence in the safari world – and our experience both in camp and on safari will be outstanding. Photographers prioritise sightings above luxurious camps but I have chosen these camps primarily for their location and the access that they give to the finest sightings in the Luangwa.

We have been on many trips to various wildlife destinations - however, our recent trip to Zambia is the first time we have been back to an African camp we’ve visited before. The reason for this return visit was quite simply Ed Selfe.

Of the many guides we’ve had, we have been the most impressed with Ed, due to a combination of his knowledge as a guide and his friendly outgoing personality, with a sense of humour very much in tune with our own! And of course, the clincher - Ed’s expert photographic skills, not only anticipating the best position for any imminent action, but ensuring that the two of us both had the best possible view and lighting.

In summary, as keen wildlife photographers, we consider ourselves fortunate to have crossed paths with Ed - superb guide, great company and expert photographer. And hopefully now friend.

Ken MacLennan-Brown & Sandra Rossi, UK


Endless Elephants
Nowhere in Luangwa is home to more elephants than the Nsefu Sector. Wilder and more remote than the main park, the area's elephants are used to throwing their weight around can often be seen stripping branches off trees and rearing up on their back legs.

Unparalleled Leopard Sightings
The Nsefu Sector offers the finest leopard sightings in the Luangwa. Not only this, but in this very quiet area of the park, we can track leopards as they mark territory, hunt and rest without being disturbed by anyone else. This luxury is particularly valuable to photographers hoping to maximise their experience.

Secluded Part of the Park
There are just 4 camps using the large Nsefu Sector, so it is normal to see no other vehicles during a whole safari in the bush. Being based inside the National Park, we are also able to leave very early in the morning to track predators before dawn; this is top-class safari experience to match anywhere else on the continent.

Finest Landscapes in the Area
The surroundings of the Nsefu Sector are the most spectacular in the Valley. Large sweeping river bends, hidden ebony groves and forests of Winterthorn and Sausage trees offer a variety of habitats like nowhere else. Inland, there are vast plains, unusual salt pans, and low-land miombo forest where we can enjoy sightings of Eland and Wildebeest.


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: Patrick Cooper | Zikomo Safari & Marula Lodge | 20 - 26 July 2016
Predators, action, two kills in process and stunning behaviour sightings were the highlights of my safari in Luangwa with Patrick Cooper earlier this week.

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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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Tena Tena and Nsefu camps are run by Robin Pope Safaris, a by-line for excellence, both in camp and on safari. Quite apart from an outstanding safari experience, we can look forward to excellent hospitality and wonderful views of the Luangwa River from our rooms. Both camps are set along the main river, which places us right in the centre of the action. I have been guiding in this area for the last 3 seasons, and it's not uncommon to find elephant in the camp, and you will hear lion, hyaena, leopard and hippo from the camp on a nightly basis.

Tena Tena
Situated in the exclusive Nsefu Sector Tena Tena sits nestled under a magnificent and thick grove of mahogany trees. On a double tiered river bank each room enjoys its own private view onto a long stretch of the Luangwa River.

We'd rate Tena Tena Camp an 11 out of 10 because, for us, it was absolutely perfect and we loved every second there. It is a beautiful camp, beautifully maintained with an outstanding staff and fantastic food. We love tented camps and this is one of the best we've ever seen (and we've seen quite a few!).

Sharon M, Australia

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



Both Tena and Nsefu are based in the exclusive Nsefu Sector of the National Park. This area receives far fewer visitors than any other zone of the park, and is the finest safari experience that Luangwa has to offer. We will rarely see other vehicles and when we do, they will not influence our experience. It is certainly the case that we will enjoy sightings for as long as we choose.


GROUP SIZE: Minimum 2, Maximum 4 - a surcharge will be applied if fewer than 4 is reached. (Groups of 6 can be accommodated - apply for details and rates.)

RATES INCLUDE: 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, standard drinks, game viewing activities and laundry.

RATES EXCLUDE: All 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: 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.