SOLOMON CHIDUNUKA – Zambia’s Honoured Wildlife Warden

At a high-profile event in Cape Town, senior Wildlife Warden – Solomon Chidunuka – of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife was honoured with the international Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award 2017. Tusk helps to alleviate poverty through sustainable development and education amongst rural communities who live alongside wildlife, and …

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Top 5 Wildlife Attractions of South Luangwa National Park

As the sun breaks the dry season horizon, its warm pink glow floods the grey dawn. Diurnal birds, emerging from night-time refuges call to stake their territorial claim and advise would-be competitors that they’ve survived the night. Having scoured the dry land for forage, hippos return as late as they …

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Are you Ready for a Photo Tour?

During the enquiry and booking process, I talk to hundreds of guests about what’s involved in a photo safari in the South Luangwa. One of the most common questions that comes up is whether the guests are “ready for a photo safari”. The short answer is that if you love …

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Barking baboons and slithering snakes at Luangwa River

Robin Pope Safari recently welcomed a new member to the team, Michael, and his first week was certainly a busy one! Michael is currently hosting at Nkwali, and then will be scooting up to our Mobile Walking Safaris when we open that for the season in June. During his first …

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Tips for Wildlife Photographers Part 3: Light Direction

The third in our blog series from Edward Selfe on wildlife photography tips takes a look at the direction of light in your photos. Read the other entries in this series here. Even those who know almost nothing about photography will know that you are generally advised to put the …

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Luangwa Valley in August

Photographer, guide and local lodge owner Peter Geraerdts reports from South Luangwa: We’re progressing into the 2016 dry season and it’s that time of the year when Luangwa’s lagoons and oxbows are drying out. Feeding parties of storks and fish-eating birds congregate offering an interesting addition to the wildlife viewing. …

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Tips for Wildlife Photographers Part 2: Get Low

In part two of our five part blog series on wildlife photography tips, Edward Selfe takes a look at the concept of getting low, which offers a beautiful perspective for photographs of wildlife. Read part one here. It’s one of most common recommendations offered to aspiring wildlife photographers: Get low, …

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Tips for Wildlife Photographers Part 1: Focus

In a series of five blog posts, we are asking Edward Selfe, a resident guide and photographer in South Luangwa National Park, to share some tips about getting great safari photos. This is the first post in the series. Wildlife photography is a rich and complex subject. A professional can …

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Last Week in the Luangwa Valley

You know you’ve hit the jackpot in life when your biggest issue getting to work is a herd of elephants blocking the road. Sure, life isn’t all sunsets and G&T’s when you’re running a safari lodge but it definitely does involve quite a few perks. Emily from Robin Pope Safaris …

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Mfuwe Lodge Welcomes Elephants

A wonderful dispatch from the Bushcamp Company and Mfuwe Lodge: Each year South Luangwa’s Mfuwe Lodge welcomes some rather large, grey, wrinkled guests…whole families of elephants have been regular visitors for a number of years, arriving between late October and  mid-December to feast on the fallen fruits from the large …

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A Wild Walking Encounter in South Luangwa

“When we arrive at the crime scene, barely any evidence remains. Only a few blood-soaked blades of grass, glistening in the tangerine dawn sunshine, reveal foul play has been afoot. By now the perpetrators are long gone, having raced into the dense teak forest, so thick and lush in late …

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South Luangwa lions developing a taste for hippo

There seems to be something new on the menu for a particular pride of Lion in the South Luangwa National Park, Zambia – and they’ve really got the taste for it. Where once the buffalo was the food of choice, these 9 lion (a splinter group from our Big Pride) …

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Leopard tries to put porcupine on the menu in South Luangwa

Recent Robin Pope Safari’s guest, Neil Andrews, tells of their incredible sighting on a game drive in South Luangwa National Park. It was one for the memory card and made for life-long safari memories too. Here’s his story: “Although Jane, Ian, Sarah and myself are regular RPS visitors, for all …

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Lovely Liuwa Plains with Norman Carr and People and Places

Towards the end of April I was lucky enough to be invited by Dave Wilson of Norman Carr Safaris on their inaugural trip into Liuwa Plain National Park for a four night safari at the recently upgraded Matamanene Camp. What an incredible experience this was, and something that I will …

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Extremely rare melanistic genet sighted in Kafue

Jeffery & McKeith Safaris, Musekese Camp The afternoon game drive started out like most in the Kafue, with the hope and expectation of something interesting and unusual ahead, heightened by the incessant alarm calls of the baboon troop along the river. It was still light when we set off, in …

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South Luangwa Leopard in Training

In the South Luangwa National Park in the area surrounding Shenton Safaris camps we have a well-known female leopard we call Malika. During our 2014 season she had a cub, a little girl. Our guests from both Kaingo Camp and Mwamba Bush Camp enjoyed numerous sightings of the pair throughout …

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From London to the Luangwa Valley

From the moment I landed at Mfuwe airport back on holiday in 2012, I knew this was a special place. Having never stepped foot in Africa before, jumping in the open game viewer, enjoying the sights and sounds of the villages en route to the Park was a dream come …

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Regulars at the watering hole

A good way of telling how good a water hole is, is by establishing the amount of regular customers it has. Well, here at Mwamba bush camp at our in-camp hide, which is right by a water hole, we have our fair share of repeat customers. We have a small …

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South Luangwa’s Incredible Carmine Bee-Eaters

At Shenton Safaris we are very proud of our unique network of hides built and designed each year by Derek Shenton himself. Along with our mobile hide, elephant hide, hippo hide and Mwamba’s waterhole hide we also have our carmine bee-eater hide. The hide is available from Mid-August cleverly made …

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Why the Kafue?

The Kafue National Park, we are always being told, is unknown and not on people’s radar.  Agents and destination management companies tell us that it is far easier to sell South Luangwa and that Kafue is just “too hard”. We are all hoping that in 2015 to a certain extent …

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