John Stevens - Guided Safaris Africa

Zambia – November 2012

“Robin Pope’s Liuwa” - This is a brilliant opportunity to spend a few days with one of Africa’s truly great guides, the legendary Robin Pope. Robin has built up a superb reputation over the years and is highly respected by John Stevens, who rates him “one of the best”.

A wonderful chance to see great birdlife and animals in a remote part of western Zambia is yours! This fantastic short-break safari or can be extended further with a trip to Victoria Falls, for instance, or another added extension in Zimbabwe, such as Hwange National Park. Please let us know your ideas and we’ll be happy to help.

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Robin Pope

Robin Pope is an honorary ranger with the Zambian Wildlife Department and has been leading walking safaris in the Luangwa Valley and the Liuwa Plain for almost a quarter of a century. Robin was born in 1951 and lived with his family in the Copperbelt, Kabwe (Broken Hill) and Lusaka. Robin is an "old school" safari guide having lived and worked in the Luangwa since 1975 and commenced his own safari operations with the re-opening of Nsefu in 1982. In 1989, Robin started his mobile walking safaris, a respectable upgrade on the walking trails that the late Norman Carr initiated in the 1960s.

About Liuwa Plain – A Birder’s Paradise

This vast open plain lies west of the Zambezi River, on the Angolan border and is an extremely difficult area to access - few people have been there. John Stevens’ Signature Safaris offers our clients a unique opportunity to visit this isolated and rarely visited national park.

The plain is home to around 30,000 blue wildebeest, herds of zebra, red lechwe, oribi, steinbuck and more. The predominant predator is the hyena, which competes with the wild dog and occasional cheetah. Lions used to be common but there is now a reintroduction program in place. The birding is always a highlight and the many water species inhabit the water-filled pans.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 – 21st September 2012

Departures 20th November or 25th November or 30th November 2012.
4 or 5 nights – availability and more details on enquiry. Limited places.

Day 1

Fly from Lusaka to Kalabo, about 2 hours over very scenic country. Met by Robin and driven to pontoon to cross the Luanginga River. Drive to camp – first through woodland then into the open plain, game viewing along the way, about 2 hours. Arrive at Liuwa Plain Camp for late lunch. Afternoon game drive, sundowners, shower and dinner.

Day 2 – 5 (or 4 for 5 night safaris)

Exploring the plains and woodlands will be an amazing experience. Robin or his guide will take you out and with them you can either walk or drive. There are lagoons and waterholes, literally filled with birds, to walk around and explore. There are miles of open plains to drive through, finding the host of wildlife there. The pattern of the days will vary but will be based around an early start with a light breakfast, returning for an early lunch. A siesta before afternoon tea and an afternoon drive. A sundowner out on the plains and then returning at dark to camp for showers and dinner.

Day 6 (or 5 for 4 night safari)

Leave camp around 0730 for the 2 hour drive back to Kalabo. Charter flight back to Lusaka arriving around midday. This is in time for the Mfuwe afternoon flight.

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Contact Details
Phone: 263 4 490612 (Office hours 9am - 5pm
Zimbabwe UTC/GMT +2 hours)
PO Box CH 84, Chisipite, Harare, Zimbabwe

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