Robin Pope Safaris

African Based Travel Specialist

PO Box 30722, Lilongwe 3
Member Number: 20102 Tel: +265993504600

At Robin Pope Safaris we have one goal: to give our guests an unforgettable safari holiday to tick off their bucket list. To experience the wonders of Africa's secluded wilderness, rich culture, beautiful beaches and - our primary focus - the outstanding wildlife, including leopard, lion, elephant, giraffe, zebra, buffalo, wild dog, hippo, to name a few; more than 450 species of birds and an amazing array of tropical fish found only in Lake Malawi.

Founded in 1985, this family run business offers a comprehensive range of locations in Zambia (The Victoria Falls and South Luangwa National Park), Malawi (Lake Malawi and Majete National Park) and we have recently branched out into Zimbabwe with the newly taken over John’s Camp. Our exquisite bush venues offer rustic luxury, each small and intimate ensuring an exclusive and personal guest experience.

We also have partners in Liuwa Plains, the Lower Zambezi, Kafue and North Luangwa National Parks in Zambia and the best of Malawi. To explore all these areas we have created some amazing itineraries for you as well as set departure dates for special interest and mobile walking safaris.

Get addicted to Africa with Robin Pope Safaris

Where we operate

  • Malawi
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Activities offered

  • Accommodation
  • Beach Holidays
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Mobile Safaris
  • Safaris - Fixed Camp
  • Weddings


05 May 2022

New wildlife documentary set in the Luangwa Valley premiers on Netflix

We're thrilled to have yet another wildlife documentary hitting the small screens, that was filmed in none other than the South Luangwa National Park!

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23 November 2021

Safari Dreaming with Robin Pope Safaris

Last year, in the midst of the global pandemic we launched our Safari Dreaming E-book & 2021 Safari Dreaming Calendar with the aim of keeping the African safari dream alive while we waited in anticipation for travel to begin again. The money raised from the sale of these calendars went towards our conservation and community initiatives that were struggling during the international tourism downturn.

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27 September 2021

Exciting new documentary coming out of the South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

The Hippo King From the makers of the award winning documentary Leopard Legacy comes the Hippo King - a compelling life story of a hippo, from birth to adulthood.

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22 July 2021

Mkulumadzi Lodge turns 10

This July we celebrate the 10th anniversary of Mkulumadzi Lodge! Join us for a virtual celebration over the next month as we take a walk back in time, re-visiting the special moments and milestones of Mkulumadzi Lodge.

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03 February 2021

Leopard Legacy - Exciting new documentary filmed in Nsefu

While we wait with bated breath for the return of long-haul travel, we are thrilled to be able to share a bit of Africa with you and your clients virtually through the latest documentary coming straight out of South Luangwa National Park entitled Leopard Legacy!

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07 February 2020

NEW: Focus on Conservation with Robin Pope Safaris

Malawi has an incredible story to share on its conservation success stories and our new package, Focus on Conservation gives our guests an insight into it! Decades of lawlessness and poaching had eradicated the majority of Malawis wildlife so much so that by the early 1990s, species such as black rhino and cheetah had disappeared and all hope was lost for these species to ever be seen in the wild again.

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17 December 2019

WATCH: Experience the Emerald Season with Robin Pope Safaris

Enjoy a quick glimpse into the Emerald Season with Robin Pope Safaris… An extremely underrated time of year (November - April) which has an incredible mix of offerings – dramatic skies, increased numbers of bird species, great game, plenty of new growth (both game & vegetation) and so much more!

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20 November 2019

Christmas with Robin Pope Safaris

With the Christmas just around the corner, is your festive season getaway booked already? Why not make it a Green Christmas this year and venture out to Malawi for a fabulous bush & beach holiday complete with all the festive cheer! Wehave put together a fabulous Christmas package to make the most of this special time of year, the green season.

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28 October 2019

New in 2020: Focus on Conservation in Malawi with Robin Pope Safaris

Are you a conservationist at heart...? Here is a unique opportunity to spend a week in the 'Warm Heart of Africa', Malawi gaining insights to African Parks' exceptional work. Malawi has an incredible story to share with the world on various conservation success stories that have been achieved thus far, and lots more to come.

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13 September 2019

Robin Pope Safaris now on Wetu

Robin Pope Safaris properties now have full profiles on Wetu. We trust those making use of Wetu will find this development beneficial in planning itineraries across Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe.

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06 August 2019

Shoebill Safari with Robin Pope Safaris

With the reopening of Shoebill Island Camp under African Parks, we are delighted to once again be able to offer our popular Shoebill Safari! What is so special about a Shoebill? These impressively leggy birds can grow up to 1.5 metres, have extremely powerful beaks (that happen to look like a shoe), have a wingspan of up to 2.5 metres and are currently only found in the wild in just 5 countries.

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02 August 2019

Robin Pope Safaris 2020 Package Rates now live

Get some inspiration on what you can suggest and set up for your clients in the year ahead across Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe. These are sample packages which come with incredible savings as well – look out for these on the rate sheet. Nett rate sheets are available off our Agents’ Page as usual.

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09 July 2019

The great bat migration with Robin Pope Safaris

There are a few wildlife phenomena that really stand out as extraordinary events. The wildebeest migration in East Africa, the monarch butterflies arriving in Mexico come to mind. Well this is amongst those top events in the wildlife calendar. Up to ten million "straw-coloured fruit bats" converge upon Kasanka National Park as the fruits of a local tree ripen. These bats roost in a specific woodland and literally cover the trunks of the trees like thick icing. Then at sunset they all take off and fly out to forage. The sky is thick with bats.

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30 May 2019

A glimpse into the world of Robin Pope Safaris

We are offering a brief look into our landscapes, game, properties and experiences across Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe via short clips.These have been produced by award-winning documentary-makers, Will and Lianne Steenkamp, producers of the much-loved Safari Diaries. Enjoy the scenic tours and be inspired:

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16 May 2019

Robin Pope Safaris celebrate Kuthengo Camp first year in operation!

In April 2018 Kuthengo Camp officially opened its ‘doors’ for business and in honour of the camps' 1 year anniversary, Robin Pope Safaris have put together an exciting package which explores 2 of Malawi’s most popular and diverse game parks: Majete Wildlife Reserve - currently the only official Big 5 game park in Malawi.  Liwonde National Park - in addition to having 4 of the Big 5 present, it is also the only park in Malawi that is home to a cheetah population.

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20 February 2019

Take a trip of a lifetime with Robin Pope Safaris

Long regarded as one of the best wilderness experiences of the South Luangwa National Park, our Mobile Walking Safaris have been operating for over 25 years, offering guests an unforgettable journey off the beaten track. Why go on a Mobile Walking Safari? • Walking in remote, untouched areas of the park. • A highly experienced and passionate team.

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07 February 2019

Bush Camping in the Emerald Season with Robin Pope Safaris

Always after off the beaten track experiences, Robin Pope Safaris are running this safari exclusively during the month of April to give a different dimension to bush camping when the Luangwa Valley is lush, green and at its most dramatic. Phenomenal birding, beautiful vistas and game viewing during what is usually an overlooked and underrated time of year. The safari is a combination of two fixed camps with an overnight bush camping that will make for an exceptional safari and the opportunity to see the Luangwa Valley in all it's emerald glory.

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23 January 2019

Good news for the painted wolves of the Luangwa Valley (Robin Pope Safaris)

Recent wild dog conservation success in the Luangwa Valley has it estimated to now have the largest population of wild dogs in the whole of Zambia. Despite being one of Africa’s most endangered carnivores, wild dogs (also fondly known as the painted wolf) in and around the South Luangwa National Park have enjoyed several years of increasing numbers, and there are now estimated to be approximately 350 adults and yearlings living in the Luangwa Valley.

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08 November 2018

Wild dogs vs hyenas, brought to you by Robin Pope Safaris

You have probably heard the proverb "Two dogs fight for a bone, and a third runs away with it."  In this next Safari Diaries we see how it literally happens when a wild dog pack squabbles over the last remains of their kill before hyenas arrive…  Watch the battle unfold here:  Subscribe to our channel and never miss your 60 seconds escape to Africa!

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26 October 2018

River Journeys with Robin Pope Safaris

Looking for a 'fresh' safari to kick start the year... Our River Journeys is just what you need! The Luangwa River is one of the last remaining major rivers in Africa, and even in the world, that has not been damned for hydropower.

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24 September 2018

River Journeys

River Journeys with Robin Pope Safaris Looking ahead into 2019 and need some inspiration for first quarter of the year? Our River Journeys safari is the perfect way to experience the Luangwa during the most underrated time of the year, the Emerald Season.

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30 August 2018

Classic Zimbabwe packaged launched by Robin Pope Safaris

Zimbabwe has been named one of the most beautiful countries on the continent and it certainly lives up to that in spectacular style.  Explore three of Zimbabwe’s top regions with Robin Pope Safaris! An 8-night package in three exclusive safari camps:  3 nights at The Hide Safari Camp in Hwange National Park,  2 nights at Changa Safari Camp on Lake Kariba in Matusadona National Park,  3 nights at John’s Camp in World Heritage site Mana Pools.

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22 August 2018

A green Christmas with Robin Pope Safaris

Counting down to the festive season… Make it a green one this year and venture out to Southern Africa. What to expect: A period of revitalization… plenty of new growth, dramatic skies, vibrant colours (the most outstanding being the emerald green! – with the purples, pinks and yellows of new flowers sprouting through). Influx of migratory birds with spirals of migrating storks, cuckoos and other “specials” like the African pitta.

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23 July 2018

The Mobile Walking Safaris now in full swing (Robin Pope Safaris)

The Mobile Walking Safaris is open for another season and has started off with a bang.

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05 July 2018

2019 is around the corner

Our 2019 property rates are now available, and your applicable net rates can be downloaded off our agents page. We have frozen most of our rates into 2019, where we have adjusted rates a minimal increase of no more than 8% has been applied.

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03 July 2018

Pumulani turns 10

Pumulani turns 10!  This June marked Pumulani Lodge’s 10th anniversary! And what a wonderful ten years it has been. As Pumulani enters the double digits, we look back at a few fond memories and interesting facts over the decade:

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24 May 2018

Robin Pope Safaris expands into Liwonde

We are thrilled to announce the opening of Kuthengo Camp in Liwonde National Park, Malawi. Meaning "the wild" or "the bush" Kuthengo is located among fever trees on a large open plain along the spectacular Shire River.

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22 February 2018

Pumulani is turning 10!

This year Pumulani, the brightest star on Lake Malawi turns 10! Thank you for your continued support over the years.

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29 January 2018

Meet us at ITB 2018

Ton de Rooy, the Owner/Director of Robin Pope Safaris will be at ITB this year and would love to fill you in on all that has been going on with RPS. We have exciting developments to share, from John's Camp's first year of operation to a brand new camp in Liwonde, Malawi - Kuthengo Camp. Catch up with Ton at ITB for all this and more!

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18 January 2018

Safari Diaries - Escape to Africa!

Escape to Africa every Monday with Robin Pope Safaris. In each of our NEW 60 second Safari Diaries videos, you're taken along on safari through the Zambian, Zimbabwean and Malawian wilderness. Watch the official 2018 trailer here Subscribe to our Youtube channel for your weekly dose of the wildly wonderful world of the African bush! New videos shared every Monday.

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09 November 2017

Introducing Kuthengo Camp, Liwonde National Park!

We are delighted to share with you Kuthengo Camp, Liwonde National Park, Malawi – opening 27 April 2018. Location, location, location Liwonde National Park is situated in southern Malawi – southeast of Lilongwe. It runs alongside the Shire River and part of Lake Malombe. The area comprises riverine, grassland and Mopane Woodlands which offers amazing scenery and is home to elephant, buffalo, endangered black rhinos and various antelope species. Cheetah have also been recently reintroduced thanks to recent conservation efforts in the area. A birder’s paradise – with nearly 300 species, including the Böhm’s Bee-eater, Livingstone’s Flycatcher, Pel’s fishing owl and Lillian’s love bird.

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15 February 2016

Liuwa with the legendary Robin Pope

2016 marks, for the Robin Pope Safaris family, 3 incredible decades of creating memorable safari, adventure and unforgettable experiences! In celebration of our off the beaten track experiences over the years, we take you down memory lane and back to Liuwa with the legendary Robin Pope himself. We have a limited number of 5 night departures to Liuwa using Matamanene Camp (NCS): 25 & 30 April 2016 23 & 28 November 2016 only! Liuwa Plain National Park is situated in a remote s…

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21 April 2015

Robin Pope Safaris’ Mobile Walking Safari Chosen As A National Geographic Traveller Tour Of A Lifetime!

National Geographic Traveler magazine has recently announced that Robin Pope Safaris' Mobile Walking Safari experience as a 2015 Tour of a Lifetime. In its 10th annual list National Geographic Traveler selected 50 of the world’s “most authentic, most innovative, most immersive, best-guided, and most sustainable tours.” More details can be viewed in National Geographic Traveler magazine’s May 2015 issue and online at…

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04 June 2014

Robin Pope Safaris suspends construction of camp in Liwonde National Park, Malawi

At the end of 2011 Robin Pope Safaris was awarded a concession in Liwonde National Park, Malawi to develop a new camp. Before we started developing the concession it became very clear to us that the site in its current state would not be suitable for our market. We discussed this with Malawi Government and reached an agreement of what was required. Based on this understanding and trust we continued to invest in this concession. Recently it has however come to light that the Malawian Government…

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06 February 2014

New in Liwonde National Park: Miyala Camp

Robin Pope Safaris take great pleasure in announcing the opening of Miyala Camp, Liwonde National Park in July 2014.  Miyala, meaning "rocks" in the local Chichewa language, has been named and built with inspiration from its rocky environment - the rocks’ natural grey hues have been drawn into the interiors, with huge external rock features marking the unique flares that only conceptual designer Neil Rocher could envisage. Set at the base of the Chiunguni Hill overlooking …

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23 January 2014

5 Reasons to visit Malawi

Celebrating its 50th year of Independence, 2014 seems to be ‘the year’ for Malawi the Warm Heart of Africa. Having recently been named by Lonely Planet as one of the top 10 places to go in 2014, the recognition continues to grow. CNN has released a ‘5 reasons to visit Malawi’ list: 1. The locals are friendly 2. It's not crowded 3. Lake Malawi is spectacular 4. Rehabilitated game parks and natural reserves 5. Easygoing vibe Read full article…

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02 October 2013

Pel’s Fishing Owl Wows Guests at Pumulani

Normally it takes a lot of dedication and a fair amount of luck to get a good bird sighting, especially if it’s a bird on your list. Rarely do these 2 factors arrive on a silver platter, but occasionally they do! Guests at Pumulani have had the royal treatment with a large adult Pel’s Fishing Owl that decided to make its home in the tree alongside the fish pond. The owl came to hunt each night this past week, offering guests a great sighting of this prized bird. The owl remained fo…

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18 June 2013

Robin Pope Safaris launches new website!

Robin Pope Safaris is delighted to unveil their new website. It has a fresh look, friendlier navigation and good detail of RPS properties and the destinations they operate in. Take a look and see for yourself!

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27 September 2012

Majete Lion Update

  The three Majete lions were released successfully on August 25th 2012. Against a backdrop of donors, reporters, photographers, staff and onlookers, Dr. Andre Uys and a small team prepared the tranquilisers to immobilise the lions. The operation went smoothly, the only hitch being that Chimwala (one of the male) managed to remove his dart and proceeded to eat it before it took effect. The team did eventually manage to safely immobile and release all three lions. All three were soon feedi…

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14 May 2012

Robin Pope Safaris & African Parks announce Re-introduction of lions to Majete Wildlife Reserve, Malawi

In August Majete Wildlife Reserve will become the proud recipient of four lions from South Africa, completing the return of the “Big Five” to this iconic reserve situated in Malawi’s lower Shire River valley. The reintroduction of lions marks a significant milestone in the rehabilitation of the 70 000 hectare Majete reserve. Historically lions were considered to be common in the Lower Shire Valley but by the early 1960s scouts in Majete were recording only one lion every 100 …

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15 November 2011

Robin Pope Safaris' double bill at the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards

We are delighted to announce that at the recent World Responsible Tourism Day at World Travel Market (WTM), London, Robin Pope Safaris was awarded joint Overall Winner of the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards plus winner in the Poverty Reduction category as well. A great achievement for us as there were over 1000 nominations! This universal initiative was launched in 2004 and strives to educate, motivate and inspire travel companies to engage in year-round responsible tourism activity…

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