Robin Pope's Mobile Safaris
Between late June and late September, RPS organises about twelve mobile walking safaris along the Mapamadzi River, in the far north of the park. The trip itself lasts six days and five nights, and participants also spend at least two nights prior to the trip at Nkwali, and end with two more at either Tena Tena or Nsefu – though a few more days either side would be ideal.
The walks are about 10km per day and a truly mobile camp is used, and moved by the back-up vehicle to meet you. The camp has comfortable walk-in tents (each with twin beds), shared hot and cold showers, shared long-drop toilets, and a staff of eight or nine. Typically they'll use three different sites for the five nights, and the choice depends on the game and the walkers' interests.
These trips are organised on fixed dates each year, and take a maximum of six people. They are always oversubscribed, and sometimes booked up a year or two in advance. There's usually a premium charged for walks that Robin leads himself.
The real attraction of these trips is, firstly, that they are just walking in a wilderness area. There's no driving, and you are away from everything but the bush. Secondly, you're in a small group that stays together with just one guide. You get to know each other and have a lot of time with one of the Valley's best guides. They're very relaxing. (As there is no single supplement whilst walking, these trips are popular amongst single people.)