Close to Nkwali Camp is Robin’s House, a wonderful property that was the personal home of Robin and Jo Pope. The house is taken on an exclusive basis and is specifically designed for families young and old. The doors can be closed and the house can be sealed off which is ideal for young children. Everything is geared towards a private safari experience tailored to the individual family’s requirements. Children of all ages are welcome.
Accommodation & Facilities
The house has been beautifully decorated and includes one double, and one triple bedroom. Maximum occupancy is five. The house has a living and dining area and a kitchen, and just behind it is the private swimming pool with a large child friendly shallow end. The house offers complete privacy with a dedicated team of staff.
Eating & Sleeping
Guests have the option to either have all meals in the house or to mix and match with time in nearby Nkwali Camp. Even if you chose to eat at the house, you are always welcome at the Nkwali bar. With your own private chef, meal times can be totally flexible and the chef can accommodate children’s favourite meals for example fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, cauliflower cheese etc. Complimentary babysitting is provided by a member of staff. If parents would like to go on an early morning game drive without the children there are house staff happy to entertain the children and keep them busy with lots of activities.
Wildlife & Activities
Robin’s House has a private guide and vehicle, so guests can tailor each day as they wish. The activities on offer include day and night game drives, and walking safaris with excellent Zambian guides. The wildlife you are likely to see includes lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, crocodile, spotted hyena, and zebra. South Luangwa is renowned for leopard sightings, and there is a good chance of seeing one during a night drive. The river also attracts a large number of bird species, many of which are resident all year.
Specifically for children ….
The guide at Robin’s House has a fantastic rapport with children. Depending on the children’s ages there are several activities available to them including:
• Game drives which can be totally tailored to suit that family in timing and duration.
• Fishing – depending on the season/water levels fishing for mud fish is available.
• Walking – children can have guided walks within the camp confines to visit the various resident animals such as Humphrey the hippo and the baboons and vervet monkeys. There is something to see and watch.
• Bake cookies with the chefs for afternoon tea.
• Papier-mâché animal making.
• Visit to Kawaza village and school to meet Zambian children.
• Visit the Wildlife Education Centre to learn about wildlife and conservation.