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About us

Welcome to Gavin Opie Safaris. Let us introduce you to our wonderful Luangwa safari team and tell you a bit about who we are and what we believe in.

Safaris are extraordinary experiences. From breath-taking wildlife sightings, to the amazing landscapes you discover, going on a safari is life-changing. And we think it’s something that should be on everyone’s travel bucket list!

But we feel that great safaris shouldn’t break the bank either. As independent travellers ourselves, we know first-hand how expensive  safaris can be. So years ago we spotted a niche for high-quality safaris that were accessible to visitors with all budgets.

A quick history

In 2007 we established Jackalberry Safaris, now Gavin Opie Safaris, offering  safaris to Zambia’s incredible South Luangwa National Park.

The early days were challenging and every day was an adventure! Our camp was just four small tents nestling in a campsite outside the national park. Together with our 1960s Land Cruiser and wonderful intrepid guests, we journeyed to some of the remotest areas of the South Luangwa. You may well hear stories of these early years around the campfire at Nkonzi Camp!

In 2015 we decided we wanted to be in the thick of the safari action, right where the wild things are! So we asked the Zambian Wildlife Authority for a spot deep in the heart of South Luangwa National Park. And it was here that we established Nkonzi Camp.


Today we love welcoming guests from around the world to our little corner of safari paradise deep in the African wilderness. Most of our team have been with us since the early days and we couldn’t have done it without them. Other members are new in 2019 and bring wonderfully fresh ideas to the fold.

See Leopards at South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Luangwa National Parks

Our team is small, but boy are they full of life and bursting with pride! Our dedicated guiding team is led by Gavin himself and between them they have years of experience in the field. Alongside our fabulous guides, our entire team is passionate about making your safari as special as it can be.

As a team we’re all committed to sustainable tourism, ethical safari guiding and wildlife conservation. We are proud to support Chipembele Education Trust and Conservation South Luangwa.

When not on safari, Gavin can often be found enjoying a cold Mosi and catching up on the weekend’s rugby results. Or splashing around with Ciara in a neighbour’s swimming pool! Our Zambian safari team are always delighted to spend time with friends and family. And as for Rosie, heaven is sitting listening to the birds and attempting the cryptic crossword – any help is always welcome!

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