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Kaingo Camp

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- Intimate, friendly camp
- Three daily activities
- Superb wildlife hides
- Animals in camp

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Kaingo Camp is a small, independent bushcamp within the stunning, game-rich South Luangwa National Park, Eastern Zambia. Nestled by the Luangwa River, Kaingo offers superior hosting and guiding, three daily activities, and a relaxed, personal atmosphere, at the higher end of the price bracket. The camp’s series of animal hides, unique to this area, are a boon for wildlife watchers and photographers alike, and regularly used for BBC documentaries. The area’s beautiful, diverse terrain includes mopane and ebony forest, vast grassy plains, and lagoons brimming with life. Bird and game viewing is fantastic, with high numbers of lion, elephant, buffalo, zebra, and leopard, along with 14 species of antelope. Hippos and elephants regularly visit camp, and two prides of lions reside nearby.

Open during the May to October dry season, Kaingo is approximately 2 ½ hours’ drive from Mfuwe airport, and a short drive or 3 hour walking safari from its smaller, more remote, sister camp Mwamba; guests frequently opt to stay at both camps. Note that visitors during October should be prepared for extremely high temperatures, when wildlife activity is at its most intense.

The camp’s wood and thatch main area, or ‘chitenge’, comprises a modern lounge and dining area, a small library, a souvenir shop, plus a bar hewn from a 1,000 year old leadwood tree. Outside is a lovely campfire area, and a shaded deck with a telescope overlooking the river. Kaingo grows much of its own produce and operates on solar power, with limited electricity charging available. Characteristic African drums announce mealtimes, with hearty communal breakfasts and three course dinners served in the dining area or around the campfire, whilst lunch is served to guests privately on their own verandas.

Three daily activities include day and night game drives and walking safaris with highly professional, enthusiastic guides, plus a session at one of the hides. Guests can enjoy a thrilling ‘sleep out’ under the stars at Kaingo’s elephant hide, with prior arrangement. This extremely quiet corner of the national park receives few travellers or vehicles.

Accommodation consists of six stylish thatched chalets, spaced along the riverbank. Each chalet has one king size or two twin beds with mosquito nets. Bathrooms are ensuite, with washbasin, shower and WC, plus a romantic outdoor bathtub. A private riverfront veranda is perfect for relaxing.

Families with children aged 10 and over are extremely welcome, with discounts for children sharing with adults. Younger guests may be accommodated, at the camp’s discretion. A recently refurbished family unit offers an ensuite master bedroom with indoor and outdoor showers, and separate bathtub. A second bedroom/lounge comfortably accommodates three single beds. Various child friendly activities include guided walks around camp, hide visits, nature photography, and animal tracking. Note there is a minimum age of 12 years for walking safaris, whilst families with children under 12 years are obliged to book a private vehicle for game drives. As the camp is unfenced and animals do roam through, parents are reminded that children should be supervised at all times.

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  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

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