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Kapamba Bushcamp

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Upmarket, contemporary camp
- Open-fronted riverside accommodation
- Tranquil national park location

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Overview

Kapamba Bushcamp is an intimate, upmarket safari camp accommodating just eight guests in four uniquely designed, open-fronted chalets in a secluded southern corner of east Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. Operating from April to January, the camp boasts excellent guiding and hosting along with stylish, contemporary accommodation in a tranquil setting beside the seasonal Kapamba River. This area offers beautiful scenery, with mopane woodlands and grassy plains framed by the distant Chindeni Hills. Wildlife viewing is excellent, with high numbers of lion, elephant, buffalo, spotted hyena, and hippo, plus good leopard sightings and an occasional glimpse of the elusive wild dog.

Approximately 3½ hours transfer from Mfuwe Airport, the camp’s main building is an open-fronted stone and thatch construction, with airy high ceilings and wonderful river views. Décor is contemporary, featuring vibrantly coloured soft furnishings and Moorish influences. Guest spaces comprise a comfortable lounge and bar area, and a spacious dining area. Outside is a large decked terrace with seating directly overlooking the picturesque river. In keeping with traditional safari style, dining is usually communal, although scenic sundowners and romantic riverside meals are also available. Special diets can be accommodated.

Activities focus on day and night game drives, and guided walks with highly qualified guides. Vehicle traffic in this area is generally very low. Guests should note that the January to March months may see significant rainfall, whilst visitors in October should come prepared for the very high temperatures which coincide with the area’s most prolific wildlife viewing period.

Guest accommodation comprises four well-appointed, spacious stone and thatch chalets. Open- fronted to the river, each chalet features decorative wrought iron screens which are closed at night to prevent wild animals from entering, whilst still allowing views of the stars. Every unit sleeps two guests in either one king size or two twin beds, draped with mosquito nets. Bathrooms are ensuite and also open to the front, with twin basins, flush WC, twin rainfall showers and a double size, deep stone bath which can also be used as a private plunge pool during the warmer months. Outside each chalet is a spacious veranda, ideal for tranquil river gazing. Electrical charging sockets are provided in the chalets, although note that no mobile phone or Wi-Fi connections are available.

Children age 12 years and over are very welcome in camp. Younger guests can be accommodated when the camp is booked for exclusive group use, subject to hiring a private guide and vehicle for the stay’s duration. Note there is a minimum age of 12 years for walking safaris. Kapamba does not offer a specific family unit, or child activity programme, and may be more suited to families with older children. The camp is unfenced and wild animals do roam through, and although it is unlikely that wildlife would approach people or chalets, parents are reminded that children should be supervised at all times.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 508 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • 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

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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