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Kapamba Bushcamp

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8/10

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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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Average Rating

based on 501 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • 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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