Kaingo Camp

Overlooking the Luangwa River deep within the prime area of the South Luangwa National Park, Kaingo’s relaxed, personal and friendly atmosphere offers its guests fantastic game-viewing opportunities within an area of incredible beauty and varied terrain.

Built and run by Derek Shenton, son of Barry Shenton – former ranger in Luangwa and warden of Kafue National Park – Kaingo has many attributes from the Shenton family ranging from the camps stylish design and practical layout to the local farm produce. The large centrally located open-sided sitting room includes a dining area, library and Kaingo’s renowned thousand year old lead-wood bar.

Chalets at Kaingo Camp

Nestled discretely apart on the banks of the river, Kaingo’s chalets were designed with the sole purpose of transporting you safely into the world of the Luangwa without a single distraction.

Large fly-wired windows provide stunning views of the river; and the complete absence of generator noise (we prefer solar power) means nothing but the wheeze-honk of a hippo interferes with the sounds of a lions roar, a leopards call or the early morning ‘drumming’ of the Ground Hornbill.

In addition to the indoor ensuite bathroom, each chalet has a stunning outdoor bathtub with shady views of a pod of hippos.

A special feature of Kaingo are the unique individual decks built out over the river in front of each chalet. From this relaxing vantage point one can view game coming down to drink, basking hippos, aquatic birds, crocodiles fishing, and daily elephant crossings.

Activities at Kaingo Camp

Walking Safari

A Zambia walking safari in offers a unique way to experience the bush and observe the African wildlife. Setting out from camp a group of no more than 6 guests are escorted by a professional walking guide and an armed ZAWA scout. This system of two people leading the walk has proved to be very safe over the years and in my opinion as a guide makes it possible to make sure our guests get the most out of the experience whilst maintaining the highest possible levels of safety.

Game Drives

Game-viewing from one of Kaingo Camp's custom built, open 4WD vehicles is a real pleasure. Comfortable, high seats allow superb all-round vision and easy photography. The vehicles have been modified to assist photographers with camera rests, shelves and bean bags. The camp's qualified and experienced guides will take you to game-rich areas deep within the park which are not commonly visited by other vehicles.

Bush Camp-out

As a special activity, Kaingo also offers over-night “camp-outs” (sleeping open under a net, close to the camp-fire) on request. These trips allow visitors (a maximum of 4) to get a sense of the absolute wildness of the South Luangwa National Park as there are no other camps or trails for miles around.

Elephant Hide Sleep Out

A very special activity offered at Kaingo Camp are sleep-outs up the elephant hide. The photographic elephant hide is situated high up in the boughs of a tree on the riverbank. After dinner at Kaingo we will take you to the elephant hide for your night of real African Adventure.

South Luangwa

Experts have dubbed South Luangwa one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world, and not without reason. The concentration of game around the Luangwa river and its ox bow lagoons is among the most intense in Africa.

Kaingo Camp is located deep within the richest game viewing area of the South Luangwa National Park. The areas surrounding our camps are incredibly rich in wildlife, and the vast volume of prey species such as: Hippos, Elephants, Buffalo, Puku, Impala, Zebra, Kudu, Giraffe, Waterbuck attracts many predators. 10 different leopards have been identified around the camp. As unpredictable as leopards can be, an incredible 95% Kaingo's guests get to see these stunning cats. There are also two very strong Lion Prides in the area, which have been named the Mwamba Pride and the Hollywood pride, the latter being so named due to the vast amount of time documentary filmmakers have spent following them. From the camp you will see abundant antelope, two large lion prides, numerous leopard and impressive herds of elephant, buffalo, zebra and hippo.

Close to 400 bird species and 60 different mammals have been recorded throughout the year; seasonal highlights include the spectacular carmine bee-eater colony, celebrated fishing parties and amazing quelea displays. We have a camp check-list and it is not uncommon to be able to tick off over a hundred birds in a few days.

The Luangwa River is the most intact major river system in Africa and is the life blood of the park’s 9050km2; it is not dammed anywhere , has no industrial development on its banks and only supports subsistence agriculture in areas outside the park.

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