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Zambia Safari

Kaingo Camp

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

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Kaingo is a family-owned camp remotely located in South Luangwa National Park, ZambiaKaingo, meaning leopard, is a family-owned camp run by Dereck Shenton, the second son of Barry Shenton - a former ranger in South Luangwa National Park and warden of Kafue National Park. Kaingo has many attributes from the Shenton family ranging from the camp's stylish design and practical layout to the homemade soaps, textiles, and farm produce.

Overlooking the Luangwa river in one of the most prime areas of the South Luangwa National Park, Kaingo's relaxed, personal and friendly atmosphere offers its guests fantastic game-viewing opportunities within an area of stark beauty and varied terrain.

This well established ten bed brick and thatch lodge opens each dry-season from May to October.

Accommodation            For images of Kaingo Camp, click Kaingo Images
Accommodation at Kaingo Camp comprises of four twin bedded chalets and one honeymoon suite. All the rooms have en-suite facilities, are well ventilated, mosquito-proofed and silently lit by solar power. These brick and thatch chalets are set discretely apart, each with a view over the Luangwa river.

A special feature of Kaingo is the unique wooden deck built out over the river. From this relaxing vantage point one can view game coming down to drink, basking hippos, water birds fishing, and daily elephant crossings.

Central to camp life is the large open-sided sitting room. This beautifully thatched 'chitenge' includes a dining area, library, and Kaingo's renowned leadwood bar.

A special feature of Kaingo is its unique hides/blinds. The elephant and hippo hides offer spectacular close photographic opportunities and unobtrusive observation of animals in the natural environment.

Meals are varied and of a high international standard using abundant fresh produce from the Shentons' farm. Ice-cold drinks are always available from the bar and drinking water is drawn from a borehole.

Game-drives and walks from Kaingo provide exciting photographic opportunities for its guests. The varied terrain around the camp includes the spectacular Fish Eagle lagoon, one of the largest ebony forests in the South Luangwa National Park, Lion Plain and the Mwamba River.

Setting out in the crisp early dawn to follow a lion's call or track elusive Cookson's Wildebeest through mopane forest, an armed scout and professional safari guide will introduce you to this diverse wilderness.

Game drives are from open 4WD safari vehicles with elevated seats and excellent all-round viewing and photographic opportunities, plus easy communication with your guide. The roads and tracks in this section of the Park are regularly maintained by a Kaingo grader to ensure comfort and minimum sound disturbance on game drives.

Derek Shenton, John Knowles and "Wellis" (who is considered one of the safest and most experienced National Parks wildlife scout/trackers in the valley) are able to combine their skills and intimate knowledge of the area to provide exciting and thought provoking safari walks and game-drives.

Afternoon walks meander along the unspoiled river or across Lion Plain following herds of elephant, buffalo and zebra. Bush skills and local myths are always a part of the walking safari whether tracking cats or caterpillars, hornbills or honeybadgers. An afternoon walk can be met by a vehicle at sundown to provide a short night drive back to camp or a night drive.

Night drives may follow on from the afternoon drive or walk after stopping for drinks as the sun sets. A powerful spotlight illuminates moments in the lives of Luangwa's nocturnal animals: leopard, lions on the hunt, hyena, civet, genet, porcupine and nightjars.

The day ends with superb bush cuisine under a canopy of stars, drinks around the fire, and sounds of the African bush.

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

Kaingo is located opposite the game-rich Nsefu sector of South Luangwa National Park. Kaingo's location allows its visitors to experience this ancient valley without interference from any human settlement. Regular sightings of some of the regional "specials" like Cookson's wildebeest, eland, and serval are one of Kaingo's attractions.

Two frequently viewed lion prides live in the area and an average of 9 out of 10 visitors will see leopard. There are both elephant and hippo hides close to camp, which afford visitors close-ups of these great mammals.

Kaingo also offers excellent birding opportunities. The area has two beautiful lagoons that attract large fishing parties of yellow-billed storks, pelicans and marabous. In late August/September there are also a number of nesting sites of the carmine bee-eaters in the area. Pel's fishing owl, bat hawks, pennant-winged nightjars, Western-banded snake eagle, moustached warbler and Red-billed quelea in their thousands are among the birding highlights of the area.

(For more on South Luangwa and its wildlife, click the National Parks of Zambia link below).

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