Kaingu has green Meru-style tents raised on wooden decks.
Kaingu Lodge: Our full report
In recent years the south of Kafue has been the poor relation of the north, but since it began a few years ago, Kaingu Lodge has gradually started to change this. It has four large, green Meru-style tents raised on wooden decks, and a separate four-bed suite. All the bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers in stylish stone, while their large front verandas overlook the river from thick vegetation.
Tom and Viviane Heineken, who built and run the lodge, have a passion for the area and its environment. There is game here: relaxed antelope are seen on day and night drives, and leopards pass through camp regularly. However, that's still not why we like the place: the river is the outstanding attraction here.
Beside Kaingu, the mighty Kafue River splits into shallows as it flows around a myriad of small islands - each a jumble of sand, soil and huge, rounded granite boulders. Boat trips and walks explore these islands; excellent fishing and bird-watching are possible.
Kaingu is an excellent little lodge where traditional design has been executed with impressive attention to detail. It is best reached by a short flight from Livingstone, or a longer one from Lusaka.
Birdwatching: Dry-country and waterbirds found in this diverse areaSee more ideas for Birdwatching in Zambia
Generally recommended for children: No
Health & safety
Malarial area: Yes
Dangerous animals: High Risk