Reviews of Kaingo Camp
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Kaingo Camp - great walking and night drives
South Luangwa's marvellous and this is a very well run place with great guides.
It's possible to walk and the guides are extraordinarily knowledgeable. Animals and birds galore. Perhaps too much food (early breakfast, breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner) but it's very good and who's complaining about that?
Amongst many other things we saw lions at very close quarters.
Kaingo Camp review
A long but interesting transfer from Mfuwe airport, passing many villages, markets and bicycles galore - a wonderful opportunity to glimpse Zambians going about their daily activities.
The game at South Luangua, both here and at Kaingo was amazing - just so many lions and leopards, we couldn't believe it! Also, far more variety of animals that at Lower Zambeze. We had a really fantastic guide, who stayed with us throughout our stay, including at the Bush Camp. This continuity worked well, compared to the previous camps we stayed at.
The camp was well located, but not as picturesque as on Lower Zambeze, hence good not excellent. The staff were all delightful, although the manageress maybe lacked some confidence and could have been more proactive in being a 'hostess'.
We preferred the timing and arrangement of meals at the previous camps - the late breakfast and lunch meant there was little 'downtime' and we ate far too much at the Shenton camps. Breakfast could be speeded up with more self-service eg for tea/coffee - if you are getting up at the crack of dawn, you want to get on with it!
Another good lodge
We were well looked after. Great bush breakfast!
Kaingo and Mwamba are also nicely positioned nicely away from the crowds.
Kaingo Camp review
Our three-night stay at Kaingo provided probably the best game-viewing we have ever seen (two lion kills for instance). The facilities - particularly the hippo hide - were fantastic and the quality of guiding (Mwila and Patrick) excellent. Hostess Gail was also both efficient and charming.
There was a contrast, however, with the distinctive "family" atmosphere of our previous camp, Tafika. The owners of Kaingo - though very pleasant from our limited contact with them - were pretty much absent. Our room - although very comfortably furnished indeed - was not cleaned once in three days - which I found rather surprising.
These criticisms though are minor points that did not detract from what was a superb overall experience.
Expert Africa comments
It’s great that these travellers had good game-viewing at Kaingo, the hides there are often particularly good!
We passed these comments to Juliet and Derek Shenton, who own and run Kaingo. Juliet replied, and apologised for the lack of room servicing during their stay. She observed that whilst these travellers were at Kaingo, a room attendant was on leave. Apparently this left only one person to service all the rooms in camp. To stop something like this happening again, she has now implemented a new system, whereby a senior member of staff checks each room after the morning cleaning service. We hope that this will stop such an issue reoccurring.
In terms of the owners not being present … the truth is that Jules and Derek now have a three-month old baby. The baby, Saphire, has taken up a lot more of Jules’ time than she had expected. Thus, both her and Derek are concentrating on keeping the camp running to a high standard… but they’re not ‘hosting’ their guests as much as they used to. Jules expects this to be a relatively temporary arrangement, and within the year she’s hoping to get back the time that she used to spend with guests – as it’s very important to her.
Excellent safari at Kaingo Camp
We were very happy with our guide, Meyem, who has apparently replaced Ian. He was very personable and a skilled guide. In a night drive, he pulled up and stopped in exactly the place where a leopard was about to make a kill. It was great to sleep along the river and listen to the "laughing" hippos. The hippo hide was terrific. Elephants wandering through the camp at dinner were a bonus.
Wild time at Kaingo!
Geat camp in ideal location. Liked the deck overlooking the water. Food was plentiful and excellent. Staff were friendly and helpful and all the guides, Freya, Patrick and Innocent were excellent and knowledgeable. The hides are excellent for photography which is one of my interests although I was only there for 2 nights so only got to visit the hippo hide.Read more about the whole safari
Kaingo Camp review
A great way to finish our safari. We had a house with an outside tub which when filled with cold water - it felt extermely extravagant considering it was the end of the dry season - helped me to cool off on a very hot day.Read more about the whole safari
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Can't praise Kaingo camp too highly
We were made so welcome at Kaingo. It felt more like staying with family than as a paying guest. Innocent was our guide for most of our time there (although we also went out with Derek & Patrick). All three were very knowledgeable & were extremely enthusiastic, not just about the large or obvious wildlife but also about the smaller things and the plants. We particularly appreciated the attention to detail (dust cloths to protect photographic equipment, beanbags provided for use in the vehicles).
It was solely down to Innocent's sharp eyes & spotting skill that we were able to follow a leopard at night for almost 40 minutes, culminating in an impala kill at a distance of only a few metres.
No one will ever feel faint through hunger whilst staying at this camp! The sole vegetarian (Lisa) ate just as well as everyone else.
The views of hippo & carmine bee eaters from the hides were fantastic and it was nice to have the option of spending some of the hotter part of the day in hides rather than staying in camp being the only option.
Charging facilities for both camera batteries & laptop were easily available. If we were to visit the Luangwa valley again Kaingo would be our first choice of camp.
See previous notes
See previous. [These travellers stayed at Kaingo twice - either side of their stay at Mwamba Bushcamp.]
The reason we rated rooms 'good' rather than excellent was lack of cross-ventilation. Solar power might give them the ability to put ceiling or floor fans in room for hot weather.