Kaingo Camp

Reviews of Kaingo Camp

Excellent(95%) From 116 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 116 of our travellers who have visited Kaingo Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr S - York
Arrived on: 16-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Excellent total experience at Kaingo

Our guide Retief was exellent, plenty of birds (our main interest) but also saw mating leopards and lions - a first for us. The camp set up encouraged interaction between guests.

The food and accomodation was very good. The daily programme was just right. The trip to see the Carmine Beeaters was stunning. The staff were very friedly and helpful.

No adverse comments.

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Mr & Mrs A - Nottinghamshire
Arrived on: 9-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Kaingo Camp Review

Wonderful service from the moment of arrival to departure. We were particularly well looked after by Alison. It was very special that Derek, Jules and Sapphire regularly made an appearance to talk to the guests and make them feel welcome.

Wonderful location overlooking the river each chalet having complete privacy. The hides and lunchtime activities were a real attraction, but for those wanting a midday rest there was no need to move from the camp.

We walked most mornings including across to Mwamba Bush Camp and to us these were really special, enabling us to feel closer to nature, seeing many things which would have been impossible from the vehicle. We were overwhelmed with excellent food and spoilt by the excellent game viewing.

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Dr & Mrs C from Henley on Thames
Arrived on: 27-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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smart base camp

Unnecessarily smart for us really after the bushcamps, but we did need to recharge camera batteries after 4 days with no facilities. We never got really introduced to the Zambia support staff which seemed a shame. We wnated to use the 3 hides - the hippo hide is pretty useless in midday as they just sleep; the carmine bee eaters is well worth it as they are fascinatiing to watch for 45 -60 minutes from so close; the elephant was not in use; elephant crossing depends on timing it just right. 3 activities a day works quite well actually provided the hides can be used - otherwise it is too hot.

The chalets were well organised but the solid walls retain the heat so they were much hotter at night than the Tafica thatch ones.
We did not like the drums for meals - over organised and noisy. The comfort level is higher than we needed.

The guides and game drives were excellent with lots of sightings really close and revisits to animal kills to see progress of the scavengers. We often met other vehicules from Carr Safaris which means it can get a bit crowded at times. We did meet Derek Shenton briefly at the end, but he is clearly busy at his bushcamp and with new family.

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Mr M Wimbledon
Arrived on: 27-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Kaingo Camp review

The only significant snag was that there were many tsetse flies and both my wife and I were badly bitten. Normal insect protectors don't work. We were advised to use a Dettol Spray, that was loaned to us and this seemed to work. Antihistamine creams did not help, but antihistamine tablets did. It would have helped if we had been warned about this in more detail. (see next lodge comments).

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Ms F from Maine, USA
Arrived on: 23-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Kaingo Camp review

The staff were wonderful; when I first arrived they introduced themselves to me and Gail really paid attention to the small things.

Loved the chalets confortable but not 'fussy" The food was great! I really liked the small size of the camp it made for a more relaxing experience

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The Sand Martins from Oxfordshire
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Kaingo Camp review

Overall an excellent experience! Idyllic location with 'private' views across the river; Huts very comfortable; open air bath fantastic; lunch was taken on a pontoon terrace deck on the river - excellent; We visited the hippo and carmine bee eater hide several times - outstanding and absolutely wonderful for photography; Other highlights include a walking safari where we came very close to a pack of hyenas gorging themselves on a buffalo, with vultures flying in from all corners; the sky was as busy as Heathrow on a Friday afternoon.

We were also fortunate to have Derek Shenton as our guide for the last couple of drives, a true master !

The camp staff were excellent - special thanks to Gail who looked extremely well after us and everybody.

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Mr & Mrs R from Surrey
Arrived on: 10-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Good camp especially for photographers

We had to be quite inisistent that we were there to walk. There may have been a shortage of scouts, but we got the impression it would have been easier for the organizers if we had simply wanted to sit on a truck twice a day. Having secured a couple of early morning walks, we had to ask for some breakfast, as opposed to tea and a biscuit before setting out

The cabins were excellent, very private, and the outside bath was much appreciated for relaxation and cooling off!

We felt the atmosphere was slightly more divisive than at other camps because some clients were playing for private guiding and had their own vehicles and that may have caused the scouting shortage.

There was a good variety of landscape - with the river and the beautiful ebony groves. We enjoyed the hippo hide and Retif's explanations.

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Mr and Mrs B - Buckinghamshire
Arrived on: 4-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Photographer's paradise at Kaingo Camp

A great start to our safari - a good balance between comfort and the bush and the night out in the elephant hide was an unforgettable experience - everyone should try this.

The hides were great for photographers and the site right on the river meant there was always something to watch.

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Mr and Mrs R from Bath
Arrived on: 28-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Excellent guides, location & huts

We enjoyed ourselves at Kaingo very much. We felt the owners should have been more "visible" eg introduced themselves. We appreciate that they had a new baby and that Mrs Shenton senr was present and was very sociable.

The game viewing was well organised and Mwila was an excellent guide, positive, helpful and knowledgeable.

The food was good but no as good as at Kuyenda.

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Mr.C. from Gloucestershire
Arrived on: 23-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Kaingo Camp still great

Our second visit and the Camp still reaches all our Expectations.

The improvements to The huts with the inclusion of an outside Bath is a great enhancement.

It a very peaceful site, excluding the animal noises, being set on the river bank.

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