Kaingo Camp

Reviews of Kaingo Camp

Excellent(95%) From 105 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 105 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.
The W Group - Berkshire
Arrived on: 12-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Superb safari at Kaingo

This is where the game gets close and intimate. Closer than you even knew you wanted! The whole experience was superlative, and difficult to know where to start.

The day revolves around game drives and eating! One is guided by extremely knowledgeable trackers and guides. There is a heavy emphasis on seeing big cats with other game being encountered on the way.

The river setting is magnificent, and we lunched on our private deck to the sound and sight of hippo grunting, and elephant munching the vegetation below our deck! The camp is small which encourages everyone to socialise and share their experiences of the day. Clearly appeals to the photographic fraternity - the hippo hide provided a spectacular subject for photos.

Huts magnificently rustic if not entirely waterproof!

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Mr & Mrs A from Essex
Arrived on: 25-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Wonderful laidback camp in South Luangwa

See previous comments [Ed: see below]

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Mr & Mrs A from Essex
Arrived on: 24-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Wonderful laidback camp in South Luangwa

[Ed: see below for comments - they spent this night in the elephant hide!]

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Mr & Mrs A from Essex
Arrived on: 22-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Wonderful laidback camp in South Luangwa

Spent four nights here at the beginning of our Zambian adventure (including one night sleeping in the Elephant Hide) - wonderful camp in the South Luangwa park, excellent guides (special mention to Ian and Patrick), nice relaxed atmosphere. Very comfortable chalets with deck overlooking the river where lunch was served, outdoor bathtub fun, meals excellent and all staff most welcoming and attentive to every need. Particularly enjoyed the hides (hippo and carmine bee eaters). Felt we were really part of the bush and as close as possible to nature, cannot fault it.

Very relaxed camp with comfortable chalets and deck area opposite overlooking the river where lunch served each day. Meals excellent, animals in camp make life more exciting! All staff very welcoming and we felt very much at home - no pretentiousness here! Guiding top notch, special mention to Ian, Patrick and Kennedy. Fantastic game viewing, not only our first ever leopards (more than one) but an aardvark too!

Loved our night in the elephant hide and also hippo and carmine bee eaters hides - this place is a photographer's dream.
Could not ask for a better place to start our safari.

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Dr and Mrs B - Hertfordshire
Arrived on: 19-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Kaingo Camp review

A great camp overlooking the Luangwa river. Always lots going on - three activities a day (don't miss the hippo hide - one of us stayed there for nearly four hours one day), and the newly positioned carmine bee-eater hide. Plus, all sorts wander through camp, and there's always something going on on the river. Lunch served on your personal deck overlooking the river is a great idea.

Derek, Issy, Lisa and the staff were extremely welcoming and always willing to help out. And Patrick is truly one of the best guides in Zambia - quietly unassuming and reassuring, with a deep knowledge and passion for the bush, even if his comment on a night drive that generally hyenas only scavenge in the South Luangwa was proved somewhat inaccurate two minutes later by an impala kill by two "scavenging" hyena right next to our vehicle! Nature at its most raw but one of the harsh realities of wildlife.

Thank you Derek, Jules and all the staff - both Mwamba and Kaingo remain on our "must visit again" list - and we will. Highly reommended.

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Mr & Mrs B from Dersingham
Arrived on: 18-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Kaingo = can do

Our arrival by canoe, crossing the Luangwa (avoiding the hippos and crocs!), was a fitting start to a fantastic few days. We loved the variety of habitats - the plains, the forests, the river - supporting such a wealth of game and birds.

Highlights were lion cubs playing while the adults were sleeping off their 'supper'; watching hundreds of buffalo come down to the river to drink and counting over 70 vultures waiting for the lions to vacate a buffalo kill. And that is not to mention the 'action' at the hippo hide. and the wonderful spectacle of myriad carmine bee eaters seen from the hide in the early morning light - pure magic!

All the guides are amazingly knowledgable, and eager to pass on that knowledge to their guests in a lighthearted but informative manner - the sign of true professionals. Every question was answered - however complex or simple it may have been. Their enthusiasm was plain to see.

Life in Kaingo was extremely comfortable, with all the staff being so attentive. Three activities a day made for a busy schedule, and lunch on our own deck watching the continuous parade of wildlife on the river provided some wonderful relaxation.

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Mr and Mrs G Leicestershire
Arrived on: 12-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Ver good start to the holiday

Great start to the holiday and we really enjoyed the different daily routine with visits to the hides mid-day and a "private" lunch on your own deck which was very relaxing. We saw lots of well fed lion at a recent kill near the camp but probably as a result not nearly as many leopard as we saw last time in S Luangwa.

All our guides were excellent, very knowledgeable and friendly - especially enjoyed the game drives with Ian. The effort the camp put in grading the roads made the driving noticeably less bumpy and was much appreciated. We had a sleep out at the elephant hide which was great fun - although we should have set our alarm clock to get up earlier and enjoy our early morning tea.

The only "problem" was that I wish we had had 4 nights there as there was a lot to see and the first day was all taken up with travelling in from Jo'burg.

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Mrs & Mr F - British Columbia
Arrived on: 8-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Kaingo Camp review

We loved both Kaingo and Mwamba camps. they are different from other camps as have an activity around noon each day. This usually involves going to a hide or driving somewhere we could sit and watch animals.

The animal viewing in this area was superb. We saw many lions, civet, gennets. Lions were everywhere and we saw a short fight between 2 males, lions mating, and a lion kill. The kill was amazing, 5 lionesses chasing antelope in all directions around our vehicle. We also saw elephants chasing hippos out of the pool at the hippo hide.

Kaingo is a very well run camp with excellent food. We especially anjoyed lunch sitting on our deck over the river. A number of guides work out of this camp and they were all excellent. We had great walks an drives.

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Mr H & Mrs H - London
Arrived on: 24-Aug-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Kaingo Camp review

We had seven fun-filled days of great wildlife viewing at and around Kaingo and Mwamba. The name Kaingo (ie. leopard) was certainly programme for us, we were lucky enough to have five leopard sightings, including that elusive daytime leopard on our last day.

The same could be said of Lion Plain - having two large resident lion prides around always makes for exciting trips out into the bush.

The unique set of photograpic hides set up every season by Kaingo were fantastic, everything we were hoping for and more - a photographer's dreas. Also on activities, one clearly notices the guides' awareness and experience with photographers.

Being located further away from the gate and the many lodges in that area, staying at Kaingo provides a great safari experience in diverse, game-rich landscapes with few other vehicles around.

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Mr & Mrs W from Austin
Arrived on: 4-Aug-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Leopards, hippos and more, oh my

Wonderful lodging right on the river. We woke to hipps and elephants walking around camp; proliferation of birds and wildlife and the hides (elephant and hippo) were an incredible experience.

The food was excellent and the staff was delightful.

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