Kaingo Camp

Reviews of Kaingo Camp

Excellent(95%) From 111 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 111 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.
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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Mr & Mrs H from London
Arrived on: 23-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Kaingo Camp review

After the deeper bush experience at Mwamba, Kaingo felt more traditional and with a few more luxuries. Taking lunch on your own deck while watching the Luangwa river slowly flow by was wonderfully relaxing. The Hippo hide is a fantastic place and repeatedly interesting, as was the Elephant crossing.
The game viewing was wonderful and we were fortunate to have three good leopard sightings over the three nights, plus very special sightings of Pels Fishing Owls and an Aardvark.

All-in-all the two Shenton camps complement one another wonderfully. The guiding was consistently good and able to flex to meet the knowledge / wishes of the different guests.

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Mr & Mrs G - Sweden
Arrived on: 19-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great hides

Very short stay. Very mixed guest.

We had an excellent guide, young British guy, Ian (born in Malawi) who was doing what he loved, and he was very good at it. He could actually pass on his love of the environment birds-animals-trees etc to us. And we had a "peeping Tom" experience with a lion couple mating.

Food was of good quality but a bit international/british.

Breakfast before the morning drive/walk was very light, tea only. Not much to walk on. Brunch when we came back. The walk was "a transport" of one guest to the bush camp. We were told 6 km in 2,5 h. No time to stop - look - listen etc. We brought it up with the guide and asked him to slow, which he eventually did.

Hides were of course super.

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Dr & Mr G - Bangor, Wales
Arrived on: 15-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Kaingo Camp review

Kaingo is fantastic.

It feels wild and remote , and we saw an amazing amount of wildlife, including some ferocious hippo fights. Being able to watch hippos from the hide was incredible - though be prepared to duck if they are spraying! The night drives were spectacular, with our guides spotting a camouflaged and motionless leopard , and somehow seeing even the smallest things like elephant shrews. The walking safari was great (and followed by a surprise which I won't spoil!).

Three activities each day means you are busier than in other camps, with a bit less siesta time, but having lunch privately on your own verandah makes up for it!

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Mr & Mrs L from Massachusetts
Arrived on: 12-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Kaingo Camp review

A bit of luxury in the midst of the South Luangua Park. The cabins were well appointed, and lunch was served on our patio that are built over the river bank. This camp had the largest number of cabins, but the service was personalized. We were treated to a private and romantic dinner one night on our patio served graciously by the staff.

The afternoon activity could be spent at one of the hides - either the hippo hide or the elephant hide. On one of the drives we stopped at a hide at a lagoon and was treated to a small herd of zebras passing by.

The guides were very knowledgeable about the animals and the flora in the park that made the jeep rides most interesting. The guides worked together to report animal sitings and we were fortunate to see a leopard with cubs on one of the night drives.

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