Reviews of Kaingo Camp
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Hides at Kaingo Camp
A very friendly and relaxed atmosphere to the start of our holiday. The hides were fantastic getting close to the hippos made it possible both to film and photograph them at close quarters but to also observe them in a safe position.
The Carmine Bee Eaters were brilliant in colour, sound and activity, and not an experience that will be forgotten easily. Thank you to Derek and Jules and all the staff for the food, the service and the administration.
The game drives and guides were exceptional, each day provided more and more spectacular events ending with four lions confronting a hippo over the use of a tiny pool, (why lions would want to drink hippos bath water we've no idea).
Great for Hippo,Carmines,Lion and Eles
Kaingo had some fabulous facilities, both the Hippo hide and the Carmine Bee Eater hIde experience were very special. We also had great Lion and Elephant views/photo opportunities. Food was delightful and the accomodation and service fine.
Experience was spoiled somewhat by having to go on a game drive with Alison (the camp manager) one night instead of Derek Shelton (he had a cold) and not having one guide for our stay at the camp, we had 3 separate guides for the other drives.
We did eventually see a Leopard on the last drive, light not good enough for photos.
the hippo and bee eater hides were brilliant. the camp was simple but comfortable. the biggest drawback of our time there was that in 3 days we had 4 different guides. they did work hard to get us our leopard and we finally got a brief view in the twilight on our last drive.
we appreciated the bush brunch- a nice surprise. overall we didn't feel entirely happy at laingo and that was probably due to the disruption of having so many different guides
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All aspects of the camp were first rate. Lovely relaxed atmosphere, very professionally run.
Tom as camp manager particularly good.
Guides and scouts all excellent.
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Excellent guiding from Freya
Very good game sightings, especially lion. We also saw 2 leopard in 4 days and wild dog! Big herd 800-1000 Buffalo around
Food very good but excessive! Breakfast in the Ebony grove was another highlight
As advertised, staff and vehicles well equipped for photography eg bean bags
Many thanks to Derek for opening up the carmine bee eater hide whilst we were there
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Very good welcome from Derek Shenton (ferried across the river). Camp was full and there wasn't quite such a personal touch as at Tafika (we were probably spoilt)
Night drives were slightly disappointing, with less seen than at Tafika. Good drives during the day. Hippo hide was particularly good.
Rooms were comfortable and clean
Nature red in tooth and claw
The fun started soon after we left Mfuwe with an elephant very close. However, the highlight of our stay at Kaingo was the epic struggle between two young lions and a buffalo, which we watched for most of the day until too dark to see. Very gory but very exciting (the buffalo lost). The proximity of elephants in camp also made for excitement - "meals on wheels" at dinnertime one night because the elephants were between the kitchen and the dining-room. Unfortunately we were among the 5% who didn't see a leopard (but we don't do long night drives).
Patrick is an excellent guide, both driving and walking, ably assisted by Labin and Ben, and Alison did an excellent drive with Anne. The hippo hide is a wonderful photo opportunity.
Meals were a bit on the "heavy" side. The 3 hour drive from Mfuwe to camp would have been improved if we'd had more than cold drinks and a biscuit half-way - we'd all had a very early start (2 of us from London) with little or no breakfast.
A stop at Tribal Textiles on the way to or from Mfuwe is a "must".
Kaingo - wonderful as always!
Chris & Lisa's comments -
Everyone at the camp was extremely friendly, and being the first guests of the season meant that we were treated like royalty. We felt like we had a private camp as we were the only guests!
Patrick was a superb guide, knowledgeable, enthusiastic & friendly with a great sense of humour, we were lucky enough to have him to ourselves for the whole time we were here as he moved with us to Mwamba.
This was the second visit to Kaingo for two of us and we were not disappointed, the camp was as wonderful as we had remembered.We were treated to special dinners on the deck & a surprise bush breakfast in the Ebony grove. Such a treat! It was lovely that Derek & Jules were able to spend so much time with us in camp & great to meet Saphire (their 14 months old little girl) who was just a bump last time we were at Kaingo.
Sleeping overnight in the elephant hide (20 feet up a tree) was an unforgettable experience for us and we highly recommend it to others. We very much enjoyed the optional midday activity, sitting in the hippo hide or just under a shady tree.
The food as with our previous visit was plentiful! Delicious meals & fabulous bread & cakes baked fresh every day. You will never go hungry here!
We hope to return to Luangwa & will certainly be staying here again!
John & Uschi's comments -
Chris and Lisa said it all. It was absolutely fantastic! Everything. Patrick was the best guide we have ever had on our many trips to Africa. Not only did he know everything, he was also full of stories and lovely to be with.
Everybody at Kaingo was extremely friendly. After John had his breakdown, they looked after him (and me) so well. We were very grateful. We are full of wonderful memories. Writing this down brings it all back, the smells, the great food, this wonderful bush feeling, and above all, the friendliness. We would love to come back!
Kaingo Camp review
Wonderful camp for the serious photographer with well sited hides and dust covers etc. Accommodation was a little rustic but all the better for this.
Excellent guides and 3 activities during the day keeping you busy. My only monor complaint is that they seriously over-feed you - there seemed to be food coming from all directions all the time.
Great position on the river. All in all an excellent experience
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.