Reviews of Kaingo Camp
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Kaingo Camp review
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.
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.
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.
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).Read more about the whole safari
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
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.