Reviews of Kakuli Bushcamp
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Heaven in the bush
This was such a fun place. The camp manager, Katie went out of her way to make our stay memorable. Nothing was too much trouble and she was a joy to talk to. The staff were brilliant, helpful and so so courteous. When one of our party was ill, Katie arranged a boat transfer to see the local GP at Kapani. No fuss, but extremely efficient organisation. On our last day she organised an English scone and cream tea which was thoroughly appreciated. Our last night was spent having a wonderful dinner with Katie as we were the only people left in the camp. Sad to say goodbye to the staff, but luckily Katie came back with us to Kapani to deal with her office work.
One point would be that when Kakuli is updated, they organise slightly better lighting and also a fan would be greatly appreciately in the very hot weather. The rooms were slightly stifling at night.
The old buffalo at its best...
Kakuli, Aubrey and Batwell(scouting), it does not get any better than this.
My favourite bush camp, boating and walking safari with the river high enough to transverse the channels.
Super sightings, close encounters but always in safe hands. The experiences never cease to amaze me.
Beautiful location, fantastic food, friendly faces and great service. I will never forget the brunch arranged on top of the riverbank, under the shade of the ebony tree over looking the river. Cooked breakfast to order, 'G and T' in hand after a long morning walking safari, the experience does not get better.
Thankyou to my friend Aubrey and all of the team at Kakuli- memorable!
Another great camp with the added attraction of animals coming down to the water, and its own resident elephant!!Read more about the whole safari
Friendly luxury bush camp
The camp has a lovely setting on the Luangwa river. Spacious and comfortable "tents", friendly, enthusiastic and welcoming staff, good food (how do they provide fresh produce and cook it so well in such a remote place?) good guides and abundant wildlife. This goes for all the Norman Carr camps we stayed at.
Our nighttime visit from Dixon the elephant was quite memorable. The only minor negative was the appearance of mosquitos at night.
Our walk from Nsolo to Kakuli with Innocent was one of the highlights of our safari. We were very fortunate to see lots of animals and birds along the way. Standing 15m away from 3 giraffes was a magical moment as was the sighting of a leopard sitting in the dry river bed.
We were met at Kakuli by the very capable Amy, who along with her usual duties, had marauding elephants to cope with! We were informed of the safety drill regarding the elephants coming into camp and shown to yet another beautiful chalet. After a delicious lunch and a visit by Dickson, the resident elephant, we happily spent the afternoon on the viewing platform watching a group of elephants with babies drinking and enjoying the water in front of us.
We saw a huge number of animals during our time at Kakuli, particularly during the afternoon/night drives with our guide John. We were thrilled to get very close to giraffe, buffalo, hyena, leopard and even a pride of lions eating a zebra.
Kahului our third camp
We drove to Kakuli with a game drive on the way which took around three hours, very warm welcome again from our host, This camp is based right on the river packed with hippos and crocodiles . Our tent , as with all of Norman Carr bush camps we stayed in, are spacious with thatched roofs and an open air bathroom, very cool and those beds, so comfortable . Once again the food, excellent . Staff wonderful and nothing is too much bother they are there to please and they surely do that . There is a small troop of baboons that come through the camp mid afternoon to feast on the trees and are great fun to watchRead more about the whole safari
Best views at Kakuli Bushcamp
Accommodation and personal viewing area were fantastic. Wonderful views from common area. Service was excellent.
We had an excellent viewing of a leopard at this camp during the day. The walks were more interesting.
No need to leave camp as there were lions, hyena and Dixon, the local elephant, pacing outside our room.
Again the room was even better than last year, appreciated the extra width and different layout of the room.
Kakuli Bushcamp review
Experiencing a great safari depends upon the animals, the location of the camp and having one of the finest guides in Africa let alone, Zambia, senoir guide Aubrey. Another legend like Abraham and Shaddy, Aubrey lives and breathes Kakuli. Nothing is too much of a problem. His knowledge, humour and tracking skills meant this was another very productive venture at Kakuli.
Great location overlooking the near dry river, good gaming, excellent food, friendly staff and the chirpy Sarah as hostess.
Thank you for another great time at Kakuli. This just overshadows Luwi as my favourite bush camp.
Kakuli Bushcamp review
Loved the location but there were problems. The place was infested with mosquitos and wasn't helped that the flooring of the accommodation had huge gaps. Although these had been plugged with mud earlier in the season, this had dried and fallen out, consequently mosquitoes just came up all the time. Tried tucking the mosi net of the bed into the mattress at night - still got substantially bitten.
There was also a laundry problem (something we experience in all the Norman Carr camps) with laundry getting mixed with other guests and they getting ours. But more annoying was someone ironing a non-iron brand-new shirt leaving it burnt and ripped. Then folding it in such a way that I didn't notice until I got to the next camp. Resolved later with Christina who agreed to pay for a new one, but should have been admitted to and dealt with immediately.