Reviews of Kakuli Bushcamp
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Kakult Camp - excellent all round
This is another very well run camp in a great location with great staff.
We were guided by JJ both in walks and night drives and saw a great variety of animals and birds (quite a few lions about but leopards too).
JJ is interesting in himself and fun to be with and his knowledge of flora and fauna is vast and he can debate the finer points about distinguishing the Mozambique nightjar from other similar species and then lead one to with just a few feet of the bird.
Close encounters of the carnivore kind
Our memories of Kakuli will always be coloured by the wonderful sightings we had here of lions and a leopard. JJ, our guide, delivered these on our last night in South Luangwa, like a virtuoso delivering a cadenza. Being so close to the lions was an overwhelming experience. But one shouldn't forget the literally hundreds of hippos that gathered around as we enjoyed our sundowner on the river bank, or the dozens of crocs too.
Kakuli has a beautiful location, and great accommodation too. We specially enjoyed our open-air bathroom and our throne-like toilet below the termite mound!
JJ, Aubrey and Lucinda made us very welcome. The atmosphere and service here was outstanding
Kakuli Bushcamp review
Kakuli was our least favourite bush camp though the standards were as high as elsewhere. We were least impressed with hostess, Lucinda, here and also the guide, Aubrey, who although knowledgeable was less engaging than the other guides.
The "sundowners" on the last evening on the dry river bed was a nice touch.
Great outlook - hippo serenade
Loved the communal decking/bar area. Fab view out of chalet, the shower was a bit weak and took ages to heat up though.Read more about the whole safari
Impressive River Landscapes and Water Birds
Our reed and thatch chalet at Kakuli was at the edge of the low cliff fronting on to the Luangwa River. This gave us lots of opportunities to watch the birds in the nearby trees and on the water and sand banks, as well as the hippos and crocodiles in the river. There were many spoonbills and yellow billed storks and we were fascinated to watch a pied kingfisher as it hovered over the water and dived vertically to catch its prey.
Our walks and drives at Kakuli provided many varied sightings of wildlife, including following a track which led us to a snake marooned on a sandbank and in danger from the heat of the sun. Aubrey, our guide, carried it on his stick to safety. We liked the impressive river landscapes – there was always so much to see and to learn. The night drives were very rewarding too with a lot of lion and two hyenas removing a leg from a buffalo killed earlier by lions.
Unfortunately the toilet broke down in our chalet on the first evening. We were impressed by the way in which a temporary arrangement was made for the night and that we were then transferred with no fuss to another chalet the following morning without any such request on our part.
Kakuli Bushcamp review
Laura and Aubrey were good host/guide.
The problem here was the weather. It was extremely windy every afternoon and the tent was not anchored down sufficiently so all the furniture - with our things on it blew over and the tent had to be held down with a tractor wheel part. That said, Laura made sure that the tent was swept of sand and everything put right.
Review of Kakuli Bushcamp
Excellent see previous page.Read more about the whole safari
Expert Africa comments
This traveller commented on his whole trip, on the 'previous page:
"It was a splendid tour you had arranged for us in South Luangwa.
In all five lodges Kapani, Kakuli, Nsolo, Mchenja and Luwi. Anne Marie, Lora, Natasha, Warren, the guides Abraham, Lawrence, Shaddy, Sam, Jimmy and John plus the rest of the teams gave us a wonderful time. They were all incredibly hospitable and immediately made us feel wellcome.
The game experiences were unforgettable.The guides who were all excellent did their best to show the nature and the game in varied actions. Especially John, who was called out to take us from Nsolo to Mcenja, half way walk, two days at Mchenja and the walk from Nsolo to Luwi. He was a brilliant guide, who seemed to be fond of walking like we are, while some of the guides had a preference for driving."
Kakuli was the best part of our holiday
It was a beautiful drive from Kapani to Kakuli Bushcamp and we were driven by Rosy the only female guide (what an achievement).
We loved Kakuli, we were in a basic tent but we had the luxury of a bed and our own bathroom. open to the sky (great fun). We enjoyed our stay here the most out of our three stops. We loved the fact that you felt more a part of the bush ,we were alongside water at each camp, here we were were amazed at the numbers of hippo's and could watch the monkeys on the far side of the water as well as many birds. I did not realise were would see so many beautiful birds. We also had a fantastic early morning wake up one day by the lions talking to each other as they paced back and forth right past our tent.
The staff welcomed us and after leaving us to settle in had lunch with us, even though it was just us at the camp for lunch what a spread, it was wonderful. We were soon relaxed and enjoyed every minute and loved gathering around the camp fire for breakfast. Our guide Lawrence was quite a character he obviously lived for the bush and made us feel very welcome and taught us so much.
I was very aprehensive about doing a walking safari but thoroughly enjoyed it, looking out for tracks and learning so much about the animals diets etc.
We walked from here to Mchenja Bushcamp.