Reviews of Kapani Lodge
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Kapani lodge 4 nights, 1 night at Kakuli.
It took me 19 years to get back to my favourite place in the world- the South Luangwa Valley, once again at a rejuvenated Kapani lodge and having the same guide, the infamous Abraham Banda. Nothing let me down! This was just how I wanted to experience, the best of Africa's game reserves/parks and at my favourite time of the year- the emerald season. Amazing sightings, harder work for the tracker/guide, Abraham, but this is part of the challenge.
The season brings better light and photographic opportunity in general and no dust to test my lenses and camera. This is the place to see leopard and the newly crowned king with a pride of 17 lions in tow. The kill during the famous spotlight safari, with 18 lions in a scrum trying to get their share of the kill was amazing to see and hear. Great birding opportunity, genet, serval and the regular cast.
Had the opportunity for a 'free' upgrade to KAKULI bush camp, and 2 wonderful walking safari's- part of what is the Norman Carr concept. Thank you to all concerned and it will not be another 19 years before I get back to South Luangwa!
Good introduction to the area and wildlife.
Kapani is a good place to start. The drives give the opportunity to get close to the animals for the views you tend not to get when walking.
Our guide, Innocent, was first class and asked us what our interests were before setting out. He was very enthusiastic about all our sightings.
Kapani set the scene for the quality of food we were to enjoy at all Norman Carr camps.
Fantastic safari at Kapani Lodge
All the people we met at Kapani were professional, polite and very friendly and helpful, right from our pick up at the airport to our transfer to the next camp. Everyone was focussed on making our every experience wonderful and memorable. I particularly liked that everyone introduced themselves by name and remembered our names and used them regularly; it was a nice personal touch. My memory, however, is not as good as theirs, so it might have helped me if some of the staff wore name badges.
We stayed in one of the suites, which we weren't expecting and it was fabulous. The decor and cleanliness were outstanding and the view of the lagoon was delightful, especially as each rooms veranda and lookout were private. You felt wonderfully secluded. The excellent laundry service was much appreciated and the food was out of this world. We couldn't believe how great the catering was in such a rural setting.
We'd never been on safari before, but the guides were fantastic and catered for all levels of knowledge without making you feel like you were asking a silly question. They were also great at helping us get the best views of the animals for photographs and tried to make sure we found the animals we really wanted to see. We appreciated that all the staff wroked very hard to make our holiday wonderful, but were always cheerful and seemed to be enjoying their work. We were mainly guided by John and Ashid and they were both lovely people and brilliant at their jobs.
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The food we had at Kapani was just fabulous. Not just the best meals of our visit to Zambia, but perhaps some of the best meals out we've had in years!
The room was great and we enjoyed dropping off to sleep to the sound of grunting hippos.
Our last night here was shared with 2 large groups. When taking our seats for dinner we realised that there didin't appear to be enough seats for us to join either party. We were then shown to a table for two on a viewing platform away from the main dining area. It was such a nice gesture to be given some special treatment and we enjoyed a lovely meal to ourselves under the stars.
The location is just outside the National Park, but this isn't detrimental in any way, since we saw various interesting things on our drive to and from the park.
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friendly knowledgable staff, beautiful location, care and attention, fabulous room
would have been nice to have airconditioning in the vehicle which collected us from the airport
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Although I enjoyed Kapani lodge, I did prefer the more intimate relationship I had with nature at the bush lodge.
I also felt we should have been offered the option to walk.
Our guide, Abs was extremely knowledgeable, personable and professional.
Wonderful game viewing from Kapani
The location of the Kapani camp was very picturesque, although I woul dimagine that when the oxbow lagoon dries up late in the season this may not be the case.
Food and drink surpassed our expections and previous safari experiences.
Our lagoon suite was very spacious and comfortable although one had to be brave to visit the outside toilet at night. The standard rooms were also very well equipped although a little more 'rustic'
A visit from a family of elephants through the camp on our first afternoon was very exciting, particularly for my two daughters.
Our guide, Lawrence was absolutely lovely and very knowledgeable - he had an answer for every one of our (numerous) questions and by the end of the safari felt almost like part of our family.
The game was numerous and very 'natural' - much less commercial than South Africa. Lots of leopard, lions, hippo and the other usual big mammals but also some spectacular birds. My wife adored the giraffe and we all fell in love with the numerous babies.
The swimming pool was also a welcome addition for the afternoon laze - clean and warm for a dip in between catching up on one's sleep.
Fantastic start to adventure at Kapani
Excellent location, lots of animals seen even on the first night. Accommodation was excellent. With the knowledge we now have from the other camps, Kapani seemed too busy, too many other jeeps.
Camp itself was not very relaxing. Somehow felt more regimented and had to stick to quite rigid times. As it is a bigger camp, perhaps running to tighter schedules was necessary.
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excellent starting point into Lwanga. Probably at its best when the pontoon on the river is accessible (not our case).
Rosie is real professsional with charme.
Park guide Lawrence outstanding in knowledge touch and personal contact, the best in our trip
Great game at Kapani
We thoughly enjoyed our stay at Kapani - the staff and service could not have more friendly, and the whole place has a very welcoming feel. The food was excellent and the whole team worked hard to provide a customised service. The guiding was excellent, with some specacular sightings - including a pair of courting leopards.
The daily game viewing was very much influenced by the guests needs and interests. April was also an excellent time to go, as the light was excellent for photography and the seasonal roads were back in use, providing a wide area.
Other highlights were a cruise on the luangwa and meeting Robert - the semi-tame warthog. The only downside was the occasional noisy night guests - hippos munching loudly on grass and hyenas laughing outside the chalet in the very early hours!