Kapani Lodge

Reviews of Kapani Lodge

Excellent(95%) From 77 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 77 of our travellers who have visited Kapani Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr G Oxfordshire
Arrived on: 21-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
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First stop Kapani Lodge

Amazing starting location for our trip. A great break in before heading out to the bush camps. Met lots of friendly staff and guides making our stay warm, welcoming and a good taster of what was to come next.

food was spectacular and we are in awe that such superb food can be created in such settings.

Elephants right outside the lodge only added to such a wonderful beginning.

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Mrs C - North Yorkshire
Arrived on: 7-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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This was a superb place to begin the safari -

The people here were so welcoming and the setting/facilities (especially the food) were all wonderful. We only spent 2 nights there but it seemed like we had been on holiday for ages !

Some wonderful night safaris - our guide (Widdy or Willy?)was brilliant. Definitely an ideal place to go if like us you had never been on safari. later realised how much the guides went out of their way to avoid the 'crowds'.

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Scrub hares from London
Arrived on: 20-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A great basecamp in South Luangwa

Despite being the largest lodge of our trip, there was a real family feel at Kapani. The guides were excellent and ensured we made the best use of our shortish time here: Innocent took us for a wonderful walk during which we met our first giraffe, and Rose (Zambia's first and only woman guide) introduced us to our first pride of lions.

The accommodation is older at Kapani, but totally charming, and the location magical. The swimming pool is a lovely bonus (though a bit cold for us in the Zambian winter!). In addition to Innocent and Rose, we were very well looked-after by Diane, a visiting manager from New Zealand.

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Mr and Mrs Hadeda - London
Arrived on: 4-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kapani Lodge review

We picked Kapani Lodge because we wanted a mid-holiday break from the more "rustic" atmosphere of the bush camps (ie it has mains electricity and mainstream facilities). It fulfilled this role very well - it was a very comfortable base for a couple of nights, with some very good staff (the new zealand hostess whose name i have forgotten in particular). Our guide Simon was we thought the most knowledgeable of our entire trip.

However on the downside the convention of having the guide eat with the guests at every single meal we thought was misguided (if there are just two of you to chat with your guide this can become wearing after a while - is it necessary to spend all day in the company of one's guide?).

The camp had also just bought a new game-viewing vehicle from India - it was without doubt the most uncomfortable one i have ever sat in. The game-viewing - though good - is also very crowded at this end of the park. At times it can feel like you are one of ten land rovers pursuing the same leopard!

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Expert Africa comments

We're pleased to hear that on the whole they enjoyed their stay at Kapani and it's great to hear that Simon did such a good job.

Dining arrangements vary, but Kapani appreciates the point – and comments that in future, they will ensure that clients are made more aware about choices for dining. (At Expert Africa, we’d encourage visitors to speak up: tell the camp’s managers at the time if you’d like to change something.)

The team at Kapani were surprised by comments of discomfort with the new vehicles; they tell us that they’ve had positive feedback. They have asked us to ask these guests for a little more detail, so they could look into it more deeply.

This central area of South Luangwa National Park is definitely busier than areas further south and north: there are many lodges near South Luangwa’s main gate. However, this higher density of vehicle traffic is one reason for the very relaxed game which is found here. That said, more game-viewing loops are being built – to the north of the Mfuwe area, towards Kakuli and Mchenja – which may help alleviate the concentration of vehicles here. Also Norman Carr Safaris have also shifted their afternoon safari times a little earlier, to try to avoid any ‘bottle-necks’ of vehicles at the gate, and they’re also using the pontoon to enter the southern end of the Mfuwe area directly. All these factors should help to spread the vehicles out a bit more.

Mr N Southampton
Arrived on: 24-Jun-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kapani Lodge review

Being allocated sitting at brunch and dinner with the people you had spent time on game drives was unnecessarily restrictive.
We found it less intimate than the bush camps and in retrospect would not have spent 2 nights there.

The game drives from Kapani suffered due to the volume of other traffic, particularly night drives. Advise clients that game drives in the early morning and after dark can be cold at this time of year and necessary warm clothing is required. Simon was a very good and knowledgeable guide.

We enjoyed our visit to the local Yosefi school. We were very impressed with the headmaster who showed us around and the teacher that we met. It added another dimension to our visit to Zambia.

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Expert Africa comments

When the team at Kapani read these observations about the dining arrangements, they commented 'very fair and taken on board'. Adding, 'We're very flexible about dining but perhaps need to make it clearer to guests that they can tell us what they prefer re the dining arrangements.'

Theb lesson for future travellers is that if they experience an issue like this (eg: not wanting to sit next to the same company over meals) at any camp that they visit, then we'd urge them to tell the camp's staff as soon as possible. We'd then usually expect the camp's staff to switch around the seating if they possibly could to accommodate the request.

Bushcampers from Nottingham
Arrived on: 10-Jun-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Good place to start, fantastic animals

Food and staff excellent, friendly without being overrbearing. The guide, Brian was excellent, personable, knowledgeable.

Animal sitings were excellent for our first day - lions (cubs and male), Elephants, Hippos, Zebra, Kudu, Warthog, Eagles, Baobab tree (personal ambition of mine). Slightly overshadowed by our later experiences at the bushcamps.

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The Firefinches from Kent
Arrived on: 29-Mar-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kapani Lodge review

As before - the room overlloking the lagoon made it a bit special

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Wild dogs from Kinross
Arrived on: 22-Mar-2008 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Kapani Lodge review

Kapani is an excellent lodge for some game drives pre or post going to the bushcamps. For a 7+ day holiday in the Green Season it provides a good mix of drives then walking/boat trips. The lodge was very busy over Easter weekend but never felt crowded and generally there was an excellent atmosphere.

The rooms were bright and spacious. Being fed by mains electricity meant that the pool was larger than normal for a safari lodge, very clean and excellent for spending afternoons reading books.

The food is probably the outstanding feature of Kapani with excellent variety and choice.

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The Firefinches from Kent
Arrived on: 22-Mar-2008 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Kapani Lodge review

What a wonderful setting and excellent staff who were always there when you needed them but not "in your face". We felt as if we were very welcome and almost part of a family.

When we came back to Kapani after going into the bush for a few days we had a pleasant surprise - a room upgrade looking over the lagoon, and just perfect

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The Hammerkops from Stoke
Arrived on: 20-Mar-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Kapani Lodge review

This was a couple of nights stay after Mchenja and prior to leaving for Lake Malawi. The same comments apply as stated previously. If we visited in the wet season again I think we would prefer to spend more time at Mchenja primarily because of the availability of going on boat and foot safari which is a really good combination for close-up bush experience.

Norman Carr Safaris do have a consistent and well tuned 'product' which includes not cramming too many bodies onto the vehicles which we have often observed with other camp safari vehicles in Luangwa and the Lower Zambezi park.

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