Reviews of Kapani Lodge
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Good value for the money
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.
Fantastic Safari at Kapani Lodge
Everything was well organised and all staff were very friendly and welcoming. The accomodation was very comfortable and food excellent. Our guide was Abraham Banda who was delightful and must know everything there there is to know about South Luangwa - a privilege to meet him.
We were amazed by the number and variety of animals and birds and had lots of unforgettable experiences - leopard with cubs, crossing the river at sunset, walking safari, feeling of wilderness - could go on and on!
Our visit to Yosefe School was very interesting and gave us an insight into the "real" Zambia of 2007.
First day in Africa - Kapani Lodge
A great and very reassuring start to a first visit to Africa. All staff were very friendly and professional. The rooms are lovely, bathrooms adequate. A reminder that the other Carr camps do not have a shop and do not sell local products would have been helpful. Also a reminder of the possibility to visit Kapani school - it slipped our minds, and we didn't visit a school until we arrived in Tongabezi - a comparison would have been helpful.
Kapani is ideal for two nights- any longer and the activities become a little repetitive, since walking, while theoretically available, is not actively promoted. But the drives are excellent - on our first night, we saw pretty much all the animals that were top of our list: lionesses suckling their cubs, a leopard dragging its just-killed impala onto a tree, arranging it carefully over a branch so that it wouldn't slip down, elephants, impala, warthogs, hyena, aardvark and many more.
Our guide, Abel, was very good: very knowledgeable, calm and friendly. Abraham, much cheekier, was clearly hugely experienced. We thought this lodge very good value for money. The food is outstanding, esp lunch, with great vegetables from the garden, and excellent meat too.
We were glad to hear that the guides at Norman Carr felt well treated as employees, with 12-month contracts, good training programmes and paid annual leave.
A relaxing introduction
Only there one night. Lucky enough to have Abraham. Great drive.
Really enjoyed our trip to Kawasi village and school on the way.
Simply perfect safari experience
The Lodge: great setting, food, staff, rooms. We and the kids were totally comfortable from start to finish. A special place with a special history.
The Guide (Willie Shuma) is simply the best. 360 degree, heat-seeking, infra-red vision with a perfect understanding and knowledge of the wildlife (including our kids) and the patience of a saint. A big personality who we missed from the moment we said goodbye.
The Park: blend of East African savannah and South African scrub. We saw pretty much all we could hope to see at close quarters and in good numbers. Memories and photographs to die for. Also the low number of guests per car is a huge bonus - everyone sees everything with no "waiting your turn" evident with cars from other lodges.
Kapani will always remind me of the elephants
This was our first safari and definitely will not be our last, it lived up to our expectations and more.
Kapani Lodge is run extremely well , from the warm friendly welcome to leaving we had a fantastic time. The Lodge is very comfortable and very suitable for people who want to still have home comforts and would make and ideal start to a honeymoon. We had the fantastic experience of laying in bed watching several elephants feeding off the trees outside our window.
The staff were very friendly and attentive amd our guide James was a mindfield of information. We enjoyed having his company at mealtimes he made us feel very welcome and we chatted about our drives and learnt about life in Zambia.
The stops to take in the beautiful breathtaking sunsets and to see the bush after dark is a totally different experience than daytime drives. Although I enjoyed the night drives they were very tiring and could have been a little shorter.