Kaingo Camp

Reviews of Kaingo Camp

Excellent(96%) From 187 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 187 of our travellers who have visited Kaingo Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mrs S from London
Arrived on: 21-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Kaingo Camp review

Kaingo is well situated on the Luangwa River - benefiting from beautiful views and some amazing sitings from the comfort of your very own private deck (every room has one!). Their staff are one of their greatest assets. Everyone we met was so welcoming and friendly, really making you feel at home. A special shout out to Joseph and Stephen who must have the biggest smiles on the planet and are always ready with a cool towel and a glass of wine just when you need it!

The game viewing is exceptional in the South Luangwa - lions, leopards, hippos, elephants, giraffes, civet, genet, porcupines, and some of the most stunning zebra you'll find anywhere. There were a few occasions where the park felt a little too busy, especially on the evening drives when the headlights of competing vehicles are a distraction, but it's a stunning safari location and caters to photographers especially well.

We found the food a little too fussy for our tastes, but we're probably in the minority, and the chef here does a great job of catering to different dietary requirements.

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B & G from California
Arrived on: 20-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Had a great time!

We loved staying at Kaingo camp! We thought everything about it was wonderful – – the room, the food, the extremely friendly and helpful staff, our great guide, Sandy. The game drives were great and we saw lots of lions and some leopards in addition to the usual suspects—giraffes, kudu, zebra, elephant, etc. The hippo hide and the bird hide were both amazing and a real addition to our experience. We found the scenery in South Luangwa to be particularly beautiful in a haunting African way. We would recommend this camp to anyone.

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Mrs S from NZ
Arrived on: 16-Jul-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Luxury by the river

Again, I was greeted as an old friend. Kaingo ensures that nothing is left undone. Every detail has been thought of by the management and staff, and our every need was attended to. Having photography advice on hand was much appreciated by my elder daughter.

Our 'picnic' lunch out was an absolute treat, and our final meal together on the verandah of our beautiful accommodation was just the most exquisite way to end our special family holiday. Thank you.

Special mention has to go to the wonderful chef who bent over backwards to find my granddaughter's taste buds. The quiche sent for our picnic at the airport hit the spot perfectly. Thank you.

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Donaldsons from ADK, NY
Arrived on: 28-Jun-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kaingo Camp review

Kaingo again (this was our second visit) exceeded expectations.

The accommodations are really quite excellent, the guides very qualified. Be prepared for in-camp wildlife, including baboons, hippos and, in our case, a friendly (?) elephant. The food was excellent....top quality. The staff was uniformly friendly and helpful. The common space is really extremely nice...as is the new (to us) waterside deck. Overall, a really great experience.

Only negative was availability....we would have chosen to stay 3 nights but only two were available.

Highly recommended.

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Mr & Mrs M from Bath
Arrived on: 24-Jun-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
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The sound of Hippos at Kaingo

We walked from Mwamba to Kaingo and we were greeted by a visiting Elephant on entering the camp. We really enjoyed our stay at Kaingo. The location next to the river, the sound of hippos at night and the views from the platform outside our comfortable hut all made for an enjoyable time. Kaingo's hosts, Agata and Gerard, made us feel very welcome - and Catherine and her team produced some delicious food. We particularly enjoyed lunchtime picnics by the river and dinner on the terrace outside our room.

Sylvester (Sly) was our excellent guide and his ability to spot photo opportunities and put the truck in the right place was key to my better photographic efforts! We had some fantastic Leopard sightings including Chiphadzuwa with Cub and were able to observe several unsuccessful(!) leopard hunts. Traffic was higher than at Mwamba and the presence of leopards and lions while we were at Kiango seemed to act as a draw for traffic from other lodges - but traffic still remained low and most of our sightings were in seclusion. Sly successfully led us to wild dogs on our last full day - cue celebration!

Kaingo and Mwamba camps are very different but both excellent - which is best - depends on which one we are in!





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Dr & Mrs S from Oregon
Arrived on: 14-Jun-2019 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Kaingo Camp review

Kaingo Camp is a first class, well thought out and run camp where attention to detail is as perfect as it gets, for those wishing to do wildlife photography, bar none! The vehicles are open and tiered. The side bars and front bar (in the first row) are all accompanied with soft rests for support of your camera and lenses. You can move and adjust them as well. Who else does this? Leave your bean bag at home. The guide/driver during the day is not only knowledgeable but knows where and how to position the vehicle for the best viewing possible. No instructions are necessary. How cool is that for a change? You concentrate on shooting only. If you don't get the shot its not the drivers fault! At night, there is a tracker who also has a spotting light to help with focus. By the way he also carries a large caliber rifle in case the wildlife gets a little too friendly. Together this duo will get you to the best spots to see leopards (with or without a cub) in the trees with a kill at night. That's 2 nights with kills out of a 5 night stay. Hard to beat that statistically speaking.

The wildlife is abundant and can be "in your face" close, for all the big game. This makes for good video as well. But there are other less common species here as well including the Crawshay's zebra and the Cookson's wildebeest. Both are not difficult to see.

You can walk out of your tent to a separate overlook on the river (each tent has it's own). The camp also has "hippo hides" but these hides make most hunting hides look destitute in comparison. Again, there are places to sit and support for your heavy lenses, if required. You are at eye level with the animals in the water. Some effort went into their design including taking into consideration the sun. You will not bake inside these enclosures.

This was our first time at this camp but if we go back it will not be our last. Only the Masai Mara can come close to the experiences you will see here. The best thing is there are only a fraction of the visitors. We have now been to Africa some 8 times so these comments do not come from inexperience or naivete. Yes, the rest of the camp is first class also: good food, rooms, staff service and general facilities.

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Joanne from USA
Arrived on: 13-Jun-2019 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Loved it Kaingo

First time to Kaingo and it was awesome.

The staff there is the best. Our guide Yoram was a bit quiet, but found the game. Saw lots of Leopards.

Will return.

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Mr D from Chicago
Arrived on: 29-May-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kaingo Camp review

This was the best part of our stay !

The hosts ...all of them were awesome !!! sightings and the guide were terrific....my son was even taken out for late nt drive to see the stars....

Looking forward to our next visit to Kaingo !!

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Mr & Mrs K from Maidstone
Arrived on: 23-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Kaingo Camp

This is the third time in four years we have spent a week at Kaingo which says all you need to know about our assessment of the camp and its location.
See my more detailed comments on previous years reviews.

One little point to look out for is that if you wish to visit the hide at Mwamba bushcamp (and it is a good location) but you are staying at the main camp at Kaingo then your ability to access this hide cannot be guaranteed as residents at Mwamba have priority.

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Mrs K from Netherlands
Arrived on: 12-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 4 nights
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What a wonderfull stay!

The nature of South Luangwa is surprising manysided. It was my first visit to South Luangwa. In spite of the end of the dry season, there is still lots of green. The camp, beautiful situated at the river, is very good with an utmost pleasant atmosphere.

The food is very good. My favourite is the lunch, outstanding quality.

The gamedrives were excellent. Thank you Sandy. Lots of game (lions and leopards). And with a lot of interaction between the animals.

What a wonderfull stay!

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