Reviews of Kaingo Camp
Wildlife sightings and reviews
204 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Kaingo Camp and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Kaingo Camp review"
The guide we had (Yoram, who is a birder) at both camps was outstanding, and we really appreciated Shenton Safaris allowing us to have the same guide for the entirety of our stay at the two camps.
We were also privileged to be allocated the "family room" for our stay at Kaingo.
The wildlife here was fantastic, with multiple sightings of the main mammal targets, and some great birds - including Pel's Fishing Owl (a special request) which we saw twice." See all these reviews: 10n in Zambia
"Fabulous Kaingo Camp"
The wildlife sightings were superb, particularly those featuring Kuita and Chipazuba - two Leopard mothers with two cubs each. We also saw the Hollywood pride lionesses climbing a tree for a better vantage point.
The Southern Carmine Bee-eaters were present in huge numbers and we found it satisfying to photograph from the floating hide opposite their nesting sites in the river bank. The food masterminded by Catherine is fantastic.
Our guide for 8 days (including Mwamba) was Phil who was excellent at predicting where the wildlife could be found. Many thanks too to Mishek who enabled us to explore areas off the road." See all these reviews: 21n in Zambia
"Kaingo Camp review"
Our chalet was spacious and they had considerately allocated (for a father and adult daughter) a chalet with a double and a single bed.
Food was inventive and excellent throughout, and particularly enjoyable on one occasion when brunch was prepared and served away from the camp under some trees.
Guiding was first rate, our first morning with the excellent, charming Sly and then 6 drives with fantastic and engaging Robert (ably assisted in late afternoon drives by his spotter Levy) who gave us lots of sightings of our favourites: leopards, lions and ellies - in particular the male leopard Tyson in a tree with daily diminishing remains of his prey, and female leopards in trees or on the ground. Highlights were the female calling for her cubs, searching and locating them. A great treat to see the 9 month old cubs come running to greet mother.
One evening Robert saw a lion sensing and showing an interest in an out of sight herd of buffalo and we were first on the scene immediately following the subsequent joint action kill by her and a young male of one unfortunate member of the herd. Not a pretty sight but an unforgettable experience.
Robert was a particularly considerate in positioning the “car” and checking we were finished with photography before moving on.
We were pleased that Lester encouraged us to spend time at the hide moored to the opposite bank - reached by a short drive and then canoe with safety to the fore - to view the innumerable beautiful carmine bee-eaters fluttering to and from their nests in the river bank.
Overall a great experience." See all these reviews: 9n in Zambia
"Kaingo Camp review"
Many thanks for letting two single travelling friends have separate rooms without a single supplement.
Brilliant food." See all these reviews: 12n in Zambia
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"Kaingo Camp review"
My wife particularly liked the decor in the rooms and around the bar. Robert, our guide was superb, knowledgeable and superbly perceptive about the best light and position for photos. His knowledge and tracking were some of the best we've encountered.
The Carmine hide was interesting and certainly got you close to the action but the hippo hide was not really an option as the hippos had moved, it wasn't a problem as there was so much to see and do.
The Shentons and there team have it Sussex,it was my wife's first trip to Africa and she loved it." See all these reviews: 9n in Zambia
Lester was an excellent host and Joseph and Catherine formed a strong and welcome link with the past. The food was, as always, excellent. Our accommodation was both private and exceptionally spacious. Yoram was an able guide and we had excellent lion and leopard sightings and some really good photographic opportunities.
While the hippo hide was quiet a trip to the carmine bee-eater hide was an extremely productive and enjoyable event. We also enjoyed a 'day trip' with Yoram which allowed us to see some of the less observed areas and species of South Luangwa including the Roan Antelope. Well worth the trip!
Compared to our previous visits to Kaingo, in June 2018 and 2019 temperatures were considerably higher and the water levels both in the river and the remaining lagoons were much lower. Predators and prey are present in both periods but September emphasises survival and the kill while June was more about the 'hunt', both for predators and for prey by predators.
Photographically early June is about vibrant colours - September the fight for survival and, of course carmine bee-eaters. Conclusion go in June and September!" See all these reviews: 9n in Zambia
"Kaingo Camp review"
The thing we liked best about Kaingo (and its sister camp, Mwamba) was the quality of the guiding and the game. We've been lucky enough to go on many safaris and thought the Shenton team was probably the best. We loved the way they shared information, between themselves and with guests, they worked so hard to give you a great experience and took real care to understand your interests. Yoram was our guide here and he was brilliant at tracking and anticipating the game viewing positions and we had some amazing sightings of wild dog, leopards and hyenas feeding, lions mating (endlessly!) and, even better, lions roaring.
A highlight was spending a night in the Elephant Hide Star Bed - up a tree with just a mosquito net between you and the stars. A rosy dawn, followed by groups of elephants crossing the river beneath us - carefully guided by the matriarchs - with the babies carefully sheltered from the many crocodiles.
Another Kaingo speciality was the range of experiences the camp offered - including the chance just to sit in camp if you wanted to and find animals coming to you. As well as the individual viewing decks, there were three hides nearby, the opportunity for short morning walks, and of course the morning and evening drives. As you can tell, we loved it." See all these reviews: 9n in Zambia
"Kaingo Camp review"
Certainly the game viewing was by far the best we have ever had and was made all the better by our fantastic guide Sly." See all these reviews: 10n in Zambia
"Kaingo the friendly camp"
All the staff are excellent as is the guiding and wildlife sightings." See all these reviews: 18n in Zambia
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