Reviews of Kaingo Camp
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smart base camp
Unnecessarily smart for us really after the bushcamps, but we did need to recharge camera batteries after 4 days with no facilities. We never got really introduced to the Zambia support staff which seemed a shame. We wnated to use the 3 hides - the hippo hide is pretty useless in midday as they just sleep; the carmine bee eaters is well worth it as they are fascinatiing to watch for 45 -60 minutes from so close; the elephant was not in use; elephant crossing depends on timing it just right. 3 activities a day works quite well actually provided the hides can be used - otherwise it is too hot.
The chalets were well organised but the solid walls retain the heat so they were much hotter at night than the Tafica thatch ones.
We did not like the drums for meals - over organised and noisy. The comfort level is higher than we needed.
The guides and game drives were excellent with lots of sightings really close and revisits to animal kills to see progress of the scavengers. We often met other vehicules from Carr Safaris which means it can get a bit crowded at times. We did meet Derek Shenton briefly at the end, but he is clearly busy at his bushcamp and with new family.
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The only significant snag was that there were many tsetse flies and both my wife and I were badly bitten. Normal insect protectors don't work. We were advised to use a Dettol Spray, that was loaned to us and this seemed to work. Antihistamine creams did not help, but antihistamine tablets did. It would have helped if we had been warned about this in more detail. (see next lodge comments).Read more about the whole safari
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The staff were wonderful; when I first arrived they introduced themselves to me and Gail really paid attention to the small things.
Loved the chalets confortable but not 'fussy" The food was great! I really liked the small size of the camp it made for a more relaxing experience
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Overall an excellent experience! Idyllic location with 'private' views across the river; Huts very comfortable; open air bath fantastic; lunch was taken on a pontoon terrace deck on the river - excellent; We visited the hippo and carmine bee eater hide several times - outstanding and absolutely wonderful for photography; Other highlights include a walking safari where we came very close to a pack of hyenas gorging themselves on a buffalo, with vultures flying in from all corners; the sky was as busy as Heathrow on a Friday afternoon.
We were also fortunate to have Derek Shenton as our guide for the last couple of drives, a true master !
The camp staff were excellent - special thanks to Gail who looked extremely well after us and everybody.
Good camp especially for photographers
We had to be quite inisistent that we were there to walk. There may have been a shortage of scouts, but we got the impression it would have been easier for the organizers if we had simply wanted to sit on a truck twice a day. Having secured a couple of early morning walks, we had to ask for some breakfast, as opposed to tea and a biscuit before setting out
The cabins were excellent, very private, and the outside bath was much appreciated for relaxation and cooling off!
We felt the atmosphere was slightly more divisive than at other camps because some clients were playing for private guiding and had their own vehicles and that may have caused the scouting shortage.
There was a good variety of landscape - with the river and the beautiful ebony groves. We enjoyed the hippo hide and Retif's explanations.
Photographer's paradise at Kaingo Camp
A great start to our safari - a good balance between comfort and the bush and the night out in the elephant hide was an unforgettable experience - everyone should try this.
The hides were great for photographers and the site right on the river meant there was always something to watch.
Excellent guides, location & huts
We enjoyed ourselves at Kaingo very much. We felt the owners should have been more "visible" eg introduced themselves. We appreciate that they had a new baby and that Mrs Shenton senr was present and was very sociable.
The game viewing was well organised and Mwila was an excellent guide, positive, helpful and knowledgeable.
The food was good but no as good as at Kuyenda.
Kaingo Camp still great
Our second visit and the Camp still reaches all our Expectations.
The improvements to The huts with the inclusion of an outside Bath is a great enhancement.
It a very peaceful site, excluding the animal noises, being set on the river bank.
Fantastic camp, fabulous game, lovely people
Once again, the Shentons provided an outstanding experience (they are a really charming family and Derek's sister, Ali, has a funky craft shop and vegetarian restaurant in Livingstone, which is worth a visit).
The camp is in a lovely location and is simply, but elegantly appointed, with great river views. The staff, both domestic and guides were welcoming, helpful and knowledgeable. The wildlife was abundant and varied and the camp's hides provided an interesting alternative to the usual drives.
A particular highlight of the stay was spending a night in the elephant hide, half-way up a tree, with nothing but a mosquito net and some branches between us and the stars. Fabulous!
Kaingo Camp - great walking and night drives
South Luangwa's marvellous and this is a very well run place with great guides.
It's possible to walk and the guides are extraordinarily knowledgeable. Animals and birds galore. Perhaps too much food (early breakfast, breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner) but it's very good and who's complaining about that?
Amongst many other things we saw lions at very close quarters.