Kaingo Camp

Reviews of Kaingo Camp

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Below are independent comments from 146 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.
David from Hales
Arrived on: 17-Jul-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Kaingo Camp review

Again met as promised, always a good start, followed by an enjoyable and informative drive to the Camp.

A quick greet and we were off on the first of many trips, going to the Hippo hide immediately as requested - the main point of the whole exercise. After that the 4 days passed in a whirl of painter dogs, lions, leopards etc. interspersed with good food with brilliant guides.

A wonderful place to spend 4 days.

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Ms F & Ms K - New Hampshire USA
Arrived on: 14-Jul-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Fabulous stay at Kaingo

We spent 7 nights between Kaingo and its sister bushcamp, Mwamba. Our stay at Kaingo was amazing.

We were very impressed by our guide Sylvester. He would read the tracks in the dust of the road and off we would go - and there would be the wild dogs or the lion pride! The game is plentiful around Kaingo but it still requires a high degree of skill to locate 5 leopards in a day. Highlights of the game viewing were a pride of lions hunting buffalo and a leopard exploding from a gully in an effort to bring down an impala. One day I went on walking safari with Sylvester while my companion, Gina, went on a drive. On the walk with Sylvester and the ranger Peter, I witnessed wild dogs hunting. Down on one knee taking pictures, the dogs raced by about 5 metres away.

We had selected Kaingo for two reasons. First was the focus on photography. Kaingo really shines in this aspect! There were bean bag lens rests in each vehicle and dustcovers were provided. The guides are all terrific photographers and shared their knowledge, as did other guests. Second, we wanted to support an owner-run independent camp. Derek's family has been involved in developing and protecting South Luangwa for many years. Kaingo camp was obviously designed to minimize impact. While everyone spoke highly of Derek, we were surprised to learn that he and Jules live in Lusaka and are not at the camp full time. Re-reading the Expert Africa webpage on Kaingo, it notes that Derek often helps out with guiding. Perhaps this should be updated.

Kaingo camp offers lovely accommodation in chalets, each with a private deck overlooking the river. The outdoor bathtub felt a bit excessive but others visiting the camp might really enjoy that kind of amenity. The food was excellent and Kaingo catered to people's dietary needs with grace and ease.

We would highly recommend Kaingo, particularly for serious photographers.

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Mr & Mrs K - Maidstone
Arrived on: 24-Oct-2015 Stayed for: 7 nights
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Kaingo Camp review

We have visited the South Luangwa area many times over a period of over 20 years of regularly going on safari.

In our opinion Kaingo is the best location in the area and this must be a view shared by many other guests as we have never seen so many photographers with "serious photo kit" at a camp before. The explanation for this lies in the camp having constructed 5 separate hides to enable photographers to get close to their subjects and the fact that the river and its banks provide an excellent backdrop for many photos. Having reviewed our photos we can only confirm that this is an excellent photographic environment.

The camp is well run and operates in a flexible way so that guest preferences for activities can be organised to suit. There is always plenty to do.

The rooms are of a standard which is common to camps in the area.

Food is varied with much supplied from the camp's farm on the outskirts of Mfuwe. The standard is good - one must remember that this is a wildlife safari and not a gastronomic tour.

We can highly recommend this Camp and hope to return very soon

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Mr & Mrs P - Cheshire
Arrived on: 8-Oct-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Our favourite camp

Everything about Kaingo was just right-friendly staff, superb game drives, excellent food and accommodation. Access to the hides at Kaingo and Mwamba was a bonus.

The game drives and hide visits were wonderful and we were accompanied throughout by a superb guide, Sylvester, and spotters

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Mr T & Mrs M from Newmarket
Arrived on: 13-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Kaingo Camp review

This was our first lodge, and our favourite. We were extremely impressed with the individual attention we received from all members of staff. We felt very spoilt!

We would like to make special mention of our guide, Andrew, who went out of his way to share his expert knowledge and passion of the bush with us and we felt very privileged to be in his company.

This lodge set the standard for the rest of our trip.

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Sue
Arrived on: 1-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Special feel here - didn't want to leave

It was hard to say goodbye to Kaingo and I can't put my finger on just one aspect that made this so. Everything fits to make a magical experience.

The setting is great, the staff attentive and warm, the hides are certainly a bonus. Our exceptional guide, Sly, set the tone with his love for birds, animals, nature, making our encounters almost spiritual.

Thanks to everyone for the most memorable trip I've ever taken.

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Ms S. from Lusaka
Arrived on: 30-Aug-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Kaingo Camp review

Garth and Liz were very hospitable from start to finish. Our guide, Yoram, was also very good. The density and variety of wildlife was incredible at Kaingo. Many things that we didn't think we would have interest in were among our favorite sightings -- owls and eagles for example.

The schedule was pretty grueling, and after 5 days (3 at Kaingo and 2 at Mwamba) we were ready for another vacation. The only critique of our stay at the 2 camps is we weren't offered information about bush walking, and learned from another couple that this could be arranged, but by then it was too late.

We were very tired of the jeeps and would have liked a walk in the bush.

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Mr S & Ms C from Rome
Arrived on: 13-Aug-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great service in the bush

It was our second time in Kaingo. The service is very good.

What was really outstanding this time was the quality of the game drive with exceptional sights at every drive. This time it really liked like we were part of a documentary. Our guide was really excellent and we had enormous fun with him.

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Ms P from London
Arrived on: 10-Aug-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Perfect start

It was my fourth visit to Kaingo in as many years. I was a little wary, given the abrupt staff changes last year, but am happy to report that things were running very smoothly.

Kaingo is a wonderful place, with a stunning location, and I am very pleased to report that the food, which was very disappointing last year, was excellent once again. I thought brunch (rather than both breakfast and lunch in previous years) worked really well, with a lovely selection of breakfast-y things as well as delicious, fresh salads and quiches.

As ever, the game viewing was spectacular. Sylvester was an excellent guide throughout our stay, informative and friendly.

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Mr and Mrs H from London
Arrived on: 17-Jul-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kaingo Camp feedback

We had a wonderful time at Kaingo. Our guide (Patrick) was delightful, friendly and extremely knowledgeable. Nothing was too much trouble and the staff in general were always charming and friendly. The chef went to all sorts of trouble to provide me with gluten free alternatives to bread, cakes and biscuits (I really couldn't eat it all - but it was delicious).

The game on view was stunning - we saw everything that we had hoped to see, plus a lot of other fascinating and wonderful things.

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