Kaingo Camp

Reviews of Kaingo Camp

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Below are independent comments from 183 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.
Mr D from Witney
Arrived on: 22-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Leopard Haven

We arrived opposite Kaingo Camp from Tafika to be told that we would have to wade across because the water wasn't deep enough for even a canoe! I was slightly thrown but apart from getting our boots wet, it was uneventful. The camp is well named as leopards were abundant - usually about 3 sightings every day, including with kills.

Activites included visits to game hides to view Carmine Bee-eaters, Hippos or elephants as well as game drives by day and night. Our guide, Yoram, was excellent and, as a photographer himself, ensured we had the best sightings of all the animals and birds. I could not have asked for better.

Unfortunately, just prior to leaving, I became unwell - it turned out to be Malarone- rather than food-related - which was to curtail my subsequent activities for a while.

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Mr V from Birmingham
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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excellent range of game

The concentration of game to view was really impressive; this is the place for Leopard sightings! I thought the camp was well organised, and the guiding pretty good. Derek Shenton personally guided on our walk in the bush. My daughter and boyfriend considered their experience as great; large pride of lion, aformentioned leopards (8), wild dog, hippo fights; all seen, and much more.

The site of the camp was also appreciated on the banks of the river, with the hides providing an interesting focus.

Again if visited one must be prepared for photographers, as for understandable reasons the camp is promoted to this section of the market. They do not really get in the way.

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Ms B from Cambridge, MA
Arrived on: 6-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Kaingo Camp Review

Despite having a rocky start to our stay due to some confusion over the level of guide that we had requested (we wanted a level 1 guide who could lead us on both walks and game drives but were assigned a level 2 guide who could only do game drives), once we were assigned Patrick, everything went smoothly. It's not clear how this misunderstanding occurred. When we expressed our concern about the guide assigned (Noelle), we were introduced to Derek Shenton who didn't acknowledge the problem but, rather, tried to assure us that Noelle was the "best level 2 guide in South Africa. They then gave us the option of spending the rest of the day with a Zambian guide who turned out to be a capable, but junior level guide. That evening we said that we would prefer Noelle and spent the next day with her. Later that day, Agata and Gerard told us that they were going to assign us to Patrick who was returning from a conference that evening. So, hence the "rocky start" comment.

The redesigned chalets were lovely and very comfortable. The staff were very competent and friendly. Special thanks to Gerard and Agita for getting our guide situation worked out as quickly as they could. The food was fantastic; chef Catherine took great care in tending to my husband’s lactose intolerance.

Our guide, Patrick, was absolutely wonderful. We were fortunate to have him for the remainder of our stay at both camps and couldn’t have been happier. We had many wonderful sightings of the Mwamba-Kaingo lion pride, including the aftermath of a buffalo kill, several amorous couples, and an “initiation ceremony” to introduce a lion cub to several members of the tribe. In other words, we saw lions in action, not just lolling around. We also had numerous sightings of the various leopards that live in the area and 2 wild dog sightings. Two of our group are birding enthusiasts, and Patrick’s birding knowledge kept them informed and excited about all the sightings. I could go on, but won’t. Suffice to say, we loved our stay at Kaingo.

Advise on which chalets to stay in: not #1 which is close to the kitchen and dining area and can get noisy in the early morning.

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Mr L from Bristol
Arrived on: 5-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great Introduction to South Luangwa at Kaingo

Kaingo proved to be a fantastic introduction to the South Luangwa. This was not my first Safari but the first to the South Luangwa. Every staff member I came into contact with was polite , helpful and delightful.

The Rondavels were spacious and comfortable, the huge bed especially so. The outside bath was very invigorating and had a good view of the river bank opposite! I could not fault the accommodation in any way.

The managers Gerrard and Lorraine were very nice and couldn't have been more helpful. Gerrard has long experience in the bush , having trained guides and also been a bush pilot in the past . He proved to be quite a raconteur! The food was fabulous , and of top quality and portion sizes were just right. Everything was fresh and all the snacks and pastries were also top quality.

The main reason I was there was for the Safari activities and these certainly did not disappoint. The sheer abundance of wildlife was incredible. This applied particularly to Predators. There are no less than three large prides of Lion in the area, and while I was at Kaingo, we came upon three Buffalo kills , including one having been recently made and at night, which added an extra dimension. We were very close to 15 hungry lions enjoying supper!

We had no less than 6 leopard sightings. All fairly close up and for a good time and in daylight, including one with a bushbuck kill in a tree. There were many other excellent sightings , including a Martial eagle taking a guinea fowl and obliging us by perching fairly low down on a tree branch to devour it.

The hides were another bonus , particularly the Carmine hide which gave a prime view of hundreds of these dazzlingly coloured birds nesting in the river bank. The canoe trip across the river to get to the hide watched by hippos was an adventure in itself! There are tame bushbuck in camp which you can almost touch , they are so unafraid.

If I have one regret it is that I did not meet Derek Shenton who was in camp on a brief visit.

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Ms G & Mr D from Middlesex
Arrived on: 5-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Kaingo -A family run camp in a lovely setting

The location of this camp is very good, being set along the bank of the Luangwa river. The wild animals obviously also think it is a good location as all the paths are used by anything from elephants to monkeys. Caution is required, but it is a great experience watching elephants walk past your chalet.
Our guide, Yoram, was excellent. His knowledge and tracking skills were amazing. We saw Lions and Leopard every day of our 4 day sojourn and it was great learning more about the Mwamba-Kaingo, Mwamba-Kapanda and Hollywood prides (made famous on recent TV Programme.) With the spotlight on the night drives, it was great seeing things like Civet, Genet, Porcupine, Honey Badger, Owls and even a chameleon, which he also found in daylight.
It was unfortunate for us that they could not arrange a 2 hour walk. It was always going to be tomorrow, but tomorrow never came. However we enjoyed going to the Hippo hide and the Carmen Bee-Eater hides, which were particularly good for photographs
Kaingo and Mwamba are family run and it was nice to see their big Garden in Mfuwe, providing work for locals. where the vegetables for all our wonderful meals are sourced .
Note to Expert Africa: The inside of the chalets are much the same as your current pictures, but the outside is very different, although it still has a thatch roof. The outside bath is also different and very special.

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Mr & Mrs B from Dersingham
Arrived on: 25-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Our return to a new look Kaingo

On arrival at Kaingo we were greeted by two elephants in camp, and they were there again to wave us off when we left!
We really appreciated the newly extended family chalet, with its private outside bath and shower (there is an inside shower too!), and very spacious sitting room.

It was good to see familiar faces among the guides, including Andrew and Patrick who recognised that we had been to Kaingo previously. The management staff were all fresh faces to us - Gerard and Agata in particular were very friendly and helpful.

This time our guide was Yoram whose skills as a guide really made our stay at Kaingo. He has an amazing ability to find wildlife of all sorts. We saw a huge range of species, many of which we had not seen before. Yoram knew exactly where to take us for the best views of leopards. We saw leopard and/or lion each time we went out. We still don't know how he managed to spot a tiny Scops owl perched fully camouflaged in a track-side tree.

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Mr J from San Diego
Arrived on: 19-Jun-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Kaingo Camp Review

Kaingo is a beautiful bush camp overlooking the Luangwa River. Our group consisted of two families, four adults and four teenage children. My wife and I stayed in the family chalet with our two children and our nephew. The wife and I had a separate room with a comfortable queen bed and the children all had individual beds in the main room. All of the beds were very comfortable; there was plenty of room for all of us. I especially enjoyed the outdoor (but private) shower while my wife enjoyed the outdoor bath tub. The chalet also had a private porch overlooking the river. It was very relaxing to sit out on the porch during our down time and listen to the grunts and groans of the Hippos.

Kaingo is a well-run bush camp. Agatha and Gerard run the daily operation and are extremely welcoming. Catherine the chef prepared us excellent meals every day. We were served delicious breakfasts, tea time snacks, and dinners. One morning we were surprised with a breakfast on the banks of the Luangwa. While we ate, an elephant appeared and wandered down to the river to cross right in front of us. The culinary excellence of the camp was an added bonus to our safari experience. Also, I had neglected to mention that my daughter was vegetarian but once the staff learned of this, they went out of their way to have a vegetarian dish on the menu. The wait staff were all very friendly and enjoyed teaching the children some of the local language. Zikomo Joseph, Misa, and Loban!

Patrick was our guide for the entire week that we spent in South Luangwa National Park. The first four days Patrick guided our two families. He did an excellent job with all eight of us, keeping everyone fully engaged on the drives and walk ins. Patrick is not only extremely knowledgeable about the animals found in the park but also knowledgeable about the birds and plants. He has an amazing ability to transfer his enthusiasm and love for the wild life to the people he guides. The children thoroughly enjoyed learning from Patrick. With each drive or walking safari, there were new things to see. It almost seemed that Patrick could summon animals and birds that we previously had not seen. After a week, we saw lions, leopards, wild dogs, elephants, giraffe, zebras, and countless impala and puku among other animals.

On our last night Patrick took us to the Mopani forest. He told us previously that we would probably not see that many animals but it turned out to be one of the most memorable drives of the trip. It was beautiful to be among the trees with the setting sun in the background. We were truly blessed to have Patrick as our guide, there was never a dull moment.

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Partridge family from Kent
Arrived on: 29-May-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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All we could wish for

Everything about Kaingo was wonderful. Agata the manageress was so welcoming, as were everybody else. We had fantastic guides, with Andrew and Patrick particularly standing out as incredibly well-informed. The quality of the food was outstanding, produced by Catherine and her team of assistants. The rooms were extremely comfortable and the private viewing platform overlooking the river was a beautiful place to relax. Fabulous, no complaints whatsoever.

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Family L from Kansas
Arrived on: 22-May-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Kaingo, a dream realized

Kaingo far exceeded all hopes and expectations we had for a safari. The secluded and intimate location, the beauty and convenience of the lodges, the exceptional quality and cordiality of the guides, the abundant and well prepared cuisine, the attention to comfort and detail (for example, the cool or warm washcloths (depending on time of day) that awaited us after each safari), and the deep African connections of the staff all combined to make our days at Kaingo a most remarkable and memorable vacation, one our family quickly rated the best ever. (To provide context to this statement, it might be helpful to know we have vacationed in Asia, South America, North America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and in one other African country.)

Any lodge can access the glory and beauty of South Luangwa NP, and the animals are spectacular regardless of the name on the jeep, but the factors listed above made Kaingo feel that we were getting about as authentic and natural a safari as we possibly could, short of actually moving to Africa and living in a tent. We had no idea one could develop such an intense fondness for a place and its people in only 4 days.

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Mr B from Reading
Arrived on: 12-Oct-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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A really wonderful experience

Liz and Garth who ran the camp were warm, welcoming hosts. Ruth the catering manager provided excellent food, and the staff were unfailingly helpful. We very much enjoyed our meals with the other guests and the guides, Patrck Ndhlovu and Andrew Mweetwa were entertaining dining companions.

The high points of our visit were the rides with Patrick whose knowledge of the wild life was a joy to share .Patrick's ability to get us close to the animals and birds really was wonderful and his understanding of leopard behaviours exceptional.

Our room was spacious and well appointed, our private viewing platform ideally positioned to enjoy the comings and goings of animals along the river bank and in the pools and using our outdoor bath filled with sun warmed water was the perfect way to relax during the hot afternoon.

Everything about this segment of our holiday was perfect, even the drives from the airport to the camp and the return trip were experiences that we relished.

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