Reviews of Kaingo Camp
Wildlife sightings and reviews
186 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
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The game on view was stunning - we saw everything that we had hoped to see, plus a lot of other fascinating and wonderful things." See all these reviews: 9n in Zambia
The level of guiding was spectacular. I was lucky enough to have Patrick as my guide for six days; he has so much knowledge of the South Luangwa bush, along with incredible people skills, that he should be declared a national treasure.
Kaingo is in a prime game area and sightings are spectacular, even at the beginning of the season, when water is available throughout the park and game isn't forced to congregate around the river or few remaining lagoons and water holes.
At first I was a bit let down by the cottage, which looked somewhat drab from the outside -- like it had been lifted out of a South African national park rest camp. However, one soon gets over this -- the cottages are enclosed by reed fences for privacy and there is plenty of open space in front, the interiors are delightful, and -- best of all -- each cottage has a magical, open air sala on the bank directly over the river! These salas serve as a wonderful spot to sit back and relax between game drives, read or just watch the crocodiles and hippos in the river, or elephants downstream, or the amazing bird life, or whatever wildlife appears on the opposite bank.
The catering was of a very high quality; brunches were served buffet style and were uniformly outstanding, while dinners were plated, 3-course affairs and a bit less exceptional than the brunches, but altogether very good.
Of the six camps I stayed at on this trip, Kaingo would be my first choice for a return visit...." See all these reviews: 18n in Zambia
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Food OK, but "Executive Chef" giving us the menu each evening is a bit pretentious and un-necessary." See all these reviews: 9n in Zambia
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The standard of the laundry was poor, it took us 2 days to get a new bar of soap in our room, and it was only when Derek arrived that he sat down with us and discussed the options for activities and made suggestions. Prior to that we had been given no real information as to what was on offer (or indeed that we had a bath!).
The food was disappointing. It was made worse by the pretentious announcement of what would be served at dinner. When we met for tea, invariably people said "Wasn't lunch awful?". The fruit salad was usually a mush and the coffee was always poor. We loved the porridge.
The guides were very good and very friendly, though we feel 6 per vehicle can be too many. We didn't make use of the midday activities as we did not feel they were suited to the heat of October and preferred to watch animals from our verandah. By African standards, the camp was pretty good. However, Tafika outperformed it in every way and is, I understand, a little bit cheaper" See all these reviews: 15n in Zambia
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However, at the time we visit Kiango they seemed to be going through a bad phase. The food was disappointing and uninspirational and the service a little wanting, although the staff were always happy, obliging and polite.
Hopefully, they will be back on track for next season." See all these reviews: 14n in Zambia
Informal and friendly camp with good food. Each guest is provided with their own s/s water bottle which is filled before each game drive.
Our guide, Andrew, was one of the best safari guides we've had - very knowledgeable and enthusiastic and keen to share all this knowledge with us - we learnt so much from him. The area is justifiably known for its leopard population - we saw so many, including one with her young cub.
The other big plus were the hides - one for hippos at eye level, and one for the carmine bee-eaters nesting colony. Both excellent locations - could have spent much more time in each if we'd had more days." See all these reviews: 12n in Zambia
"Great guides and wildlife experience"
Andrew was extremely knowledgeable and a great ambassador for Zambian wildlife. He was very enthusiastic and worked hard to give us a very enjoyable and rewarding visit." See all these reviews: 15n in Zambia
"A short but exciting stay at Kaingo Camp"
The only slight downside was the hut which was hot and did not catch much breeze, however the verandah overlooking the river was great. Our night int he elephant hide was well worth it, no elephants but lots of noises in the night!
We also enjoyed the hippo and carmine hides." See all these reviews: 12n in Zambia
"A wonderful time at Kaingo Camp"
We visited the Mwamba and Hippo hides, plus of course the Carmine Bee-eater hide which is a fantastic way to spend time watching these colourful birds squabbling over nesting holes, poking their heads out like 'gossips' along a street, flipping sand out backwards and spraying all below.
We could not eat all that was provided, ONLY because it was so generous, but also delicious. Sky, the chef, and his team did us proud - not least a wonderful surprise bush birthday party beside the Luangwa river for one of us, with all the camp guests and staff present. Robyn so kindly made a birthday card.
Lisa (who also has her own business) had taken over temporary running of the Camp admin at short notice and was a star! She was full of good humour, from serving coffee before dawn until we all retired at night. In fact everyone was so friendly, helpful, full of smiles and jokes and couldn't do enough for us.
Early mornings on an open, moving vehicle were a bit chilly at first but, not a problem as blankets were provided and also simple but effective cloth covers to protect cameras from dust.
Not surprisingly, elephants and hippo would wander through camp, eating as they went; timid bushbucks would graze behind the cottages; colourful birds would gather on bushes or on stranded tree stumps to catch fish or insects. We would have loved to have stayed even longer." See all these reviews: 20n in Zambia
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