Kakuli Bushcamp

Reviews of Kakuli Bushcamp

Excellent(96%) From 54 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 54 of our travellers who have visited Kakuli Bushcamp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr S & Ms L - California
Arrived on: 8-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kakuli Bushcamp review

Highlight of our Zambian stay, Night drives were superb.

Aubrey is a great guide. In the that context should add on our first night at Kakuli (Sep 8, 2010) there was an incident when our safari vehicle, driven by Aubrey was (briefly) stuck in the sand while we wanted to get a better and closer viewer of a pride of lions. One of the other tourists in the vehicle (an English lady whose name I don't remember) became very agitated and in the following days requested a different guide (which she got) and said the Aubrey acted in an "unprofessional" manner during the incident.

I am concerned that she might have passed her opinion to the management at Norman Carr and that this might have a negative impact on Aubrey's situation. In particular, I want to say that my wife and I were present for the entire (brief) time while the vehicle was stuck and that during that entire time we can say with confidence that Aubrey acted in a 100% professional and appropriate manner. Not for a moment during that time did I feel unsafe or frightened. If you want more details from me about this, please feel free to contact me. On the other hand, if the hypersensitive lady never did register a complaint to you than do feel free to completely ignore these comments.

I have also sent an email to Norman Carr regarding this.

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Mr M and friend from Italy
Arrived on: 16-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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The best sundowner ever!

Kakuli was our last camp in South Luangwa. We arrived in Kakuli form Nsolo with a morning walk between the two camps: 3.5-4.0 hours are needed to do this, but it is really a nice experience to do.

In Kakuli, with Aubrey, our guide, we had a nice morning walk, where we tracked, hearing her roaring, a lioness, and also two very nice night drives, where we are able to spot leopards, lions, hyenas, giraffes, porcupines, civets and many other animals. But the best thing was the sundowner of our last night in South Luangwa: Glen organized this at a lagoon, where we arrived just for the sunset, a wonderful african sunset in a fantastic location, where we had drinks and popcorn prepared directly on the fire! Definitely the best way to end our safari! Thanks Glen and all the staff!

But the Valley had for us a last surprise on the way from Kakuli to the airport, where I spotted a leopard hanging on a branch of a tree just on the road: a nice way to say goodbye to South Luangwa!

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Mr and Mrs C - East Sussex
Arrived on: 7-Jun-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Kakuli Bushcamp review

We loved our stay here (it was our second visit). Aubrey and team, with Paul who had guided us in Luwi, were great. Glen, the manager, is a very nice chap but a bit inexperienced - he needs to learn about communication: Various members of staff had malaria but this only became apparent on questioning; some american visitors were moved from their room without their knowing so that the room could be prepared for other visitors - who did not arrive until after the americans had left. Overall, though, we had a great time.

The MD of N Carr (Dave) paid a brief visit and we mentioned to him that we felt that the camps were super and that the food had improved enormously in quality in the last five years.

Our cabin was excellent but the Thatch (roof) came down so low that very shortly after arrival I walked into it and had to have various bits of elephant grass removed from my (bald) head by Ann.


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Scrub hares from London
Arrived on: 16-Mar-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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We loved Kakuli

Also our second visit. Literally everything about our stay at Kakuli was wonderful, starting with the welcome party led by Aubrey and Priya waiting on the riverbank for our boat. The location is superb, and recent work to the accommodation has made the rooms/tents even more comfortable.

Like Kapani, the food was delicious and we were again astonished at how so much is achieved in this remote location. Our guides Aubrey and Laurence were superb, and delivered surprising and thrilling game trips: we will never forget being within a couple of metres from two lionesses hiding from us in the bushes!

We hadn't realised we would be able to do so much walking in the bush at this time of year: the balance between boating and walking was perfect. We simply love everything about Kakuli and its staff.

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Mr and Mrs B from Gloucestershire
Arrived on: 28-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great location, over-protective.

Great camp - lots of activity seen from rest/bar area and from our room,which had a lot of character.

Again camp safety arrangements OTT with (eg) staff over-reacting to risk from elephant not behaving in threatening manner (chasing with brooms does tend to elicit a charge) and escort back to room at night (we were not allowed out on our own) 'panicking' when we saw an elephant minding its own business, not on our route, quietly browsing, and hurrying back to find the scout.

Finally got our own guide in a sensible group size.

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Dr G & Dr E - Cambridgeshire
Arrived on: 6-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kakuli Bushcamp review

friendly knowledgable staff, beautiful location, care and attention

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Ms A from London
Arrived on: 19-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kakuli Bushcamp review

This was my favourite bush camp overall and perhaps the one I enjoyed the most. Robin, the manager, had a very relaxed manner about him and nothing was too much trouble for him. The camp had a very intimate atmosphere.

Our guide Aubrey was again excellent. We went on a few walking safaris with him and they were the most intersting of all of the camps we stayed at. He had a good understanding of nature. I liked the fact that at both Norman Carr camps the same guide stayed with you. I also liked the fact that a park ranger came with us out in the bush on each excurision.

The camp is in a beautiful location and the central lodge or meeting area is idyllic. I also think we saw the best game here: pride of 12, leopard making a kill, python wrapped around a dead impala. Hippos were in abundance here and the tents provided great views of them. On the walkign safari we got close to zebra, an elpephant, a hippo, and also saw a lioness chase 2 impalas.

Another plus for this camp is that you are truly out in the bush and apart from the other jeep at the camp that is all we saw. You are in the park here and have easy access where as at Kapani you have to drive into the park and also share the game with lots of other camps. The food at Kapani was slighlty better but both offered great salads. But if one has never been on safari and wants electricity, perhaps this is not the place for them.

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Mr & Mrs W - Staffordshire
Arrived on: 11-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Lions at Kakuli

Kakuli camp was set in a fantastic location right by the river. Lots of comical hippos to keep us company and awake. Walks and drives as ever were excellent.

Our guide, Aubrey, was fantastic. The way he brought everything together from the animals, birds, habitat, reasons behind animal behaviour, he made the walking safari just as exciting as the game drives by way of showing signs and tracks of the animals themselves.

A pride of lions (about 10 including a male) was sighted, all very full, sleepy and contented (a bit like us really!!). Thanks Aubrey.

Food was first class, yet again. Emanuel, one of the front of house staff, was brilliant, taught us one or two Zambian words, which greatly amused him and Michael.

We felt accommodation was good overall, but certainly not clean. Little disappointed on arrival to note that the toilet seat was totally split into two pieces and didnot appear to have been cleaned for a while. If a thorough cleaning had taken place the toilet seat would have been immediately noticed as broken. The hand basin again had not seen a good clean for quite a while, ground in dirt around taps and basin. Once we had alerted Robin to the broken toilet seat it was replaced quickly, but should never have been left in that state.

A perfect camp for exceptional bird sightings.

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riguss from Belgium
Arrived on: 18-May-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Kakuli Bushcamp review

Too short to really get the feeling of the place and had no opportunity to walk to Nsolo and Lwui. Next time, we hope. But very professional and enjoyable.

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Mr and Mrs A from Greece
Arrived on: 22-Mar-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Kakuli Bushcamp review

Everything was excellent. Levy is a great guide, a very interesting person.

Teresa is an excellent hostess, gentle and discrete.

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