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Kapani Lodge
Kapani Lodge
Kapani Lodge
Kapani Lodge

Reviews of Kapani Lodge

Wildlife sightings and reviews

78 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Kapani Lodge and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa

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Mr & Mrs R
Croydon

"Absolutely wonderful staff & drives"

3 nights Arrived 25 Feb 2013
"I can not praise Norman Carr Safaris enough. The staff were absolutely brilliant and could not do enough to make our stay so enjoyable. The new manager, Mario was extremely kind and attentive, and the front of house staff member, Enoch was a joy. The two trackers,, Brian & Simon were great fun and went to enormous lengths to find wildlife. Every day was filled with jokes and laughter. We felt we'd known them for years. Very sad to say goodbye. We might return in the dry season, health permitting.

One thought was that maybe the evening meal could be buffet style, instead of a fixed menu. The lunches were buffet style so we could choose what to eat. They were beautifully prepared and a joy to eat. This is of course, a very personal opinion." See all these reviews: 12n in Zambia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Mr B
Bristol

"Kapani still of the highest order."

2 nights Arrived 19 Feb 2013
"This spell I had the privilege of being guided by the best- Mr Abraham Banda. Thankyou once again and also thanks to Enoch (a wonderful ambassador for NCS), Mario, Ian (Kakuli), Priya, Katie, Judy and Patience (good luck with those guide exams).

Reliving old times, sharing old and new stories/experiences this was a wonderful way to finish in the valley.

David and Christina, what a fantastic team you have. Thankyou." See all these reviews: 13n in Zambia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Mr B
Bristol

"The butterfly continues..."

3 nights Arrived 11 Feb 2013
"Once again another delightful base at Kapani to explore the immediate area within the national park.

Friendly faces, old friendships reunited, good organisation, excellent food.

Extra activity- being shown around the developing site at Chimzombo.

Thankyou to all the staff at Kapani lodge, especially Brian, my guide for the first 4 days, exciting times ahead." See all these reviews: 13n in Zambia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Mr & Mrs M
Doncaster

"First night"

1 night Arrived 1 Oct 2012
"A brilliant and comfortable start to our holiday" See all these reviews: 10n in Zambia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Mr & Mrs B
Somerset

"Kapani Lodge"

2 nights Arrived 13 Sep 2012
"Apart from our last evening, we were the only guests at Kapani. This wasn't a problem as we enjoyed having the guide, Charles, to ourselves. Everyone was very attentive and the drives were tailored to our particular interests. Obviously this wouldn't be the case had there been other guests.
As this was our first safari holiday we didn't quite know what to expect. The game drives on the whole were very enjoyable and we saw a lot of birds near Kapani but the animals were mostly inside the national park. At times, particularly on the night drives, there were quite a few other vehicles present around the animals, which wasn't such an enjoyable experience." See all these reviews: 10n in Zambia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Good

Location:
Good
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Mr & Mrs C
Hindhead

"Great Wildlife Sitings"

2 nights Arrived 21 Jun 2012
"Very good place to stay before going to bush camps to allow time to recover after a long journey. We experienced some of the best wildlife viewing on game drives from this lodge.

The transfer from Mfuwe Airport to Kapani Lodge was quite early in the day and we were unprepared for the open vehicle and speed of travel and so we were very cold on the journey." See all these reviews: 11n in Zambia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Good
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Food:
Good
Facilities:
Good
Mr & Mrs G
Harrow

"Kapani Lodge Review"

4 nights Arrived 5 Apr 2012
"If we had been going on a foodie holiday we wouldn't have been disappointed ! All the staff were excellent , particularly Laurence the guide Mishal the scout.

We had limited expectations because we knew we were in the emarald season, however we saw lots including lions and leopard. 3 days is enough for game drives ,it was great that we could go on the river in the fast boat for a change .We really enjoyed that.

The accommodation was fine and the food was very good especially the lunches , which should be an example to other lodges" See all these reviews: 6n in Zambia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Mr B
Bristol

"Kapani Lodge review"

2 nights Arrived 23 Oct 2011
"O Kapani, I know you so well. Staying here in the emerald seasons of year's past and now at last the dry season.

Very comfortable amidst the extreme temperatures(42-47 degrees celsius), enjoy the fan before heading for the real bush camp experiences. The best guides in Zambia are part of the NormanCarr family. Finding the animals/birds are their forte, their knowledge unexhausted, this is a great start to any safari.

Organised, safe, clean venue, with the wonderful raised decking brings dinner under candle light where excellent food has been created and then provided. Still the great setting first experienced in 1991. Thank you to everyone at Kapani." See all these reviews: 12n in Zambia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Ms D & Mr B
Berks

"Kapani Lodge review"

1 night Arrived 17 Oct 2011
"Only stayed one night and off the next morning to Luwi so didn't see much of the camp." See all these reviews: 10n in Zambia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Good

Location:
Good
Service:
Good
Activities:
Good
Rooms:
Good
Food:
Good
Facilities:
Good
Mrs L
Surrey

"Kapani Lodge review"

1 night Arrived 13 Sep 2011
"Host very average, still had Julius as the guide. Staff very pleasant.

Our sons room had a split toilet seat and the loo was not clean." See all these reviews: 10n in Zambia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Average

Location:
Average
Service:
Average
Activities:
Average
Rooms:
Average
Food:
Good
Facilities:
Good
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