Kaingo Camp is found in one of South Luangwa National Park’s most game-rich areas, overlooking the Luangwa River. Built and managed by one of Africa’s best-known walking safari aficionados, Derek Shenton, son of Barry Shenton, a former warden of Kafue National Park, Kaingo has been expertly designed for guests to experience the many enjoyable facets of an African safari, in the most sustainable way possible. With just 6 chalets, you are assured of a peaceful, exclusive stay and the undivided attention of your hosts.
The brick and thatch chalets have large fly-screened windows, private viewing decks and an outdoor bath overlooking the river, where hippos lounge in the depths and elephant, antelope, giraffe, buffalo and smaller creatures congregate to quench their thirst.
Lighting, electricity and piping hot water are supplied by eco-friendly solar panels, which means there are no noisy generators to disrupt the peace and quiet of this secluded area.
Meals are served in a central, open-sided ‘chitenge’ where you’ll also find a 1000-year old lead wood bar, lounge area, large viewing deck and fire pit – all with river views. The food is expertly prepared on eco-friendly gas cookers and over an open flame. Early morning confectionary, full English breakfasts, delicious lunches and three-course gourmet dinners are part of every day life at Kaingo.
Morning walks through the game-rich savannahs yield sightings of plains game and lions, while late afternoon walks end with sundowners and a night drive in search of the resident leopards and owls, specifically the rare Pel’s fishing owl. An extra treat is a night spent in Elephant Hide, located high in a tree overlooking the stomping grounds of these fascinating creatures.
During the day, visit one of three nearby hides used for filming wildlife documentaries. Keen photographers are also taken care of with specialised game drive vehicles, complete with beanbags and camera props for the perfect wildlife shot.
Kaingo Camp offers the chance to settle in and experience an African safari on your own terms, whether it’s on a thrilling game drive or relaxing on your private deck overlooking the river.