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Kaingo Camp
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Kaingo Camp


... is located in the Northern Sector of South Luangwa National Park in eastern Zambia.

Upsides ...

In a beautiful riverside position in the quiet northern sector of South Luangwa National Park, this characterful owner-operated camp has a particular reputation for servicing serious photographic safaris. The facilities may be relatively simple, but the hosting and guiding are usually to a very high standard. Activities are centred on vehicle safari, night vehicle safari and walking safari, plus an excellent selection of hides.

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Downsides ...

The main potential downsides are the relatively high prices, the simplicity of the camp build, a relatively rigid daily timetable and the extremely high temperatures in Oct/Nov.

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When to visit ...

Jun/Oct ... is the dry season in South Luangwa and generally considered to be the best time to be out on safari as the majority of animals converge on the few year round water sources. During the early part of the season, May/Jun, night time temperatures can be rather low, so do bring warm layers and a decent jacket. The grass and foliage cover can also be a little high during the first month or so, making it a little bit more difficult to find the animals. Towards the end of the season the wildlife viewing should be at its absolute best, but it can become extremely hot and humid day and night. Visitor numbers can become a little bit high in core areas, but generally this area remains peaceful and removed from the busy central areas.

Nov/May ... is the green season, with showers being possible at any time, but generally focussed on Dec/Feb when they can become persistent. This rain can cause many of the minor tracks to become difficult and increase the grass and foliage cover, both of which make wildlife viewing more challenging. However the bush looks beautiful, with lots of wildflowers and baby animals. Visitor numbers are relatively low, even during the Dec/Jan holiday season, and prices are often considerably reduced. But this camp is obliged to close for most of this period.

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A few words about prices ...

We are specialists in helping our guests to build the very best and most suitable safaris for the lowest possible prices. A safari can be a very expensive undertaking and we always do everything we can to meet your target budget.

Further up this page you will see our guide price for this place. This is the high season rate per person per night sharing a double room. For most people this should represent a worst case scenario, since various discounts usually apply at other times of year.

We guarantee that the prices we charge will be the same or, more often than not, considerably less than if you were to book directly with the owner. We also guarantee to match or beat any legitimate competitive quotations. Additionally, all our itineraries have fully itemised pricing, so that you can see exactly how much each element costs, which should provide you with great reassurance and help you to make decisions when fine-tuning your trip.

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How we like to include this lodge in trips ...

South Luangwa is Zambia's top wildlife location and one of the best national parks in Africa. It therefore tends to feature in virtually all high quality safaris through the country. Although by comparison with better known locations like Mara, Serengeti, Okavango and Kruger, the traffic flows through the valley remain light, there can be significant vehicle clustering during the high season, usually coinciding with the areas of highest wildlife densities, so we do need to think carefully when selecting camps and lodges.

Kaingo Camp is a really unusual option. We love the remote location and the excellent guiding. We even like that fact that the camp is so obviously quirky, Derek and Jules like to forge their own path rather than copy tried and tested methods.

We tend to recommend it most to serious photographers, since this is the camp speciality, athough you could easily turn up here with nothing more than a phone to take pictures and you would still have an amazing time.

The usual stay duration is 3 to 5 nights.

The camp is often combined with sister facility Mwamba Bushcamp, which is just 5km further north, with guests often walking in between the two. This combination usually spans 4 to 7 nights.

South Luangwa is the most popular area for safari in Zambia. It is often combined with other safari areas such including Lower Zambezi and Kafue, along with time at the Victoria Falls in Livingstone, in trips of 7 to 14 nights.

These areas are also often commonly combined combined with parts of neighbouring Malawi, Zimbabwe and Botswana in particular.

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