Set in an area of pristine wilderness, environmentally friendly Kaingu Safari Lodge uses natural materials to blend in as unobtrusively as possible with the surroundings. Overlooking the picturesque Kafue River, the 4 double Meru-style tents and family house provide the perfect backdrop for a range of activities including guided game viewing, birding, fishing, river cruises and island picnics. The newly built seasonal Bush Camp in Kafue Park offers solitude and privacy in 3 safari tents.
The remoteness of the area, exciting river based activities, and game viewing specially tailored to each guest’s specific interest, are some of the highlights of Kaingu. The attention is personal, the cuisine is top class and children are particularly welcome. Kaingu provides a great stay for travellers wishing to get closer to the unspoiled wilderness of the ‘real’ Africa and experience the warmth of the people of Zambia.
Situated in the Namwala Game Management Area, Kaingu is located just opposite the Kafue National Park on a spectacular and remote stretch of the Kafue River, with its myriad of channels, rocky rapids, small islands, sandbanks, sandy shores and large granite boulders. Pods of hippos, crocodiles and elephant are encountered on river trips, and there is a wide variety of birdlife and antelope in the area, with leopard and elephant frequently passing through the camp. The Kafue is one of the last true wilderness areas. Covering 22 440km², the Park’s unmatched variety of species and the fact that that you can enjoy the wildlife almost on your own, makes this one of the last remaining secrets of Africa. On drives through this region of the park, you are likely to see a good variety of wildlife such as lion, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, zebra, sable, roan, puku, hartebeest, kudu, impala, warthog and wild dog.
Set on raised private wooden decks overlooking the Kafue River, each of the thatched, tented chalets has its own private balcony, and features polished wooden flooring and an additional open air shower or stone-laid bath. The Finfoot family house has two en-suite bedrooms and an outside shower, with a central living area opening onto a private deck overlooking the river. Solar powered lights, wood-fired boilers and filtered drinking water add to the sense of being at one with nature, albeit in great comfort. Adventurous people can camp out at one of the large granite boulders and fall asleep while stargazing, with escorts on night watch and a safety fire provided!
Kaingu Bush Camp has three spacious Bedouin style tents, each with an attached roofed sitting area and an adjoining open-air bathroom.
Be pleasantly surprised by a bush breakfast set up on an island in the river, or a lantern-lit dinner by the river when returning from the day’s activities. Interact with the staff while the food is prepared, and get a taste of the local cuisine. Traditional songs accompanied by dancing are a highlight of these evenings.
Kaingu is a place to unwind, and be spoiled with an abundance of activities or, if you prefer, just relax and feel the heartbeat of Africa. The focal point of the lodge is the thatched central area with its lounge, dining area and bar. Attached to the boma is a redwood deck built out over the river and under the forest canopy, providing guests with a serene setting for dining, sundowners or just relaxing with a book. At night a fire is lit in a purpose-built pit on the deck. Solar-lit paths provide easy access between the chalets and the boma.
The Bush Camp’s open design tented dining area lies under the canopy of a large Pod Mahogany tree and offers a wonderful view. The emphasis is on solitude and privacy, and the fact that this is a true wilderness with no one for miles. An open campfire and outdoor boma are enjoyed during the evenings.
All activities can be tailored to the specific interest of each guest. The Kafue National Park, just opposite the lodge and only a 10-minute boat trip away, offers magnificent game that you can enjoy from comfortable open game drive vehicles. Guided walking safaris take place in the Kafue National Park and around the lodge, where 360° views and glorious African sunsets may be seen from the top of granite boulders. River walks and birding excursions are also popular.
Boat cruises on the Kafue River are a pleasure for all ages, and offers an opportunity for for some fishing and island exploration.
On an unforgettable canoeing experience in partnership with Mawimbi Canoe Trails, specialist guides will take you through truly magnificent areas only reachable by inflatable canoes. Trails ranging in duration from a half day to three days, and travel with the current to end in large flood plains, from where guests are driven back to the lodge.
Suitable dates are reserved during the season for families only, and childcare is arranged for late nights. Children’s activities include tracking, spoor identification, bow and arrow making, archery, stargazing, fishing, birding, boating, bread making, African storytelling and drumming, rope making, bush skills, and excursions to the local trust school.