Kaingo

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stamp3Why photographers love Kaingo

Situated adjacent to Lion Plain in one of the most secluded parts of South Luangwa National Park, this intimate, owner-run camp has a reputation for exciting game-viewing, with leopard, lion, elephant and hippo. The camp offers game drives, walking safaris and three ingenious photographic hides.

  • Kaingo means ‘leopard’ and the viewing of cats is excellent.
  • The camp is owned and run by Derek and Jules Shenton.
  • A truly classic safari atmosphere in a productive and isolated part of South Luangwa.
  • Sweeping views of the Luangwa River.
  • Game drives, walking and hides.
  • Floating hide for watching carmine bee-eaters.
  • Riverside hippo hide.
  • Treetop elephant hide.
  • The largest ebony grove in Luangwa.
  • Excellent Zambian guides.

How we rate Kaingo

Wildlife starstarstarstarstar
Landscapes starstarstarstarstar
Lodge and dining starstarstarstar
Hides starstarstarstarstar
Vehicles starstarstarstar
Guides starstarstarstarstar

Kaingo at a glance

  • Six riverside chalets with outdoor baths.
  • 3 excellent photographic hides.
  • 1200-year-old ebony tree bar.

Other camps

Close to the Lion Plain area is Mwamba, a rustic camp with six reed chalets on the Mwamba River. Herds of buffalo can be seen here, as well as lions.

South Luangwa National Park

Founded as a game reserve in 1938 and proclaimed a national park in the early 1970s, South Luangwa now covers more than 9000 square kilometres and is regarded as one of Africa’s premier parks. The sanctuary lies at the southern end of the Great Rift Valley in south-eastern Zambia and is flanked by the ramparts of the Muchinga Escarpment. Through it flows the Luangwa River, which rises in Malawi and runs for 700 kilometres before entering the Zambezi. Its wild meanders have formed oxbow lakes that provide great habitat for game. South Luangwa is famed for its leopard and also the endemic Thornicroft giraffe, which occurs here in large numbers.

The seasons

  • Kaingo opens from May to October.
  • Prime game-viewing can be had between August and October.
  • Carmine bee-eaters offer the best spectacle in October and November.

Getting there

  • 70-minute charter flights from Lusaka to Mfuwe.
  • Two-hour game drive from Mfuwe to the camp.

What Kaingo costs

  • From US$700 per person per night.

Photographers need to know

  • The camp is solar powered.
  • There are inverters in the main dining area for charging batteries.
  • The camp is located within a national park and off-road driving is not permitted.

The good news

Derek Shenton is the son of one of the foremost conservationists in Zambia. Jules is an ecologist and is a keen photographer. Their eco-friendly camp has a very light imprint on the soil of South Luangwa.