KAINGU SAFARI LODGE
Set in an area of pristine wilderness, KaingU Safari Lodge offers a magnificent safari experience in the heart of the African bush. The owner-run lodge, with its comfortable accommodation perfectly in balance with the surroundings, is something unexpected
Kaingu Lodge is situated in the Namwala Game Management Area (GMA) on a spectacular and remote stretch of the Kafue River, approximately 400 kilometers north of the majestic Victoria Falls. The Kafue National Park, just opposite the lodge and only a 10 minute boat trip away, offers magnificent game that you can enjoy viewing from our comfortable open game drive vehicles. The Kafue River, with all its myriad of channels, rapids and islands lends itself to a range of exciting river based activities which include boat cruises, fishing, birding, canoeing and river trails.From the top of one of the large granite boulders in the Namwala GMA you will get a 360° view over nothing but nature! A visit to the Kaingu Trust School can be organised. Situated on a plateau 1030 meters above sea level, Kaingu enjoys a year round moderate climate (coldest in July, hottest in October).
Kaingu guests can enjoy an unforgettable experience on the Kafue River. Specialist guides will take you through truly magnificent areas that one can only reach by inflatable canoes. Canoe trails can be from an hour or three to a full day or even several days. The scenery is spectacular and varied and the pace of the trail can be individually set. Pods of hippos, crocodiles and elephant are regularly encountered as well as a wide variety of bird-life and antelope species. Trails can end at the camp or at a beautiful picnic spot – there are combinations for everyone. Add a sleep out to your stay.
Great photographic opportunities offered in our seasonal hides on islands and special locations. This amazing spectacle where by hundreds of Meyer’s Parrots (and a few Grey-headed parrots and Green Pigeons) meet to ingest minerals in the mud occurs for only about 30 minutes early morning in late July and August. Bird lovers can find hours of joy in our little island hide positioned opposite the banks of breeding White-fronted Bee-eaters. Being well hidden, it gives the opportunity to get a great shot of birds like the Goliath Heron that would otherwise shy of human presence.
Hippos can be watched comfortably from our hide on Mantobo Island. It is also the starting point to explore the 3km long island and can be combined with a walk across the island and meeting a boat to cruise back to the lodge.
Share the magic of Kaingu with your kids!. At Kaingu your whole family is welcome and specialized activities guarantee that young adventurers have a great time. To ensure that every guest has a wonderful experience with us, we have reserved suitable dates during the season for families (and extended families) only.
So there are no worries about disturbances and the day’s programmes can be custom-tailored to suit all interests. There are many activities that the whole family can take part in but also exclusive activities for children and youngsters to do while their parents can enjoy a siesta or go for a long game drive.
Kaingu Lodge is in the unique position to expand its activities to an area of the Kafue National Park that for many years has been completely inaccessible. The majority of our game drives are now conducted in the National Park, a ten minute boat ride from the lodge. The new vehicles are outfitted to our design to an extremely high standard with individual comfortable bucket seats. With short and longer loops available as well as the entire length of the (all weather) spinal road game drives can be tailored to individual wishes and can be from a couple of hours through to a whole day expedition.
Kaingu Safari Lodge is known to be located at the most stunning section of the Kafue River. At Kaingu the wide and steady flowing river stretches out and flows around countless granite boulders, rapids, grassy sandbanks and islands, some so big that even leopards live on them. Enjoy this beautiful river-landscape on a comfortable boat cruise, ideal for birding as well as seeing hippos, crocodiles, bathing elephants or drinking leopards. Our three aluminium boats have comfortable seating and smaller boats can be used for even more adventurous exploration of smaller channels or getting into tight fishing spots! Rods and lures are available at the lodge and all our guides are keen and experienced fishermen. Indeed Kaingu has been used as a base for a professional crew filming a fishing TV show!
Kaingu guests can now enjoy an unforgettable experience on the Kafue River. Specialist guides will take you through truly magnificent areas that one can only reach by inflatable canoes. Canoe trails can be from an hour or three to a full day or even several days. The scenery is spectacular and varied and the pace of the trail can be set to suit individual wishes. It can be as sedate or as adventurous as you like. If you like rapids then they can be arranged, if you like calm waters then those too can be arranged. Pods of hippos, crocodiles and elephant are regularly encountered as well as a wide variety of bird-life and antelope species. Trails can end at the camp or at a beautiful picnic spot – there are combinations for everyone.
6 Chalets set on raised individual private wooden decks, each overlooking the Kafue River, Kaingu Safari Lodge comprises 6 double Meru-style tents with en-suite bathrooms, indoor showers and an open-air shower. The “Honeymoon-tent” has an additional outside bath. Every tent is additionally roofed with thatch to provide additional cooling and further blend into nature.
Our Finfoot family house consists of 2 bedrooms (one queen, one twin), 2 en-suite bathrooms plus outside shower and a central living area opening onto a private deck overlooking the river. It’s a perfect spot for a couple with children, or a small group of friends