A truly immersive bush experience in a photographer’s paradise!
Located in the South Luangwa National Park, Kaingo sits amid a grove of towering ebony trees on the banks of the Luangwa River. The area is beautiful and picturesque lagoons spill into open plains and grasslands, whilst elephant and buffalo herds meander through almost hourly. Run by the Shenton family, the camp itself is unfussy yet incredibly welcoming and many of the staff have been there years lending a true ‘home from home’ feel. Days are structured around three activities (morning, midday and afternoon) rather than just the normal two, allowing you to structure your wildlife-viewing as you wish and making this the perfect spot then for wildlife enthusiasts and budding photographers.
At the lodge
The main lounge and dining area is light, airy and cool even in the heat of the day thanks to the high, thatched roof and completely open sides. At its heart is a trunk of an ancient leadwood tree, now turned into a cosy bar area and creating the perfect spot for story sharing and exchanging photography tips. A few steps away, on the edge of the river, is a beautiful decking area with more space to put your feet up and watch the hippos harrumphing in the river below.
There are five standard chalets and one deluxe suite (The First House) at Kaingo. All are made from brick and thatch and are delightfully decorated in soothing tones of blue and green – a welcome change from khaki and cream! Each has an ensuite bathroom and all the amenities you need but the real attraction are the outdoor bathtubs. After all, who doesn’t love a long hot soak, accompanied by the sounds of the wildlife and the twinkling of the stars?
The South Luangwa is known for its game viewing and the area around Kaingo is no exception. Elephants, hippos and crocodiles make use of the river bank right outside the chalets, and lion, leopard and even wild dog are regulars on game drives. Walking safaris are also available as are visits to the photography hides, sleepouts and fly camping. If you’ve got a special interest in birding, then make it known to the guides too – they really know what they’re talking about here.