The Kaingu Safari Lodge is in an area of pristine wilderness, in a beautiful part of the Kafue River in Zambia, Southern Africa. This provides the perfect backdrop for a range of activities including guided wildlife viewing, birding and fishing, river cruises and island picnics. With the Bush Camp in the National Park, they can now offer to walk and to drive safaris, based on the Lodge and Bush Camp.
The focal point at the lodge is the central boma, lounge, dining room and bar facilities which are under the beautiful thatch building. The lodge is on a high plateau and enjoys a moderate climate throughout the year. Although it is away from civilisation, the Lodge is easily accessible via road or air.
The comfortable accommodation blends into nature, which is unexpected in this remote area. The Kafue is one of the last true wilderness areas, with its unmatched variety of species you can enjoy the wildlife almost on your own, this makes this park one of the last secrets of Africa. Accommodation is at both the Lodge and at three individual campsites which are in the Namwala area facing the river and directly opposite the Kafue National Park.
Separate to the Lodge but within walking distance are these three beautifully appointed grassy campsites by the rapids. Each site has its ablution block with cold and hot running water, a kitchen sink, fire pits for cooking and a thatched sheltered area which provides protection against the sun and rain if need be.
As the name "bush camp" indicates, the accommodation at Kaingu Lodge but includes all of its comforts and services. Here guests are close to nature and wildlife. Three tents with a joining open-air bathrooms will provide accommodation for a maximum of 6 guests. A tented lounge area and dining area under the canopy of a large Pod Mahogany tree offers an excellent view, and natural shelter and shade.
With the laid back atmosphere, this Lodge is the place to unwind, enjoy the chef's cuisine and feel the heartbeat of Africa through your veins. Their menu is new at the start of the season, and when the temperatures heat up, they create a delicious summer menu for all to enjoy.
Some highlights are: Lemon and caper chicken fillets garnished with basil and served with spinach dumplings in sage oil with tomato sauce. For a starter, how about courgette, mozzarella and smoked beef rolls served on a round piece of crispy toast with drizzles of sauce. With such a mouth-watering menu in place, they are always keen to think up new and different places to serve it.
A delicious breakfast grill is served on the deck so that guests can enjoy the chefs cooking their full English Breakfast in the morning and a juicy rump steak under the stars, in the evening. Wildlife sightings have been steadily increasing. They have now created a new wildlife viewing loop near the car park that offers a complete contrast to the great Shishamba loop to the north that was often used. To date, each and every safari drive took on the "pools" loop has yielded sightings of Sable Antelope, which a lot of people visiting the area, look forward to seeing.
Elephant activity has also increased with bull elephants spending a lot of time on the islands around the lodge. As they cross from island to island, it is quite a spectacular sight to be seen, and not missed. The Lodge is in the Namwala Game Management Area on a dramatic and remote stretch of the Kafue River, approximately 400 kilometres north of the majestic Victoria Falls. The Kafue National Park is just opposite the Lodge and only a 10-minute boat trip away.