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Kaingo Camp, SLNP, Zambia

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1) Name of property and country: (Please also include name of property and country as topic title and include as tags as well)


Kaingo Camp, SLNP, Zambia


2) Website address if known:




3) Date of stay, including whether Green Season, Shoulder season or High season pricing (if known).


September 2016, High Season


4) Length of stay:


3 Nights


5) Why did you choose this camp or lodge to stay in? Based upon what?


A previous visit in 2008


6) How did you book the property, direct or agent? Were your enquiries dealt with quickly and efficiently?


A friend who is a travel agent


7) How many times have you been on Safari?


15 times


8) To which countries?


Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe


9) Which properties have you been to previously that you are comparing this one to?


Comparable to Kafunta River lodge in accommodation comfort


10) Was the camp/lodge fenced?




11) How many rooms/tents does it have?


6 chalets


12) What tent or room did you stay in? Did it have a good view? Was it overlooked or private?


Unsure of chalet number, all chalets have view of Luangwa River and private.


13) How comfortably furnished was the room/tent?


Very comfortable, well furnished, ensuite bathroom


14) Did you like the food? If yes, please state why. If no, please state why.


Yes, excellent food


15) Was there a varied menu offering multiple choice? If vegetarian was a suitable alternative offered? (Did you have to request this in advance?)




16) What is the default dining arrangement? Single tables or communal dining? Do the guides/managers host at mealtimes?


Communal dining for brunch & dinner, pre-morning activity coffee around campfire. 


17) How good were the packed breakfasts/lunches if staying out on game drives?


Adequate snacks & drinks for morning tea & sundowners


18) What are the game drive vehicles? Please include photo if possible.


Modified modern landcruisers


19) How many guests per row?


2 per row


20) How long were the game drives and were they varied in the routes taken?


3 - 4 hours on varied routes


21) What are the standard game drive times? Are game drive times flexible: i.e., if agreed in advance, can you go out earlier than suggested and stay out later, i.e., not returning for lunch but taking supplies with you?


Morning drives begin after sunrise, afternoon drives around 16:00.


22) Is this a private conservancy/concession, and what is the vehicle/lodge density like?


No. The camp is one of the few permanent camps inside SLNP. At least 3 vehicles 


23) If in a National Park, what is the vehicle density in the immediate vicinity?


With the sister camp (Mwamba) and Lion camp nearby at times there can be a few vehicles at a sighting.


24) Are you able to off-road?




25) Are there rotation policies for sightings i.e., You face the risk of queuing or being bumped from a sighting.


Possibly but rotation did not occur at any sightings whilst I stayed there.


26) What wildlife is this property known for? Did you get good sightings?


Excellent leopard and lion viewing. Good elephant numbers and general plains game with diverse variety of antelope


27) How was the standard of guiding?




28) If you had a bad experience with a guide, why? Did you report the issue to management, and if so, how did they deal with the issue?




29) If you had a very good experience with your guide, please give reasons why:


Tried his utmost to position the vehicle for a good photography perspectives.


30) Were staff attentive to your requests/needs?




31) Does the property support a local community conservation initiative. If so, please provide brief details and website address if known.


Yes. Both community & conservation projects.


32) Safaritalk trip report link:




33) Any other pertinent details you wish to add:


Very comfortable and informal camp (more like a lodge) with nice outlook over the Luangwa river with each chalet having a private viewing deck. Other activities such as walks and game viewing from the Hippo & Carmine Bee-eater hides are available. A good place to finish off with a bit more comfort after some time at Mwamba camp.



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