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Kakuli Bushcamp

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

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© Norman Carr Safaris Kakuli Bushcamp's position on the banks of the Luangwa River
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A more traditional tented camp in a great location. Well combined with other bushcamps on a longer walking safari.

Whether or not it was intended as a compliment, Norman Carr (the patron saint of walking safaris in the Luangwa) was nicknamed "Kakuli", meaning an old bull buffalo.  I imagine he was told that it was because of his wisdom rather than implying he was a cantankerous old fellow, and indeed his wisdom in carving out Zambia's place as the walking destination in Africa cannot be doubted.

The camp that bears his name is one of a number of bushcamps in this area of the park where walking is the best way (and sometimes the only way) to explore.  Kakuli lies on the confluence of the Luwi and Luangwa Rivers, perched high on banks where bee-eaters come to nest year after year.  From the camp, the lush floodplain and sandy banks of the river team with impala, puku, buffalo, hippo and crocodiles.  Elephant apparently feel that they have an equal claim to the camp site and are frequent visitors around the tents which can be a little disconcerting, although the staff are well used to is and maintain a watchful vigil.

Kakuli is a more traditional tented safari camp with only four tents under thatched roofs, each overlooking the Luangwa River.  While still simple, the camp offers all the amenities you can expect, from hot showers to tasty fresh meals served on the deck.

The camp often serves as the end point for walking safaris along the course of the Luwi via {Luwi Bushcamp} and {Nsolo Bushcamp}.  Unlike these two, which are geared almost solely for walking, Kakuli and it's sister {Mchenja Bushcamp} offer a more diverse range of activities in this rich game area.  Knowledgeable guides are entrenched in the Norman Carr Safaris modus operandi and add tremendous value to the experience.

It is also worth noting that Kakuli is one of the few places that remains open during part of the green or emerald season in February and March, where walking and river trips operate between here and {Kapani Lodge}.

Accommodation:

5 tents under thatch

Experience:

A more traditional tented camp in a great location. Well combined with other bushcamps on a longer walking safari.

Inclusions / Exclusions:

Includes full board accommodation, scheduled activities, soft drinks, beer, house wines and local spirits, park fees where applicable.  Does not include special activities, premium wines, champagne and spirits, gratuities, items of a personal nature.

Pool:
no
Age Restrictions:
Usually a restriction of 12 years, however this is wavered if a family take over the entire camp.
Electricity:
solar power with the use of an inverter
Laundry:
yes
Rooms:
5
Bathroom:
open air en suite with flush loos and hot showers
Open/Closed
1st Nov - 31st May

About South Luangwa National Park and Zambia

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Watching elephant drinking undisturbed from the vantage point of the riverbank
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South Luangwa National Park

The Luangwa Valley is probably Zambia's best known wildlife area. As well as having very good all-round game, Luangwa is somewhere that has gained a well deserved reputation for walking safaris, though there is a great deal more to do above and beyond. The park consists of large amounts of woodland; miombo interspersed with grass lands in the north of the park and large stands of mature ebony forming deep shade along the banks of the river. Read more?

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Big game of a different sort - the vicious Tigerfish puts up quite a fight

Zambia

Zambia has made a name for itself in the last ten years, as a high quality wildlife destination and one that is particularly good for walking safaris.  Intimate (and often rustic) bushcamps, excellent local guides, beautiful riverine scenery and varied game and birdlife are the trademarks of a safari in Zambia. Recommended experiences in Zambia White water rafting the Zambezi Visit Victoria Falls on your safari to Zambia, Zimbabwe or Botswana to experience some of the best white water rafting and loads of other activities. See more and book Zambezi River island escapes These unusual lodges are all on islands in the mighty Zambezi River and are perfect for the start or end of a safari or while visiting the Victoria Falls. Find out more Bushcamping in Luangwa Valley Spoil yourself with a tailored walking safari in Zambia, walking from one small camp to the next through the game-rich Luangwa Valley. Find out more Family safari in Luangwa Valley A wildlife safari tailored to the needs of reasonably adventurous families in the South Luangwa, Zambia. Find out more Big game safari, lower Zambezi A safari to the Lower Zambezi that offers exceptional big game on drives, by boat or on foot. Camps and lodges range from luxury to simple bushcamps. Find out more Read more?

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