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Kapamba

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

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Predominantly walking safaris with some game drives

There is a great sliding scale where bushcamps in Luangwa are concerned from roll-top baths and four-poster beds at one end to reed walls and packed earth floors at the other. Kapamba lies at the former end. Located south of the Mfuwe area in a remote but lovely location on the Kapamba River (a large tributary of the Luangwa), Kapamba has recently had a face-lift with all new interiors. The simple exteriors remain looking west over the sandy river, surrounded by lovely trees. The rooms are positioned side-on so that both the bedrooms and bathrooms (complete with sunken bath) can enjoy the view. Now sporting a novel Maroccan look, the camp has a contemporary, though comfortable and friendly atmosphere.

Kapamba operates in a fairly exclusive area free from other camps so it’s unlikely that you will see much in the way of human beings while here. The wildlife, however, is prolific (although you can never be sure!) and there are frequent lion and leopard sightings. Nearby plains along the riverbank attract plenty of puku, impala, zebra, baboons and warthog.  There is an implicit focus on enjoying the details of the bush on foot so if you would rather be out in search of the big game in a vehicle, this is perhaps not for you.

As with other camps in the Luangwa, the wildlife experience is paramount and the guides feature prominently not only in the walks and evening drives, but as hosts to your stay. Affable and knowledgeable, they are among some of the best trained in Africa and, for the most part, are drawn from the local area. While there is plenty to do here, there is also lots of time during the day to relax on the deck with your book or binoculars and just see what happens along.

Accommodation:

4 huge permanent stone and thatch chalets

Experience:

Predominantly walking safaris with some game drives

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:
private plunge pools
Age Restrictions:
12 years and over
Electricity:
solar and generator powered
Laundry:
yes
Rooms:
4
Bathroom:
ensuite with flushing loos and hot showers and setting it aside from its sister camps, Kapamba also has huge stone sunken baths.
Open/Closed
Jan - 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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