Kaingo is the main camp owned by Shenton Safaris. A luxury lodge based in the middle of the bush, in the quieter northern sector of South Luangwa, it is a photographer’s dream. Shenton excels itself with their range of unique hides and sleep out spots. Encouraging you to get up close and personal they have a range of nooks they can take you to where you can watch the wildlife uninterrupted and close enough to leave the zoom lens in the bag!
They also have some of the best guides in the valley. As we always say the guide can make or break a trip – a good one will always make you want to come back for more! Their ability to spot the animals is incredible but what makes the experience outstanding is their stories of each individual animal, from the known lion prides to individual leopards.
Shenton just get it right from the food, the ambience, the comfortable rooms and the incredible activities. We always leave wanting to return.
South Luangwa National Park
Chalet & Deluxe Suite
Photography and walking
May – October
2-3 nights. Combine with Mwamba the bush camp for some excellent walking
No. No cell phone signal either
Kaingo is well known for its focus on photography; from expert guides, who can help you with your camera, to the top-quality hides, found around the camp. Not to mention, the floating moveable Carmine bee eater hides and the platform elephant hides.
The real star for me is the hippo hides; down on the river edge, it gets you right up in the action. You are so close that if the hippos are startled and splash into the water you will get wet! Here you can watch them interacting, observe turf wars and see babies feeding. You won’t even need a zoom lens to get a great shot (although great for close up detail).
The guides here are amongst the best in the valley. They know the names, territories and history of almost every animal in the area (of course the excitement comes when someone new enters the fold). They can tell you of lost battles, current enemies and impending motherhoods!
They also know a huge amount about photography and will, therefore, position the vehicles for the best shot, help with camera settings and find you the perfect backdrop.
Communal dining provides a great opportunity for them to share stories of life in the bush and help you make sense of the sightings you saw that day, and generally are very entertaining and great company.
Whilst food may not be your first concern in the bush, you’re on holiday and a good meal is always appreciated. Shenton has an incredible chef who creates the menu around the produce grown on their plot, just outside the park.
We can honestly say there wasn’t anything they served that we didn’t devour. From tempting afternoon teas to the indulgent three-course dinners. It’s a surprise the hosts stay in such great shape, surrounded by all this delicious temptation!
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