Kakuli Bush Camp (South Luangwa National Park) Zambia
Kakuli means old buffalo bull - it was the nickname affectionately given to Norman Carr by the local people of the Valley. This beautiful camp has four traditional walk-in safari tents each with en-suite bathrooms made with natural materials. The bar and dining chitenje (lounge) is constructed of reed and thatch forming the centre point of camp. The entire camp is on an elevated stretch of river bank overlooking a wide grazing lawn which follows the Luangwa River until it meets the confluence of the Luwi River.
Most evenings however, you will want to explore the area after dark. This stretch of the Luangwa is bustling with predators and the best time to see them in action is during those first few hours of darkness. This is the camp we use for our Rivers and Rainbows green season boating and walking safaris; its elevated position stays well above the flood lines. At this time of year the river is high, we gain access by boat and activities are either on the river or on foot in the drier, sandy areas that surround camp. Aubrey Njobvu has been the guide/manager at Kakuli for many years and no-one knows the resident pride of lion, local leopards, wildlife habits and hidden wonders around Kakuli like he does.
There are just four spacious, traditional safari tents under shady thatched roofs, each with an open-air bathroom. All of the tents overlook the river with stunning views up and down this hippo-packed stretch of the Luangwa.The chalets are luxurious in design and spaced along the riverbank. The bathrooms are large and open to the skies, and each room has a seating area at the front. Inside are double or twin beds, and plenty of storage space.
The camp's main area overlooks a floodplain and is raised up on a wooden deck, with a bar and lounge section, and a large deck, perfect for game-viewing while enjoying a cool drink!
Activities & Facilities:
The game in the area is extremely good, with large populations of lion, some good leopard, and occasional sightings of wild dog. Spotted hyena are also seen very regularly, as are numerous breeding herds of elephant who often cross the river into the Nsefu Sector of the park, opposite the camp. There is also a known site for Carmine bee-eaters close to the camp, so in September and October guests are taken down at dusk to watch these little birds returning to their colony.
Safari activities from Kakuli will usually be a mixture of game drives and walking safaris. Guests are able to decide each day if they want to venture out on foot or with the vehicle. Most evenings however, guests have the opportunity to explore the area after dark. This stretch of the Luangwa is fantastic for wildlife. It is bustling with predators and the best time to see them in action is during those first few hours of darkness.
Accommodation Rates:- From $695 per person per night sharing. Please contact us for a quote and suggested itinerary.