Shenton Safaris Kaingo Camp

Shenton Safaris Kaingo Camp

South Luangwa National Park Mfuwe, Zambia, South Luangwa National Park 00000 Zambia
Night leopard sighting. Photo - © Charles G. Young
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Kaingo Camp is a privately owned & run safari camp located deep in the South Luangwa National Park. Set alongside the perennial Luangwa river, the 6 chalets boast their own private deck over hanging the river. The chalets have beautiful sliding doors that allows one an unobstructed view of the river right from their bed. Each chalet as an en suite bathroom with shower, as well as an outside bath with views of the river. Our 6th chalet, known as the Deluxe Chalet, can sleep up to 6 people & is ideal for families. Kaingo Camp, and its sister bushcamp Mwamba, have a unique set of observation hides offering unmatched opportunities to watch and photograph wildlife. The rates include 3 game viewing activities per day, & all meals & beverages. The rates are per person, per night. Kaingo & Mwamba are seasonal camps, & are opened from May 26th to October 31st.
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Free breakfast
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Free airport transportation
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Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
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Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
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River View
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South Luangwa National Park Mfuwe, Zambia, South Luangwa National Park 00000 Zambia
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Rebecca R wrote a review Jun 2022
Raleigh, North Carolina71 contributions31 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was our second visit to Kaingo and once again, we were thrilled to be there. It had been eleven years, and they had added even more luxurious touches since our last visit.

The camp managers, Mary and her husband, were gracious, helpful, and totally focused on providing their guests with an excellent experience. Likewise, the entire staff provided customized service to each guest. As for the cuisine, once again, it was gourmet. They have their own organic garden in Mufwe, where the produce is grown. Pushing back from the table is the only hard thing to do in camp.

The rooms are quite appealing to the eye, and spacious. There is an amazing outside soaking tub that can easily fit two, bubble bath provided. In front of the room is a wonderful table with two comfortable chairs and best of all, there is a covered shelter with two chairs and an ottoman looking out over the river. One could spend the day there, watching birds, crocodiles and hippos, to name some of the wildlife that came into view.

They have three activities a day, which is unique. A morning game drive, an afternoon/evening game drive after tea, and a mid-day activity. We always chose to walk in the Ebony Grove as our mid-day activity. This is a truly special place. Sly was a superlative guide whose knowledge of the bush seemed infinite. Whether walking on the ground or riding in a vehicle, we had a a fabulous science lesson with no test at the end. :)

The owners of Shenton, Derek and Jules, also have a deep commitment to giving back to the community. This allows their guests to add even more value to their safari by contributing to the community where they are staying.

Kaingo has permanent place in our hearts.
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Date of stay: June 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Shenton Safaris, Sales at Shenton Safaris Kaingo Camp
Responded 29 Jun 2022
Dear Rebecca Thank you for such a glowing review of your recent stay. It was an absolute pleasure to have you and Scott stay with us again after so many years. We very much hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back one day for more Ebony Grove walks and science lessons with Sly! Until then, very best wishes from the whole Shenton family
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Penny P wrote a review Sept 2022
San Rafael, California6 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I recently spent three days at Kaingo, followed by three days at Mwamba, and this time was a highlight of my trip to Africa this year. The camps are quite unique and provided very different experiences though with the same comfort and incredible meals. At Kaingo, Lester and Gerard provided such warm hospitality, and Catherine organized such a variety of delicious meals. Sly was my guide at Kaingo. He was so knowledgeable and found some remarkable wildlife sights to share. Leopards with cubs, wild dogs, lions, elephants, and so much more. It was very peaceful spending time at the Hippo Hide just watching the visiting wildlife walk, swim or fly past. It will take me weeks to go through all my photographs but they will provide such enjoyment and reminders of a very special visit to South Luangwa. Owing to responsibilities at home, it was very reassuring to me that wifi was available at the camp.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Response from Shenton Safaris, Sales at Shenton Safaris Kaingo Camp
Responded 15 Sept 2022
Thanks for the feedback Penny - we're thrilled you enjoyed your time with us at Kaingo! A true wildlife haven, we are so fortunate to share it with guests. We do hope we'll see you back again soon
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Patti G wrote a review Jan 2023
Clovis, California33 contributions5 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
It has been a few months since our trip. Still thinking often of the days on safari with Sly having photo fun with amazing animal moments. I am still going through photos and videos.

Overall trip was EPIC thanks in part to the week we spent at the Shenton Safari Camps. We knew it was the start of something special during our 1st game drive at Mwamba. The fun and incredible sights continued the remainder of our trip at both camps. Kaingo was as amazing as Mwamba.

Each camp provides a different feel for the accommodations as many have said in reviews. Kaingo is larger and permanent. If you do not like the outside bathroom, then Kaingo is the camp for you. Although you can enjoy an outside tub too (I did as I listened to alarming calling in the distance).

My friend and I enjoyed both camps and talked about how we liked the differences each provides which makes it very hard to pick one vs the other. We are pleased we stayed at both. 


The number of return visitors continued at this camp as well. That tells you how wonderful the Shenton camps are run. Our guide, Sly, was with us at both camps and we enjoyed the fun with him and the rangers. Lots of stories were shared which I enjoy on safari. It was hard to leave as we wanted to enjoy more time with Sly and our Ranger, Batwell. Memories which will bring smiles for a lifetime! Thanks!!!

Highlights/suggestions:
*Always be open minded to enjoy what the day brings as each is different. 

*Ebony Forest at sunrise should not be missed.

*Sundowners with the hippos and other wild life by the river. 

*Carmine bee eaters hide put me in awe of these birds. This was not a must on my list when we arrived. I am so glad we were fortunate to do it. Definitely say do not miss it. *Having Patrick do the drum call was great too. 

*Walking safari was very good too (per my friend's experience)

The food at both camps was wonderful. A shout out of THANKS to all the staff (cooks, camp staff, managers, guides, rangers, etc.) who made out time at both camps EPIC! We had so many special moments. If I am fortunate to return to Africa, I will return to Shenton and Zambia.
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Date of stay: September 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Shenton Safaris, Sales at Shenton Safaris Kaingo Camp
Responded 11 Jan 2023
Hi Patti, thanks so much for your detailed review and recommendations to other potential visitors - we do appreciate it when past guests take the time to share their experiences. We're delighted you have some wonderful memories of your time spent with us (in addition to many photos!) and hope they are stories you will continue to tell with much fondness for many years to come. We do hope we'll have the opportunity to welcome you back again soon. Thanks again.
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beateong wrote a review Sept 2023
Germany83 contributions3 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was truly one of the best safari experiences I have had! Honestly I am not really sure where to start…lets start with the camp itself: The location is A+ right on the Zambezi river. The camp team is so welcoming and ready to know what you want or need, before you can ask! As a woman, I found it really nice to have a female manager Kelly and female head chef Kathreen.
The food in camp was delicious and creative, and all home grown!
The common grounds and individuals rooms are designed and decorated beautiful and thoughtful. You can tell that the camp is owned by a couple that is very much involved and visits the camp regularly!

Yoram, our guide was very fun to be around and he is an amazing spotter. On top of incredible, lion and leopard sightings, he spotted rare birds and owls. We spend one afternoon in their hippo hide, where you can get eye level with the hippos in the water. Needless to say, I would highly recommend Kaingo Shelton Safaris and can’t wait to return!!!
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Date of stay: August 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Shenton Safaris, Sales at Shenton Safaris Kaingo Camp
Responded 11 Sept 2023
Hi Beate, thanks so much for taking the time to write a review on your recent stay with us at Kaingo Camp. We're delighted you had a memorable experience, with some incredible wildlife encounters ranging from big cats to our smaller feathered friends. On behalf of Cally, Catherine and the rest of the team, we look forward to welcoming you back agian soon.
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LeighAnne712 wrote a review Sept 2021
Denton, Texas148 contributions66 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My adult son and I just returned from spending 4 nights at Kaingo Camp which is right on the river filled with more hippos than you could count. Again due to covid, we were the only guests at camp, however that made it really nice too since we had our guide, Patrick all to ourselves. I recommend spending time in the Hippo Hide they have and enjoy your own covered deck above the river. At times Elephant will walk thru camp as well. The rooms are large with full bathroom and shower. It was also nice having afternoon tea down on the deck just above the water. Nice that wildlife was all so close, yet you had time to follow a pride to a distant area. Giraffe, lion, leopard, lots of baboons, elephants...great place. even a few surprises with brunch out in the bush! Margaret is the chef and really creates some tasty menus! It was really nice spending time chatting with them. We just wished that they would have had the fire pit going in the evening.
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Date of stay: August 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: All the lodges are facing the river
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Response from Shenton Safaris , Sales at Shenton Safaris Kaingo Camp
Responded 30 Dec 2021
Dear Leigh Anne From everyone at Kaingo, a huge thanks for both your lovely review and for your support during a very challenging time. Its wonderful to hear that you got the opportunity to enjoy having the camp and amazing Patrick all to yourselves. Thanks also for the note on the fire and apologies for this being overlooked during your stay. Hopefully we will get the opportunity to welcome you back one day soon to share fireside stories with the team and other guests. Until then, very best wishes from everyone in Zambia!
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Casey C wrote a review Oct 2023
Brookline, Massachusetts67 contributions12 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is incredible. It's a lovely camp set deep in the park, and the staff is so nice, welcoming and attentive. The food is among the best I've had, in any location, nevermind out in the middle of the bush. The huts are extremely comfortable and the bathrooms are nothing short of luxurious. The wildlife viewing here is also outstanding, as the guides are extremely knowledgeable. The night drives were my favorite! The river view right from camp is also endlessly entertaining and amazing. It's not easy to get here and that's part of the appeal, as you will see very few other safari vehicles during your time here. Thank you to Cally, Joseph, Catherine and everyone who made our stay so wonderful!
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Date of stay: August 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Shenton Safaris, Sales at Shenton Safaris Kaingo Camp
Responded 14 Nov 2023
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback of your stay with us at Kaingo Camp! We're delighted you enjoyed your stay and have such fond memories of your time with us. Our remote location does mean we enjoy unrushed, crowd-free sightings, meaning guets leave having enjoyed some incredible encounters. Aside from the spectacular wildlife, Chef Catherine's food keeps guests returning year after year, she never fails to impress! Thanks again for your review, and we hope we'll have the opportunity to welcome you back soon
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Megan D wrote a review Sept 2021
11 contributions2 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Amazing from beginning to end! Gerard, Catherine, and staff were so welcoming and attentive to anything I needed. Food was excellent. My guide, Sly, was the best! He showed us numerous leopards, lions, birds, and so many other beautiful animals! He shared his knowledge of the different leopards, their personalities, same with the lions… I found that to be a huge highlight! Love my private deck overlooking the river…fun to watch the hippos, birds, and crocs!
I hope to return!
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Shenton Safaris , Sales at Shenton Safaris Kaingo Camp
Responded 30 Dec 2021
Hi Megan Thanks so much for your wonderful review and also for supporting Zambian tourism during a particularly difficult year. The team were absolutely delighted to read your comments and loved every minute sharing our special corner off the world with you. We very much hope to welcome you back again one day soon. Until then, sending you best wishes from the Shenton Team!
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JanetCorradini wrote a review Nov 2021
Middleton, Wisconsin193 contributions45 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If I could stay here forever, I'd die a happy woman. This place was just amazing. Comfortable room, bed, pillows, large and spacious. I loved the seating area/deck overlooking the river. I never used the outdoor tub, but my friend did! The food was great, and Joseph took care of our every need. Catherine and Livvie were wonderful hosts and Patrick was the best guide I've ever had! His gentle way, stories and knowledge of the area were second to none. I enjoyed the hippo and elephant hide as well as the carmine bee eater hide! I was here in October, which was perfect for the numerous animal sightings (lion and leopard were a highlight), but I will warn you it was hot! The cool showers came in handy. And the brunch out in the bush was so special. I look forward to returning to this wonderful place!
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Date of stay: October 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
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Response from Shenton Safaris , Sales at Shenton Safaris Kaingo Camp
Responded 30 Dec 2021
Dearest Janet On behalf of the entire team, thank you so much for your wonderful review! We are genuinely delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and took away such special memories. It was a pleasure to have you with us and we wholeheartedly look forward to welcoming you back. Hopefully in the not-too-distant future! Until then, very best wishes from everyone here in Zambia!
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SteveW wrote a review Oct 2022
17 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent 4 nights here and had the most amazing time thanks to the people we spent time with, and the many working behind the scenes. A special mention for Lester, Gerard, Ruben and Alex who were great company at dinner and Joseph who looked after us so well.
Catherine always surprised us with her brunch and dinner menus. The food was outstanding and we are waiting for her to publish a book! Breakfast in The Ebony Grove was magical.
Robert was our guide and such great company. He found us so much to see. With his great knowledge of the animals, birds and plants we added lots more to what we already knew.
Don’t miss the Elephant Hide and Hippo Hide. However the outstanding hide was the Carmine Bee-eater. If you visit when the birds are in residence this should be a must do activity.
We did not want to leave but as I said “if we don’t leave we can’t come back” This is a camp which is our visit again list.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Shenton Safaris, Sales at Shenton Safaris Kaingo Camp
Responded 26 Oct 2022
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback - it's always wonderful to receive guest reviews and learn about the highlights of your stay, and what we can do better next time. Our superb team of staff really are an incredible asset and complement the amazing wildlife and scenic location we're fortunate enough to call home. Like many others before you, it's these things that keep guests returning year after year, and we're delighted to hear that you plan to return to Kaingo in the not-too-distant future!
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Amsterdamcouple100 wrote a review Nov 2023
Amsterdam59 contributions8 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
It was our second time in this camp and again it was everything we hoped it would be.
The chalet is very comfortable and the food in the camp is the best we had (thank you Catherine). Sylvester was (not planned) again our guide. He was very flexible, always enthusiastic and sees every animal. We even skipped the afternoon tea at our request to get as much safari time possible. Thank you Sylvester for the ferrari safari to get in time for the dogs and the lion attack on the buffalo. We have visited North Luangwa and the Southern part of the park and the wildlife is most abundant here with hardly any other cars. And many thanks to Cally, Joseph and the rest of the staff to make us feel so good that we'll be back!
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Get the chalets near the main lodge and you don't have to be brought back and forth in the dark
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Response from Shenton Safaris, Sales at Shenton Safaris Kaingo Camp
Responded 14 Nov 2023
Many thanks for your review - we're thriled you enjoyed your stay with us once again! We strive to ensure guets leave feeling part of the Shentons family and we look forward to seeing you again
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Answer from ShentonSafaris
14 contributions7 helpful votes
Hi Eileen, Yes I have availability for 2 rooms for all of you for those dates, would you like me to provisionally hold them for you? I have availability for you at both Kaingo and Mwamba. Kind Regards Charlie
Amsterdamcouple100 wrote a tip Nov 2023
Amsterdam59 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Get the chalets near the main lodge and you don't have to be brought back and forth in the dark"
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PSA DAC wrote a tip Sept 2022
Adelaide, Australia1,563 contribution254 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"You don't (or shouldn’t) spend much time in the chalet - so all chalets are good."
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LeighAnne712 wrote a tip Sept 2021
Denton, Texas148 contributions66 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All the lodges are facing the river"
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charles y wrote a tip Jan 2018
Chicago, Illinois111 contributions49 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All the rooms have river views so none are better than another. The closer ones to the lodge may be slightly noisier."
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EvePH wrote a tip Nov 2017
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina30 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ours was the last in the row. Felt in the midst of the bush. GREAT"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Shenton Safaris Kaingo Camp
What are some of the property amenities at Shenton Safaris Kaingo Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Shenton Safaris Kaingo Camp?
Top room amenities include a mosquito net, a seating area, and a walk-in shower.
What food & drink options are available at Shenton Safaris Kaingo Camp?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Does Shenton Safaris Kaingo Camp have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Shenton Safaris Kaingo Camp offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Shenton Safaris Kaingo Camp have airport transportation?
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Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.
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