Kapamba Bushcamp - The Bushcamp Company

Kapamba Bushcamp - The Bushcamp Company

The Bushcamp Company PO Box 91, Mfuwe, South Luangwa National Park Zambia
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In a remote corner of the southern section of The South Luangwa National Park lies The Bushcamp Company's Kapamba, a camp that combines the isolation and superb game-viewing opportunities of a true bushcamp with a touch of luxury. Enjoy a sundowner on the riverside deck or sink into your own private plunge pool as the wildlife ambles past. Camp can accommodate up to eight guests in four spacious thatched chalets and offers guided walking safaris, plus day and night game drives (open from May to January).
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Mandy F wrote a review May 2022
Woking, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Set in a beautiful location right on the Kapamba river, this authentic bush camp is a little gem. The rooms are very comfortable , well equipped, spacious and airy and with only 4 well spaced chalets, it is very calm, peaceful and relaxing. The camp is run very efficiently by Jacob and all the staff are very friendly and provide excellent service. The food is fresh, plentiful and very good quality, tasty meals. We did a mix of activities - varied game drives and walking safaris and had some unique experiences of crossing a shallow river on foot and sundowners in some wonderful locations. The landscape is varied and the game plentiful and varied, including a high population of leopards.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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sophia27 wrote a review Sept 2022
Colchester, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Kapamba for three nights and enjoyed every minute. As soon as you arrive and are greeted by the whole team you know things will be special. Jacob and all of the staff are determined to make sure your stay with them is memorable. Our room with its open front allowed us to enjoy the sounds of the night and the refreshing cool air. We also had a starbed on a raised nearby tower, with its own downstairs toilet facility. My niece stayed up there one night and said it was magical. She found two hot water bottles in the cosy bed and loved spending the night totally outside (there is a mosi net around the bed). It is definitely worth doing both game drives and walking safaris. For the walking safaris you are driven to a particular area (different on each occasion) and then enjoy a 2/3 hour walk. The guide is very informative about the whole environment, you don't just focus on the wildlife. However, you could (and we did) bump into the bigger animals. The ranger who accompanies the guide on walks is totally focused on keeping everyone safe. We walked (almost) into three elephants including a baby and had to do a fast about turn. Not much later a herd of buffalo had to be avoided by rerouting via the riverside. Throughout we all felt safe and well looked after. At the end of the walk we found that the lodge team had set up la BBQ lunch in the middle of the shallow river, how marvellous! The previous evening we had also enjoyed sundowners in the river watching the sun set. Both occasions were a real treat!
On game drives the guide knows where highlight spots might be, a wild dog den with young pups was a real highlight. Our guide was very patient and more than happy to answer so many questions from two young ladies with a particular interest any bones we came across. Meals were varied and the food always excellent. Kapamba with its 4 rooms is a delightful place to stay. Thanks Jacob and your team for making our stay so memorable.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Katie B wrote a review Jun 2021
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Beautiful setting right on the Kampamba River, peaceful and remote. The rooms are airy and open to the elements, but even on a cool night, the thick duvet was perfect to keep cosy.

The staff, managed by local man Julius, were so friendly and helpful and my guide, was really knowledgeable of the whole area.

Some great lion sightings and beautiful peaceful walks in the bush and along the river. The staff organized a couple of lovely surprises as well which I won't divulge here! Would definitely recommend this place for a few nights. It is very remote so be prepared for a 2.5-3 hour off-road drive.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Tracey M wrote a review Oct 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I had the pleasure of spending 4 nights at Kapamba in September 2022. From the moment I arrived I knew my time here would be special. We were greeted by the camp manager, Jakob, when we first drove in and immediately introduced to the entire staff who worked tirelessly to accommodate our needs while we were there. Chef Dixon prepared one fabulous meal after another each and every day. I particularly enjoyed my room where I had all the comforts of home while also being able to listen and hear a multitude of wildlife visitors through the night. Our guides, Shadreck and Steve, were unmatched in their knowledge and ability to know just where to take us to not only see, but feel, the Safari experience. We spent hours on both walking and driving Safaris seeing, hearing and learning about more than I could have imagined. My only regret was that 4 days wasn’t long enough. Top notch all around.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Architectandmusician wrote a review Apr 2022
Vancouver, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a wonderful 3 nights at Kapamba. We were the first guests of the season, and for the first 2 nights were lucky enough to have the entire camp to ourselves. The accommodation was outstanding, and the food was exceptionally good considering the remote location. In a nice touch, the Bush Camp company makes their own condiments such as marmalade rather than using commercially-bought products. Our guide Charles was well-informed and engaging, and our game-viewing experiences were outstanding, particularly remarkable given that April is typically not the best time of year for visibility. For anyone seeking a remote luxury camp that offers walking safaris Kapamba is hard to beat and highly recommended.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Tom M wrote a review Oct 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I was fortunate to stay 4 amazing nights with a group of 9 that I was leading on this safari. We had a marvelous time. The staff and camp manager were exceptional and the food was exquisite (Dixon is an incredible chef). Everyone loved the rooms. I actually slept each night out on the sleepout platform and it is highly recommended one take advantage of this...it is very safe. My visitors during the night (by sight, sound, and tracks found) were hyena, leopard, elephant, and Cape buffalo. Our guides for this adventure were Steve and Shadreck...two of the finest guides you will meet anywhere in Africa. I've been traveling and taking clients around Africa since 2015, and the guides with the Bushcamp Company (owner of Kapamba) are still the finest I have been around. We had very exciting walks (even got stuck between a herd of buffalo and elephant). Our wildlife sightings were top notch. There is so much to see from the tiniest insect to the giant elephant. We could not have asked for anything more.
The setting of Kapamba is super peaceful with the gentle flowing Kapamba River right out front the charming guest chalets. It may not have sweeping views or vistas, but there is a serenity to the camp that is special. It feels as if the bush is giving you a beautiful embrace. This is a camp that should be on your wish list for a trip to Zambia's South Luangwa National Park. The diversity of life and wildlife is there to be seen if you arrive with no expectations and a heartfelt respect of nature. Too often one judges a safari by what they didn't see or if they can get close to an animal....ignore those people. Kapamba is a superb camp and the people and wildlife of South Luangwa will leave a permanent imprint on your soul. Recommend a minimum 3-4 night stay.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Room Tip: If you are a couple or single traveler, choose one of the end chalets with the optional sleepout...
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Laurie O wrote a review Aug 2023
Hadera, Israel
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
My friend and I have now stayed at 4 of the Bushcamp Company camps, and Kapamba is probably my favorite. The open front stone chalets are charming and allow stunning views. Ours had a separate sleep out sala with bathroom, which we didn't use at night, but my friend spend siesta time up there on the bed.

Camp director Jacob and guide Francis make the perfect team. We were lucky enough to have the camp to ourselves and were able to have in depth conversations about every aspect of Zambia with both of them. We invited Jacob to join us on our game drives, which added another fun aspect to our stay.

Kapamba is full of surprises, including pizza making in the bush and sundowners IN the Kapamba River.

The service and food were on the high level expected of the Bushcamp Company. The entire staff was just wonderful. Leaving was not easy!!
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Speedsoft wrote a review Oct 2023
Grafing, Germany
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were here for 2 nights in October 2023. The camp is a very well equipped bush camp. The rooms are spacious.
The staff are really nice and always try to fulfil all our wishes. Lunch in the middle of the river? Sundowner in the river? No problem for the Kampamba Bushcamp staff :-)
Great spot on earth! We felt very comfortable!
To all readers of this review: Don't just read it - go there!
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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judithlorraine123 wrote a review Jun 2006
Cologne, Germany
4.0 of 5 bubbles
kapamba (bushcamp co) 16 - 20 may http://www.bushcampcompany.com/camp-kapamba.htm

this was part of a longer trip to the south luangwa park in may 2006. see also comments on flatdogs, robin, wildlife. we had a truly lovely and relaxing stay here at this beautiful and luxurious camp way to the south of the mfuwe area. very special thanks to temporary manager sean (from luangwa river lodge) for being such a charming and entertaining host. he was very generous with his time and advice. simply a very nice guy to be around. will look forward to meeting him again at his own lodge of which we´ve heard good things.

catering and hospitality at kapamba simply outstanding - best of the whole trip. all staff very well trained and efficient AND truly friendly. each meal was imaginative, delicious and always presented beautifully. fantastic table decorations too. even the snack at sundown were more than an event!! we had a very special champagne sundowner in the river near here....... in honour of two lovely honeymoon guests (christina + john from madrid), thanx for letting us join in - it remained a true highlight of the trip! in fact the very special atmosphere of the camp itself and the truly amazing hospitality team gave us some of our favourite memories. thankyou sean, mr david, mr stanley, mr benson and all the team!!

beautiful chalet. huge and very well appointed. very stylish bathroom with enormous bath (pool?) and camp layout allows plenty of privacy for wallowing. bit of a pity that the polished concrete bedstands didn´t allow twins in our chalet to be moved together. my better-half was a long way away!!! must remember to book a double in future! linens etc lovely - pity not from zambia, but they are from neighbouring malawi where main business is based. excellent housekeeping.
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the area around kapamba is really beautiful. riverfront position lovely. game viewing here was however very challenging. grass was still very (shoulder) high and foliage very dense after late and heavy rains. game also very shy after long summer closure. it must have been very hard work indeed for our guide gilbert particularly at night. but as i´ve said we´re very keen. we enjoy the small things too and didn´t expect to have things as easy as around mfuwe area. the vegetation + birding was simply stunning so no complaints about that. we enjoyed having no other vehicles (other than the dreaded grader!!!!)or walking parties around. we had come to the area primarily for walking and we did have some very pleasant, gentle paced walks. we did feel some of the activities were rather short and sometimes not quite as enthusiastic as we would have hoped. but high grass did mean that we were limited to where we could walk in relative safety and we are maybe too (?) keen. safety standards here were very good. we did do some walking in shoulder high grass, but our very tall scout and tea bearer could see over it even if we couldn´t! the walking and enthusiasm of guide was certainly better than later in the trip at nsefu tho it didn´t reach the heights of the walking we´d experienced on a previous trips to botswana (in particular "footsteps across the delta). i would expect however that later in the season walks could be spectacular. on a very positive note it was fascinating to listen to guide in the evenings talk about his own childhood in and near the park. yet another example of the wonderful atmosphere we shared at this camp. we were made to feel as if we "belonged".

we did have a few game viewing highlights too including one wonderful morning walking (very cautiously)in long grass close to a herd of buffalo, walking into the sunset near the confluence of kapamba and luangwa rivers, leopard stalking a scrub-hare in camp about 50m from deck where were having our after dinner drink- certainly surprised sean who´d been escorting our hoeymooners back to an early night in their chalet.........birding was stunning all and every day!


vehicles were a bit uncomfortable here, but i believe that they were due a refit and bushcamp co is afterall mainly a walking experience. one comment however regarding the transfers between mfuwe and kapamba.....only longer route via hills was open and we did think it a pity that drivers felt they needed to try to break the land-speed record along this lovely track. we had to slow them way down in both directions...... there´s a safety consideration here too of course. i did checked that there was no urgent need for the haste!!

AND a quick mention of tsetse flies....no big problem walking, but we did pick up a LOT of bites in the vehicles. there are a lot of traps, but there are still plenty of the beasties around. good insect repellent, as louise warned us, is essential (i´d recommend "bushman" if you can get your hands on this excellent australian product) i´d picked up about 50 bites before i noticed them (reaction can be delayed up to 24 hours) - VERY itchy indeed.....and that for over a week!!!

we´d enjoy returning to this area later in the season in combination with walking from other bushcamp co camps....if they´ll have us of course!!
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Bwanajoni wrote a review Jan 2008
Vero Beach, Florida
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Kapamba is an intimate bushcamp, located right in the Southern end of South Luangwa National Park.

All four chalets face out onto the Kapamba river and often give incredible views of elephants bathing as you siesta during the afternoons.

The bathtub is a major focus, whether its taking cold baths on hot afternoons or warm baths on colder evenings.

I have been here a number of times and have never been disappointed with the service, atmosphere or wildlife in this spectacular part of the park.
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Date of stay: August 2007
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4.0 of 5 bubblesBusiness service (e.g., internet access)
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Mfuwe2 contributions
Thanks for your question! June is a great time to visit. It's hard to answer whether you'll see animals in the vicinity of Kapamba. There is loads of game in the vicinity, and you are likely to see elephants and other animals coming to the Kapamba River right in front of camp. There have been lions in camp before, but it's impossible to predict when or if it will happen while you are there. The Kapamba game-viewing area has a wide variety of game, including lions, elephants, giraffe, zebra, and often leopards and wild dogs as well!
Tom M wrote a tip Oct 2022
25 contributions16 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you are a couple or single traveler, choose one of the end chalets with the optional sleepout platforms."
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Chris H wrote a tip Nov 2019
16 contributions7 helpful votes
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"All rooms are private - i.e. you cannot be seen by other guests from their room."
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LAE wrote a tip Jun 2019
11 contributions3 helpful votes
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"All of them were good"
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SingleTrackRide wrote a tip Jan 2019
Seattle, Washington27 contributions
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"Rooms with viewing deck comes in handy!"
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Barbara and Ron... P wrote a tip Jun 2018
6 contributions5 helpful votes
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"There are only four and they are all of a similar high standard."
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