Time + Tide Kakuli

Time + Tide Kakuli

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Take in spectacular views of the Luangwa River from your perch high above on its bank. Kakuli, meaning old buffalo bull, was the nickname given by locals to Norman Carr, the pioneer of walking safaris. Time + Tide Kakul offers five bright and airy safari rooms (including a two-bedroom, two-bathroom family safari room) that are designed to make the most of the panoramic setting, each offering a feather-top bed, indoor and outdoor showers and a covered open-air seating area. The elevated main lounge overlooks the river and a permanent lagoon. Beneath it, a wildlife hide offers up-close views of visitors stopping by for a drink. Take a deep breath and admire the sweeping vista with a refreshing drink of your own before sampling traditional Zambian dishes at dinner. The camp makes a great base for exploring by vehicle and on foot, with a resident lion pride, a seasonal colony of jewel-like carmine bee-eaters and the most sightings of leopards in a single drive every year. During the lush emerald ‘green season’ venture out by boat and on foot to enjoy some of the best opportunities for wildlife and landscape photography.
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Luangwa River, South Luangwa National Park Zambia
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Rhinoco wrote a review Oct 2023
Lausanne, Switzerland
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
The setting is breathtaking, high above the Luangwa River, home to numerous families of hippos who take a dip in the water during the day and stroll along the banks at night. The bungalow is very well appointed, with a bathroom containing 2 showers, one of which is outside, and the washbasin facing the river. The terrace area is covered at night with tarpaulins. The communal area is very well laid out, with different areas for drinks at the bar and for meals, and a campfire encourages exchanges between the residents, who are very impressed by their day's safaris. The staff are attentive and the cuisine is of a high standard, given the isolated location. Many thanks to the whole team
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Micaela Smith, General Manager at Time + Tide Kakuli
Responded 09 Oct 2023
Thank you for your wonderful review! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time staying at Time + Tide Kakuli. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Warm regards The Time + Tide Team.
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Joyce P wrote a review Sept 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Check out the photos to see what this camp is like. It is a small 6-cabin camp right on the river. We heard the hippos a lot during the night and early morning. It felt like they were in camp with us and sometimes they were. The camp is on the confluence of the Luwi and Luangwa rivers. Except for the hippos, it is very quiet and peaceful.

Our guide, Friday, is also the camp manager and is amazing. He knew the answer to every question we asked. This is the only African camp we've experienced where the manager or assistant manager ate with us at some meals. We loved the family-style environment. The food was varied and excellent. The dining area overlooks a watering hole where we saw elephants and other animals frequently.

They fed us 6 times a day. Breakfast at 6am, during the morning game drive we got tea and cookies at 8:30am, then lunch at 11:30am, drinks and snacks at 3:30pm before the afternoon game drive, 5:30pm sundowner during the evening drive, and 8pm dinner. One evening they did a major joint sundowner beside the river with all the guests rather than an individual sundowner for each vehicle. Our last night we were the only guests in camp and they set up dinner for us outside our cabin.

We enjoyed day and night game drives and 2 walking safaris, complete with a guard with a gun. Our first night drive was the most exciting we've ever experienced anywhere because we saw mating leopards. Other than that, the highlight was seeing a leopard with its puku antelope kill in a tree. We checked on the leopard every day. Two days later a lion climbed the tree and knocked the puku to the ground so it could finish eating it. All the while hyenas lurked nearby hoping for scraps.

They have unusual zebras and giraffes there - Crawshay zebras and Thornicrofts's giraffes. We also saw elephants, hippos, buffalo, impala, puku, kudu, hyenas, leopards, lions, baboons, vervet monkeys, mongooses, genet, an elephant shrew and other animals, including water birds.

Overall it was a fabulous experience with great animal sightings, a lovely comfortable cabin, excellent food, and warm friendly service.
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Date of stay: September 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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lottemalawi wrote a review Jun 2024
Lilongwe, Malawi
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were utterly enchanted by Kakuli Bush camp's breathtaking setting, nestled deep within the park's majestic landscape. The camp's rustic charm and authentic ambiance, far from the beaten path, perfectly complemented the surrounding wilderness.

Our guide, Abraham, was an exceptional individual who went above and beyond to ensure our safari experience was truly unforgettable. We cannot speak highly enough of his expertise and dedication.

The camp's culinary team prepared exquisite meals, served with exceptional service and attention to detail. The rooms were comfortable and of a high standard, providing a serene retreat from the day's adventures. And the view, what a stunning view overlooking the river & many hippos.

The wildlife viewing was nothing short of spectacular, as we would have expected in this remarkable park. We are deeply grateful to the entire team at Kakuli for an unforgettable few days.
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Date of stay: May 2024
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: I'd recommend staying at least 3 nights so you can truly enjoy this stunning camp and unwind in...
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MalawiMike2014 wrote a review Jun 2024
Lilongwe, Malawi
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
WOW just WOW, such a beautiful camp in the most breathtaking location in the park!

We loved the wild, authentic and of the beaten track location, and the no frills style bush camp.

Our guide, Abraham was excellent. I cannot recommend him more highly,

The food, service and guiding was excellent and our choice was comfortable and of a high standard.

The wildlife did no disappoint as you would expect in this incredible park.

Thanks to all the team at Kakuli for an epic few days.
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Date of stay: May 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
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BBirgitt wrote a review Jun 2024
Roermond, The Netherlands
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Omg what a beautiful location. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw all the hippos. Awesome. I felt like a queen during my stay. from busy Europe where something has to be done every day to one of the quietest places on earth, I immediately felt happiness. The staff are so friendly and knowledgeable. And also has great respect for nature and animals
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Date of stay: May 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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sjworldtravels wrote a review Jan 2015
San Clemente, California
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We opted to do the sleep out under the stars instead of staying at this bush camp and it was a definite highlight of the trip. The Sleepout experience is true rustic camping in a dried out river bed surrounded by a ring of campfires to keep the animals away. You sleep on a comfortable mattress and nothing other than a mosquito net. The guide and scout prepare a wonderful Zambian barbecue and you can just stargaze for hours while listening to the distant harmony of the African wildlife.

We thoroughly enjoyed our Sleepout experience but must remind you that it truly is RUSTIC. The extra surcharge ($495) is added in case guests decide to come back to the comforts of a bush camp in the middle of the night. We had extra nights and some leeway with the budget to add this unique experience to our safari. However, if you are limited on time, I would opt for a comfortable rest in one of the fabulous Norman Carr bush camps instead. If you can spare an extra night on safari, this is an experience you will never forget.

While I had visions of lions and leopards walking through our campsite at night, the reality is that the animals stay away from the fires. You only hear the faint grumbles and roars in the distance.The night sky with the never ending star gazing made it difficult to fall asleep. It was one of our most memorable adventures of our safari.
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Date of stay: June 2014Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from NormanCarr, Owner at Time + Tide Kakuli
Responded 12 Jan 2015
What a fabulous review, thank you so much for your time to create one for your time at Nsolo as well as Kakuli. And the Sleepout, what can I say except it's one of my favourite experiences to have in the bush - you really do feel like you're the last people on earth. We had lions roaring in the night every time I've done the Sleepout and usually hyena whooping in the distance as well. Thanks again and we hope to see you back here one day.
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Brickrabbit wrote a review Feb 2015
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have just returned from a "green season" trip to Zambia staying at 3 Norman Carr lodges. All were great and I cannot speak highly enough of the care and attention we received. As I said, we visited in the Green Season which is off season although I don't know why. The camps were very quiet which was wonderful from our point of view if not theirs. Green Season is not peak big game viewing time but we saw plenty and for those interested in birds it is fantastic and I would certainly recommend visiting at this time. This is common to all three camps we stopped at.
Kakuli bush camp itself is quite small ( only 4 "tents") and so quite personal. The setting is lovely, the staff are superb, friendly and helpful, the food was excellent and the rooms comfortable and equipped with everything you needed. You are walked to and from dinner during darkness in case of visiting elephants, hippos etc.
Our guide, Innocent, was superb and, especially as we had him to ourselves for most of the stay, tailored the programme to fit in with what we wanted and I could not ask for a better guide (or nicer person)
During the Green Season the camp is only accessible by river and trips out are walks in the morning (locations are reached by boat) and boat trips in the afternoon. There are a LOT of hippos. Walking was quite wet underfoot (it is the rainy season) and moderately hard work (well we are over 60 and it is quite warm - not what we are used to coming from the NE of England in a rather chilly February) but certainly well within our comfort zone. Innocent made sure we were well looked after (as did the other staff on the walk - you have an armed game warden and someone to bring up the rear) - all very helpful and determined that we should get the most out of our walks. The afternoon boat trips are rather less energetic but Innocent managed to get the boat into a lot of fascinating places - and hold it steady whilst my husband too a lot of pictures.
Altogether this was a great experience and a lovely camp and wonderful staff and I would thoroughly recommend it.
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Date of stay: February 2015
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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David_in_Melbourne wrote a review Sept 2015
Melbourne, Australia
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
This was the fourth of the Norman Carr bush camps we stayed at, which was part of our 10 day Zambia experience, and while we enjoyed our time there with its excellent game viewing, the property is let down by being less well organised and run than the other camps we stayed at.

We had taken the option to walk/drive from Nsolo Camp as part of our morning nature experience: we set out on foot and then met our 4wd (with our bags) at the halfway point to complete the journey by car. The distance between Nsolo & Kakuli (15kms) wasn't the the problem, rather the heat that builds by 10am, so we did as our guide recommended and had a combined walk/drive, which was just as well as we had some excellent leopard viewing that would not have been possible on foot. The entire transfer took about 3 hours and we were met by our host Claire at Kakuli.

Kakuli has a slightly earlier start than Nsolo/Luwi, with a wake up call at 5:30am, followed by breakfast around the fire pit in the main bar area at 6:00am, followed by a morning nature walk or drive of 2-3 hours. We found our that while Luwi & Nsolo are aimed at walking experiences, the wild life around Kakuli is probably better experienced by 4wd. We did a walk/drive on our first afternoon, but stuck with driving after that. Brunch at Kakuli is served at 11:30am, with free (rest) time until 3:30pm when tea and drinks are available.

During our two-day stay, there were five guests in the camp the first night, but filled to capacity (of 8 guests) on the second night. We stayed in chalet 4, which Claire told us was the honeymoon suite, and it had some beautiful views. Similar to the other Norman Carr properties, all the chalets at the camp are built from local materials, and ours was the most spacious of all that we stayed in. The main bar area has a rear deck that overlooks a watering hole that Kakuli keeps topped up to ensure that there is always plenty of visiting wildlife. Next to this is where Brunch (11:30am) is served (under cover), while dinner (7:30pm) is served under the stars by camp light and is charming. While the quality of the food was also very good at Kakuli, there was some lack of planning evident that meant we were required to be vegetarian on brunch, and poor communication let us to need to share a breakfast on another.

Guests are encouraged to rest during the afternoon as the heat made it difficult to enjoy activities: all the wildlife is also resting, although we were visited by the resident bush buck (Austin) on our first day. Afternoon tea is served overlooking the watering hole at 3:30pm, and is then followed by a game drive, with drinks served at sunset (the half way point). The night portion of the game drive allowed us to see nocturnal animals, and dinner was served upon our return.

There was a lack of communication about who was doing what, which meant that we had to work out that our guides had been changed for the second day. Both the guides were very experienced and knowledgeable on the local wildlife: they paid attention to what the animals were doing and were able to track down a well hidden leopard thanks to the alarm calls of Poku.

Similar to our experience at Luwi & Nsolo, the entire team at the property made sure we were well looked after and were always available if we needed anything. All drinks and laundry were included, and there were good quality towels and toiletries provided in the chalets. The beds were incredibly comfortable and we slept well: the mosquito net, which the staff deployed during the turn down service, was enormous and took in some additional floor space that made getting in/out of the bed a lot easier. Recharging facilities meant we were able to keep our camera batteries topped up however there is no internet service nor was there any telephone service available (we knew of both of these before going and were fine with that arrangement).

We stayed at Kakuli for 2 days/nights, and then transferred to our next Norman Carr camp (Mchenja) as part of the morning nature walk while our bags were transferred over by 4wd: we were accompanied on our transfer by an armed scout and cool drinks were always available.

While we enjoyed our time at Kakuli, the well organised and coordinated Norman Carr flair that was present at their other properties seemed to be absent and therefore we would probably prefer the other Norman Carr properties as they offer equally excellent game viewing when we return to Zambia.
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Date of stay: August 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from NormanCarr, Owner at Time + Tide Kakuli
Responded 13 Sept 2015
David, thanks for writing reviews for five of our camps - we appreciate the time you've taken and the depth of your review. I'm really disappointed that you felt let down at Kakuli compared with the other Norman Carr Safaris camps you stayed at. Rest assured we have spoken to the team and passed on your comments particularly about the vegetarian brunch and not enough communication to advise you that your guide had been changed. I'm pleased that overall your experience with the food, guiding and rooms was enough that you still enjoyed your stay.
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R D wrote a review Mar 2015
Norfolk, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Kakuli Camp - I am not sure how to summarise the wonderful trip we had here. The camp is small and very comfortable and ALL the staff so very welcoming, friendly and helpful. Innocent (Ahmed) our guide, was the real 'gem' of our whole holiday with his incredible knowledgeable, friendliness and patience plus a good sense of humour and fun! Our armed guard Kefas (our Fundi-professional) and the support of Rueben made me feel totally confident whilst on our walking safaris (having had a bad experience with elephant previously).The Emerald Season was a completely different trip for us as we wanted to experience the birdlife resplendent in their breeding plumage and see the animals and their young in a time of plenty. It was truly fantastic and we have never seen so many hippos ever (and have done lots of safaris in many countries). I will never EVER forget my 'dream' leopard sitting on the river bank at dawn, a few feet way from us - a truly magical moment. Recommendation -will we go back? a definite yes! More walking between the wonderful Norman Carr Camps is top of our list and particularly sleeping out under the mozzie nets and the stars at Lewi Camp - Thank you Frank, (and ALL the staff) we had a fantastic time~a very special holiday for us . 'Missing you all already!
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Date of stay: March 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: A wonderful place deep in the wilderness - don't worry too much about the room (tent) however...
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111TWIGAMINHAAFRIKA wrote a review Nov 2014
Bristol, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Kakuli remains my favourite 'bush camp'.
Each large spacious tented chalet looks out to the river(this time of year limited water), where while sipping a G and T, animals can be watched.
The decking area, bar and lounge is also a focal point for social chit chat whilst taking in the wonderful views.
Kakuli is that special place to stay but it is the wonderful staff here that make any stay unique. Aubrey who is the senior guide here is the finest guide I have had the pleasure to be guided by. His knowledge of the animals, birds, insects, reptiles, grasses and local environment is so extensive. His story telling around the camp fire is legendary, but it is the relaxed manner that he radiates that gives you the sense that the adventure of Safari is always conducted in the safe way. Many times while on walking safari here and during some close encounters, his reading of a situation brings a vail of safe over the exciting atmosphere.
The food was excellent.
Lions, wild hunting dog, the nocturnal civet, serval, genet and porcupine were observed, this was another fantastic adventure.
Thank you to everyone at Kakuli.
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Date of stay: November 2014Trip type: Travelled solo
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Answer from Time + Tide
Cape Town Central, South Africa12 contributions
Dear Perdita, thanks for getting in touch and I hope we see you out here in the South Luangwa soon. We have two guides and vehicles in all our camps meaning there is greater flexibility for guests. We do have a maximum of 6 guests on a walk or drive, but usually only 3/4/5 guests. If you want to guarantee your own private guide and vehicle and your own programme for your entire stay, we would encourage you to book a private guide for at least some of your stay. Do let me know if you have anymore questions; we're here for anything you need for Zambia. Best, Mindy and the Norman Carr Safaris team
lottemalawi wrote a tip Jun 2024
Lilongwe, Malawi11 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"I'd recommend staying at least 3 nights so you can truly enjoy this stunning camp and unwind in this serene location. "
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FireflySweetTea wrote a tip Jul 2017
Isle of Palms, South Carolina66 contributions15 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Luxury Tent accommodations!"
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craig m wrote a tip Nov 2016
Perth, Australia136 contributions85 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Tent away from camp base."
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Menaka Bapuji wrote a tip Sept 2015
48 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms are equally awesome!"
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jon a wrote a tip Jul 2015
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom4 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"the views and facilities are all the same, awesome views overlooking the river with hippo in abundance"
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
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Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
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