KAKULI CAMP - SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK
Kakuli – meaning Old Buffalo - is a small and comfortable tented camp perched high above the Luangwa River and offers wonderful views of the river and visiting wildlife below. Designed to make the most of the riverside setting the rooms have a long profile and a bright, airy design with an open front.
The chitenge – or main area – overlooks a permanent waterhole and the river beyond promising game viewing right from the comfort of camp. Take in the panoramic views of the river and listen to the calls of nearby hippos while giraffes and elephants stop for a drink.
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 ‘secret season’ venture out by boat and on foot to enjoy some of the best opportunities for wildlife and landscape photography.
Kakuli is located at the confluence of the Luangwa and Luwi Rivers in the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. Access is by flight from Lusaka to Mfuwe and it is a 2.5 hour game drive to camp or a 2 hour boat transfer during the green season.
The camp has just 4 tents set under thatch with open fronts each with comfortable double or twin beds swathed in mosquito nets. The tents have an adjoining ensuite bathroom with both indoor and outdoor showers.
Additionally there is a family tent with two bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.
The tents are equipped with fans and are serviced by solar power – charging is available in the lounge.
The rooms all have a private veranda offering stunning views of the river and plains and there is a comfy sofa ideal for an afternoon siesta outside.
The main area has a thatched area with lounge seating and a dining area and expansive wooden decking with a camp fire. Please note that there is no WIFI or mobile reception at the camp.
ACTIVITIES AND WILDLIFE
The peak season is September, October and November when it is increasingly very hot – most of the wildlife congregates around the river and dwindling water sources - this is a great time to see predators and life is hard for many as they await the rains in early November.
Once the rains arrive in November the Luangwa River is flowing at its highest levels and this secret season is perfect for exploring on foot and by boat. With many migrant species flocking to the river this is an excellent time for birdwatching. September to November is the best time of year to see the iconic carmine bee-eaters nesting in the dry riverbanks.
From October to April is one of the best times to see wild dogs – although these can be seen at any time of the year. The populations of wild dogs have increased vastly over the last 10 years and on a recent visit we enjoyed watching a number of families hunt and play on the pans.
The coolest months of the year are from the end of May to August which is winter in the southern hemisphere and a perfect temperature for walking safaris. It can get quite cold at night and layers are recommended – by around 9am you are peeling off the layers!
Day and night game drives – discover wildlife with your guide in a morning or evening game drives. Just before dark enjoy a sundowner and then your guide will drive you back to camp in the evening to give you the chance of seeing the areas nocturnal wildlife.
Walking Safaris – discover the smaller wildlife, learn about tracking and wildlife tracks and the medicinal uses of trees and shrubs whilst walking thought the bush with your guide and an armed ranger.
Wildlife Hides – spend some time in one of the hides to get closer to the wildlife and get some fantastic images.
Boating Safaris – from January to April when the river is full boating is the best way of getting around and enjoying game activities.
Sleepout under the Stars - this extraordinary experience allows you to reconnect with nature and each other in a simple and fun way. Just like the early explorers you fall asleep under a canopy of a million twinkling stars listening to the sounds of the night time bush. A cosy bedroll, bush loo and culinary team ensure that this experience is as comfortable as it is memorable.
KAKULI IS CLOSED FROM THE 5TH APRIL TO THE 19TH OF MAY AND FROM THE 8TH NOVEMBER THROUGH TO THE 19THJANUARY EVERY YEAR.
THE CAMP WELCOMES FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN OF 12 YEARS AND OLDER. DO NOTE THAT ONLY CHILDREN AGED 12 YEARS AND OLDER CAN PARTICIPATE IN WALKING SAFARIS