KAPAMBA BUSHCAMP - SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK
Kapamba Bushcamp is a small and luxurious little camp set on the banks of the shallow, spring-fed Kapamba River and is surrounded by some of the South Luangwa National Park’s richest wildlife.
The camp has just 4 rooms dressed in a Moroccan theme overlooking the river and is located in a remote part the park. The rooms are all open at the front during the day and it is possible to watch wildlife coming down to the river from your private plunge pool. When the weather is right, you can spend siesta time in the Kapamba River right in front of camp!
Kapamba Bushcamp is located in the southern part of the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. Access is via a flight from Lusaka which takes around an hour and 10 minutes. You are then driven 45 minutes to Mfuwe Lodge and then it is around 3 - 3.5 hours’ drive south to camp.
The camp has just four spacious en-suite chalets under thatch which are cool, simple and very original. These entirely open-fronted rooms have wide verandas with river views, comfortable beds swathed in mosquito netting, twin showers and sunken stone pool-size bathtubs – for a little indulgence in the bush!
Wrought-iron shutters are drawn each evening so that you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the African night without worrying about unwanted visitors wandering into your room whilst you sleep. Two of the chalets have 2 queen-sized beds while the other two have king beds.
The central bar and dining room is positioned under matumi and sausage trees and has a wide deck that stretches out with views of the Kapamba River. In the afternoon you can enjoy a drink from the middle of the river itself - your feet dipped in the cool, crystal shallows.
WILDLIFE AND ACTIVITIES
The South Luangwa is renowned for its wide diversity of habitats and high game density. With more than 60 different mammal species in the park, there is an abundance and diversity of wildlife and the survival of these animals depends on the meandering Luangwa River - crowded with hippos, crocodiles and wading waterfowl.
Elephants, baboons and vervet monkeys seem to be everywhere from the moment you enter the park. Antelopes, zebra and other plains game congregate on the open floodplains and grasslands along the River and its numerous tributaries. Large herds of buffalo roam the park, impala and puku are plentiful and there are plenty of waterbucks and bushbucks. The endemic Thornicroft's giraffe is indigenous to the park, as are Crawshay's zebra and Cookson's Wildebeest. The South Luangwa is a superb area to see wild dogs with numerous resident packs.
Night drives are renowned for sighting lion and leopard (the density of leopards is among the highest in the world). And nocturnal animals like the honey badger, porcupine and civet are often seen by spotlight.
Birdwatching - is superb and with over 400 species of birds recorded you could easily see over 100 different species in a three day visit. Some particularly attractive ones include: Carmine Bee-eaters, Malachite Kingfishers, Lilac-breasted Rollers, Bateleur Eagles, Saddle-billed Storks, Crowned Cranes, Pel's Fishing Owls and Fish Eagles.
Walking Safaris – the South Luangwa is the home of the walking safari and this is where it was first pioneered by Norman Carr back in the 1960s. To stride out on your own two feet is the only way to understand the wilderness and the guides will explain the secrets of the bush from teaching you how to track a leopard by identifying spoor and listening for tell-tale alarm calls, to explaining how to soothe insect bites with the juice of a sausage tree. If you have a particular interest in a specific area such as birding or local bushcraft then just let your safari guide know and he will tailor the walk accordingly. With every step there is something new to learn, a new bird or animal to spot and a new unforgettable experience.
On special occasions the camp can arrange an afternoon wading through the cool waters of the Kapamba where a scenic sundowner or special meal will be waiting for you.
Game Drives - are an ideal way to explore the different range of habitats in the area and there are game drives in the morning and evening – which normally return back to the camp after sundowners and a short night drive.
KAPAMBA IS CLOSED FROM FEBRUARY TO MARCH EVERY YEAR
THE CAMP WELCOMES FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN AGED 12 YEARS AND OLDER. IF BOOKING THE WHOLE CAMP THEN UNDER 12’S ARE WELCOME. PLEASE NOTE THAT CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 12 YEARS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON WALKING SAFARIS.