Highlights of Kakuli Bush Camp
- Focus on walking with limited game drives
- Spectacular river views
Kakuli, meaning ‘Old Buffalo’, is a beautiful camp at the confluence of the Luwi and Luangwa rivers in the South Luangwa National Park of Zambia. It is one of only two bush camps which are open during the green season.
The entire camp is on an elevated stretch of river bank with spectacular views up and down the wide grazing floodplains and this hippo-packed stretch of the Luangwa River. Kakuli Camp has four spacious and traditional walk-in safari tents under thatch to provide shade in the African sun. Each has an en-suite open air bathroom made from natural Zambian materials. The bar and dining ‘chitenje’ at Kakuli Bush Camp are made of reed and thatch and raised on a wooden deck. This is the perfect spot in which to relax and watch the wildlife grazing near the two rivers.
This area of the South Luangwa Park offers guests some of the best game viewing opportunities in Zambia. The game activities of Kakuli Bush Camp are a mix of walking safaris and game drives. You can decide each day if you want to venture out on foot or with the vehicle. Night drives are a particular highlight at Kakuli Bush Camp. This stretch of the Luangwa is bustling with predators and the best time to see them in action is during those first hours after nightfall.
Norman Carr combinations
Kakuli Lodge is run by Norman Carr Safaris, one of the oldest safari operators in Africa, alongside Kapani Lodge & Chinzombo in the central South Luangwa and three other bush camps. Usually you begin your safari with a night or two at either Kapani or Chinzombo before continuing to the bush camps. We recommend adding Kakuli Bush Camp at the end of a safari after the slightly more rustic camps of Luwi and/or Nsolo. Kakuli Bush Camp is one of only two bush camps to open in February and March as its elevated position stays well above the floodline. As the river is so high, access is by boat and wildlife activities are either on the river or on foot in the drier, sandy areas that surround the camp.
Kakuli TentThis beautiful camp has four traditional walk-in safari tents each with en-suite bathrooms made with natural materials. The bar and dining chitenje (lounge) is constructed of reed and thatch forming the centre point of camp.
The entire camp is on an elevated stretch of river bank overlooking a permanent lagoon in front of camp, and a wide grazing lawn which follows the Luangwa River until it meets the confluence of the Luwi and Luangwa; the views from Kakuli are spectacular.