KaingU Safari Lodge is situated in the eastern central section of the Kafue National Park, on a remote stretch of the Kafue River. Its unique surroundings appear almost pre-historic with green banks and shallow pools amongst hundreds of granite rocks. Its location offers ultimate seclusion and escape, lending itself to a variety ‘off the beaten track’ more exclusive activities.
Island ‘sleepouts’ are a unique way to feel truly immersed within the wilderness. KaingU run these either as standalone activities or as part of a canoe trail. The canoe trail option has proved successful, as it’s not a particularly strenuous trail. The trip usually takes around 3-4 hours, (approx. 2 hours longer than a usual canoe trip), taking guests into the river further upstream. They then stop at an island for the night before continuing to the lodge in the morning for a hearty mid-morning breakfast. For the more adventurous guests, the sleepout can also act as the midway stop in between two full days of paddling and rapid running.
KaingU has three camping options for guests, one being a traditional dome tent, an open bed option with mosquito nets or a night in their unique ‘Tonga Basket’ treehouse. Everything is set up and food is dropped off prior to guests arrival. They have the option for a guide to be present on the island, however those in the treehouse often prefer to be left with just a radio. A huge part of the experience, however, is simply sitting around the fire under the stars.
Another island experience on offer is their popular Island Dining. These mostly take place at breakfast and brunch but are also available for evening meals too. A completely hidden island is usually chosen, shaded by Waterberry trees. Brunches often coincide with the journey back from guests’ morning game drive, organised as a complete surprise.
There are various rock pools within the shallow parts of the river surrounding KaingU where two locations are used for guests to relax, explore and take in the unrivalled beauty of the area. One location is within walking distance of the lodge where guests can self explore. The other is 15 minutes away by boat where a guide accompanies guests. Rocks used to create small dam walls, which in turn create clear pools and can be 100% clear of croc activity!
On hot days in October, visits to the pools are very popular set with a rug to lie on, a bottle of wine and a good book. The privacy of the activity is also appealing for those guests wanting to experience the beauty of the surroundings and its wildlife entirely to themselves.