Built and operated by Derek Shenton and his family, a strong presence in Southern African wildlife conservation for three generations, Kaingo is a classic Zambian safari camp. With superb views of the Luangwa in the northern section of the national park, Kaingo’s open sitting room area, library, bar and viewing deck are all designed to get guests as close as possible to the natural environment. The stone chalets are cool and comfortable, with an inside bathroom but open air bathtubs, with views of the local hippo pods. Each has a private deck built over the river, perfect for downtime wildlife viewing, and where private lunches are served to provide a welcome break during active days at camp.
Shenton are renowned for their first-class photographic hides, which have proved a strong attraction for professional and amateur clickers alike. At Kaingo there is a fabulous hippo hide by the river, where super close-ups of languid hippo behaviour can be captured, and a tree house elephant hide, with sweeping views of a regular elephant crossing highway below, where thrilling overnight stays can be enjoyed. Shenton are one of the few operators to offer three game viewing activities per day, which will often consist of a morning game drive or walk, time in one of the hides after lunch and a late afternoon drive that becomes an exciting night drive back to camp.