Kakuli was the third of the four Norman Carr bush camps in which we stayed. It is situated adjacent to the confluence of the Luwi and Luangwa rivers, high on the banks above the latter. The views up and down the river are wonderful and we could have sat outside our tent looking down at the game coming and going all day.
Accommodation is provided in large tented chalets with thatched roofs. The shower room and loo are en-suite and under cover. Mosquito nets and basics such as shampoo, shower gel and body lotion are provided along with insect repellent and 'killer' spray. As with all N.C. bush camps, clean drinking water is sourced from a bore hole. The bar and dining area affords additional stunning views up the river. A lovely place to relax and dip into the small library of books of local interest. Food and service conformed to N.C.'s very high standards.
Because we co-incided with a very hot period in October we were unable to do as much walking as we would have wished. However, the camp manager and our guide, Aubrey, was extremely informative during the walks we did and arranged for a vehicle to pick us up at about 8.00 am so that we could continue the morning activity is slightly cooler conditions. The wading birds seen along the Luangwa River were of particular interest in addition to all the mammals mentioned by other Reviewers.
This is a lovely bush camp which, like all the N.C. camps, retains the sense of adventure associated with staying in the bush. It is not as remote as the Luwi and Nsolo Bush Camps which are both located on the Luwi River. This being the case, you may encounter a few other vehicles during game drives. However, they are few and far between and will not compromise your enjoyment.
- Also Known As:
- Kakuli Bush Camp - Norman Carr Safaris Zambia/South Luangwa National Park
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ‘Kakuli’ means old buffalo bull – this beautiful camp has four traditional walk-in safari tents each with outdoor en-suite bathrooms made from natural materials. The bar and dining Chitenje forms the centre point of camp and, along with the rooms, is on an elevated stretch of river bank overlooking a wide grazing lawn/lagoon that follows the Luangwa River. The views from Kakuli are spectacular with the camp having regular visits from elephants, leopard and antelope. ... more less