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Kapishya Hot Springs Lodge

5434 Casanova, Makupula 80100 Zambia
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Tucked away on the banks on the Mansha River just 19km from the famous Africa House is this 6-chalet eco-lodge and campsite. Forty degrees of crystal clear water permeates through white sands to create our springs. Surrounded with stunning countryside, this tropical retreat boasts a health spa, swimming pool, tropical gardens, guided games drives, small conference facilities, ancient stone-age sites, river rafting, high class cuisine, birding tours, day visits to the Africa House and breathtaking scenery, in total seclusion.
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5434 Casanova, Makupula 80100 Zambia
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zola025 wrote a review Feb 2020
Exeter, New Hampshire265 contributions46 helpful votes
Arriving at the lodge is exciting. There’s the gush of the river, the tropical gardens, lighted trees and pathways. The reception is also the bar. Mark Harvey checks us in and gives us a brief introduction to the setup. Dinner is at 7:30 and the springs are open 24 seven. Mark was very attending to our group’s needs - Being 3 adults and 6 teen kids he showed us the chalets and recommended the best set up. The chalets are basic but homely. Very comfortable and with charming details. We had and Insofu (elephant), Imbulu (hippo) and Cholwa (zebra). Each chalet has mossie nets over the beds. The main lodge is close to being a cozy English pub. The staff, when we were there, were a mix of Zambians and travelers on work stays. We were on full board - the food is really excellent and plentiful. To the full extent possible, everything is grown on property. Dinner is a social event with guests seated around large shared tables. An example of a meal would be pumpkin soup, after that there’s quail, chicken wings, roasted tomatoes, cauliflower tempura, noodles, egg fried rice, carrots. So much food. Banana pancake and ice cream to polish off the meal. If you are lucky, Mark will court and share stories about his family, his grandfather (Stuart Gore Brown), his grandmother who lived to 94, his mother (Lorna Harvey, Lorna has married John Harvey) and various guests and characters he’s met over the years. There is a passion for the project, the work involved and the value it brings to travelers and community. The warm springs bubble up in a sandy pool that overflows into a rocky bed and then the flowing Mansa River. Itself, the Mansa River winds along all the way to the Chambeshi River. Itself a source of the Congo River. The pool is gorgeous with warm (40 degrees C) silky, heavy water that feels so soothing on the skin. With the cool night air, steam rose from the pool up to the stars. Breakfasts and lunches are great too - full English, French press coffee, yoghurts, fruit, bread. At Kapishya there isn’t a lot ‘to do’ except take in the vibe. There are walks, there are cave paintings, there’s a paddle trip along the river, but really it’s a great place to recharge and enjoy a couple of days downtime in great company. And there’s always the springs. If you don’t stay in the chalets, the campground is also excellent. Clean, in a lovely spot and with access to the rest of Kapishya. Mark himself is a fountain of knowledge if you have any practical questions. While connected through family, the Kapishya Hot Springs are 20 mins or so along the road past Shiwa Ng’andu. Mark also runs the incredible Buffalo Camp - in nearby North Luangwe park. We had a great time, Mark, his team and of course his dogs are all a joy and we were so happy to have stayed: a great transition after Ndola and before the Safari parks to come. Fun ahead of true adventure, socially uplifting, lazy and a great recharge.
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from Mark H, Owner at Kapishya Hot Springs Lodge
Responded Feb 20, 2020
Thank you very much for your lovely comments! We really enjoyed having you all to stay and would love to see you back here again Thank you once again All the best Mark
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GnT wrote a review Nov 2019
Lusaka, Zambia348 contributions18 helpful votes
The camp site is fantastic. Green lawns, clean ablutions, lots of shade, Nsakas power, braai, wood delivered...just perfect and a stream flows along it! Hot springs special. Pool area and deck stunning. Beers from bar ice cold. All perfect.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Mark H, Owner at Kapishya Hot Springs Lodge
Responded Nov 5, 2019
Thank you very much for your kind review. Hope you will visit us again soon Thank you Mark
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Mark P wrote a review Oct 2019
Lusaka, Zambia140 contributions49 helpful votes
What a break from reality! Very interesting place in the middle of nowhere. Camping and full board. Accommodation was great and very peaceful. Be prepared to sleep! Gardens interesting with a river running by. Food is outstanding and we ate so much! The hot springs obviously the highlight.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Mark H, Owner at Kapishya Hot Springs Lodge
Responded Nov 13, 2019
Thank you so much for the review. Hope to see you back soon Mark
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Tor wrote a review Jul 2019
Solwezi, Zambia8 contributions2 helpful votes
Kapishya hot springs lodge is one of those secret places you just read about in books, but don't think it exists. Immerse yourself in the most beautiful natural hot spring hidden in a small forest oasis. The lodges are comfortable and cosy and all are situated along the lush banks of the Mansa River nearby. Whether it was milking the cows at the adjoining little farmstead or playing by the pool overlooking the river the kids were extremely well catered for. Most valuable was Mark sitting down with them at dinner telling them the funny story about the wide mouthed frog! With Africa house just a short drive away, staying at the lodge is a real cultural experience steeped in the birth of the republic. Dinners are a real treat. Guests are invited to share seats and stories at the big table hosted by Mike and Mel. The food is as devine as Kapishya itself, but don't expect just local cuisine! Mel's repetoire is rich-from Italian to Japanese, Iranian and Korean. A real smorgasbord of culinary delights awaits you. We loved it!
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
ka2445 wrote a review Jun 2019
Zurich, Switzerland11 contributions
We spent two nights on the beautiful, well maintained campground, right at the river. The facilities are comfortable and very clean. we did some nice hiking in the neighborhood with great views. While sitting in the hot spring and gaze at the stars we felt in paradies. There is a gorgeous spa with excellent massageopportunities. We attended a tasty dinner in good company. We will visit Mel and Marc again next time we’re in beautiful Zambia. By the way: we recommend to read “Africahouse“ , it’s an amazing story.
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Date of stay: June 2019
ZambiaMuchinga ProvinceMakupula
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kapishya Hot Springs Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Kapishya Hot Springs Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Kapishya Hot Springs Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Kapishya Hot Springs Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Kapishya Hot Springs Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Kapishya Hot Springs Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Kapishya Hot Springs Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at Kapishya Hot Springs Lodge?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Is Kapishya Hot Springs Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.