August News!

Well August has been a great month for Kaingu.  In fact our most successful month ever! We had lots of guests and lots of game and lots more.

Summer is now on us and temperatures are rising – this time of year we start looking for croc-proof pools in the rocks to bathe in, although we must stress at the moment we are only looking but I bet by the end of September people are in the water!

The fishing has also been steadily improving, repeat guests came back for a family fishing weekend and really enjoyed!

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Our chef Lizzie also became a bit of a facebook legend when a picture of her stuffing six hippos into the oven was seen by over 20,000 people.  Of course the hippos were actually made from bread and was part of a childrens programme!

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Our canoeing partners at Mawimbi are busy building the new canoe camp, and a target date for the end of September has been set.  The camp is going to be really quite something special and we will keep updating as it goes.

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One of the best moments of the month was when we got handed the keys for our new Game drive car and then brought it up from South Africa to the lodge.  This means that we are now doing comfortable game drives in the park (where the vehicle is stationed)!  This also means that Kaley can drive up to 9 people and believe me he has been getting great sightings recently – lion cubs on the ‘Shishamba’ loop have been fairly regular sights.

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And speaking of lions we also had some nocturnal visitors in the camp.  Three lionesses silently slunk through the camp one night and we wouldn’t have had a clue they were there if we hadn’t checked the camera trap.

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We also had a great sighting right on the Spinal Road (at the Luansanza Bridge) of a herd of 200+ Buffalo.

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So all in all a great month.  September started off great too – with 1000 likes on facebook and a fantastic relaxed leopard when we all went for a staff game drive at Shishamba loop.

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June Newsletter

June has been a phenomenal month for Kaingu Lodge. The sightings have been amazing, with elephants regularly crossing to the islands in front of the lodge and even lions in camp!
Guests were also lucky to see Pel’s fishing owl twice. We also saw two otters cavorting in the river downstream of one of our bush dinner spots. A canoe trip at the end of the month also were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the elusive cape clawless otter demonstrating it’s amazing swimming prowess in the rapids. We also had some very good leopard sightings on the spinal road – two in one day!

This beautiful cat (and another) provided great sightings on a drive down the new spinal road

This beautiful cat (and another) provided great sightings on a drive down the new spinal road

In the Park the sightings have been encouraging around the new Bush Camp site – with great sightings of Hartebeest, Kudu, Sable and even a herd of 300 Buffalo! As well as lions and leopards calling at night as well as encounters with the two cats on a walk.

Apart from the Pels owl notable bird sightings included a white backed night heron!

The fishing has been picking up and guests have been catching decent sized bream and pike and we are very excited that we are getting a visit from a fishing TV show later in the season – we will keep you posted how it goes!

Two young males and a female provided some great adrenaline moments and sightings in the camp!

Two young males and a female provided some great adrenaline moments and sightings in the camp!

The northern section (i.e. the bet we use) of the Kafue National Park ‘spinal road’ has been finally completed. Global Construction have done an absolutely outstanding job and this really has transformed access to the camp. We thanked the site engineer for such an amazing job – and told them that their workmanship and dedication is way beyond the contractor in charge of the southern end. The good northern end means that guests coming here have a smooth ride through a national park without a single pothole. Coming to Kaingu is now far, far easier than before. While we are on the subject of roads it seems official that the other route here – the Itezhi Tezhi road is finally going to be repaired. The road was tarred in the early 70s when the lake dam wall was constructed and now it seems it will be again! This is fantastic news for us as well as the villages and town itself.

Just an example of the high quality workmanship on the new spinal road which has just been completed through the Park.

Just an example of the high quality workmanship on the new spinal road which has just been completed through the Park.

We have done a lot of interesting dining recently – at the rapids downstream of the camp as well as the famous Mpamba rock. We put on a special “winter solstice” dinner that was to celebrate the solstice, the ‘super moon’ as well as the 7th visit of a couple that keep returning from Norway to see us all at Kaingu!

Our proposed bush camp site has been the subject of lots of focus, we have been planning driving loops and walking trails and the sightings have been very encouraging! Sable, Hartebeest, Lion, Leopard have all been seen there. More news soon.

Our winter solstice dinner on the rock.

Our winter solstice dinner on the rock.

Our partners in canoeing (Mawimbi Adventures) are also having a good month, the first canoe trail was run and a great trip from Kaingu south was also run. Meanwhile Bernard is busy with the logistics of the new tents and interiors for the Mawimbi Bush camp.

That is about it for this month – it has been a great month in terms of bookings and July looks also good. Oh, we nearly forgot – we also became number 1 on Trip Advisor for the Kafue!

The canoe trail south of the camp is a mix of slow and fast water - this is the slow.

The canoe trail south of the camp is a mix of slow and fast water – this is the slow.

But some sections are much, much faster!  Here is Bernard giving some tips on how to get through.

But some sections are much, much faster! Here is Bernard giving some tips on how to get through.

Anti poaching

Anti poaching

Poaching is still one of the Kafue NP’s major challenges. Its enormous size, limited accessibility and little funding are the stumbling blocks. At the beginning of the season all lodge operators of the area met to discuss the way forward. With ‘Game Rangers International’ as the implementing body carrying out the aims of the ‘Kafue Conservation Society’ capable organisations have formed and every operator has agreed to raise funds by an additional bednight levy of 5USD. This levy supports directly the work of two specialist anti-poaching teams so guests can be assured of direct link between their stay and poaching reduction.

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New Spots located – KaingU Bushcamp

New Spots located – KaingU Bushcamp

Wonderful spots have been located in the newly accessible area of the Kafue National Park and are just too inviting to not stay. KaingU has selected one of these spots to build a seasonal Bushcamp and from 2013 travelers are more than welcome to be our first guests staying overnight inside the National Park.

Kafue National Park, Zambia

Canoeing on the KAFUE, Zambia

A dream has come true. It has taken two years of exploring all the water channels, rocks and rapids of over 50km of the Kafue River which are not accessible by conventional boats, planning routes and trails with respect to scenery, water level changes over the season and even hippo family movements.

KaingU guests can now enjoy an unforgettable experience on the Kafue River. Specialist guides will take you through truly magnificent areas that one can only reach by inflatable canoes.

Canoeing on the KAFUE, Zambia

KaingU Guests can enjoy an unforgettable experience canoeing on the Kafue River in Zambia.

Spinal Road – Access to the Kafue National Park, Zambia

Spinal Road – Access to the Kafue National Park, Zambia

The idea of reconstructing the Spinal road was to open up a long tourist route all the way from Livingstone to the copper-belt. Expanding the accessibility of the Kafue National Park is vital to its existence and development, to manage it and to protect it.

As the middle section of this great road was completed at the beginning of 2013, KaingU Lodge is now in the unique position to expand its activities to an area of the Kafue National Park that for many years has been completely inaccessible.