Getting to Kaingu Safari Lodge in Zambia

KAINGU SAFARI LODGE:

lodgemanager@kaingu-lodge.com

KAINGU SAFARI LODGE:

15°17’49.8″ SOUTH, 025°58’39.8″ EAST

(all GPS coordinates in degrees, minutes, seconds)

By Air: *

  • Chunga Airstrip: From 2017 Proflight will be flying into  Chunga airstrip.  Please contact us or your travel agent for more details and reservations.

Fly to Chunga Airstrip in the KNP. Transfer to Lodge via the Spinal road and boat across the Kafue River. This is a spectacular way to start your experience at Kaingu.
Chunga Airstrip: S15°03’15.1” E025°59’08.1”
Flight time from Lusaka: 50-70 minutes
Transfer time (airfield to lodge): 1.5 hours

By Road – Transfer: *

Transfers by car can be organized by KaingU from Lusaka destinations (airport or hotels) to Kaingu Lodge.  Vehicle type will depend on the size of the group.

Total transfer time = 4.5 hours

By Road – Self Drive *

The Lodge can be accessed in the dry season with a 2 WD vehicle but the vehicle must have a high ground clearance. The use of sedan cars is not recommended although it is possible with care.
Overview of arrival options for Selfdrivers (amongst others):

A. from Lusaka via Spinal Road (by far the best option, only a 4.5hr hour drive!)
B. from Lusaka via Itezhi Tezhi Road
C. from Livingstone via Ngoma
1. and from Ngoma via Itezhi Tezhi Road
2. and from Ngoma via Itezhi Tezhi River Road
3. and from Ngoma via Spinal Road to the KaingU harbour in the Kafue
National Park
D. from Choma via Namwala and Itezhi Tezhi

A. Directions from Lusaka via the Spinal Road:
Travelling time: about 5 hours.
This is smoothest option but remember your car is on the other side of the river so you cannot use this route if you are camping in our private campsites!
With the opening of the Spinal Road in the NP guests can also take this route and leave their vehicle in our car park in the Park and be transferred across the river by boat to the Lodge.
This option needs to be co-ordinated with the Lodge, and Park fees will apply on entrance and exit (currently payable to the lodge)
Kindly note that in the interim you will not find the Spinal Road on most maps and it only appears on the very latest editions of ‘Tracks4Africa’ electronic maps.

• Make sure to refuel before you leave Lusaka, as the only possibilities to re-fuel are at Nangoma Mission or Mumbwa. And even then fuel availability is not always guaranteed.
• From Lumumba Road in the Lusaka CBD, take the Great West Road towards Mongu – this is the “Mumbwa Road” (M9).
• 151km from Lusaka, you reach the Mumbwa turn-off. If necessary, go into the town to refuel, otherwise bypass it and continue on the M9. A further 30km on you will pass through the Nalusanga Gate at the entrance of the Kafue National Park.
•Continue for approx 40km past the Itezhi Tezhi turnoff and continue for a further 60km, past Mukambi Lodge and over the Hook Bridge, which crosses over the Kafue River.
• Continue 6.3km on from this bridge to the second turnoff to Chunga, which is signposted as “Chunga 21km”
• Turn left at this turnoff towards Chunga and travel on the gravel road for 14.3km to a major turnoff. Here you will see a large green sign marked “Spinal Road, Ngoma 166km, Musa Gate 170km”
• Take the road to the right marked as above (Ngoma & Musa) to proceed south into the Park. If you find yourself at Chunga (ZAWA Scout Post), turn around and head back the way you came and turn left at the turnoff.
• Travel 32.7km down this road (known as the Spinal Road) to the Kaingu sign on the left (GPS: S15°16’30.8” E25°58’37.9”). Turn left off the road at the sign for Kaingu Safari Lodge and drive along the track for 700m to the carpark.  When you reach our carpark there is a solar powered radio that you can use to call the lodge and a boat will be there within 10 mins.  If you do not want to be on a deadline and perhaps want to stop while going through the park then please tell us and that way we will wait for your radio call and not have someone waiting for you.

Please note: the speed limit in the National Park is 40km/hr, the road is not well signposted yet and there are sudden bends and drifts that can catch the unwary or those travelling too fast. There have already been a few minor accidents on this road due to people getting caught out by sudden bends or animals on the road.

B. Directions from Lusaka via the Itezhi Tezhi Road:
Travelling time about 5 ½ to 6 hours
• Make sure to refuel before you leave Lusaka, as the only possibilities to re-fuel are at Nangoma Mission or Mumbwa. And even then fuel availability is not always guaranteed.
• From Lumumba Road in the Lusaka CBD, take the Great West Road towards Mongu – this is the “Mumbwa Road” (M9).
• 151km from Lusaka, you reach the Mumbwa turn-off. If necessary, go into the town to refuel, otherwise bypass it and continue on the M9. A further 30km on you will pass through the Nalusanga Gate at the entrance of the Kafue National Park.
• At the 220km mark of the M9 (GPS: S14°58’16.4” E26°27’04.4”) turn left (south) onto the Itezhi-Tezhi road.
• After ±50km on this road, you reach the ZAWA Mweengwa Wildlife Check Point (GPS: S15°16’32.3” E26°14’56.7”). 3km further on from this point (GPS: S15°17’56.0” E26°14’09.2”) turn right (West) at the KaingU Lodge/Puku Pans signs.
• Travel 25km along a bush track to the next KaingU Lodge sign (GPS: S15°12’02.1” E026°04’18.6”) and turn left (South). Continue on for ±18km, crossing the Mweengwa Pole Bridge and follow the signs into the KaingU Lodge camp.
It is recommended not to travel faster than 30-35km per hour on these bush tracks due to rocks and stumps in places close to the edge of the road. At the tsetse control point stop for 5 minutes to allow the flies to disperse before driving into camp (for everyone’s sake!).
Travelling time about 5 ½ to 6 hours

C. Self-drive directions from Livingstone

Travelling time about 12 hours (make a break at Nanzhila, Choma orItezhi Tezhi)
Do not attempt without lots of fuel, a high clearance 4×4 with low range, reasonable 4×4 driving ability and a sense of adventure and humour!
• From Livingstone, take the T1 towards Lusaka.
• At Kalomo town (124km) (GPS: S17°01’45.6” E026°29’24.7”) turn northwards towards the Dundumwense entrance gate of the Kafue National Park. This is ±70km from Kalomo.
Note!! Re-fuel at Kalomo as this is the last reliable fuel stop!
• From Dundumwenzi, take the road to Ngoma, the southern HQ of the Kafue National Park.
You will travel through the Nanzhila Plains along the “Cordon Road” (further west) or the Kalenje Road (eastern track) depending on the season and road conditions. Ask for information on specific directions and conditions at the entrance gate to the Park.  Please be aware that in the wet season this route is absolutely not an option and should not be attempted.
Three Options:

C 1) from Ngoma via Itezhi-Tezhi road
• From Ngoma, proceed to Itezhi-Tezhi, passing the Musungwa and New Kalala Lodges enroute (±22km).

• From Itezhi-Tezhi, travel north for ±60km to the Kaingu Safari Lodge sign (GPS: S15°17’56.0” E26°14’09.2”) and turn left (west) onto the bush track. Proceed to the next KaingU Lodge sign ±25km further on (GPS: S15°12’02.1” E026°04’18.6”) and turn left (south). Continue on for ±18km, crossing the Mweengwa Pole Bridge and follow the signs into the KaingU Safari Lodge camp.

Travelling time: about 8 hours depending on current road conditions.

C2) from Ngoma via Itezhi-Tezhi and the River Road
For 4×4’s only and only in the dry season (May to November) is this an alternative route through the villages and bush leading directly to the KaingU Lodge camp.  It is a very scenic and interesting route passing through villages, but does require a high clearance 4×4 and is a dry season route only.
• From Ngoma, proceed to Itezhi-Tezhi, passing the Musungwa and New Kalala Lodges enroute (±22km).
• From Itezhi-Tezhi travel 31km up the D769 (Itezhi Tezhi road).  At 31km (measured from Itezhi Tezhi’s large and very visible bus station and market) turn left on the track signed “HRH Chief Kaingu”.

• Follow this track for 10km to the village of Itumbi (there is a small cellular phone tower at the Chief Kaingu palace).  Continue through the village until you see two large concrete shops.  At these shops turn right and proceed North up the river road for 27.5km to Kaingu lodge.  There is a a myriad of small tracks coming on and off the river road, but the route is in Tracks4Africa.  If you are lost just ask one of the passers-by for Kaingu Lodge and they will point you in the right direction.

NB: If you use Tracks4Africa then it will try to route you off the D769 well before the junction described above (31km from Itezhi).  Do not take this route as it is a very bad road and people get stuck on it even in the dry season! 

C3) from Ngoma via the Spinal Road to KaingU harbour in the Kafue National
Attention:
You will arrive about 500 meter north and on the opposite side of the river to our Lodge; there is no pontoon or bridge, but you can park your car safely at our car park at the harbour (therefore it is not possible to use this route if you are coming to our private camp-site with a roof top tent and lots of camping equipment); kindly note that in the interim you will not find the Spinal Road on most maps or older versions of ‘Tracks 4 Africa’. Before taking this route you have to contact us with an estimated time of arrival so we arrange your pick up by boat; the ETA must not be after 5pm as boating in the dark is not advisable.

• From Ngoma it is about 130km to our turn off (GPS 15°16’30.8”S ; 25°58’37.9”E) and car park
• From Ngoma, proceed North towards Lake Itezhi Tezhi
• Follow the road heading West around the lake, passing the sign for Hippo Camp,
• Follow the road heading north for approx 116km (measured from Hippo bay junction) until you have reached our turn off on your right; there is a little sign for Kaingu;
• Turn right and follow the bushtrack for 700 meter to our carpark & harbour (GPS 15°16’31.05”S ; 25°58’37.23”E) where you will meet our guide and cross to the lodge by boat.

D. Self-drive directions from Choma through Namwala
Attention:
For 4x4s with high clearance only and only in the dry season (June – October); do not attempt this route without ‘Tracks 4 Africa’ (GPS map); involves a pontoon crossing;
• follow the road signs from Choma to Namwala; this road is tarred and in good condition
• after this you have to cover a heavily washed out track to the pontoon (±10km; about 1hour drive);
• from the pontoon use the most used track heading West to Itezhi Tezhi town
• continue to Kaingu via the Itezhi Tezhi Road or the River Road or via the Spinal Road

Map of the Kafue and directions to KaingU

Our Lodge is situated in the Namwala Game Management Area (GMA) on a spectacular and remote stretch of the Kafue River. The Kafue National Park, just opposite the lodge and only a 10 minute boat trip away, offers abundant game viewing.

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