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 (all weather strip, from April 2016 Wilddog Air Charters is based at Chunga; tickets can be booked direct with KaingU Safari Lodge in combination with accommodation)

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: 1 hour

By Road – Transfer:

Transfers by car can be organized by KaingU.  Please contact us for details and pricing.

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 unless between May and November.
Overview of arrival options for Selfdrivers (amongst others):

A. from Lusaka via Spinal Road (by far the best option, only a 4.5 hour drive!)
B. from Lusaka via Itezhi Tezhi Road (for camping arrivals mainly). 

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 with a roof tent!
With the opening of the Spinal Road in the NP guests can 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 or routable GPS units.

• 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. You will see our vehicles and a prominent large silver box with a radio inside (which you can can use to call the lodge in case your guide is not yet there).
Traveling time: about 4.5 – 5 hours.

Radio

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 continuing into the lodge.
Travelling time about 5 ½ to 6 hours

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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