Kaingo Camp

Kaingo Camp is an established safari lodge nestled along the steep banks of the Luangwa River in the heart of the South Luangwa National Park.

Kaingo Camp has been the flagship lodge of family owned Shenton Safaris for over 20 years, and whilst not technically owner-hosted these days, it still very much has the feel of an individually owned and managed property. The location is fantastic, arguably about as good as you could get in the South Luangwa for game viewing, and Shenton Safaris have built up an excellent team of guides. Photography has always been a passion at Kaingo, and their various viewing hides allow guests to get very close to the wildlife. The accommodation has recently been refurbished to a very comfortable standard, and the food and service is excellent. However, Kaingo is best suited to guests who are really focused on the game viewing experience, photography and an authentic bush experience.


Kaingo Camp offers accommodation for a maximum of 16 guests is in six comfortable stone and thatch chalets (with windows and sliding doors to the front covered in mosquito gauze only). The chalets are comfortably furnished with…


The Luangwa Valley is one of Africa’s most scenic and game-rich National Parks. Forming part of the southern end of the Great Rift Valley, the wide valley floor is about 1,000ft lower than the surrounding plateau and through the centre…


Kaingo usually accepts children of 10 years and above, though this rule is sometimes relaxed in low season when the camp is not busy. However, children must be 12 years old to join walking safaris. Their deluxe chalet is ideal for families with…

Conservation & community

Derek Shenton, owner of Kaingo, is on the board of Conservation South Luangwa whose mission statement is: ‘To work with community and conservation partners in the protection of the wildlife and habitats of the South Luangwa…

LocationSouth Luangwa National Park
AccessScheduled or Charter flight into Mfuwe (2.5 hour drive)
OpenMid-May to early November
Camp StyleSafari lodge
FocusBig game / Birding / Photography
Children10 years + (7 to 10 years by special request)
ActivitiesGame drives (day and night) / Guided walks / Photographic hides / Sleep outs
Maximum Guests on Vehicle4
Private Vehicle OptionsYes
Off-road DrivingYes (for certain sightings)
Number of Rooms6 chalets (including 1 Deluxe Suite)
Family Accommodation1 two bedroomed Deluxe Suite
BathroomFlush toilet / Plumbed basin / Indoor plumbed shower / Outdoor bath
Power for chargingIn room
HairdryerNot possible
Heating/CoolingWall-mounted fan
Room SafeYes
Laundry ServiceComplimentary
Communication in roomNo
Mobile ReceptionNo
Dining StyleCommunal
Drinks IncludedAll
Credit CardsNot accepted