Shenton Safaris - Kaingo Safari Camp
Kaingo's Chitenge & thousand year old leadwoo Kaingo's Chalets: Large open doors and privat
Kaingo's Chitenge & thousand year old leadwoo
Kaingo's Chalets: Large open doors and privat

Shenton Safaris - Kaingo Safari Camp

Kaingo Camp is one of the last owner-run safari camps in South Luangwa, set within the park, on the banks of the beautiful Luangwa river and in the best game viewing area.

Kaingo camp ia the creation of the Shenton family, which has a proud history of three generations of wildlife conservation in Southern Africa. Derek Shenton and his wife Jules own and operate the camps.

Derek has developed Kaingo into a camp well known for exceptional game-viewing in a beautiful, yet relaxed atmosphere. In spite of numerous opportunities to expand we have kept our operation intimate, Kaingo with 6 rooms to ensure our guests have an exclusive and unique wildlife experience second to none.

Fresh supplies for the camp are grown at the Kaingo plot near the Mfuwe airport. Guests to Kaingo are guaranteed a highly natural and personalized experience.




Kaingo Camp is world-renowned for the unparalleled network of photographic hides designed by Derek Shenton, and for the quality of the guiding. It is perfect for keen photographers and wildlife lovers.

The photographic hides of Derek’s own design are a special feature of Shenton Safaris. These hides are guaranteed to get you close enough to the wildlife to take a whole host of stunning photos – in complete safety. We offer the following photographic hides:

  • Hippo hide
  • Elephant hide
  • Carmine bee-eater hide
  • A mobile hide

Need to Know

South Luangwa NP

Experts have dubbed South Luangwa one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world, and not without reason. The concentration of game around the Luangwa River and its ox bow lagoons is among the most intense in Africa.

From our camps you will see abundant antelope, large lion prides, numerous leopards and impressive herds of elephant, buffalo, zebra and hippo.

Close to 400 bird species and 60 different mammals have been recorded throughout the year; seasonal highlights include the spectacular carmine bee-eater colony, celebrated fishing parties and amazing quelea displays

Getting Here

Johannesburg, Dubai, Amsterdam and Nairobi are the most commonly used international hubs to Lusaka (South African Airways, Emirates KLM, Kenyan Airways).  

Domestic flights to Mfuwe (the domestic airport you fly to in order to visit us) are scheduled to line up with the international arrivals/departure. Luggage weight restrictions apply.

Transfers to and from Mfuwe airport are included in the rate. The drive to camp takes approximately 2 hours 40 min – most of which is game-viewing through some very pretty areas of the park.

Climate – Health - Clothes

Our camps are open during the “dry” season, from May to October.  The season is very short, and the game viewing is exceptional throughout. The weather is temperate during the early part of the season, cooler in July and hot in September and October.

We recommend layered casual clothing, in muted colours along with sturdy shoes. A complimentary laundry service is offered daily.

Zambia is a malarial area, although we are more than 15 km away from nearest villages which constitute the reservoir of malaria. Consult your doctor for the best prophylaxis.



Shenton Safaris offer three game-viewing activities per day, adding a midday trip to one of the photographic hides.

Game Drives

Game drives normally last approximately three and a half hours and are offered morning and afternoon (as it normally extends into an evening drive). A third activity is run at midday each day, usually to visit a hide, a lagoon or ebony forest.

Bush Walks

Walking safaris were pioneered in South Luangwa national park and for many guests provide the ultimate safari experience. The terrain in the park is ideal for walking due to the constantly changing habitat. A typical walking safari lasts 3.5 hours, but is not strenuous as the ground is even and generally flat. 

Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo, Hippo, Crocodile and Wild dog can be seen in the area around Kaingo Camp. Many types of antelopes frequent the area with two endemic species: Thornicroft Giraffe and Cookson's Wildebeest.

The area is brimming with exceptional bird-life, supported by a great variety of habitats.At Kaingo Camp, watch elephants crossing the river, hippos and crocodiles basking in the sun, or the endless birdlife. There are Bushbuck and Vervet Monkeys around camp and the local Elephant matriarch brings her family to feed and forage. 

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

Visits to Project Luangwa, a local organization supported by Shenton Safari for upliftment of the local area can be arranged.

A tour of Tribal Textiles, who produce their own hand painted textiles in the heart of the African Bush can be arranged.



Six chalets, private river decks, large viewing deck, dining and bar area, charging house, curio shop. Bean bags and dust covers are provided for keen photographers.


Accommodation comprises of five chalets and one deluxe chalet, each with an outside bath and a private deck over the river.  All the rooms have en-suite facilities, are well ventilated, mosquito-proofed and silently lit by solar power.  These brick and thatch chalets are set discretely apart, each with a view over the Luangwa River. 

The large centrally located open-sided sitting room includes a dining area, library and Kaingo’s renowned thousand-year-old lead-wood bar.




May 20th to October 31st

Average StayAverage Stay

8 nights, split between Kaingo Camp and Mwamba Bush Camp

Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)

Low Season (May/June) - US$835.00

Shoulder Season (July) - US$905.00

High Season (August - October) - US$980.00

In terms of what is included, everything is included - from the second you set foot down at Mfuwe International Airport to the second you arrive back there is not a single thing more to pay: all accommodation, all meals, full bar, THREE game viewing activities daily (most camps only offer two), and a daily laundry service and transfers. The rates also include the current South Luangwa National Park fees and the Luangwa Valley Community and Conservation Fund levy ($90 per person per night), as well as the VAT.

Single Supplement is an additional $290 per night added to the nightly rate.


Children PolicyChild Policy

Kaingo welcomes children 10 years and upwards. To be as flexible as possible we will consider children that are travelling under the age of 10 on a case by case basis.

Contact and Social Media

To find out more, visit Shenton Safaris - Kaingo Safari Camp's website.

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at

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