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South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
- Comfortable family lodge situated on the banks of an ox-bow lagoon
- An excellent safari experience at all times of the year
- A large infinity swimming pool sits in camp provides unrivalled game viewing
Facilities includeChild Friendly Swimming pool Individual room safes Lounge area Family Room
- Game Drives
- Night Drives
- Walking Safaris
- Photographic Safaris
Seasons in Zambia
About Kapani Lodge
Meaning place of Mopani trees, Kapani was built in 1986 by Norman Carr - the pioneer of photographic walking safaris - Kapani remained a private house until he died in 1997. Today Kapani has been transformed into a family-friendly 9 roomed lodge on the banks of a hippo and croc filled lagoon beside the Luangwa River. It's ideal for young families looking for a wonderful safari experience in a game-rich area.
Accommodating up to eighteen guests, there are eight brick and thatch standard rooms which are designed for the warmer weather with high ceilings, overhead fans and large gauzed windows. Each standard suite has an en-suite bathroom with shower and a lounge area with bar, fridge and individual room safes. The ninth room is a large 'Lagoon House' which overlooks the Kapani Lagoon and is spacious enough to adapt for families to share.
The rooms are generally spacious, each containing two three-quarter or one king-sized bed. There is wardrobe and shelving storage available in the rooms, and an indoor and/or outdoor comfortable seating area and table. After dark, a member of staff will accompany you to and from your room, lighting the way and watching out for local wildlife.
According to the season, dining is al fresco with dinner taken either on the terrace, the spacious deck, or by the swimming pool. Private dinners can also be arranged for guests seeking a little more seclusion.
The camp is on mains electricity and offers most modern facilities. A thatched building in the centre of the lodge, houses the lounge and library. It is pleasantly cool in the hot weather and warm and cosy in the cooler months.
The National Park is 9,050 km² (3,500 square miles), unfenced but bordered to the West by a steep escarpment and to the East by the Luangwa River. Once known as ‘The Valley of the Elephants', back in the early 1970's it was home to the world's largest population of elephant. Although ivory poachers reduced the population dramatically, the National Park authorities and their fellow conservation outfits such as SLCS are taking control once more and the population is regenerating strongly. There are plenty of young to be seen and numbers are visibly on the increase once more.
Zambia is regarded by many as one of the last true wildernesses and Africa's greatest secret. From the mighty Victoria Falls to the world renowned National Parks of the Luangwa and Zambezi Valleys there are incredible opportunities to explore a vast range of habitats, species, terrain and natural wonders.
The South Luangwa National Park is Zambia's premier National Park and is one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. The concentration of game along the Luangwa River and its associated ox-bow lagoons is amongst the most intense anywhere in Africa. It is truly an unspoilt wilderness.
The meandering Luangwa River teems with hippos and crocodiles and provides a lifeline for a great diversity of habitat and wildlife. With over 60 species of mammals and over 400 species of birds, the South Luangwa National Park has earned its excellent reputation. It is home to two endemic species, the Thornicroft Giraffe and Cookson's Wildebeest and is one of the best parks in Africa to view leopards in their natural environment.
How to get there
We will assist you with all necessary internal transfers after booking.
The closest airport, Mfuwe Airport, is 45-50 minutes from Kapani Lodge.
FROM LUSAKA TO MFUWE:
1 hour 10 minutes
£182 per person each way
3 return flights a day
FROM MALAWI - LILONGWE TO MFUWE:
£195 per person (excluding departure taxes)
Other international flights
NB. All prices and times are subject to change.
When to go
Kapani Lodge is open all year round.
Peak season: 1 July - 31 October
Shoulder season: 15 May - 30 June and 1-7 November
Green season: 8 November - 14 May
It is essential that guests take out their own personal travel insurance.
There is no internet at this camp.
For Green Season Safaris - from Nov to April: There is always a chance of the odd tropical downpour. Waterproof ponchos will be provided, however, we recommend you bring a waterproof bag for binoculars and camera kit. If you do bring a shower proof jacket - bear in mind that the weather is still warm so don't bring a heavy, thick jacket. It's a good idea to bring a change of shoes as well.
Travelling with children
Children of all ages are welcome at Kapani.
Children under the age of 12 are not able to participate in the walking safaris.
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