Kakuli Bush Camp is an intimate camp with sweeping views of the Luangwa River. This Time + Tide owned camp takes its name from the buffalo which inhabit the area and is wonderfully placed for game-viewing. Flowing freely out to its surrounding landscape, this ‘no frills’ camp is ideal for those favouring walking safaris and the solitude of the bush.


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Location

Situated in a game-rich section of South Luangwa National Park, the camp overlooks a floodplain from its elevated position on the banks of the Luangwa River. With no fences around the camp, the property opens out to the rain trees and tamarind trees in the surrounding landscape. The game viewing in the area is brilliant with large lion population, spotted hyena and pods of hippos and elephants right on the doorstep.

Rooms

The five tented chalets are simple yet decorated well, offering great views of the river from the comfort of the cosy beds. With pale blue and cream tones, canvas walls and sturdy doors, the front of the tent opens out for river vistas and a thatched roof and mesh windows keep the tents cool during the day. En suite bathrooms are open to the sky and separated by a curtain with polished concrete floors, reed walls and all amenities provided.

Communal Areas

The thatched dining room is open-sided and simple with sandy floors to keep the space cool during hotter days. A bar and lounge area is decked out with neutral-toned sofas and chairs with a wooden deck and firepit overlooking the riverbank. Nearer to the water’s edge, another thatched area offers sofas and chairs and a picturesque space for dining during the evenings.

Activities

A highlight at Kakuli is the guided walking safaris although guests can take day and night drives around the loop roads by the lodge. Walk with expert guides along the river or explore after dark to observe predators as they head out to hunt. Kakuli is also one of a few camps open during Zambia’s ‘Emerald Season’ from January to April, a lush time of year when safari drives, boat trips and the camp is less populated.

Fully inclusive

Accommodation
Breakfast, lunch and evening meal
All house drinks (except premium imported brands and champagne)
2 daily activities - Game drives (day & night) walking safaris, boating (seasonal) & cultural visits
Laundry

When to go

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WET SEASON – ‘EMERALD SEASON’

Wettest time of the year, with rain falling most days of the month, although rarely prolonged in nature. Temperatures are a very pleasant, averaging 31°C/89°F midday, while the nights average 20°C/68°F. During this period the park transforms into a lush green landscape, a stark contrast to the dry season.

Like the rest of Zambia, South Luangwa has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. We would generally recommend visiting South Luangwa during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourses while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility. Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding, large flowing rivers and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

WET SEASON – ‘EMERALD SEASON’

Wettest time of the year, with rain falling most days of the month, although rarely prolonged in nature. Temperatures are a very pleasant, averaging 31°C/89°F midday, while the nights average 20°C/68°F. During this period the park transforms into a lush green landscape, a stark contrast to the dry season.

Like the rest of Zambia, South Luangwa has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. We would generally recommend visiting South Luangwa during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourses while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility. Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding, large flowing rivers and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

WET SEASON – ‘EMERALD SEASON’

Wettest time of the year, with rain falling most days of the month, although rarely prolonged in nature. Temperatures are a very pleasant, averaging 31°C/89°F midday, while the nights average 20°C/68°F. During this period the park transforms into a lush green landscape, a stark contrast to the dry season.

Like the rest of Zambia, South Luangwa has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. We would generally recommend visiting South Luangwa during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourses while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility. Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding, large flowing rivers and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

WET SEASON – ‘EMERALD SEASON’

April can be a real gem of a month to visit, if you are not necessarily looking for that classic safari – the best month of the emerald season. Temperatures are pleasant, and the rains are beginning to ease.

Like the rest of Zambia, South Luangwa has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. We would generally recommend visiting South Luangwa during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourses while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility. Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding, large flowing rivers and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

DRY SEASON

May is the beginning of the dry season, although the landscape will still be many shades of green following the rains. Midday temperatures are average around 28°C/82°F, the mornings can however be surprisingly cool at around 10°C/49°F, so be sure to pack a warm fleece.

Like the rest of Zambia, South Luangwa has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. We would generally recommend visiting South Luangwa during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourses while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility. Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding, large flowing rivers and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

DRY SEASON

The landscape continues to dry up, with good game sightings becoming more likely. Midday temperatures are average around 28°C/82°F, the mornings can however be surprisingly cool at around 11°C/52°F, so be sure to pack a warm fleece.

Like the rest of Zambia, South Luangwa has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. We would generally recommend visiting South Luangwa during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourses while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility. Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding, large flowing rivers and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

DRY SEASON

The landscape continues to dry up, with good game sightings becoming more likely. Midday temperatures are average around 28°C/82°F, the mornings can however be surprisingly cool at around 11°C/52°F, so be sure to pack a warm fleece.

Like the rest of Zambia, South Luangwa has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. We would generally recommend visiting South Luangwa during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourses while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility. Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding, large flowing rivers and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

DRY SEASON

Clear skies still dominate, the landscape has now become quite parched; ultimately making this the perfect time for game viewing. Midday and night temperatures are a little warmer during these months, averaging 33°C/91°F and 18°C/64°F respectfully.

Like the rest of Zambia, South Luangwa has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. We would generally recommend visiting South Luangwa during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourses while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility. Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding, large flowing rivers and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

DRY SEASON

Clear skies still dominate, the landscape has now become quite parched; ultimately making this the perfect time for game viewing. Midday and night temperatures are a little warmer during these months, averaging 33°C/91°F and 18°C/64°F respectfully.

Like the rest of Zambia, South Luangwa has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. We would generally recommend visiting South Luangwa during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourses while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility. Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding, large flowing rivers and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

DRY SEASON

Game viewing can be spectacular during October; however, temperatures continue to rise before the start of the rains, with midday temperatures over 40°C/104°F not uncommon. We suggest early morning starts during this time to make the most of the cool temperatures!

Like the rest of Zambia, South Luangwa has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. We would generally recommend visiting South Luangwa during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourses while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility. Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding, large flowing rivers and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

WET SEASON

The first rains arrive, usually in the form of sharp afternoon showers. The temperatures remain very hot, whilst the humidity adds a level of discomfort. Game viewing can still be great, but just be prepared for a little heat.

Like the rest of Zambia, South Luangwa has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. We would generally recommend visiting South Luangwa during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourses while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility. Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding, large flowing rivers and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

WET SEASON

Wettest time of the year, with rain falling most days of the month, although rarely prolonged in nature. Temperatures are a very pleasant, averaging 31°C/89°F midday, while the nights average 20°C/68°F. During this period the park transforms into a lush green landscape, a stark contrast to the dry season.

Like the rest of Zambia, South Luangwa has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. We would generally recommend visiting South Luangwa during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourses while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility. Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding, large flowing rivers and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

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