ACTIVITIES IN THE KAFUE NATIONAL PARK & AROUND KAINGU SAFARI LODGE
Please note that park fees apply for all activities in the Kafue National Park, of which the whole river is part. Escort fees for guided walks apply in the GMA and the KNP. Kindly note that not all activities are available all the time as certain variables such as river levels and season can affect activities. Prices are per person if not stated otherwise. All drinks consumed on activities are chargeable.
Game Drives: max 6 people / groups 9 (KNP): Morning / afternoon game drive (3-4 hours) $40
Long morning game drive (~6 hours, LONG ACTIVITY) $60
Full day (~8 hours, LONG ACTIVITY) incl. picnic lunch $95
Boating (KNP): Take a cruise on arguably the most stunning stretch of the Kafue river; look out for hippos and mammals coming to the edge of the river; great photographic opportunities for birders.
• Cruise along and between the islands to our guides' secret best fishing spots, there are 58 different species of fish in the Kafue river, including five species of bream! 2 hour trip, min 2 max 6 passengers $35 4 hour trip (LONG ACTIVITY), min 2 max 6 passengers $50 8 hour trip (LONG ACTIVITY), min 2 max 6 passengers $100
Please note for an 8 hour boat trip, the boat will return to the lodge at noon for 1 hour break . Rod & Lure Hire: Price per rod hire per day $5 Lost lure price (price per lure) $7 Lost / broken rod (price per rod) $100 Canoeing (KNP): Our Specialist guides will take you through truly magnificent areas that can mostly only be reached by inflatable canoes. The scenery is spectacular and varied and the pace of the trail can be set to suit individuals. morning / afternoon short trip (~1 hour) $40 morning / afternoon trip (~3 hours, LONG ACTIVITY) $60
Guided Walks in the KNP max 6 people: (DNPW escort fee of $15 per day applies) 2-3 hour nature walk looking for the things you miss on the drive; max 6 people; including transfer to National Park by boat: $35
Explore unguided: Walk to the Rapids (GMA; 5 15 min walk) Starting at the southern side of the Rapids camp sites, a short foot path marked with white arrows leads you towords the noisy granite rock rapids; good foot wear is required; do not walk alone (follow the African saying: walk alone to be fast, walk together to be safe); be aware of your surroundings you could come across dangerous animals; keep a distance from the water there are crocodiles in the river! Take a book along to stay a while and look out for otters.
Selfdrive to Puku Hide (GMA) The shaded and camouflaged Puku hide overlooks a little dambo. Take your time and sit quietly to see what comes by. Wear good foot wear, bring binoculars & books. Drive along the road out of camp and take the first left turn; check the surroundings before leaving your vehicle!
Guided Walks in the GMA: (DNPW escort fee of $20 per day applies) Mpamba Rock Guided nature walk through Miombo forest and along dambos on which our Guide will explain animal tracks and signs you come across, as well as plants and trees and their properties . The walk up the Mpamba Rock is easy and you will have a great view and experience an African sunset over the Kafue National Park; the walk takes about 1½ hours (one way); if done towards sunset we will pick you up by car; wear good foot wear.
Nature Walks Longer nature walks e.g. along the Zhibakamwale rock formations and through Puku Hide, dambos or Island Explorations; Rock hopping (good physical condition required) Explore the rock formations below the rapids, climb over and on top of giant boulders and discover & refresh in natural pools;
Above walks (2 3 hours) $22
Young Adventurers (GMA): Children’s activities include: tracking, spoor identification, bow & arrow making, archery, stargazing, fishing, entomology, bread making, rope making, seed jewellery making and bush skills Price for 2½ hour sessions per group of 4 each (for non lodging guests) $30
Visit the KaingU Community School & village (GMA): KaingU village is the home of most of our staff members. Expect real African villages, still quite traditional, nothing staged; kindly respect people’s homes; The Community School was built by the KaingU Trust to which every guest contributes by staying with us $10 lodging / $3camping. The drive to Itumbi School takes about 1 ½ hours, the whole trip will be about 4 hours. Price per trip max 4 people (LONG ACTIVITY) $120
Dine out: Island Breakfast (KNP): Enjoy a full English breakfast on an island, a short boat cruise away from the lodge. price for logistics and set up $90 + cost for breakfast per person (for non lodging guests): $15 Rapids Dinner (GMA): Enjoy a delicious three course lantern lit dinner prepared on site by our chefs below the rapids. price for logistics and set up $60 + cost for dinner per person (for non lodging guests): $35
Sleep out: Add an overnight sleep out, on an island or on Mpamba Rock, to your stay at KaingU. Sit by the fire and listen to the nocturnal creatures with the stars so close you feel you can almost touch them. The facilities and menu are kept simple to reflect the experience but are comfortable and the food delicious. Wake up to a spectacular sunrise and the early morning chorus of birdsong. lodging guest: price for two, one night : $195 camping guest: price for two, one night: $265
Kafue National park entrance fees (prices per person per day): International $20.00 Residents $15.00 Citizens Kw 33.60 Children under 5: FOC Children under 12: ½ Adult rate Angling fee: Residents & Citizens Kw 31.50 International $5.00 Canoeing fee: Residents & Citizens Kw 42.00 International $20.00 Escort fee: $20 per day (GMA) / $15 (KNP)