Kapamba: The Lowdown

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Set beside the Kapamba River, Kapamba is an intimate little bush camp with a stylish feel to it, and some of the biggest bathtubs we’ve seen.

What’s Kapamba really like?

Kapamba has just four open stone chalets facing out from the trees towards the Kapamba River. They’re under high thatched roofs with comfortable beds and ensuite bathrooms with huge sunken stone tubs-perfect for a good wallow at the end of a dusty day.  Although the chalets are very open (and you can expect the odd gecko or leaf to float in on the breeze), there are large, and rather ornate metal shutters that pull across to secure the room at night, so you don’t find a buffalo hopping into bed with you. When we stayed we loved waking up in the middle of the night to see an elephant walking past in the moonlight.

The main part of the lodge also looks out towards the river, with a small area tucked away under thatch, but most of life is out on the deck. Here there’s the firepit (a.k.a. the “bush TV”), some cosy seats and more often than not the dining table is pulled out for family-style meals. The Kapamba River is pretty shallow which does means it occasionally dries up, but more commonly, it’s at the perfect level to have sundowners in the river with your toes cooling in the water.

What can I do at Kapamba?

As the South Luangwa is famed for walking safaris these are certainly a big part of the activities at Kapamba, and when water levels are low, you can even cool your feet by wading in the shallow waters of the river- just make sure to check with your guide where’s safe first! One of the lovely ways to arrive or leave Kapamba is part of a walk- sister camps Bilimungwe and Zungulila are both a few hours’ walk away. You can also do game drives during your stay at Kapamba- these are often in the afternoon and drift into a night game drive as you make your way back to camp.

Giving back at Kapamba: Kapamba Lodge’s owners have been working closely with the local community supporting local schools within the area.  Through donations, they have built new classrooms, sponsored pupils, paid teachers’ wages and also provides access to clean water.  The owners started a school feeding program, feeding over 2,000 pupils per day at two different schools. We could go on!

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