Safari Zambia: Kakuli

Kakuli is situated amidst Zambia's breathtaking South Luangwa National Park and provides guests with an intimate, personal and highly comfortable safari experience. The following blog gives you a short accommodation overview

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Safari adventure in Zambia: Kakuli Camp is an intimate bush camp by Norman Carr Safaris with just five tent chalets – plenty of privacy and a family atmosphere are guaranteed.

Guest accommodation is just a few metres from the water, so you can enjoy picturesque views of the Luangwa River landscape from your own veranda. The chances of catching a glimpse of the rich fauna of the protected area are good: It might happen that herds of elephants or buffalos pass by the banks or one of the rare leopards sneaks along on one of his forays at the camp.



In the northeast of South Luangwa National Park, directly on the banks of the Luangwa River

Guest accommodation
5 private tent chalets with en-suite bathroom and veranda

Max. number of guests
12-13 guests in 5 tent chalets (one as a family chalet)

Bush walks, boat tours, day and night game drives, multi-day tours, personalised tours such as night or photo safaris

Picturesque location on the Luangwa River in a family atmosphere diverse wildlife sightings directly from the camp the only camp on the Luangwa that is open between January and April, the magical "Green Season" wide range of activities constant application of environmentally conscious standards in terms of construction, equipment and safari activities


Elephants, buffalos, leopards, lions, wild dogs, hippos, crocodiles, baboons, zebras, various antelopes, numerous bird species

Staying in Kakuli


Kakuli is located in the northeastern part of South Luangwa Park, directly on the Luangwa River. It is located approximately where the dry riverbed of the Luwi River meets the Luangwa River.

The Camp

Guest accommodation

Guests in Kakuli are accommodated in one of the five extremely comfortable tent chalets, one of which serves as family accommodation. They have their own fully equipped and semi-open bathroom and a private veranda with seating. From here you can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the Luangwa River. Compared to the other four chalets, the family accommodation has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Mosquito nets are available in all chalets. Children from 8 years are welcome in Kakuli on request.


Central facilities

Kakuli is located on the banks of the Luangwa River and overlooks an idyllic lagoon that is often the meeting point of numerous animal and bird species. The design is characterised by simplicity, sustainability and accessibility. In the main area of the complex, a small, half-open hall, there is a cosy lounge with a library, a bar and the dining area. The spacious veranda offers a breathtaking view over the lagoon and the Luangwa River and has a sitting area with a campfire for guests. The camp is primarily supplied with solar energy; WiFi is not available. However, a free laundry service is available to guests.


First and foremost are bush walks through the spectacular natural landscapes. These go back to Norman Carr, who is regarded as a pioneer of walking safaris. This enabled guests to explore the African bush landscape barrier-free for the first time and to get an undisturbed and thus more authentic impression of the way of life of the local wildlife. For longer bush walks you can spend the night in one of the comfortable sister camps. Classic game drives in open off-road vehicles during the day and after sunset are also offered. In order to get to know the water world of the region, boat trips on the Luangwa River are carried out. Exciting animal observations can also be made from the camp and your own chalet. Thus the Luangwa and the nearby waterholes are an important attraction for herds of elephants, giraffes, lions and other wild animals that come here to drink.



Kakuli is an excellently run, small bush camp in which a family atmosphere is prevailing. Its location on the Luangwa River makes it possible to witness spectacular wildlife sightings directly from your own chalet. Of course, these guests experience especially on the excellently guided excursions into the bush of the South Luangwa National Park. Safari tours of several days through the Luangwa Valley are also possible, including walking safaris to sister camps of Kakuli.

It should also be noted that Kakuli is open from January to April during the Green Season, also known as the Secret Season. During this period, the nature of the park shines in a magical splendour, with an exceptionally magnificent flora and fauna. This idyll on the pulsating Luangwa is a real highlight, especially for photography enthusiasts. Environmental and sustainability considerations always take precedence over everything else. We always apply environmentally conscious standards with regard to the construction of the camp, equipment and safari activities.


The South Luangwa National Park offers a variety of wildlife observation opportunities. The area of Kakuli is especially famous for leopard sightings. But also encounters with elephants, lions and hyaenas are very likely to happen. If you're lucky, you'll even spot the rare African wild dogs. Since Kakuli lies directly on the Luangwa River, hippos and crocodiles can also be discovered (and heard) regularly. Also buffalos, zebras, giraffes, baboons, warthogs, various antelopes and an abundance of different birds can cross your way on excursions or bush walks.

A small colony of the colourful bee-eaters is close to the camp depending on the season and can be easily observed from there. Especially interesting: The Crawshay zebra, the Thorneycroft giraffe and Cookson wildebeest are endemic here, so they only occur in the South Luangwa National Park.

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