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Kapani Lodge

Luangwa Valley

Rating: Deluxe    

Kapani Lodge overview

Kapani Lodge is an exclusive lodge on a lagoon just on the outskirts of South Luangwa National Park. It is set on an oxbow lagoon. The word Kapani means 'place of mopane trees'.

The lodge accommodates up to 18 guests. There are 8 standard suites, which feature a lounge with bar 'fridge as well as ensuite bathroom. Walk-in mosquito nets arround the beds and there are overhead fans in the bedrooms. Lagoon House is even more spacious. It overlooks the Kapani Lagoon and is perfect for honeymooners, guests requiring extra privacy or family groups.

The lodge has a central thatched building housing the lounge and library with a bar and dining area on a raised deck overlooking the lagoon. The viewing deck has a telescope to help with birding and game viewing from the lodge. There is a swimming pool at the other end of the lodge gardens to the dining area in a secluded position. Meals are usually served in the open under the shade of trees, on the terrace, the deck or by the pool. Private dinners can be arranged. There is a small gift shop selling books, clothes and local crafts. Kapani Lodge is the home camp of Norman Carr Safaris, one of the pioneer safari companies of Luangwa Valley. Still run by Norman's family, Kapani has excellent guides and vehicles and several seasonal bushcamps deep inside the South Luangwa National Park.

We suggest a tailor made holiday to include some time at both Kapani and the bush camps. Norman Carr was instrumental in setting up walking safaris in Zambia and guided bush walks are offered from Kapani and all of the bush camps, it is possible to actually link up walks between several of the bush camps.


Open: All year. Location: Kapani lodge is located close to the main Mfuwe area of the South Luangwa, just ouside South Luangwa National Park.

Rooms: 8 en-suite chalets all with minibar/fridges, sofa, two easy chairs, large coffee table, ceiling fan, wooden desk and canvas wardrobe with toweling dressing gowns. Lagoon Suite is much larger overlooking the Kapani Lagoon and is perfect for honeymooners, guests requiring extra privacy or family groups.

Activities: 4WD safaris are organised both day and night, but walking safaris can also be requested.

Facilities: There is a Bar area, with lounge and Outside and inside dining area, small gift shop and a large swimming pool.

Dining: 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.

Children: Children of all ages are welcomed at Kapani. As the camp is unfenced, children need to be supervised at all times.

Health: This is a malarial area.

Communication: mobile phone reception around the camp, guests to use their cell phones in their rooms and not the main areas. The lodge also has a telephone that guests can use as well as email facilities.

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client reviews

Marion Watson

"Accommodation was a little down at heel and had poor storage for clothes, though this was very promptly remedied."

Tracy Edwards
"Great managers, great views, great pool which is ideal for families and great food! The best lunch I had on my trip! The views were great from the decking area with plenty of wildlife to spot while enjoying meals."
Amanda Marks
"A short avenue of tall flamboyant trees welcomes you to Kapani Lodge. The grounds are shady thanks to the many trees, and the cottages are nicely spaced throughout the garden. It's a well-heeled safari lodge which is immaculately run by the excllent staff. Either as a base from which to visit Norman Carr Safaris bushcamps, or simply as your main base for a safari in South Luangwa, Kapani will suit lots of people and delight the great majority."
Julie Croucher
"Kapani Lodge used to be my 'neighbours' when I worked in Luangwa Valley so I have fond memories of it - Christina and the team who run it are lovely.  Kapani itself does have a 'lodge' feel because of the chalet style rooms, but they are big and comfy and the setting under the huge trees overlooking a lagoon is fantastic.  The food is superb and it's perfect for families with the pool and large rooms and suites."

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