KaingU Safari Lodge

Top choice campground, tented camp in Kafue National Park

Set on a magical stretch of the Kafue River, this lodge overlooks a primordial stretch of lush islands among the rapids, with delightful birdwatching. The four tastefully furnished Meru-style tents are raised on rosewood platforms with stone bathrooms and large decks to enjoy the view. There are also three campsites, each with its own well-kept thatch ablution and braai facilities.

Families can opt for the large high-ceilinged two-bedroom chalet with its own kitchen, living room and outdoor shower.

Wildlife drives are done across the river in the park; however, it's the river that's the highlight and two-day to week-long fly-camping canoe (large inflatable ones) safaris are offered. For those not paying all-inclusive rates, activities are US$20 to US$40. While most visitors will get here via Spinal Rd before getting a boat across, contact KaingU for driving directions if you plan on using a roof tent on your vehicle as you'll need to take a different route. Charter flights can land at Chunga, the nearby airstrip.