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Jul 2nd, 2009, 11:46 PM
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Kaingo - South Luangwa

Hi all, has anyone been to Kaingo recently? I have done a search and no one has written much about them since 2007. Also, how is Puku Ridge going since it was bought by Sanctuary?

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Jul 17th, 2009, 03:29 PM
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I went there in October for the second time in five years. I love it - great camp, amazing sightings and it is small. Be sure to do the walking safaris...you'll see everything!
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Jul 18th, 2009, 08:24 PM
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thanks melissaom, i was there in 2006 and LOVED the place so much. Just loved the location, walks, food, people. Have you posted any photo's from your visit, if so can i have the link to check them out?

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Jul 19th, 2009, 08:26 PM
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We were there in October 2008. Very enjoyable. ask for guide Meeham/meeyam.. will always show you a leopard.

Also stayed at Kafunta for 5 days. thats also very good but meals are a bit monotonous. Guides are very good. rec Charles and Josephette.

The place we liked most was Flatdogs, very close to the park gate and dont waste one hour or longer to drive upto the entry gate.
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Jul 20th, 2009, 12:20 PM
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I'd go in Sept to Kaingo for the carmine bee eater hide.

Ulinda7, either here or in a new thread or email me more about Flatdogs. I am especially interested in the number of people in the vehicle and on walks. Plus anything else you thought was interesting, photos, etc.
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Jul 20th, 2009, 02:25 PM
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I can only comment on Puku Ridge which I visited mid Nov 2008.
It's a fabulous camp: Huge tents very comfortably furnished. Great mess area, wonderful meals and very good game drives - but lack of big cats at the time when I visited.
I loved the camp!

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Jul 20th, 2009, 02:27 PM
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I should add: During/after the rains Puku faces towards a very big "lake" which must be wonderful.
In Nov 2008 the lake was empfty and pukus and other plains game was grazing there.

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Jul 21st, 2009, 02:39 AM
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Hi Msaada
My wife and I spent 8 nights at Kaingo & 5 at Tafika ib Sept 2007. And can highly recommend both. As atravelynn mentioned the Carmine Bee Eater & Hippo hides @ Kaingo a must!
Check out my images here:
http://africaddict.smugmug.com/galle...31346143_Apo5c

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Jul 24th, 2009, 06:46 PM
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Hi Msaada- Kiango is fantastic, as is its' sister camp Mwumba- do time in each if you can. We had Mayem as our guide at Mwumba who did find us leopard but more especially hyena cubs who, by their curiosity about the vehicle, had clearly not come across one before.
Patrick at Kiango is exceptional. We were lucky enough to have him all to ourselves in August last year because the only other party in camp had booked a private vehicle which just left him and us. Bliss More lion than you need, 6 leopard, 11 elephant shrew, genets, civets, Pel's fishing owl. He called a pearl-spotted owl out of the trees for a better photo opportunity.
We were too early for the bee eaters but did visit the hippo hide. 115 hippos viewed from almost the water line- unforgettable!
The camps are remote and you won't see too many other vehicles which can be a problem staying closer to the park gate. Food was fresh, grown locally and very good.
I'll never forget the hyena just outside my hut at two in the morning who came up to the hut wall sniffing, sniffing and bobbing his head before he went to sleep in the grass a couple of metres away. Or waking that morning to the soft 'tom-tom' sound of ground hornbills. Magic!
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