Getting to Kaingu Safari Lodge in Zambia

KAINGU SAFARI LODGE:

lodgemanager@kaingu-lodge.com

Unsere Lodge liegt im Namwala Tierschutzgebiet entlang eines spektakulären Abschnitts des Kafue Flusses. Der Kafue National Park –  direkt gegenüber der Lodge –  ist nur eine 10-minütige Bootsfahrt entfernt. Er bietet Ihnen ein unvergessliches Naturerlebnis und eine vielfältige Tierwelt.

Anreise

KAINGU SAFARI LODGE:
Kaingu Safari Lodge: 15°17’49.8″ SÜD, 025°58’39.8″ OST
(alle GPS Koordinaten  in Grad, Minuten und Sekunden)

Auf dem Luftweg:
Chunga Airstrip (ganzjähriger Landeplatz, ab April 2016 ist hier Wilddog Air Charters stationiert)

Zusammen mit drei anderen Lodges im Kafue (Mukambi, Konkamoya und Kantunta) hat sich KaingU Safari Lodge dazu entschieden den Luftweg zu Sambia’s größtem Nationalpark flexibler und erschwinglicher zu gestallten und Wilddog Air Charters gegründet. Vergünstigte Flüge werden von Lusaka und Livingstone aus angeboten. Anfragen bitte direkt durch die teilnehmenden Lodges in Verbindung mit einer Unterkunfts-Buchung.

Auf dem Landweg:

Gerne können wir für Sie eine Anreise per Auto oder Intercity-Bus von Lusaka zu uns organisieren.

Für Selbstfahrer hier eine Übersicht der Anreisemöglichkeiten:

von Lusaka via Spinal Road (bei weitem die beste Option, Anreise in nur 4½ Stunden!)

von Lusaka via Itezhi Tezhi Road

von Livingstone via Ngoma

von Itezhi Tezhi

 

BITTE KONTAKTIEREN SIE, UNS WENN SIE DIE ANFAHRTSBESCHREIBUNGEN IN DEUTSCH BENÖTIGEN.

By Air: *

  • Chunga Airstrip (preferred option, all weather strip, seats on Wilddog Air Charters bookable via KaingU)

Fly to Chunga Airstrip in the KNP. Transfer to Lodge via the Spinal road and boat across the Kafue River. This is a spectacular way to start your experience at Kaingu.
Chunga Airstrip: S15°03’15.1” E025°59’08.1”
Flight time from Lusaka: 50-70 minutes
Transfer time: 1 hour

  • Puku Pan Airstrip

Fly to Puku Pan Airstrip in the GMA (between June-October only). Road transfer to lodge.
Puku Pan Airstrip: S15°12’10.9” E025°02’08.6”
Flight time from Lusaka: 50-70 minutes
Transfer time: 45 minutes

By Road – Transfer: *

Transfers by car can be organized by KaingU.  Guests can also elect to go by inter-city bus for the more adventurous and budget friendly option.
Transfers by car: Pick up from any location in Lusaka, exit at Hook Bridge, pick up and transfer by KaingU via the Spinal Road through the KNP and boat across the Kafue River.
Transfers by Intercity-bus from Lusaka Intercity bus terminus; direction Mongu; exit at Hook Bridge; pick up and transfer by KaingU via the Spinal road through the KNP and boat across Kafue River.
Transfer time car / coach: 3 hours
Transfer time car & boat: 1 ½ hours

Total transfer time = 4.5 hours

By Road – Self Drive *

The Lodge can be accessed in the dry season with a 2 WD vehicle but the vehicle must have a high ground clearance. The use of sedan cars is not recommended.
Overview of arrival options for Selfdrivers (amongst others):

A. from Lusaka via Spinal Road (by far the best option, only a 4 hour drive!)
B. from Lusaka via Itezhi Tezhi Road
C. from Livingstone via Ngoma
C1. and from Ngoma via Itezhi Tezhi Road
C2. and from Ngoma via Itezhi Tezhi River Road
C3. and from Ngoma via Spinal Road to the KaingU harbour in the Kafue
National Park
D. from Choma via Namwala and Itezhi Tezhi

A. Directions from Lusaka via the new Spinal Road:
Travelling time: about 5 hours.
This is smoothest option but remember your car is on the other side of the river so you cannot use this route with a roof tent!
With the opening of the Spinal Road in the NP guests can also take this route and leave their vehicle in our car park in the Park and be transferred across the river by boat to the Lodge.
This option needs to be co-ordinated with the Lodge, and Park fees will apply on entrance and exit (currently payable to the lodge)
Kindly note that in the interim you will not find the Spinal Road on most maps or ‘Tracks 4 Africa’.

• Make sure to refuel before you leave Lusaka, as the only possibilities to re-fuel are at Nangoma Mission or Mumbwa. And even then fuel availability is not always guaranteed.
• From Lumumba Road in the Lusaka CBD, take the Great West Road towards Mongu – this is the “Mumbwa Road” (M9).
• 151km from Lusaka, you reach the Mumbwa turn-off. If necessary, go into the town to refuel, otherwise bypass it and continue on the M9. A further 30km on you will pass through the Nalusanga Gate at the entrance of the Kafue National Park.
•Continue for approx 40km past the Itezhi Tezhi turnoff and continue for a further 60km, past Mukambi Lodge and over the Hook Bridge, which crosses over the Kafue River.
• Continue 6.3km on from this bridge to the second turnoff to Chunga, which is signposted as “Chunga 21km”
• Turn left at this turnoff towards Chunga and travel on the gravel road for 14.3km to a major turnoff. Here you will see a large green sign marked “Spinal Road, Ngoma 166km, Musa Gate 170km”
• Take the road to the right marked as above (Ngoma & Musa) to proceed south into the Park. If you find yourself at Chunga (ZAWA Scout Post), turn around and head back the way you came and turn left at the turnoff.
• Travel 32.7km down this road (known as the Spinal Road) to the Kaingu sign on the left (GPS: S15°16’30.8” E25°58’37.9”). Turn left off the road at the sign for Kaingu Safari Lodge and drive along the track for 700m to the carpark. You will see our white Toyota(s) and the friendly face of one of our guides, who will transfer you by boat across to the Lodge. This boat trip takes 10-15 minutes and is free of charge.
Travelling time: about 5 hours.

Please note: the speed limit in the National Park is 40km/hr, the road is not well signposted yet and there are sudden bends and drifts that can catch the unwary or those travelling too fast. There have already been a few minor accidents on the new road this year.

B. Directions from Lusaka via the Itezhi Tezhi Road:
Travelling time about 5 ½ to 6 hours
• Make sure to refuel before you leave Lusaka, as the only possibilities to re-fuel are at Nangoma Mission or Mumbwa. And even then fuel availability is not always guaranteed.
• From Lumumba Road in the Lusaka CBD, take the Great West Road towards Mongu – this is the “Mumbwa Road” (M9).
• 151km from Lusaka, you reach the Mumbwa turn-off. If necessary, go into the town to refuel, otherwise bypass it and continue on the M9. A further 30km on you will pass through the Nalusanga Gate at the entrance of the Kafue National Park.
• At the 220km mark of the M9 (GPS: S14°58’16.4” E26°27’04.4”) turn left (south) onto the Itezhi-Tezhi road.
• After ±50km on this road, you reach the ZAWA Mweengwa Wildlife Check Point (GPS: S15°16’32.3” E26°14’56.7”). 3km further on from this point (GPS: S15°17’56.0” E26°14’09.2”) turn right (West) at the KaingU Lodge/Puku Pans signs.
• Travel 25km along a bush track to the next KaingU Lodge sign (GPS: S15°12’02.1” E026°04’18.6”) and turn left (South). Continue on for ±18km, crossing the Mweengwa Pole Bridge and follow the signs into the KaingU Lodge camp.
It is recommended not to travel faster than 30-35km per hour on these bush tracks due to rocks and stumps in places close to the edge of the road. At the tsetse control point stop for 5 minutes. Then spray under the wheel arches of your vehicle in short bursts with the spray can provided.
Travelling time about 5 ½ to 6 hours

C. Self-drive directions from Livingstone

Travelling time about 12 hours (make a break at Nanzhila, Choma orItezhi Tezhi)
Do not attempt without lots of fuel, a high clearance 4×4 with low range and a sense of adventure and humour!
• From Livingstone, take the T1 towards Lusaka.
• At Kalomo town (124km) (GPS: S17°01’45.6” E026°29’24.7”) turn northwards towards the Dundumwense entrance gate of the Kafue National Park. This is ±70km from Kalomo.
Note!! Re-fuel at Kalomo as this is the last reliable fuel stop!
• From Dundumwenzi, take the road to Ngoma, the southern HQ of the Kafue National Park.
You will travel through the Nanzhila Plains along the “Cordon Road” (further west) or the Kalenje Road (eastern track) depending on the season and road conditions. Ask for information on specific directions and conditions at the entrance gate to the Park.
Three Options:

C 1) from Ngoma via Itezhi-Tezhi road
• From Ngoma, proceed to Itezhi-Tezhi, passing the Musungwa and New Kalala Lodges enroute (±22km).

• From Itezhi-Tezhi, travel north for ±60km to the Kaingu Safari Lodge sign (GPS: S15°17’56.0” E26°14’09.2”) and turn left (west) onto the bush track. Proceed to the next KaingU Lodge sign ±25km further on (GPS: S15°12’02.1” E026°04’18.6”) and turn left (south). Continue on for ±18km, crossing the Mweengwa Pole Bridge and follow the signs into the KaingU Safari Lodge camp.

Travelling time: about 8 hours depending on current road conditions.

C2) from Ngoma via Itezhi-Tezhi and the River Road
For 4×4’s only and only in the dry season (May to November) is this an alternative route through the villages and bush leading directly to the KaingU Lodge camp.
• From Ngoma, proceed to Itezhi-Tezhi, passing the Musungwa and New Kalala Lodges enroute (±22km).
• From Itezhi-Tezhi travel ±10km to Kanzwa; a village comprising a couple of shops on the roadside.
• ±3km past Kanzwa, turn left (West) at the Bushinga School/KaingU Lodge signs (GPS: S15°36’00.3” E26°05’11.2”).
• Follow the most well used track and the KaingU Lodge signs for ±45km to KaingU Safari Lodge, asking for directions en-route. Note: tracks slightly change over the season, do not attempt this route without ‘Tracks 4 Africa’ (GPS map) to which you can refer to. Have fun!!

C3) from Ngoma via the Spinal Road to KaingU harbour in the Kafue National
Attention:
You will arrive about 500 meter north and on the opposite side of the river to our Lodge; there is no pontoon but you can park your car safely at our car park at the harbour (therefore it is not possible to use this route if you are coming to our private camp-site with a roof top tent and lots of camping equipment); kindly note that in the interim you will not find the Spinal Road on most maps or ‘Tracks 4 Africa’. Before taking this route you have to contact us with an estimated time of arrival so we arrange your pick up by boat; the ETA must not be after 5pm as boating in the dark is not advisable.

• From Ngoma it is about 130km to our turn off (GPS 15°16’30.8”S ; 25°58’37.9”E) and car park
• From Ngoma, proceed North towards Lake Itezhi Tezhi
• Follow the road heading West around the lake, passing the sign for Hippo Camp,
• Follow the road heading north until you have reached our turn off on your right; there is a little sign for Kaingu;
• Turn right and follow the bushtrack for 700 meter to our carpark & harbour (GPS 15°16’31.05”S ; 25°58’37.23”E) where you will meet our guide and cross to the lodge by boat.

D. Self-drive directions from Choma through Namwala
Attention:
For 4x4s with high clearance only and only in the dry season (June – October); do not attempt this route without ‘Tracks 4 Africa’ (GPS map); involves a pontoon crossing;
• follow the road signs from Choma to Namwala; this road is tarred and in good condition
• after this you have to cover a heavily washed out track to the pontoon (±10km; about 1hour drive);
• from the pontoon use the most used track heading West to Itezhi Tezhi town
• continue to Kaingu via the Itezhi Tezhi Road or the River Road or via the Spinal Road

Map of the Kafue and directions to KaingU

Our Lodge is situated in the Namwala Game Management Area (GMA) on a spectacular and remote stretch of the Kafue River. The Kafue National Park, just opposite the lodge and only a 10 minute boat trip away, offers abundant game viewing.

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