Getting to Kaingu Campsites:
In 2013 the ‘spinal road’ through the park was completed, this means that 99% of our lodge guests come this way and take a boat transfer to the lodge. Now in 2014 the D769 (Itezhi Tezhi road) is being rehabilitated to asphalt standard! This is absolutely fantastic news for campers who obviously cannot use the spinal road and leave their vehicles at our car park in the National Park. Work on the D769 has started and grading is progressing really well. Already the journey to the lodge has benefited massively.The ‘river road’ is a scenic track which basically runs from Itezhi Tezhi town up the side of the river, past Kaingu and on to Mu-fungata and eventually Mukambi Lodge. This track was traditionally maintained by commercial hunters, and with the demise of hunting this track has not been maintained for two years. We have taken a decision (in light of the D769 being upgraded) to focus on our access from there and the spinal road in the park (mostly lodge guests) and therefore we are currently not recommending use of the river road if you want as smooth a drive as possible. It is quite passable in the drier months, but very rough going in places.If you require directions from any other routes then please consult the directions page on our website:http://kaingu-lodge.com/getting-to-kaingu-safari-lodge-in-zambia/Directions from Lusaka via the Itezhi Tezhi Road:Travelling time about 5 ½ 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 hours.
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.