A camp was first started here by Noman Carr, in 1984, overlooking a wide bend in the Luangwa. In the 1990s it was owned and run by Savannah Trails, but as of 1996, it came under the umbrella of Norman Carr Safaris. Kakuli is the local word for an old buffalo bull which has left the main herd, and by association was also Norman Carr's nickname amongst the local people before he died.
Kakuli Bushcamp is linked to Nsolo camp (10km away) and Luwi camp (20km away) by the seasonal Luwi River, which makes three-day walks between these three sister-camps a very interesting option. The bushcamp was re-designed in 1998 and its reed chalets replaced with large, walk-in tents equipped with simple solar lights. These have an open-roofed, enclosed area at the back, with a toilet, shower and washbasin under the stars. Inside each is a double or twin beds, whilst the veranda at the front, with its canvas chairs and a table, is shaded by a high thatched roof.
The dining-room/bar area is small, simple and comfortable: a thatched, reed-walled structure with one open side, a sprinkling of cushioned chairs and a good bookshelf. The camp seldom takes more than six guests, and it concentrates firmly on walking, though night-drives are possible in the area. A stay here is usually combined with the main Kapani Lodge and sister-bushcamps, Luwi, Nsolo and Mchenja.