To get to Kapani turn left just before the Mfuwe bridge, and it's well signposted on the right about 3km after that junction. The lodge overlooks a beautiful old lagoon, within Lupande Game Management Area, just south of the main Luangwa River – thus ensuring that changes in the river's course won't wash away its bank.
Founded by the late Norman Carr, the present camp was built as recently as 1986 (and completely refurbished in 2004), though Kapani's quality accommodation still feels reliably solid. The large brick rooms have thatched roofs, heavy wooden furniture and cool tiles on the floor. Mains electricity powers efficient (and quiet) ceiling fans, sensibly placed within the walk-in mosquito nets surrounding the beds. The rooms are big, and each includes a separate sitting area with large, mosquito-netted windows overlooking a lagoon, and its own small drinks fridge. They are amongst the most spacious and comfortable of the Valley's smaller camps.
Central to Kapani is its lounge and bar area, containing a bookshelf of local interest surrounded by pictures of the area in former times, including some of Norman and his children when young. (A few of Norman's extended family are still involved with the safari operation.) There's a dining room under thatch by the lagoon and a wooden deck over the water, which is often used as a venue for breakfast. The food here is consistently good. Rates include good house wines, as is the norm for most camps in the Valley, but Kapani also has a modest wine cellar with a selection of fine vintage wines (available at extra cost).
Activities from here involve game drives into the park, or occasional walks if requested. The guiding is well up to the Valley's high standards; Kapani is notable for having several excellent and long-serving Zambian guides from the local community who were originally trained by Norman Carr. It also acts as base camp for four small, satellite walking camps – Luwi, Nsolo, Kakuli and Mchenja. Together the five make a fine combination: usually staying at Kapani for the first few nights (and possibly also for the last night) and then a combination of the walking camps.