L. Zambezi River
(8 tented rooms, camping) Karibu Safari, PO Box 35196, Northway, 4065 Durban, South Africa; tel: +27 31 563 9774; fax: +27 31 563 1957; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.karibu.co.za or www.kiambi.co.za
Clearly signposted 12km from the Kafue pontoon, Lower Zambezi River Camp is close to the village, and is the first lodge that you come to en route to the national park; for those travelling by boat, it's just five minutes from the pontoon. Formerly called Kiambi, and still owned by Karibu Safari, it is set at the confluence of the Zambezi and Kafue rivers with views across to Kanyemba Island. Not surprisingly, with relatively easy access and reasonable rates, the camp is particularly popular with weekenders and can get very busy.
The camp's accommodation is in furnished Meru tents on wooden platforms, three of which have a view over the river. Each has green netting to shade it from the sun and a large veranda with chairs and table at the front. Inside are twin beds and at the back, under the tented roof, is an en-suite shower, toilet and washbasin. Power is supplied by mains electricity. For campers, there's a flat grassy area and an ablution block with reed walls. Although meals are available if requested in advance, most visitors bring their own food, which can be prepared on site by the resident cook. The self-catering kitchen is large, clean and fully equipped, and there's also a braai area. High over the river, next to a young baobab tree, is the lounge/bar, with great views from the terrace; behind is a thatched dining area surrounded by reed walls. There's a small plunge pool nearby, and a little thatched curio shop.
Activities from camp include boat trips in flat-bottomed motorboats with canopies. These hold up to 12 people, plus a driver at the back. Canoeing is also possible if booked in advance, with rates from US$50 for half a day; the camp uses three-man fibreglass Canadian-style canoes, and there is always a river guide at the back of the lead canoe. Fishing boats may also be hired from US$50 per half day.