A unique lodge that redefines the safari experience, KuKaya gives you the freedom of choice to design your own timetable with flexible activity and dining options.


KuKaya is set in pristine bush overlooking permanent water holes, only 2.5 kilometres from the main gate of the South Luangwa.

KuKaya has five beautiful and very spacious tented thatched chalets (4 doubles and one single), all with additional sleeping space available. Each chalet has an outdoor en-suite bathrooms, a comfortable living and dining area, kitchen, and a deck with an alfresco dining area, as well as a  private plunge pool, firepit, pizza oven and barbeque area to make the most of the alfresco safari lifestyle.


Staying at KuKaya is all about freedom, from choosing your safari activities to flexible dining options. Embark on game drives and walking safaris, shared or private, visit the hide and brush up your photography skills, or simply choose to relax by your private pool, drink in hand, and watch the wildlife go by.

Wildlife Hides
Game drives
Walking Safaris
Private guide & vehicle

Armchair game viewing

Our hides are perfectly positioned to make the most of their surroundings and are the ideal spot to while away an afternoon, watching the wildlife splish and splash nearby.

Exceptional wildlife-viewing

Explore the rich diversity and incredible wildlife of the South Luangwa on a game drive. On four wheels, you’ll cover as much of the region as possible and maximise your game-viewing. At KuKaya, choose whether to join a shared game drive or enjoy your own private guide and vehicle.

Where the walking safari is King

The walking safari was born in the South Luangwa, so it’s only fitting that many of your outings will be on foot with the very finest guides. At KuKaya, choose whether to join a shared walking safari or enjoy your own private guide.

Safari on your on terms

Make the most of your time at KuKaya with a private guide and vehicle and tailor your trip to exactly what you want, when you want to do it.


Electricity: 24 hours mains and generator (220v) for lighting, heating water & battery charging. Wifi is available in all units.
Bathrooms: en-suite with outdoor showers and hot & cold running water.
Main area: The Deli
Laundry: limited
Hairdryers: no
Air con: no; floor and ceiling fans in all rooms
Mosquito nets: yes

The Deli

Visit the Deli and choose from a selection of delicious ready-made meals, fresh salads and snacks for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Then, decide if you would like a private chef and waiter, or to prepare it yourself – the choice is yours!