at KuKaya
13 July 2024
lions with porcupine kill, hyena, giraffe, crocodiles, elephants, buffalo
12 July 2024
lions with porcupine kill, giraffe, buffalo herd, elephants, genet, bushy-tailed mongoose
11 July 2024
leopard with waterbuck kill, hyena, elephants, giraffe, kudu, buffalo herd
10 July 2024
6 lions, elephants, kudu, buffalo, leopard, Pel's fishing owl


A unique lodge that redefines the safari experience, KuKaya gives you the freedom of choice to design your own private safari.


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

KuKaya has six beautiful and very spacious tented thatched chalets (5 doubles and one single), all with additional sleeping space available. Each chalet has outdoor en-suite bathrooms, a comfortable living and dining area, and a deck, as well as a  private plunge pool and firepit 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 private game drives and walking safaris, 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, enjoy all game drives and activities on a private basis.

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.

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 Boma and Deli
Laundry: limited
Hairdryers: yes
Air con: yes; plus floor and ceiling fans in all rooms
Mosquito nets: yes