Accommodating 18 guests, Kapani is a privately owned lodge set on an ox-bow lagoon of the Luangwa River. The lodge is affiliated with Norman Carr, a Zambian legend who pioneered walking safaris here in the 1950s, and the lodge exudes a connection to the wilderness that Mr. Carr so loved. The eight standard suites are constructed in alluring brick and thatch, and each has a bathroom with shower, a lounge area with bar fridge, as well as individual room safes. The ‘Lagoon House’ is designed for families, and has a soothing view of the ox bow lagoon. In addition to coddling you in home style comfort, the lodge is close to the main gate of the South Luangwa National Park, making it a superb launching point for safaris in the area. Game drives and walking safaris (the latter a well-known specialty of this camp) illuminate the rich diversity of species here: lion and leopard are commonly sighted, as are elephant and hippo. The lush riverine landscape also teems with birdlife—there are over 400 species flitting through the landscape, including waterfowl. Dining is al fresco, with dinner taken on the terrace and brunch on a shady platform overlooking the lagoon. There is also a small gift shop offering books and local crafts as well as a secluded swimming pool at the far end of camp.