Kapishya Hot Springs | Established Campground

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Last Visited: 7 months ago
GPS: -11.169517, 31.600150
Altitude: 0.0 masl
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Electricity: Yes - Not at Sites
Wifi: Yes - Slow
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: Yes
Showers: Hot
Water: Natural Source
Toilets: Running Water
Big Rig Friendly: Yes
Tent Friendly: Yes
Pet Friendly: Yes
Sanitation Dump Station: Unknown

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Pretty campsite near the hot springs. Flushing toilets and hot showers (donkey boiler). Bar and restaurant at main lodge. Very expensive drinks and food: full english breakfast US$26 per person! Beers and other drinks also overpriced. Paid internet. Cost: US$20 pppn. Power at US$5 per night.


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Wonderful place. All is very expensive. 20 US-DOLLARS ppn for camping. Elektricity 5 US-DOLLARS. Bad gravel road 30 km from the Great North Road.

From northeastern road down a sand track, on occasion a little eroded. About 1 hour 1 way.

Camping 20 usd, EXclusive wifi (50k pro day) or power (5 usd pro day), no trash bins on camping, no compost, no toiletpaper.
Camping bends down onto the river, grassy spots and spots under trees. Toilets, showers (2 little hooks on doors that don’t shut, no bench, your stuff will get wet) and 1 ablution bin without stop for about 10 spots, close together. Lights in common parts work sometimes.

Activities, two short selfguided walking trails, hot pool, rafting and a visit to the manor at 20usd pp 20 km from he camping one way. Also some rock art, guided.

Set 3 meal dinner at 20usd or 300k, drinks in the 25-40k range, slice of cake 50k, caffetiere for 2 50k to give some ideas on the pricing here.

Obviously you will not find much similar around so is a nice enough spot but price value wise preferred mutinondo or pioneer camp lusaka way better in facilities and far less pricy!!
Stay on your way from to TZ Malawi when highly convenient.

Beautiful place. Ok, 20US pppn for camping is not cheap, but for me it's worth it. Everything is very well maintained and built with love. The hot springs are great after hiking.

We started our drive in Mfuwe (South Luangwa NP) and took the „05“ trough the Park heading north with two cars (highly recommended in case of a break down). The road was dry and we had no problems to reach the base of the Muchinga escarpement, where „the climb“ begins. A very steep and rocky road. 4x4 experience is recommended and a reliable 4WD car with low range and diff lock. The road from the northern Gate to the Great North is under construction, so it takes a bit of time to the Great North. From Muchinga (where you access the Great North, over Mpika to Kakalantekwe (turn off to the D53 and Kapishya) the road is fine. After Kapishya we drove the D53 to the west (Tukapi). The whole D53 is as described from the other overlanders. It could need some maintanance.

The campsite at the Hot Springs is in an average condition. Hot showers, power point and firewood is available. One nice spot at the rivers edge. There are only a few spots with a flat underground for roof top tents, so we took the campsites right next to the ablution facilities (no problem if you are the only campers, otherwise...). Wifi is available at the restaurant / pool deck on extra costs. Mark and Melanie are nice hosts and they join you for dinner if you eat at the restaurant, what we enjoyed very much (although the prices could be a bit less expensive).
A very nice location to relax at the Hot Springs or at the pool with some cold beers for a couple of days after an intense 4x4 drive.

Nice to visit for a day. Day trip is 100kpp. Opening hours are 10.00 to 18.00 hour. Its wonderful to have such a beautiful, nice and warm bath. Good for the body and mind :)) We skipped the campsite and drove in a day from Mpika and back. Good doable.

2 Persons 1 Rooftent

20$ p/p
new ablutions at the campsite.
Hot springs are great.
especially in the evening when its dark
(lights are there)
good food (vegeterian burger!!)

Very nice place with good fasilities. The 30km dirt road is bad however and it is expensive.

Lovely food and a very nice family perfect big lodges it is recommended to wake up early to go to the hot springs

As described by others. Most campsites have power, but it's at an additional US$5 per day. Bring your solar panel!
The 2nd day (Sunday) was spoiled by noisy and drunk day visitors (2nd time this happened to us here on a weekend). Mark (owner) says he will ban them. Time will tell.

Camping now 20$ pppn. Overpriced. Ablutions basic. WiFi 100 Kw per day, ridiculous. Food and drinks very expensive. Only 2 campsites on the river. Lodge very nice in lush tropical garden. Swimming pool (campers have to ask special permission to use it haha ridiculous if you already pay 20$). Hot springs not special I thought, was tired of it after an hour. Nice place but not worth 20$ to sleep in my own car, bring all your food if you don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars per day. Nobody here today, had the place all to myself!

with 15Us $ highly overpriced. they say the spend 10000Us $ to provide electricity at campsites. Wifi costs 100zkw per day. Anyway the hotspring is the same and nice.

Camping $15pppn, hot springs are awesome.
Camping areas have braais and some shelters, and you can purchase sausage braai packs, eggs, milk etc from the lodge.

Kapishya Hot Springs (33 km gravel off the Great North Road). Camping is 15 USD pppn. You pay additional for WIFI at Reception – 10 USD for 24 hours, with good speed. Camping site is next to the river and overall it is a nice setting. No electricity at campsite. The natural hot spring is by far the main attraction. Made our own food at the campsite so cannot comment on the restaurant and bar prices..

Mark the owner was amazing at assisting with my vehicle problems. He has a pit and a mechanic and spares for mt Toyota Hilux were obtained from a village 120km's away.
The campsite is also great on the banks of the river and the Hot Spring is a real treat with clear hot 40 deg water without any sulphur smell. We also used a chalet on one night. One has to remember that all supplies are brought in by road adding an element of additional costs to the bottom line.

Access road from Kasama/Mbala road is good gravel, 2wd ok even after the rains. The road to Shiwa is a bit less good but still 2wd passable.
Campsite itself is currenty a bit soggy, pitch by the river is questionable due to rising water level.
Ablutions are dreary. No loo roll supplied. Lots of night flying insects.
Water on the campsite is from the river - too murky for my liking to put in the tank (the rains are still continuing).
Hot springs are gorgeous.
The main menu is expensive but bar meals at 50 to 80 KW are available too.
Excellent ham, bacon, sausages, eggs and bread available to purchase.
No MTN signal but Airtel is strong.

place is as described. no electricity in the camp site. access road is really not bad compared to other gravel roads so not sure what people arw complaining about - and we drive a VW Beetle...
bush mozzies are active during the day so take enough insect repellent. owner is friendly

The campsite overall is ok but a bit pricy. The best spot is the one next to the river. You have a fireplace but the bomas are so tiny you cannot really use them. Ablutions with donkey showers are ok but nothing more. I still think it is worth to spend a night or two and enjoy the hot springs. If you are in for a treat go to the restaurant. The food is expensive but awesome.

A wonderful place! We loved it. We paid 15$ pppn.

On arrival here after driving around 20 kms on in places a badly maintained and corrugated gravel and murram road we enquired about camping costs and were told it was 15 USD pppn. This was acceptable and we went to have a quick look at the campsite and on returning to reception to pay for one night camping we were ready to pay the 30 USD. However, we like to keep records of everywhere we stay and asked for a receipt for the 30 USD. There was quite a delay after which the receptionist produced a card telling us, but no, it would be more than this as the bed levy was not included. We questioned this as we felt that this should have been mentioned at the outset. Another guy arrived and we told him that we were none too happy about the price changing after asking for a receipt. His comment: “That´s the way it´s done here” which we know is just not true. Following our sentiments about the state of the access road to Kapishya he also made a somewhat stupid remark that “didn´t overlanders like us enjoy driving on badly maintained roads” or words to that effect. We don´t know any who do! The campsite may indeed not be solely responsible for maintenance of that access road, but in our view if they want visitors to come and stay at their place a total of over 30kms from the main Great North Road they surely should make some effort to cooperate with, and if needs be contribute to the costs incurred by the local council or whoever is responsible for road maintenance around there. From the state of the road it would seem that they are not doing so. It is worth noting that as we elected not to stay at Kapishya due to the foregoing on the way back to Shiwa Ngandu on the badly corrugated sections of the road our vehicle suffered damage to its gearbox selector linkages resulting in us being reduced to only two forward gears and no reverse. Fortunately, we were able to get this rectified by the very helpful and competent mechanic at Shiwa House whose owners Jo and Charlie Harvey very kindly allowed us to sleep in our vehicle on their grass and use one of their room´s shower and toilet, went out of their way to assist and even asked us to join them for drinks and a braai.
As tourism in many parts of southern Africa appears to be suffering some substantial downturns on previous year´s figures one would imagine those in the hospitality industry in the region would be looking for possible reasons for this. Could it be that one of them could be that of ease of access to tourism spots, especially those targeting overlanders and others wanting to camp and be exposed to the outdoors in all its facets? As Kapishya when we dropped in appeared to have no visitors staying that night maybe, just maybe, they need to look at how straightforward vehicle access for visitors to their facility really is……

Stunning campsite, and friendly owner. Hot showers and flush toilets right on the river with access to the most divine hot spring ever!! US 15 pppn, but we didn't go to the bar!

We liked this place a lot and stayed 2 nights on our pitch right by the river. The bar and restaurant is expensive but if you don't like the prices then don't go in that part. Likewise if you think 15USD pppn is too much then go somewhere else - for me this was good value. Nice deck by pool over looking fast flowing river where you can have your (purchased) sundowner. Friendly staff and spoke to Mark who is part of the nearby (35 mins on dirt track) Shiwa Ng'andu dynasty. Plenty of hot water from wood fired boiler even with 18 campers on site. Good stop-over and there is nothing else in the area that we would go to. The Shiwa Ng'andu house tour is poorly signed, organised and delivered which is a shame as there is so much history there.

Beautiful camp. Much too expensive 150ZKW pppn! Hotsprings nice. Lots of birds. Right on river. No toilet paper. Nice hot showers. Peaceful and quiet.

site was nice and hot springs were lovely. clean toilets (no toilet paper), hot showers. $15ppn overpriced. food and drink were extortionate ($26 for full English breakfast??) so bring your own. the owners/staff could have been more helpful/friendly

Lovely campsite!! More expensive than the going rate but to us it was worth it. The hot springs are so nice to swim in and the campsites are well equipped with fire pits / braai stands looking out onto the river. Food and drink is expensive so come self sufficient if you want to save money. Owner was nice when we visited, even gave us free coffee and laundry for the new year! No wi-fi when we visited however...

Nice campsite at river separate from the lodge. Welcome was rude which is very unprofessional for an established place like this. The hot springs themselves are very nice especially in the morning when steam rises of them. Pitches have small thatched sun shades and braai stands. Ablutions are good but as mentioned earlier no toilet paper. We had two camping chairs stolen from us while being on lunch but it didn't seem to be a common occurance. We recommend not to park at the river on the left as whoever took them could approach unnoticed through the bush. Not much reaction from management on the matter. Still a nice place because of the well kept lodge area and hot springs. 15US$ pp

Beautiful campsite with clean facilities and trees for shade. The manager is very welcoming and we had a great evening at the bar.
The hot springs are incredible.

Very expensive place, campsite 15USD ppn.
Wi-Fi for 25kwacha per 30min if it's working.
No credit card facility.
But good place to have a rest, hiking and hot springs...

Campsite is very nice, at the river. No power, you have to ask for toilet paper. Hot water (donkey). Internet 2,5 USD/30 minutes. Dinner at restaurant 30 USD (3 course meal). Cheaper options available. Food is good! The owners are quite grumpy and not very welcoming. Good hiking in the area.

Pretty campsite near the hot springs. Lady manager was very grumpy and very uninviting. Flushing toilets and hot showers (donkey boiler). Bar and restaurant at main lodge. Very expensive drinks and food: full english breakfast US$20 per person! Beers and other drinks also overpriced. Paid internet.