Introducing Kafunta River Lodge

Ultimate Safari Experience In South Luangwa National Park

Kafunta River Lodge is a classic Zambian safari lodge, combining all the essentials for a great safari, including its spectacular location at the edge of the floodplain. Beyond the plain, lies the Luangwa River – one of the best game viewing areas in the magical South Luangwa National Park. This is indeed the premier park in Zambia and one of the best national parks in all of Africa. The lodge was fully renovated in 2019 and offers a relaxed atmosphere and great attention to details. We love what we do and we can’t wait to share this with you!

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Kafunta is an affordable, friendly lodge, with dedicated staff, many of whom have been there a long time. The food is good, the guiding excellent and the location very attractive. Its recent upgrade has also smartened the main areas and rooms quite significantly. Though it’s larger, and in a potentially busier area, we think it’s a great option combining good guiding and food with value for money.


Key Points

This classical Zambia safari lodge offers all the creature comforts in a wildlife environment and the high standard of personalised service includes attention to the finest of details.

Kafunta River Lodge has 8 private chalets, built on raised wooden platforms under a thatched roof; the mahogany floors and walls give a natural beauty to the luxurious interiors, which are of unmatched standard.

In addition to the 8 private chalets are 2 luxury suites which feature en-suite bathrooms and a viewing deck upstairs.

During your stay at this Zambia safari lodge you will have the chance to visit the local community to find out more about their way of life and culture. The Kuanda people are a friendly and proud people who welcome visitors and are happy to share their culture and traditions.

Your Kafunta River Lodge tour guides will join you on these excursions and will advise you about correct behaviour and courtesy.

You can visit the villages and market on the way to the National Park or airport or you might want to spend an evening in the village and take part in mouthwatering meals and traditional dancing.

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Map & Activities

Set on the banks of the Luangwa River, Kafunta River Lodge has 8 attractive thatched chalets and 2 luxury suites overlooking the South Luangwa National Park.

Kafunta River Lodge is set in riverside forest on the banks of the Luangwa River, overlooking the South Luangwa National Park. Kafunta River Lodge’s accommodation is of the highest standard in the valley.

Relax on the private veranda and allow your senses to appreciate the surroundings. Observe Elephant crossing the river and Giraffe browsing.

Kafunta River Lodge offers game drives, walking safaris and night drives to discover the abundant wildlife; accompanied by guides.

Game Drives

South Luangwa National Park is set in an area that offers superb game viewing in specialised safari vehicles are the ideal way to discover the National Park during your Zambia safari. An early morning game drive will give you the chance to experience the awakening of the African bush with its great diversity. The cooler morning hours are a good time to see the animals’ morning activities. Enjoy refreshments as you witness the African sunset on your late afternoon drive. As you continue your excursion, observe the activities of the nocturnal animals.

Walking Safaris

The walking trails are a great opportunity to be at one with nature. Your qualified, experienced safari guides and armed National Park rangers will escort you safely into the wild African Bush, where you will have unforgettable wildlife encounters.

The Luangwa Valley is one of the few places in Africa where it is possible to walk amongst wildlife in true wilderness. During the walking safaris the guides will have a chance to explain the little details of the bush, spoor, vegetation and the ecology, which will be an unmatched wildlife experience.

Cultural Experiences

During your stay you have the chance to visit the local community to find out more about their way of life and culture. The Kuanda people are a friendly and proud people who welcome visitors and are happy to share their culture and traditions.

Wellness Spa

Guests can also enjoy relaxing spa treatments at Kafunta Natural Touch Wellness Hideout. This little hut is tucked away in a private corner of Kafunta River Lodge and offers guests stunning views of the plain.

Kafunta River Lodge has its own pontoon 5 minutes from the lodge. The adventurous crossing takes you into the more remote areas of the Park – an alternative to the main gate 10km (game driving) north of the Lodge.

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