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Kafunta River Lodge

Luangwa Valley

Rating: Deluxe    

Kafunta River Lodge overview

Kafunta River Lodge is set in riverside forest on the banks of the Luangwa River, overlooking the South Luangwa National Park. This safari lodge offers all the creature comforts in a pristine wildlife environment, along with a high standard of personal service and great attention to detail.

Great game viewing and bird watching from the lodge is pretty well guaranteed. The park is home to over 420 species of birds and over 60 species of mammals. It is renowned for its high population of leopards, elephants, hippos and crocodiles.

The eight guest chalets are built on raised wooden decks beneath a high thatched roof. Each has a private verandah with stunning views. There are also two larger ground floor suites which can be converted into triples for families. They have steps leading up to a high level viewing deck. All rooms have a mini bar, tea and coffee making facilities, electric fans and en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water.

The spacious lounge-bar and dining area forms the heart of the lodge. It leads out to a large deck shaded by a mango tree, and a sunken firepit surrounded by cushioned seating. From here you'll get panoramic views over the Luangwa River. Out here you'll also find the inviting infinity pool and the special hot tub, the only natural hot spring tub in the Luangwa Valley! A little further away is the secluded wellness hideout where you can relax with massages and other therapeutic treatments.

Kafunta is one of the few owner-run lodges in South Luangwa. Ron and Anke Cowan and their son Luke live here most of the year. They also have a great team working with them, many fo them drawn from local communities near the lodge.


Open: All year.
Location: Kafunta River Lodge is set in riverside forest on the banks of the Luangwa River, overlooking the South Luangwa National Park. 
Rooms: 8 en-suite chalets and 2 suites all with minibar/fridges, coffee makers,ceiling fans and each with a private verandah. Suites have larger bathrooms and upstairs viewing verandas.
Activities: Game drives (day and night), walking safaris, bird watching safaris.
Facilities: There is a bar area, with lounge and outside and inside dining area, a lovely infinity pool and nearby is a natural hot tub, heated by local spring water. There is a wellness hideout offering a range of treatments and massages. The camp fire it lit each evening, where guests congregate to share stories and a drink with the guides.
Dining: Indoor and Outdoor Dining. Meals are served after around 8pm, Four courses served on the decking area.
Children: Children ages 6 and over are welcomed at Kafunta.  As the camp is unfenced, children need to be supervised at all times.
Health: This is a malarial area.

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client reviews

Mr Stephen Rayner

"the lodges are in fantastic location with animals in touching distance coming to drink in front of the lodges. a added treat having lunch up the tree balcony with lovely views of the area while your enjoying lunch .. "

Catherine Frenzel
"Very comfortable"
Kathryn Hudson
"Very friendly - couldn't ask for more. Great to have the views over the watering hole during siesta time."
Suzanne Higginbotham
"I can't speak highly enough of this Lodge. Everything is perfect and the staff are exceptional. The manager, Mario has the ability to make everyone feel very special and nothing is too much trouble The local staff are wonderful - very welcoming and full of smiles. We loved every minute of our stay and were very sad to leave!"
David Kennedy
"Our third visit which says it all!"

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