Kafunta River Lodge

A friendly, owner-run safari lodge overlooking South Luangwa National Park offering all the creature comforts and excellent value for money.

Deck and firepit at Kafunta River Lodge, South Luangwa, Zambia

Kafunta River Lodge

A friendly, owner-run safari lodge overlooking South Luangwa National Park offering all the creature comforts and excellent value for money.

Deck and firepit at Kafunta River Lodge, South Luangwa, Zambia

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South Luangwa National Park Zambia

  • Exciting safari drives and walks in South Luangwa
  • Dine on the deck overlooking a waterhole
  • Watch birds from the hide
  • Relax with spa treatments

Kafunta River Lodge is set in a 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 luxury suites that can be converted into triples or quadruples for families. They have steps leading up to a high-level viewing deck where you can sleep under the stars. The larger bathroom has a stand-alone bathtub. All rooms have a minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, electric fans and en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water.

The spacious lounge bar and dining area form 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 live here much of the year. They also have a great team working with them, many of them drawn from local communities near the lodge.

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Client Rating for Zambia 5/5 from 53 reviews

Superb - beautiful lodge, beautiful staff and fabulous food - especially the lunches! The attention to detail was second to none. It was such a relaxing place - even though the safari experience is really full-on.

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Kafunta River Lodge

Deck and firepit at Kafunta River Lodge, South Luangwa, Zambia

A friendly, owner-run safari lodge overlooking South Luangwa National Park offering all the creature comforts and excellent value for money.

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