Kafunta Safaris - Kafunta River Lodge

South Luangwa

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. The lodge was fully renovated in 2019 and offers a relaxed atmosphere and great attention to detail.

Next to the bar is our infinity pool and the only natural hot tub in the Luangwa Valley, fed from a natural geothermal source on Kafunta’s grounds.  Each of the luxury private chalets, the main lounge and the dining decks overlook the game-rich floodplain.The floodplain and waterhole in front of the lounge is a haven for all sorts of animals. Be it a family of elephants, a few giraffes, an inquisitive puku, a discreet water-monitor lizard, a couple of saddle-billed storks or the resident fish eagle, there is always something to observe. The photographic hide is the perfect place to photograph these daily visitors.

Kafunta Safaris has two other camps in the Southern Sector of the Park - Island Bush Camp and Three Rivers.

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Kafunta Safaris - Kafunta River Lodge

The lodge is located on the edge of a game rich flood plain in the central area of South Luangwa, about 45 minutes drive from Mfuwe Airport. The lodge is about 10 km south of the main park gate (a pontoon gives direct access to the park from May until November).
Access into Mfuwe Airport is either via scheduled flight from Lusaka on Proflight, direct flight from Jeki or Royal during the peak season or via scheduled flight on Ulendo Air from Lilongwe. Charter flights can also be organised.


There are 8 Standard Thatched Chalets on Stilts and 2 Thatched Suites with a Mezzanine Floor sleeping a Family of 4.

Room features include:
Private wooden decks overlooking the Kafue River
En-suite bathrooms with twin basins and shower. The Suites have a separate bathtub
Walk in mosquito nets
Ceiling Fans
Tea/coffee facilities and table fridge


Suite Exterior Suite Interior Suite Mezzanine Floor Suite Bathroom Standard Chalet Deck Standard Chalet Bedroom View Standard Chalet Bedroom Standard Chalet Bathroom

Infinity pool, natural hot spring tub and large deck overlooking the lagoon and plains
Spa and fitness room
Gift shop
Photographic hide under the main deck, facing  the plains and lagoon
Spacious and comfortable lounge, bar and multiple dining decks

Main Area Fire Deck Deck and Lounge Photographic Hide Hot Tub Spa Fitness Room Swimming Pool

Inclusive Morning and afternoon (and night) game drives, bush walks, all day drives, visit to Mfuwe village

Extra – Private vehicle and guide

Using the Pontoon to cross into the park Elephant Walking Safari Walking Safari Leopard Game Drive Lion Wild Dog

Children aged 6 years and older are welcome at the Lodge.
The Suites can be booked for families and beds made up on the Mezzanine Floor for children

Open from the 1st April until 5th January each year.

Kafunta Safaris is a founding and active members of Project Luangwa which supports dozens of schools and sponsors over 170 students, organises gender programs as well as a visitor & craft workshop offering opportunities to local artisans.

Kafunta Safaris supports Conservation South Luangwa which focuses on anti-poaching measures and surveillance (including a canine unit) and human-wildlife conflict mitigation

In addition to the schools supported through Project Luangwa, Kafunta Safaris personally supports the very remote Malama Community and has renovated its basic school buildings in 2020.

Chipembele Girls Club Project Luangwa - Education Conservation South Luangwa

The camp is run on mains electricity with a backup generator.

There is WiFi at the main lounge area

Additionally, complimentary refillable water bottles as a gift upon arrival, to reduce the use of plastic bottles

Complimentary daily laundry

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