Kafunta Safaris

Kafunta River Lodge: A Classic Safari Experience in South Luangwa National Park

Located on the edge of South Luangwa National Park in the central Luangwa region, Kafunta River Lodge is a quintessential safari lodge offering a true ‘childhood Africa dream’ experience. Overlooking a vast floodplain of the Luangwa River, Kafunta combines professional service with a warm and relaxing atmosphere.

Immersive Wildlife Experience: During the day, explore some of Africa’s richest wildlife areas. Hippos grunting, elephants bathing, and birds chirping are all at your doorstep. The flexible and hospitable staff at Kafunta are dedicated to fulfilling your safari dreams, even if it means tracking wild dogs or lions for hours to ensure memorable wildlife encounters.

Spectacular Views and Accommodations: The dining area provides stunning vistas where you can observe hippos, giraffes, zebras, impalas, crocodiles, and a wide variety of birds throughout the day. The lodge accommodates up to twenty guests in ten thatched chalets, each raised on wooden platforms. Tastefully decorated with African style and charm, the standard chalets are spacious and delightful, while the luxury chalets feature an upstairs viewing verandah and luxurious bathroom. Each chalet includes:

  • En-suite facilities with hot and cold running water
  • Mosquito nets
  • Electric fans
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Private verandahs

Central Amenities: The lodge features a charming open-sided thatched lounge and dining area with a tall, mature wild mango tree in the centre, providing perfect shade on sunny days. A campfire is lit each evening, and a comfortable wooden deck overlooks an active waterhole with uninterrupted views. A wildlife hide under the deck is ideal for photography or bird watching. Unique to Kafunta is a hot spring fed by a natural geothermal source, with an average temperature of 37°C, perfect for soaking and stargazing at the end of an eventful day.

Activities at Kafunta River Lodge:

  • Early Morning Safari: Start your day with an early breakfast and fresh pastries, followed by a game drive with a guide and tracker, or a guided walking safari to gain a deeper understanding of the environment and its ecosystems.
  • Brunch: After your morning activity, enjoy a hearty brunch.
  • Wildlife Hide: Spend the hottest part of the day bird watching or photographing wildlife from the hide beneath the deck.
  • Wellness Spa: Pamper yourself with a spa treatment in a quiet and private corner of the camp.
  • Afternoon Tea and Safari: Enjoy fresh tea, cookies, and cakes before embarking on another safari activity, complete with sundowners in the bush.
  • Evening Delights: Conclude your day with a four-course dinner menu accompanied by excellent wines, bush stories, and a warming fire.
  • Natural Hot Tub: End your day with a therapeutic plunge in the natural hot tub, soaking in African luxury while counting the stars.

Kafunta River Lodge provides an enriching and luxurious safari experience, combining adventure with relaxation in the heart of the African wilderness.

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