• Rates From $335 pps
  • Area : South Luangwa
  • Months of Operation : April - December
  • Number of Rooms : 10

Kafunta River Lodge

Overlooking a game rich flood plain adjacent to the Luangwa River and the South Luangwa National Park, Kafunta River Lodge is one of the best wildlife viewing parks in Africa. From the central lounge and dining area, shaded by an ancient mango tree, guests can enjoy nature and the wildlife in comfort. Guests can relax around the campfire and share stories about their game drives or enjoy a candle lit meal and refreshing drink on the spacious wooden deck.

The lodge consist of 8 private chalets on raised wooden platforms with thatched roofs and 2 luxury suites which feature balconies with panoramic views and luxurious bathrooms. The tastefully decorated and comfortable chalets and suites all have verandas facing the flood plain where guests can experience the view in private.

Kafunta River Lodge has its own pontoon which allows guests to cross the river to the more remote areas of the park, away from other tourists. Our highly qualified safari guides are intimately familiar with the park and have extensive knowledge of the African flora and fauna which they will share with you on an exciting game drive or walking safari.

Kafunta River Lodge has a beautiful infinity pool and also features a unique natural hot spring, both complete with magnificent views over the plains and river: a lovely way to relax after brunch or to end an eventful day. New additions to the lodge are the Kafunta Natural Touch wellness hideout, where guest can enjoy massages and natural spa treatments in privacy, and a wildlife hide under the deck for excellent photographic opportunities. A small gym house is also available on request.

About the company

Kafunta Safaris is an owner run safari business and the owners, Ron & Anke Cowan, have been in the Zambian safari industry for more than 20 years. Kafunta River Lodge was opened in 1988 and is the Cowan’s home. Many of the staff who helped to build the lodge were trained in other roles and now work at Kafunta River Lodge and Island Bush Camp as part of the Kafunta team. Today, Kafunta Safaris employs 40 to 70 staff.

Kafunta Safaris prides itself on providing a warm welcome and personalised service to our guests. We pay attention to the details so that our guests can relax and enjoy their dream African safari. Kafunta Safaris recognises the importance of responsible tourism and the need to protect this unique ecosystem and support the community. Kafunta Safaris supports the South Luangwa Conversation Society, a non-profit community based organisation committed to conservation and is one of the founding members of Project Luangwa, a charity setup to help local communities to improve their long term economic prospects.



  • Project Luangwa
  • South Luangwa Conservation Society


  • Swimming pool
  • Natural hot spring tub
  • Wellness hideout
  • Private verandas with stunning views
  • En-suite bathrooms
  • Walk in mosquito nets
  • Electric fans
  • Mini bar


  • Game drives
  • Night game drives
  • Walking safaris
  • Bird watching safaris
  • Private and family safaris
  • Wellness spa
  • Bush brunches
  • Cultural tours

Rates Include

  • Accommodation
  • Activities
  • All meals, Snacks and Drinks
  • National Park entry fees
  • Conservation & Community Levy
  • Transfer from Mfuwe Airport
  • Laundry Service

Rates Exclude

  • Spa
  • Curio Shop
  • Gratuities

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  • Kafunta River Lodge and Island Bush Camp South Luangwa National Park Box 83 Mfuwe Zambia
  • Website: http://luangwa.com