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Kafunta River Lodge

One of the few owner-run camps in the South Luangwa Valley

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Kafunta River Lodge
Kafunta River Lodge

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Kafuna River Lodge was opened in the South Luangwa National Park by Ron and Anke Cowan in 1998. The camp sits outside of the national park on the other side of the river, but its private crossing points have meant that guests at Kafunta can easily get across to the plains of the national park.


The camp is located outside of the national park and the Luangwa River marks the barrier between the national park and the game management area. The game management area, which Nkwali also sits on, has resident game as there are no fences and the animals are free to move between the national park and the GMA, but game drives are mostly done in the park as the sightings are more reliable.


Kafunta River Lodge is formed of a total of ten rooms - eight safari chalets and two luxury suites, each with private verandas and en-suite bathrooms. The camp has a swimming pool, a natural hot spring tub, a small gym and spa and the main area has a cosy lounge, dining and bar area.


The chalets are built on raised wooden platforms and have natural thatch roofs. The rooms have simple yet colourful furnishings and the use of natural materials give it an authentic design. The luxury suites have a private deck, an upstairs viewing veranda and larger bathroom.


Two game activities are included at Kafunta River Lodge, one early morning at around 6am, and the other in the late afternoon at around 4pm. Kafunta have their own crossing points into the national park which are used to cut down on logistics and time using the main gate. Game drives and walking safaris can be done, all on a shared basis.


Amazing views out across the river and into the park

The cross over into the park but this is not too bad.

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