• Nearest Airport
    Mfuwe International Airport, Zambia
  • Location

    South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

  • Property Access

    Kafunta River Lodge is an approximate 45 minutes drive from the airport.

  • Best time to travel

    Kafunta River Lodge is open from April till the end of the year and it is closed during the green season Jan to March. The Luangwa Valley offers different experiences through the seasons.

Kafunta River Lodge is set in a riverside forest on the banks of the Luangwa River, overlooking the South Luangwa National Park. Overseeing 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 destinations 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. This classical Zambia safari lodge offers all the creature comforts in a wildlife environment and the high standard of personalised service includes attention to the finest of details. Kafunta River Lodge is the ideal base to discover vast areas of the South Luangwa National Park and their high-quality safaris will ensure an unrivalled experience


Kafunta River Lodge offers eight private safari chalets, built on raised wooden platforms, and feature thatched roofs. They are tastefully decorated with African style and charm. The mahogany floors and walls give a natural beauty to the luxurious interiors, which are of the very highest standards. Each room has a private verandah with superb views across the waterhole.


Central to the chalets is the spacious bar and dining area. Built around a large semi-evergreen wild mango tree and thatched in the traditional style, it offers panoramic views over the Luangwa River and South Luangwa National Park. Great for game viewing and bird watching while enjoying the delicious meals prepared by the staff of Kafunta River Lodge.


Twice daily guests have the option to join the game drives into South Luangwa National Park which is a morning game drive and a night game drive. South of Luangwa is the birthplace of walking safaris. Bush walks bring another dimension to a safari, focusing on smaller things, birds and flora while observing animals in the distance. Bush walks are not strenuous, but can take place over rugged terrain, lasting usually 3 to 4 hours. Upon request, Kafunta River Lodge can also organize a cultural visit to the village of Mfuwe.

What we think of it

Offers a world class safari experience.