Overview of Kafunta River Lodge

Discreetly positioned among towering canopies of evergreen trees and overlooking the glossy floodplains in one of Africa’s greatest wildlife conservancies, South Luangwa National Park, is where you’ll find Kafunta River Lodge. You’ll be awed at the sight of large elephants trekking along the lagoon to cool themselves down with the spray of water from their mighty trunks—a sight to behold that can be enjoyed from the comfort of a luxury crescent sofa sublimely located on an elevated palatial terrace.

The lodge offers world-class game viewing with its proximity to the ‘Valley of the Leopards’; sightings of these shy predators are a regular occurrence at Kafunta River Lodge. Flights of kaleidoscopic bird species will delight you, coupled with sumptuous spa days and therapeutic dips in the natural hot spring. A stay at Kafunta River Lodge will leave you feeling rejuvenated and inspired.

For photography enthusiasts, a private hide is the place to get closer to some of Zambia’s prized wildlife and get that perfect shot. During the peak season, from May to October, the water levels are low enough that it is possible to cross the Luangwa River from the lodge via pontoons instead of driving the additional 10 km (6 miles) to the main gate of the park.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Sunken fireplace overlooking the floodplains
  • Luxury suites, chalets & a private house
  • Four-course candle-lit dinners
  • Hosts the only natural hot spring in the Luangwa Valley
  • Spotlit night game drives
  • Morning bush walks (on request)
  • Exceptional wildlife sightings
Bird watching

Bird watching

Game viewing

Game viewing

Night drives

Night drives

Spa treatments

Spa treatments

Walking safaris

Walking safaris

Rooms at Kafunta River Lodge

Unwind and relax, in your own private luxury
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    Standard Chalets

    Plush beds face a private veranda with double doors that open to bathe your spacious room in the warm glow of sunshine and a fresh lagoon breeze. Crisp white linen invites you to cozy up underneath the overhead mosquito net and fan for a cool and uninterrupted night’s rest.

    Awaken each morning to breathtaking views of birds gliding over the delta, with a freshly brewed cup of coffee in hand. In the evenings, settle into a spacious seating area on the veranda as you indulge in a cool beer from the mini-bar. A glorious en-suite bathroom with double vanity and walk-in shower, sporting a rain shower head, is complemented by a thatched canvas aesthetic.

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      Luxury Suites

      Upgrade your stay to either a luxury suite or the sought-after Sunset House. The suites feature more spacious en-suite bathrooms and offer a free-standing bathtub for a luxurious bubble bath after a long day in the sun. An additional loft area sports daybeds and an outside deck for sundowners or simply lounging the afternoon away.

      The Sunset House offers the comfort of a home-away-from-home, alongside the luxury of high-end retreat. Boasting three bedrooms, each with a private en-suite bathroom, this sizable accommodation is ideal for families or small groups traveling together, offering private dining and spacious seating areas. In addition to a private swimming pool, a fire pit provides the perfect spot for moonlit marshmallow roasting.

      General Facilities

      Cosy up on an exquisite sunken terraced fireplace with a refreshing cocktail in hand for spectacular views of the sun setting over the South Luangwa floodplains. Offering a host of communal relaxation indulgences, from reclining beds by the infinity pool to delicate massage treatments at the Fig Tree Spa, Kafunta River Lodge lays claim to the only natural hot spring in the Luangwa Valley—perfect for hopping in for a warm and therapeutic dip. Practical amenities such as housekeeping and laundry services will ensure your accommodation and clothing items are kept crisp and clean each day. A pristine wildlife hide offers spectacular wildlife photography opportunities.

      Bar

      Bar

      Battery-charging

      Battery-charging

      Deck area

      Deck area

      Gym

      Gym

      Private vehicle

      Private vehicle

      Restaurant

      Restaurant

      Swimming pool

      Swimming pool

      Dining

      Awaken each morning to a filling continental breakfast combined with hot-out-the-oven baked breads and pastries. A typical buffet-style lunch hosts delectable dishes paired with fresh salads and homemade rolls. Enjoy each meal in between savoury and sweet afternoon snacks, and sundowners served with homemade treats. Dine-out in safari style on a divine outdoor terrace overlooking the lagoon. An internationally-inspired four-course meal includes African-rich flavours offering a delicious variety of soup, starters, and mains complimented by fine wines. All ingredients are locally sourced or homegrown from the on-site garden, with options that meet all dietary requirements.

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