Kafunta River Lodge

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The lodge's central feature is a spacious bar and dining area, traditionally thatched and built around a semi-evergreen wild mango tree, offering stunning panoramic views of the Luangwa River and the national park. Exceptional game viewing and bird watching can be enjoyed right from the lodge.


  • Two game viewing activities per day
  • Night game drives with sundowners
  • Walking safaris in the South Luangwa bush
  • Photographic Hide, under dining deck facing the floodplains
  • Cultural visits to the Mfuwe village visitor centre

You Should Know

The minimum age is 6 years (younger children on request only).

The Detail

Next to the bar, guests can unwind in the only natural hot spring tub in the Luangwa Valley, or the refreshing infinity pool, both offering magnificent views over the flood plains. The hot tub, unique to the region, maintains a constant 38-degree temperature, sourced from Kafunta’s grounds.

Kafunta Lodge offers a variety of activities including game drives (morning, afternoon, and night), bush walks, village and cultural tours, and a wellness spa. Added in late 2023, The Sunset House, a private tented villa with three en-suite bedrooms, caters perfectly to families or small groups seeking a more secluded and flexible lodging experience.


Kafunta River Lodge offers a variety of accommodation options to suit different preferences and needs. 

The Kafunta Standard Chalet includes eight twin-bedded rooms, each featuring an ensuite bathroom, a minibar fridge, a ceiling fan, and a private verandah with stunning views of the floodplains.

A more secluded experience at the Kafunta Luxury Suite offers two suites further from the main dining area. Each suite has a ground-floor double bed. These suites have a large bathroom with a shower, a separate standalone bath, and a viewing deck, an additional upstairs deck that overlooks the floodplains. These suites can accommodate a family of up to four and are available for a small additional fee.

Additionally, Kafunta River Lodge operates two remote camps:

Island Bush Camp, a satellite bush camp positioned further south on the banks of the Luangwa River, offers a more intimate connection with nature.

Three Rivers Camp, the newest addition to Kafunta Safaris opened in 2017, features five sophisticated tents, each with its sleep-out deck. 


Dining is a delightful experience tailored to enhance your stay. Guests can start their day with a light breakfast before embarking on morning activities, or enjoy a cooked breakfast if they choose to stay in camp. Later, a buffet lunch is served, providing a variety of options to suit different tastes.

Dinner at Kafunta is an elegant four-course meal served on the main deck, with direct views of the stunning floodplains. While dining is typically hosted, private tables can be arranged to accommodate personal preferences or special occasions.

The lodge also caters to special dietary needs, ensuring that all guests have a satisfying and enjoyable dining experience.


Guests can book a massage at the spa or maintain their fitness routines in the lodge's gym. The gym is equipped with a selection of equipment, including treadmills and bikes, catering to all levels of fitness enthusiasts.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation included
  • Two game-viewing activities per day
  • All meals and snacks provided
  • Standard drinks included (premium brands excluded)
  • Laundry services included
  • Transfers between Mfuwe airport and inter-camp included
  • All taxes covered
  • Long Stay rate applies for stays of 5 nights or more, combinable across properties
  • Sunset House pricing: per unit for up to 4 people, additional guests at a reduced rate
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Rates & Pricing

All promotions for this lodge are shown below, you can also view all current safari specials here.
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We are able to arrange travel insurance that will make this booking totally refundable.

Packages that include this lodge

6-Day South Luangwa Fly-in Safari Adventure
3 nights at Kafunta River Lodge
2 nights at Island Bush Camp OR 2 nights at Three Rivers Camp
Return Proflight from/to Lusaka to/from Mfuwe
All road transfers between the airport and lodges/camps
Two game viewing activities per day in South Luangwa
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$ 740 USD
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