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Kafunta River Lodge

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Box 83, Mfuwe, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
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London, United Kingdom
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12 hotel reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I'll try and keep it brief. We've done safari on a number of occasions across Africa and this was the most expensive by far as we decided for the first time to 'lodge' rather than camp. Our problem is now that it will be difficult to return to tents in the future. On arrival we were greeted by the always... More 

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Idefourny, Manager at Kafunta River Lodge, responded to this review

Dear John! Thank you so much for taking the time to post your review, it is a real pleasure to read that you have enjoyed your stay with us. You are right, the "green" season is sometimes more challenging in terms of wildlife sightings, but we have had a fabulous month of April and May so far! We are also... More 

Lymington, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

This was a family holiday intended to give eager children their first true wildlife experience. Couldn't have started better, with two elephants feeding on mangoes immediately outside the chalets shortly after settling in on the first night. Grandfather + 4 grandchildren + son & daughter-in-law made up the 7-person group occupying three of the 10 or so chalets at the... More 

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David B, Public Relations Manager at Kafunta River Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your detailed review of Kafunta River Lodge. We strive to make Kafunta as family friendly as possible and there's plenty to keep the kids occupied with great game viewing and other activities. A safari is a great family activity and watching a child see their first elephant or lion makes it all worthwhile. As we're... More 

Melbourne
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6 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

We were recommended Kafunta Safaris and we were not disappointed! The lodge overlooks a beautiful flood plain where you can watch the African wildlife - hippos wallowing, baboons playing, giraffes gracefully moving across the plains and much more. The accommodation is delightful and we loved the relaxed, yet professional feel of Kafunta. The staff will go out of their way... More 

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David B, Guest Relations Manager at Kafunta River Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks for your review of Kafunta and we're happy that you had a great safari experience at the lodge. The South Luangwa is a great park for wildlife viewing. Normally leopards can be elusive but in the Luangwa Valley you have a excellent chance of some good sightings. Wild dogs roam widely so are definitely a great sighting, especially with... More 

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52 hotel reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Kafunta was our third of four lodges during our two week trip to South Luangwa. We had already stayed at Thornicroft and Wildlife Camp before moving to Kafunta, and were waiting to see what Kafunta would bring. The reception by Leandi was wonderful. She was very friendly and very welcoming, as were all the staff. The lodge follows the same... More 

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David B, Guest Relations Manager at Kafunta River Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your comprehensive review of Kafunta River Lodge. The South Luangwa is a game-rich park and the lodge's position, overlooking a flood plain, means there's always plenty of wildlife to see, either from the main deck or the privacy of your chalet. The river crossing is a real adventure, starting your game drive in a less-travelled area of... More 

Wrexham, Wales, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Just got back home yesterday, very tired but very happy! The view from our verandah was stunning. Elephants, monkeys, warthogs, giraffe, puku, crocodiles, hippos, birds all on view. Most afternoons the elephants and bush buck passed our lodge! The food is excellent and the staff friendly and helpful. Our thanks to Leandi and all the staff who helped make this... More 

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David B, Public Relations Manager at Kafunta River Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of the lodge and we're very pleased to hear you had a fantastic holiday. There's always plenty of wildlife roaming on front of the lodge, a few days ago we even had an elephant drinking from the pool! Thanks again for your review. More 

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11 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Stayed here in 2013 with my partner. We thought the setting was truly breathtaking! Our room was also stunning, very spacious and well kitted out throughout. Food was good and staff friendly. Activities were great and as usual in South Luangwa we saw everything we could wish for. Thanks to the Kafunta team for showing us a great time!

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David B, Public Relations Manager at Kafunta River Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review of Kafunta River Lodge. We're glad to hear you had a great time with us and you thought the setting was breathtaking. We hope to see you again soon. More 

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31 hotel reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Kafunta was our first stop on our Zambian Safari. It is now quite a gruelling trip from UK to Zambia (approx. 24hrs) since there are no longer any direct flights into Lusaka. Having said that the whole trip was well worth it. So we were more than ready for a welcome chilled drink and cooling towels upon our arrival in... More 

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David B, Public Relations Manager at Kafunta River Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks for your review of Kafunta River Lodge and we're so glad to hear that your safari made the long flight well worth while. You certainly had some great sightings - wild dogs are always a treat but pups too! That's one of the features of Kafunta, not only do you have a great view over the flood plain from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

When my husband told me that an African safari was on his bucket list, I got busy researching the entire continent of Africa and ended up choosing Zambia for our first-ever safari. Next I researched all the camps and lodges in the South Luangwa Park, emailed quite a few as well but Kafunta River Lodge came out on top of... More 

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David B, Public Relations Manager at Kafunta River Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your comprehensive review of the Kafunta River Lodge and Island Bush Camp. We're so pleased to be able to help make your dream safari come true. If we do say so ourselves, we think the South Luangwa is an extra special part of Africa, with plenty of wildlife but without the crowds that can be... More 

London, United Kingdom
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

This is a great lodge and what makes it even better is that it really is very good value for money. The central area of the South Luangwa can get very busy but Kafunta does have access to the park via a pontoon which means you do not have to go through the main gate which is a huge advantage.... More 

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David B, Public Relations Manager at Kafunta River Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of Kafunta River Lodge and Island Bush Camp. Going on safari can be expensive bit we do believe we provide value for money and the lodge is a finalist in the Best Value Safari Property in the current Safari Awards. The pontoon (and the ability to drive across the river at certain times of the... More 

Oakham, United Kingdom
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16 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

After a long trip from the UK 3 flights and a safari truck ride we were delighted with the welcome we received at Kafunta Lodge, cheerful faces all waiting to welcome us. We were fortunate enough to have Martin as our guide both here and at the sister bush camp, he was fun and knowledgeable. food was very good and... More 

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David B, Public Relations Manager at Kafunta River Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of the lodge and we're glad to hear that the long journey was well worth it. The tree house is a excellent spot to take your brunch with panoramic views over the flood plains. It does sound like you had some excitement on the way but a golden rule of safaris is elephants always have... More 

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