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Kafunta River Lodge

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Box 83, Mfuwe, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Kafunta River Lodge
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Madrid
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Unique location, excellent safari drives (thanks to our guides Andrew and Martin), lots of animals around (the perfect place to spot leopards day and night), perfect facilities, really nice and professional staff... We will never gorget the experience!

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Victor Harbor, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The hospitality, the food, the accommodation, the wildlife - everything about this place is amazing. What a wonderful base for a wildlife safari in Zambia with so many different animals and birds, and in large numbers. Well worth a visit for a few nights at the very least.

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

Dear Deb! Thank you very much for taking the time to post a review on Trip Advisor, it is very much appreciated. We are delighted you have enjoyed your stay with us, that you saw plenty of wildlife, and we hope you will return soon! Most sincerely, Izzy More 

Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our first safari (group of 5 friends) and we stayed 7 nights/8 days with Kafunta at both their river lodge and island bush camp. From pick up to send off we had an absolutely marvelous time due to the fantastic, kind service and knowledgeable guides. We were picked up at the airport and took a short drive to... More 

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

Dear Craig, Thank you so much for taking the time to post such a detailed review on Trip Advisor, it's so helpful for us to receive feedback. I'm delighted that you have enjoyed your stay at both camps, and that your guide was to your satisfaction. I'm very sorry about the lack of communication between both camps regarding the dietaries,... More 

Perth, Australia
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21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I guess that if I say that I have safaried in many different camps in South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya over a period of fifteen years, and that this was my third visit to Kafunta River Lodge (and it's Island Bush Camp - see separate review) in the last four years it says just how good it is. Every visit... More 

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

Dear "POstcardswa" Thank you so much for taking the time to post your reviews on Trip Advisor, it's very kind of you. I'm so excited to read that you had been with us so many times before, and that your latest visit surpassed your previous ones in terms of experience and satisfaction! It's such a rewarding feedback for all the... More 

Perth, Australia
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have just returned from a wonderful experience staying at the Kafunta River Lodge. The premises are amazing, with stunning views looking over the Luangwa River, with wildlife grazing on the open grassland as you enjoy your breakfast or evening meals (which were fantastic), or relax on your balcony enjoying a cold Mosi in between the morning and afternoon safaris.... More 

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

Dear Grant! Thank you very much for posting your review on Trip Advisor, I'm delighted to that you have enjoyed all aspects of your safari with us! I will pass on your feedback to our staff. I'm sorry I didn't personally meet you during your stay, I was out of the country at the time. I hope we'll be able... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Kafunta exceeded my expectations more than I thought possible. It's of course unfair to promise sightings of any animals but with the Kafunta guides it seems almost impossible that you wouldn't see what you wanted! The accommodations are second only to the wonderful staff who seem to know your every need. The days are perfectly planned for seeing animals and... More 

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

Dear Jessica, Thank you so very much for taking the time to post a review on Trip Advisor! I'm really delighted to read that we have exceeded your expectations, and that you had a wonderful safari in South Luangwa. We hope you will stay in touch, and maybe we can see you again soon! Most sincerely, Izzy More 

Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our stay at Kafunta River Lodge in early June was fabulous! We had a split stay – the first was in a bungalow which we really loved. The bungalow was clean, spacious and very comfortable with great storage/baggage space. The beds were comfortable and we loved having the ‘open’ front so that the breeze can flow through … also allowing... More 

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

Dear Kim F! Thank you so much for taking the time to post your review on Trip Advisor! I'm so thrilled to read your feedback and to know that you have enjoyed your stay with us, from the rooms, meals, facilities to of course the guiding and wildlife sightings! I will pass on your feedback to our team. Enjoy your... More 

Hobart, Australia
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

After a lot of safaris in eastern and southern Africa we thought that Selous in southern Tanzania would be hard to beat, but on our third trip to Zambia we discovered the magic of South Luangwa and Kafunta River Lodge. We started and finished at KRL with four nights at Kaingo in between (see separate review) The drive from the... More 

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

Dear Ian & Julie, Thank you SO much for your extensive review, and your positive feedback, full of details which I hope will help future travellers. I'm truly delighted that you have enjoyed your stay, and that we have surpassed your previous African safari experiences. I will make sure to pass on your "thank you's" to all the team including... More 

Wasilla, Alaska
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

This amazing lodge was our second destination in a month long adventure in Zambia, Botswana, Tanzania, and Zanzibar. We were three couples/ long time friends, traveling together which made it perfect for riding in the safari vehicle for our twice per day game drives into the South Luangwa National Park. We splurged and wanted to stay in a luxurious all... More 

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

Dear "SunshineFan"! Thank you very much for your detailed, and very positive, feedback about our lodge. It is always a real pleasure to read about the experience our guests had, and I'm delighted to see that you were satisfied on many levels. It's so great to hear. I will pass this on to our staff as well. And I wish... More 

Frankfurt, Germany
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35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

I'm travelling in Africa for professional and private reasons since more than 20 years, with an average of four trips a year. I have done many safaris in many countries - but Kafunta is my new favouite. The location just cannot be beaten - you dine with up to 10 hippos grazing and splashing just meters from you dinner table.Sometimes... More 

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

Dear "Stefandreas" Thank you SO MUCH for this very kind review, and for your wonderful feedback on our facilities and staff. I'm so happy you and your group have had such a good time, the game sightings have indeed been fantastic these past couple of months, well since we opened really! Thank you as well for the comments on the... More 

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