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Kafunta River Lodge

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3.0 of 5
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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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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Perth, Australia
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7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 6 days ago NEW

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
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

London, United Kingdom
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12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 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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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 

Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 140 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
1 review
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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 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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