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Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed our trip last year so much that we have paid another visit to this almost magical place. I am pleased to report that, in all aspects, the Lodge is as good as ever. We had another wonderful stay. I hope to return again.

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

Dear "travellerNEEngland", Thank you very much for your kind words on Trip Advisor, and thank you for your continued support and return visit! in 2017 we will open a third camp, Three Rivers Camp! A reason to come and visit us again! Most sincerely, Izzy

Hastings, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This lodge has had too many five-star ratings to count, and this has got to be another one. The fantastic location, warm and friendly staff, exceptionally well-informed and helpful guides/drivers, great food and accommodation, all contributed to more than just an enjoyable holiday - it was a life-affirming experience. South Luangwa National Park has some of the richest and most...

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

Dear KenWaanders! Thank you so much for your recent review, following your stay at Kafunta River Lodge. I'm delighted to read about your positive experience, we are indeed privileged to be in such an exceptional national park with so many animals wandering everywhere! Our Lodge Manager Lisa had told me about the wild dog sightings just outside the lodge, and...

Lyon, France
Reviewed October 31, 2016

Everything was wonderful during our holiday at Kaufman river lodge. Of course the safari was world class as it is in South Luangwa but also the lodge is a great part of this wonderful time : the view from the main area as well as rooms is stunning, the staff is very nice and helpful, the food is incredible, the...

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

Dear Jercams, Thank you very much for taking the time to post your feedback on Trip Advisor. I'm delighted to read that you had a good time, and that you particularly enjoyed the view from the lodge as well as our staff and guides. That is great to hear!! We are very privileged to be on that spot of the...

Llanasa
Reviewed October 30, 2016

We stayed for 2 nights at Kafunta after a few days at Island Bush Camp. The view from the deck is truly amazing with large number of animals grazing on the wetland in front of the property. On our first day a herd of elephants wandered past enjoying the water whilst giraffe, antelope and warthog grazed nearby. In addition the...

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

Dear Ruth, Thank you very much for posting your review on Trip Advisor! I'm so glad that you have enjoyed your stay at both Kafunta and Island, and that you thought our guides were of high quality. We are so lucky with our location, staff and of course our South Luangwa wildlife! I hope you will come back and visit!...

Tring, United Kingdom
Reviewed October 22, 2016

Six nights at a safari lodge in the middle of Africa! Kafunta was so welcoming, the staff so pleasant and flexible enough to be willing to change arrangements when necessary. All chalets are the same, overlooking the river and its abundant wildlife, which sometimes stray into the grounds of the Lodge. Meals were excellent at all times, and to create...

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

Dear "Merlina44", Thank you very much for your recent review on Trip Advisor! I'm so happy to read that you had a great time with us, and that you have enjoyed the amazing wildlife, both around the lodge grounds and on game viewing activities. Thank you for complimenting on our staff and the quality of our meals. I hope you...

Reviewed October 22, 2016

Hard to add to what has been said already. A tremendous place to go for a high quality safari and safari lodge experience. Excellent for couples (we were on our honeymoon), families or groups. Top quality set-up all round and great guides who take you well off the beaten track and know the terrain and wildlife like the back of...

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

Dear "Simartin76", Thank you for your kind review following your recent visit to Kafunta River Lodge. And congratulations again for your wedding! I'm so delighted to read that you have had a great time while at the lodge, and that you have seen all kinds of wildlife, in and around the lodge! We are so privileged to be here, with...

La Ferriere, Switzerland
Reviewed October 3, 2016

Beautiful lodge in a wonderful environment; perfect management, staff very friendly, delicious food . The game drives were amazing, we saw an incredible number of animals, including the " big five " of Zambia ! We certainly would like to return.

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Dear "Fufu138", Thank you very much for your kind review on Trip Advisor following your stay at Kafunta River Lodge. I'm sincerely happy to read that you have enjoyed the stay, the location of the lodge, the food and mostly that your game viewing was a success! It is great to read you will return, and we hope it will...

Chulmleigh, United Kingdom
Reviewed September 29, 2016

Great lodge to watch wildlife! Very good guides. Very good accomodation. We saw lion, leopard, hyena, genet, wild dogs, hippos, elephants and many types of deer/antelope etc., plus birds galor! Returning after sundowns, with a spotter and light was magic

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

Dear Pauline, Thank you very much for you review about Kafunta River Lodge, I'm so happy to hear you have enjoyed the lodge but mostly all that South Luangwa has to offer! We hope you will come back soon for another round! Most sincerely, Izzy

Corscombe, United Kingdom
Reviewed September 26, 2016

My wife and I have been taking safari holidays for 25 years. Kafunta River Lodge is right up there with our best experiences. The locals are delightful and there's nothing they won't do. Drinks are inclusive as is your daily laundry so there's no bill to pay at the end except for tips for the staff and guides (about $10...

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Dear Jonny, Thank you so much for posting your review of Kafunta River Lodge. I'm excited to read that we are ranking in your top destinations for safari, we are so privileged here in South Luangwa. I'm also delighted to read that you have enjoyed our facilities and appreciated the staff commitment to making your stay memorable. Now we hope...

Grand Rapids, Michigan
Reviewed September 19, 2016

My wife and I stayed at Kafunta River Lodge for 5 nights. The experience was beyond unforgettable and more than we could have ever imagined. We saw more on our first drive than we did the entire 3 nights we stayed in Kruger Park. We didn't just "see" the wildlife to check them off a list, we actually experienced them....

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

Dear Kurt, Thank you very much for your review on Trip Advisor! It was a pleasure to welcome you at Kafunta River Lodge and even more to read that you have enjoyed your stay with us, and mostly the unbelievable wildlife of South Luangwa! Hopefully you will visit us again soon! Most sincerely, Izzy

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Kafunta River Lodge is set in the riverside forest on the banks of the Luangwa River overlooking the South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. This classic safari lodge offers our guests all the comforts, while being situated in unspoilt wilderness. There are 8 private chalets and 2 luxury suites, all overlooking a game rich flood plain. We offer game drives, night drives and walking safaris. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Kafunta River Lodge

Address: Box 83, Mfuwe, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Location: Zambia > South Luangwa National Park
Price Range: $275 - $455 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Kafunta River Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Kafunta River Lodge Zambia/South Luangwa National Park
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“All have wonderful views”
 of 5 bubbles travellerNEEngland, 1 week ago | Read review
“All the cottages have wonderful views over the water”
 of 5 bubbles 834ruthh, Oct 30, 2016 | Read review
“Chalets have balconies, comfortable beds, showers, lockable safe, mosquito nets, solar powered lighting, No real need to choose at all.”
 of 5 bubbles Merlina44, Oct 22, 2016 | Read review
“We stayed in Leopard, which is a suite with a second level with an outdoor bed. More privacy as further away from guest lodge.”
 of 5 bubbles Simartin76, Oct 22, 2016 | Read review
“All are along the lagoon”
 of 5 bubbles 897paulinew, Sep 29, 2016 | Read review
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