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Life is made for memories like these! Surpassed all expectations in every department! Dottie and her team were so welcoming and attentive! The Safaires showed me all that I hoped for! Martin and Chapuma are amazing, although I’m not sure I believe all of Martin’s stories. I will return.
“Another wonderful experience at Kafunta, fantastic hospitality, terrific Safaris, Three Rivers was an absolute delight.”
“Fantastic first safari, thank you to all Kafunta staff. Guide Chapuma and spotter Peter were outstanding. Every drive was filled with animals and information from Chapuma!”
“Wonderful, wonderful, we hope to return this is paradise.”
‘Well today is the saddest day and we are getting ready to leave this beautiful beautiful lodge and spot. Jim and I have loved every moment of our visit here. All was just great being with such a lovely lovely spot and a super staff… wish we could stay forever. All the safaris were great and fun and being in the bush so exciting. Jim and I will talk about this wonderful time forever and hope our paths cross again someday. Thanks so much for everything we learned and saw and experienced. Take good care of this magnificent spot on earth and we will think of all you often. Much love and many thanks.”
Dr. James C. and Marjorie S. Waggoner, McDonough, Georgia, USA
“So very sad to have to leave Kafunta today. We have had such a wonderful time with all Staff being incredible welcoming, friendly and professional. Special thanks to our excellent guide, Abel, who is a credit to his profession throughout. Thanks everyone – we are already looking forward to our return. Lots of Love yours.”
“When we have been here last year, it was an amazing time and we were sure to be back one day… All the memories at home told us to do so and after one year we are sitting here at Kafunta once againJ We had a perfect time – thanks to everyone – you all made our stay fantastic! And s special thanks to Chapuma – we were so lucky to see that much – the last 4 days were fantastic! We had so many breathtaking sightings – it´s unbelievable – still… ”
“Thank you Kafunta for such a wonderful holiday. Everything was perfect and I could not have chosen a better place to introduce Africa to my children. Tree Rivers Camp was also stunning, we will never forget our time there. Well done to everyone at Kafunta, you have nailed it!”
“What a magical find. Thank you to everyone for a wonderful few days which will remain with us forever! The staff have been so welcoming and Eleanor benefited from a very special birthday. Huge thanks to Jabes and Charles for sharing their knowledge and enriching our experience.”
(UK) August 2017
“A great stay with leopard seen everyday! Thank you to the entire staff for all your help and kindness.”
(UK and Australia) August 2017
“Thank you for these wonderful days in South Luangwa. Thanks to the manager, guides, drivers and staff of Three Rivers Camp, Island Bush Camp and Kafunta. For sure, we will do it a third time!”
(Frankfurt, Germany) August 2017
“It’s just magical here! It was my fourth time here and it was again ‘just amazing.’ 🙂 Thank you for a truly wonderful time at Kafunta, IBC and Three Rivers! It was a fantastic time here. Thank you very much to you all. Great staff, great guides, great place! I hope I will come back again!! It was a lovely stay. I will be missing all of you!!”
(Liechtenstein) August 2017
“Queridos amigos de Kafunta, Aunque hemos estado menos tiempo del previsto, la experiencia ha sido extraordineria, muy especialmente con nuestros guias Chapuma y Justin. Nos ha encantado el lodge, muy especialmente el trito recibido por todo el staff. Anoche disfrutamos muchisimo con la rica cena servida teniendo como telon de fondo la sabana y el rio repleto de vida silveste. Gracias por permitirnos disfuntan de este lugar que en simplemente, magico.”
“I dreamed about this place and it became a reality! A paradise on earth. Where human meets animal in harmony and peace. Where nature is in balance and time stands still! Thank you Kafunta team. You made us extremely happy. Everything was perfect !!!”
(Austria) July 2017
“What an amazing time we had!! Truly wonderful! Thank you for your great hospitality and the friendliness of all the staff. Super game drives and knowledgable guides. We’d love to come back. XX”
(Davis USA, Kitwe, Zambia, and Johannesburg, RSA) July 2017
“Kafunta is a magical place. Our love for Africa is totally renewed. Great game viewing, great food, and last but not least, wonderful staff! May thanks to all of you!”
(The Netherlands) July 2017
“My stay is coming to an end after one week in paradise. Arriving to Kafunta is like coming home (7th time). No visible changes, familiar faces, Abel, the best, my guide as usual. With him, each game drive is learning and adventure. Thank you, the Cowan family, for creating this wonderful place many years ago! Best wishes to all the kind staff!”
(Struttgart, Germany) June 2017
“We came to Kafunta to see leopards. They were on our bucket list. 3 out of 4 game drives and walking safaris – we saw leopards! We could have touched them!! Kafunta delivered! We loved the food, hospitality and staff. Many, many thanks.”
(Le Puke, New Zealand) June 2017
“We had an incredible time! Surpassed our expectations. We felt well cared for and that our experience was important to all of the staff. William – our driver – was patient, kind and knowledgeable. Overall, your hospitality was exceptional. Thank you for your kindness and attention. We cannot wait to share our photos and stories with family and friends. Thank you!”
(Seattle, WA, USA) April 2017
“That was now our 9th time we spent in Kafunta, but was not our last stay here. We love Kafunta as our 2nd home. We enjoy the family-friendly atmosphere with excellent game drives and cuisine. Thank you for the extra celebration of my 80th birthday. It was unforgettable. See you again!”
Germany. January 8, 2017
“Thank you all so much for making our stay at Kafunta so wonderful. You are all indeed a terrific family that makes everybody so welcome. The location is superb, the meals – divine, the service exceptional and the game drives with Abel and Peter were great. We will definitely return to see you all soon. We almost feel apart of your wonderful family. Anke and Ron, you have a wonderful life here. Lisa – thanks so much for your welcoming smile. Abel – thank you for your great laugh and sense of humor. Grant and Andrew – many thanks for your mean recitals, they were great. We will miss you all, fond regards. J ”
(Perth, Western Australia) April 2017
“So far – 2nd visit – only place we’ve been twice in Africa. The dogs were brilliant. Thanks.”
“There are places in your life where you feel completely in rhythm with nature. Kafunta is one of those rare places, where when you leave you are relaxed and refreshed, but sad to go. Our second visit was quite amazing as it even eclipsed our first! Thank you to all who made it truly memorable. We have lasting love of this jewel. Thank you so much.”
UK. December 2016
“Wow!! An amazing place with an incredible team, easily the best safari ever. Many thanks! The wildlife was stunning. The best Christmas ever.”
“Thank you for a brilliant week. ALL of you help make the lodge a perfect place to stay. And what can we say about the view and the animals in the park?! – speechless.”
“Africa has my heart. Thanks to South Luangwa National Park and Kafunta River Lodge, from the first game drive on 22nd May, Africa had my heart. The accommodation is superb and there are some lovely touches, like the tents being name and containing pictures. We stayed in the Elephant, one of our favorite animals. From the first game drive, all the hours, minutes and seconds to get here, some of which were hard and difficult, melted away. Maria, the therapist at the Fig Tree Spa, is wonderful and we enjoyed all of our treatments. Every staff member, from the night watchmen through to the owner, were very friendly and welcoming. Nothing was too much trouble and the food was plenty and delicious. The guides, Abel and Jabes, were excellent. Their knowledge and skills far exceeded our expectations, apart from all our wonderful photographs we managed to take, our knowledge of the wildlife increased 10 fold. Today, Jabes went above and beyond the call of duty and helped to row the pontoon to the national park to avoid delay. Thank you all for a wonderful holiday.”
“My second visit here – and the whole stay, absolutely superb! I have missed seeing wild dogs (sometimes by a matter of minutes!) in several African countries – so it was wonderful to catch up with them here, at last, on this visit! They are now my favourite African animal, without a doubt! The guides here (we had Andrew, Abel and Martin) are absolutely brilliant – such a depth of knowledge! Spotters are amazing too! And Lisa and the lodge staff looked after us amazingly well! Food incredible – especially the lunches! I shall be back!”
(Nottingham, UK) November 2016
“As always, a fantastic time had by all. Thanks guys, for making it memorable – especially for our American friends. They were really blown away. See you next year.”
“6 fantastic days. So well looked after. Superb animals and excellent guides. A lifetime’s worth amazing experiences of the natural world. Thank you so much.”
UK. October 2016
“We visited Kafunta River Lodge in June 2015 and were so impressed that we returned in August 2016. The game viewing was superb with sightings of wild dog hunts from start to finish, lots of leopards including one up a tree with an impala, lions including mating pair, big herds of buffalo, magnificent male kudus, and the carmine bee-eaters. The South Luangwa Valley is a very special place, and we hope to return.”
Australia. September 1st, 2016
“We had a once in a lifetime experience in this beautiful park. As safari beginners we were super lucky to see a wildog hunt and kill on our first drive. There are too many impressions to describe them all. It was absolutely fabulous also the service and care of all the workers:
Netherlands. September 2016
Scotland. August 2016
“Sad to be leaving today—it has been a great trip over from Scotland! Wonderful safari trips each day and night, the most welcoming and efficient staff and a beautiful country. Thank you for making us all feel so welcome!!! Hope to see you all again one day. Bye for now”
Scotland. August 2016
The location is amazing and the staff provided first class service. The Safari went beyond our expectation and this was in part due to our fantastic guide Andrew, whose knowledge of the wildlife was superb. We could not have asked for anything more – if we did I am sure it would have been provided! The layout and the quality of the Lodge is exceptional. It is a first class venue that provided a first class experience. An amazing place to stay and a place recommended to experience and enjoy the wonders of Safari.
uK. Aug 2016.
An amazing introduction to Africa!
Wonderful friendly staff, delicious food and more animals than we ever dreamed we would see. Thank you so much and we will be back.
Our first safari experience, what an amazing adventure! Thank you to everyone who has made us feel so welcome and well looked after. Andrew was the most fantastic guide and our 2 days with Klaus at the bush camp were like nothing we’ve ever experienced. Leopards, hippos, hyenas, wild dogs and so much more…
UK. July 2016
After years of “friendly pressure” from Anke & Ron, we finally made it to South Luangwa and Zambia. WOW! For someone who is never “speechless”, that was how we were. Amazing, brilliant, sensational – not enough superlatives to describe what we’ve seen.
The lodge, the staff, the knowledgeable guides, all made this such an unforgettable experience. Thank you, thank you.
Hopefully we will return.
Australia. July 2016
My second stay at Kafunta was again beautiful and I enjoyed to meet well known people. It was a fantastic time here. Thank you very much to you all. I am sure I will return.
Germany. June 2016
Thank you for the magic in the bush. You have a fantastic camp! Great staff. Bush Camp is fantastic! Thank you!
Could not have had a better time. Many thanks to all the people at Kafunta and our marvellous guide, martin. We leave with many wonderful memories.
John & Marieke, New Zealand. Francis & Emily, Zambia. May 2016
Awesome stay in every way. Breathtaking experience, fantastic service. Bush camp was also amazing. Thanks to all the staff.
Fantastic memories and a wonderful experience. The staff are all lovely people, the management is caring and we will be coming back! A Big thank you to Pious our guide – we have learnt so much, get the gin and tonic ready for our return.
UK. July 2015
An absolutely wonderful trip, thank you to all the staff for making our first wedding anniversary so special, the location is stunning. Our room was lovely and the wildlife simply breathtaking! A special thanks to Josephat for being such a brilliant guide! Thank you.
UK. Sep 2015
Fantastic location, great people, good food. Amazing first experience of Africa looking forward to come back!
France. July 2015
Thank you for the wonderful time. We enjoyed very much and we hope we will come back soon! All the best for everybody 🙂 🙂 🙂
Germany. July 2015
Truly splendid time here. Very attentive staff and fabulous food, We would love to return.
UK. Sep 2015
This has been an unforgettable experience! Great hospitality! Had the best Christmas ever! Wish I could stay here longer! You guys rock and keep on rocking!
Words are not enough to describe how wonderful this visit has been! Wonderful staff, fantastic food, a lovely lodge and game viewing beyond expectation! Many thanks and God bless you all!
Just passing through between River Camp and Lion Camp but fantasctic hospitality and this is a must for a return visit.
Lifetime experience that is priceless! It’s almost like watching National Geographic live. Thanks for the marvellous hospitality and memorable stay.
OUTSTANDING! We made memories to last a lifetime. Hard to top this experience. Thank you to everyone.
Simply indescribable! The setting is amazing, beautiful and the wildlife we witnessed; lions, leopard, wild dogs, elephants was phenomenal! The guides and staff did the most wonderful job! Thank you!
Leopards & lions & wild dogs – oh my! Thank you Josephat for showing us your Zambia! Everyone is simply amazing. Can’t wait to come back.
Travelling 3 weeks through Botswana and Zambia this was our last stop and a real highlight – the best place we have visited! Extraordinary everything. We enjoyed and will never forget.
We had an outstanding experience at Kafunta. Martin’s guiding has introduced us to one wonder after another & many hilarious stories. The here are excellent and the environment is beautiful! Thank you!
What a beautiful and peaceful setting. Lots of wonderful animals to see. Warm welcome from beautiful people. Thank you for this experience.
We visited Kafunta for the 3rd time! Another marvellous time! Hope to come back again! Thank you to all!
Thank you so much for wonderful safari experience, excellent hospitality and everything! I cannot explain in English… We’d love to come back and definitely had the time of our lives staying with you.
South Luangwa is amazing and Kafunta is a wonderful place to stay near the park. Alison, the manager, and the team could not have made our stay more comfortable. Martin, our guide, was fantastic in finding the birds in the park, which was our interest as well as the larger animals having booked through Naturetrek.
The food was excellent, the view superb, the chalets beautiful. Cannot recommend this lodge more. We will be back at a different time of year for some Walking in the park.
Can you believe it? First night we saw a leopard and his impala prey up in a tree. Just started eating! Next day she (not a he btw) was back with her cubs – feeding. Wow, got some awesome photos… Apart from that we have seen it all – lion, hippo, zebra etc etc in three days only!
Thanks to Alison, the perfect hostess and her friendly staff. Yes Albert – with the biggest smile in Africa! And a special thanks to Josephat our ranger. You are wise both in bush and life! Wear your shirt with pride!!
We ended up here by coincidence to celebrate the end of our self-drive trip through Zambia and it was the best choice possible (obviously it’s not open to camping, so self-drivers must stay in lodge). Everything was just perfect about this little paradise. The staff was extremely helpful and friendly, the manager Mario is such a great guy doing every effort to make it an unforgettable experience. The guide of the safaris was excellent, entertaining and knowledgeable. The swimming pool was clean and it was a great place to relax and watch all the animals passing by.
Despite the dry season, there is always a little water in front of Kafunta (very rare). The rooms were stylish, comfortable and clean. The food was of the highest quality and it was a delight to enjoy dinner in candle light every night.
You can’t get it better, this is paradise that you will never want to leave again. We will certainly come back!
Definitely worth it!!
Stayed at Kafunta lodge for a week. Definitely a great lodge with the most excellent staff. Mario the manager, definitely a gold star for the lodge. His knowledge and passion make it an enjoyable experience as well. The tour guides were amazing, their knowledge and style makes it a well worth trip. Make sure if you get a chance you use Abel as your guide – the man is a gem and also such a sweetheart.
The watering hole in front of the lodge makes it a great site throughout the day, the rooms were pretty well kept.
Holiday – Safari
Recently returned from our third visit to Kafunta-having travelled on safari holidays in Africa for many years-Zambia is one of our favourite countries and Kafunta is one of our favourite lodges!! The game,the accommodation and staff are all first class and most of the guides have been here for many years-cannot fault it and the big plus is that it is still affordable when compared to other lodges that have hiked-up their prices in recent years-would not hesitate to recommend a stay/safari here.
Peace and tranquility in the African bush
A beautiful setting in the Zambian bush. The waterhole and floodplain attracts animals and birds and at different times we were able to watch a large herd of elephants; giraffe; even a baby puku taking its first few steps, right from the deck, while enjoying a glass of wine! The bird life too is absolutely fantastic.
The service was amazing and we were treated like royalty from the moment we arrived. One of the most enjoyable places I have ever been to. Thank you to Alison and to Anke and Ron for a wonderful stay.
The best about the Kafunta Lodge is its great location just outside the park with a special entrance to the park, so you can go on safari where less cars go than near the main entrance! And we had elephants and other animals just walking through the area at night.
They probably have the best chef, the food was amaaazing, and the natural outdoor hot tub is a special extra only at Kafunta! The rooms are impeccable, very comfortable and with great views to the plains.
Awesome lodge – perfect place in South Luangwa NP
We stayed in there for three days, having several interesting and marvellous activities in the park ! Very very friendly service, perfect rooms and every time the feeling of being save and very very welcome. Absolute superb guides on the trips with much knowledge over Zambia in common and the park. All people took care of us and we definitely come back again. Enjoyed the stay very very much.
The best place to stay in the South Luangwa National Park !
If you can find a way to get here, come! From the people, you are made to feel at home. From the land and it’s secrets, you will feel awe. We will always treasure it all!
Faultless!! Don’t change a thing!
The second visit for Gisela, the first for Henny. Was as great as anticipated. The park was green all over. The animals were friendly as well as all the people who looked after us. THANK YOU a hundred times.
Thank you for 3 wonderful nights, 4 fantastic days. Drives with exceptional views of game and nature. We will remember you all! Thanks for your hospitality and extreme service!
We want to thank all the people of Kafunta who have given us a most wonderful holiday. There are no word for it to describe it all but in one word, FANTASTIC!
Such wonderful guides and staff. We saw every animal imaginable except an Aardvark, so we will have to come back for that. THANK YOU!
Beautiful people, extrodinary beauty, exceptional service – THANK YOU!
Unforgettable experience!! Thanks for making our first trip to Zambia so memorable! Andrews was a great guide. We spotted so many animals! Simply awesome!!
We have had an amazing time in Kafunta both river lodge and bush camp! Josephat was such a good guide and also very funny! Staff excellent, we are so sad to leave but will keep the memories close to our hearts!
Thank you so much for the wonderful safari! The lodge and the animals are amazing! We enjoyed our time very much!
It has been 9 years since our last visit! We loved it again! We were happy to find Wilson & Josephat still here, they made our first visit great! Thank you everyone!
Malawi and USA