Before You Go

How to find Kafunta Safaris


By Air

Mfuwe International Airport caters for charters and scheduled flights that connect with major international carriers from Lusaka (the capital of Zambia) and Lilongwe (Malawi’s capital).

  • Kafunta River Lodge is 45 minutes drive from the airport
  • Three Rivers Camp and Island Bush Camp are another 2 1/2 to 3 hours from Kafunta River Lodge (further south)
  • Transfers are included in our prices
  • We are happy to help you with flight arrangements within Zambia or with Malawi

By Road

South Luangwa National Park is approximately 5 hours from Lilongwe or 8 to 10 hours drive from Lusaka and Kafunta River Lodge is well signposted from Chipata.

For more up to date details on road conditions please contact us.

Kafunta Safaris GPS Details

Kafunta River Lodge: -13.162776, 31.738933
Island Bush Camp: -13.432117, 31.472074
Three Rivers Camp -13.411365, 31.556418

When is a Good Time to Visit?

Kafunta River Lodge is open from April till the end of the year and it is closed during the green season Jan to March. The Luangwa Valley offers different experiences thought the seasons.

April, May

The temperatures are pleasant, with warm days and comfortable nights. It is dry but the last short rains could be experienced at the start of April. The bush is lush and the grass has turned golden brown, the sky is clear covered with white clouds. It is a great time to visit the Luangwa and game viewing is good.

June, July

They are the coolest month and sometimes cold at night, with warm and pleasant days. The bush is drying up fast and the remote areas are now open. The game viewing is great and the cooler days make it pleasant to stay out on safari longer.

August, September, October

These are the hottest month with August being modest and October very hot right into the night. The bush is dry and animals frequently come down to the river to drink; the game viewing can be amazing. The landscape is dry and dusty ready for the first rains in late October.

November, December

These months bring hot days and warm nights. First occasional rain showers start in November and last through December, it does not rain daily and it never last long (1 hour). It is amazing to see the change from the dusty dry to new life. The bush awakens with new greenery and many animals have their young. This is a great time to experience the bush and the game viewing is great.

January to March

These months are the peak of the rainy season, heavy storms last into the night and it can rain for hours, mainly at night. The days are sunny and bright with fantastic views and stunning sunsets. The water table rises and the rivers and lagoon are water filled. The bush is lush and green making game viewing more difficult but still rewarding. The roads are wet and game drives are restricted to the main road, many areas of the park are not accessible. Some operators offer river safaris for this time of the year.


Safari Packing List

  • Casual, comfortable, lightweight clothing in neutral colors
  • Warm clothing for cool winter evenings (June/July).
  • Comfortable walking shoes.
  • Comfortable shoes to relax around the lodge.
  • Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Compact raincoat during the rainy months (the lodge provides ponchos for the game drives)
  • Warm jacket for game drives (for the winter months)
  • Binoculars and camera
  • Anti-malarial tablets are essential all year round (consult your doctor).
  • Swimsuit – as Kafunta River Lodge has a swimming pool and natural hot tub.
  • Torch for your stay at the bush camps
  • A power plug adapter, our plugs are UK style. 

Pack for a Purpose


We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travellers make a big impact on the lives of community at your destination. Use available space in your luggage to provide supplies to communities you visit.

Saving just a few kilos of space in your luggage and bring along supplies for local schools or medical clinics, you’ll make a priceless impact on the lives of children and families. Please visit Pack for a Purpose to see what supplies are needed for our projects.


Tourist visas are available at the point of entry for most passport holders at a cost of 50 US$ (cash is recommended). For more info visit the Zambia Immigrations website.



Kafunta River Lodge opens from Easter (exact date can vary) through New Year
Island Bush Camp & Three Rivers Camp open from May 25th to October 31st