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Kafunta River Lodge

South Luangwa National Park , South Luangwa National Park

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The well-established Kafunta River Lodge lies just outside the South Luangwa National Park, beside a large floodplain and watering hole, with the Luangwa River beyond. It's about 9km from the main road that stretches from Mfuwe Airport to the main bridge into South Luangwa National Park, yet because it has its own crossing points into the park, guests have relatively quick access for their activities. One of the few remaining owner-run camps in South Luangwa, Kafunta was established by Ron and Anke Cowan, who came to the area in 1990 as part of a long trip through Africa. The Cowans were captivated by South Luangwa and decided to settle here. With the help of a dedicated team – many of whom are still with them – they opened Kafunta River Lodge to its first guests in 1998. We have visited Kafunta a number of times over the years, and have watched it go from strength to strength. Now it is a smart camp, with good food and service, and a very reasonable price tag. Kafunta's central area is impressively built around a wild mango tree overlooking the floodplain to the river beyond. Reclaimed tree trunks hold up the huge thatched roof and natural tones are used throughout. The effect is a pleasant safari feel: not too fancy, but stylish in its simplicity. One half of this structure houses a bar-lounge, with high wooden stools propped up at the bar and a fridge stocked with soft and alcoholic drinks. The other side is where meals are taken, when it is too hot (or cold!) to be outside. There's lots of space at the front, too, furnished with armchairs and tables, while adjacent is an infinity swimming pool. A particularly quirky feature is a natural hot tub supplied by water from a local hot spring. Extending out over the floodplain, a vast wooden deck makes a lovely spot for breakfast or for dining out under the stars, weather permitting. Rather more unexpected, however, is Kafunta's hide, secreted beneath the deck and overlooking the plain, which is floodlit at night. There's a second viewing deck, too, high up in a tree looking across to the river, a perfect spot for watching wildlife during the day or – on request – for a private meal. And if you're just after some rest and relaxation, the camp has its own spa, a simple hut where massages are on offer. Like the main area, Kafunta's ten chalets overlook the lagoon.
The well-established Kafunta River Lodge lies just outside the South Luangwa National Park, beside a large floodplain and watering hole, with the Luangwa River beyond. It's about 9km from the main road that stretches from Mfuwe Airport to the main bridge into South Luangwa National Park, yet because it has its own crossing points into the park, guests have relatively quick access for their activit .... Read More

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  • Internet / Free! WiFi Internet / Free! WiFi
  • Special diet menus (on request) Special diet menus (on request)
  • Restaurant Restaurant
  • Restaurant (buffet) Restaurant (buffet)
  • Bar Bar
  • Swimming pool Swimming pool
  • Fitness centre Fitness centre
  • Spa Facilities Spa Facilities

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