We stayed for 5 nights at Kafunta River Lodge in October. Our room was a luxury 2 storey chalet which had an upstairs outside balcony, with a day bed for relaxing on during the hot afternoons. The inside was spacious and comfortable, with a fridge and a fan, which was really welcome, as October is the hottest time of the year.
The food was very good and plentiful: a light breakfast before the early morning game drive, an early 2 course lunch and 3 course dinner after the evening game drive. Twice we were surprised and delighted to have lunch in different places, in a tree house and by the side of the river, with our guide.
From your own balcony and the public areas you could see all types of animals and birds coming to drink from the pools in front of the lodge: elephants, warthogs, giraffes, impala, puku, baboons, fish eagles, melba finches, a great painted snipe, Abdim’s storks which had just migrated in, Pel’s fishing owl, as well as many others.
The guides were very knowledgeable and we saw plenty of lions and leopards. The end of the dry season is a desperate time of the year for prey animals and we saw life in the raw several times but also new life, including an impala which had just been born.
The staff were very friendly and helpful and the guards who escorted you to and from your room in the dark looked after you well, and always told you what animals had been outside your room during the night. One evening, upon our return from the game drive, we were ushered straight into the bar area as a hyena was hunting a puku in front of the lodge.
We did miss a couple of good opportunities to get good photos and video footage because the guides always endeavoured to get as near as possible to animals and birds in order to give their guests the best possible sightings.
I hate to criticise, but on the night drives we had a trainee with us who held the spotlight and he and our guide spent a lot of time talking (it wasn’t all training: they seemed to be just chatting).
Although I have made a couple of negative comments, our guides were both really nice people and they did provide good close up sightings.
We really enjoyed our stay at Kafunta and it was a lovely way to end our trip to Zambia. Thank you to all the staff and the managers who helped to make our stay so memorable
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Kafunta River Lodge Zambia/South Luangwa National Park