Reviews of Kafunta River Lodge
Wildlife sightings and reviews
39 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Kafunta River Lodge and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Lovely time at Kafunta"
The staff, management, guides and support staff, are all extremely attentive and do everything they can in order to make your stay enjoyable. We saw all the animals we wished for, even wild dogs, twice.
My only reservation about Kafunta is that this stretch of the park, the Mfuwe section, has become quite busy, especially around the bridge area" See all these reviews: 7n in Zambia; 7n in Malawi
"Kafunta - again!"
[Ed: See below for their comments on the first stay here, earlier in this trip.]" See all these reviews: 9n in Zambia
We had drives with 4 of the guides and found them all to be experienced, knowlegeable and very focussed on giving us the best experience possible. They picked up on our particular interests very quickly and showed us everything we wanted to see.
We loved the pool and the hot tub and we were very happy in our rooms." See all these reviews: 9n in Zambia
"Kafunta River Lodge review"
"Beautifully located safari lodge."
There is a genuine concern to ensure that guests' needs and wishes are met and the manager (Alex) is a good communicator.
We loved the location and enjoyed interesting, exciting game drives during which we saw a wide range of animals and birds. The standard of guiding was good." See all these reviews: 14n in Zambia; 4n in Zimbabwe
"Kafunta, Our first experience"
High points were the views from the lodge, this is better than it looks in the photos. Also the evening drives, which cross the Luangwa either by pontoon, or in our case by driving through the river!
We saw Leopard on our first evening, Lions on a kill (and the arrival of the Vultures), a sleeping Elephant and spectacular sunsets from highground.
The staff and Guides were friendly and helpful. Of especial note were Keith the Operations Manager (get him talking about his early days of conservation work) and Josephat for his knowledge, patience and sense of humour." See all these reviews: 9n in Zambia
"fine experience especially guides and drives"
In retrospect I think three nights would have given us enough drives, and a necessary extra night at Kabwe, but we elected to do as our agreed itinerary.
Excellent to have company of staff at meals. We saw so many animals on the first trip that we wondered if that would mean disappointments later. Not so. Food was very good, accommodation all we could have expected and more. Setting was a delight. Silences were a bonus." See all these reviews: 9n in Zambia
"Great Safari at Kafunta"
At Kafunta guests are divided into groups for safaris and meals, and eat with their guide. This gives a great opportunity to talk to the guides about the wildlife - and about their lives in Zambia. Lunches were excellent, cold chicken etc and salads, which were brought to the table and we served each other. Evening meals were served plated, but the food was often cold and a little disappointing. There was a long walk between the kitchen and the deck where we ate, and we wondered if it would not have been easier to serve from the side table on the deck.
The management team were friendly and welcomed us back from each drive. Their suggestion that we would enjoy 2 nights at Kafunta after the Island Bush Camp rather than before was a good one - we really appreciated the time in our chalet, which set us up well for the charity trip which followed our holiday." See all these reviews: 8n in Zambia
"First Safari at Kafunta River Lodge"
As the river was low the pontoon could not be used, so we drove straight through the river and up the bank - a baptism of fire for those who hadn't been on a jeep before! Our group included seasoned self drive safari goers, keen to see lion, and the first drive felt a bit like a lion hunt, but on the second day we were able to just observe what there was to see around the park . Our guide Josephat was excellent, finding something to tell us about everything we saw, rather than just driving until we found animals. As we started to ask questions we got even more out of the drive.
We had planned to spend 2 nights here before moving to the Island Bush Camp. On arrival it was suggested that we should move to the bush camp after just one night, so that on our return we could have 2 nights to relax before we left. We were initially apprehensive about this, as it felt we were being rushed, but it turned out to be good advice and we enjoyed the facilities of Kafunta more on our return." See all these reviews: 8n in Zambia
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