Three Rivers Camp

Three Rivers Camp: Our full report

5 tented chalets
Traveller's rating
Excellent (94%) From 10 reviews
May to October.

Three Rivers Camp opened in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park in May 2017. Appropriately named, the camp is located on at the confluence of the Luangwa, Lusangazi and Kapamba Rivers, and is one of only two camps in the southern area of the park located on the eastern side of the Luangwa River.

Three Rivers Camp owned and run by Kafunta Safaris who have been operating safari lodges in the South Luangwa since 1998. The camp is situated in the southern end of the park between its two sister camps Kafunta River Lodge and Island Bush Camp.

We haven't had a chance to visit, but from what we know the camp has five luxury tents raised up on platforms, each with its own private viewing deck. The tents overlook either the river or the lagoon, with elevated platforms and star beds for sleep outs. En-suite bathrooms have indoor and outdoor showers, double sinks and flushing toilets.

The main focus of the camp is on walking safaris and, should you combine Three Rivers Camp with Island Bush Camp, it is be possible to walk the 7km in between the two. However, there are also game drives on offer, allowing some flexibility in the choice of activities. The borders of the national park completely encompass the Luangwa River in this part of the valley, providing a large area for safari activities.

Our view

We pride ourselves in keeping up to date with all of Zambia's camps, new and old, and also in our ability to give you an impartial option based on personal experience. We haven't has a chance to visit Three Rivers Camp yet, but based on our experience at it's sister properties we are expecting a nice comfortable camp in a quiet area of the park. We hope to visit this camp as soon as it opens, so keep an eye out for more information.


Location: South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Directions: Most visitors fly from Lusaka to Mfuwe (about one hour) and then transfer by vehicles to camps in the park. It will be a three-hour game drive through the park to Three Rivers Lodge.

Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer

Key personnel

Owner: Ron and Anke Cowan.



Reducing impact on the local environment

Reducing impact on the local environmentThree Rivers Camp is the youngest member of Kafunta Safaris, located at the confluence of Luangwa, Kapamba and Lusangazi Rivers in South Luangwa, Zambia.

The camp takes pride in its eco-friendly design which maximises guests’ comfort while minimising threatening risks to the local environment. Solar power generators are used throughout the camp and a water purification system was implemented to provide fresh water to everybody on-site. Candle-lit dinners contribute to saving energy, but also create a more intimate atmosphere, thus allowing guests to unwind and enjoy traditional cuisine and complimentary bar service, much needed after a long-day safari walk or drive.

Built in a rich area of biodiversity, the team at Three Rivers has already joined the conservation and community initiatives that Kafunta Safaris has been investing in for years. A small fee is added to guest accounts to ensure the long-term continuity of these projects which support research projects in the nearby areas as well as local schools’ as part of the Luangwa Project.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: Yes

Dangerous animals: High Risk

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