Kafunta Safaris is owned by Ron and Anke Cowan who made the Luangwa Valley their home in the early 1990s and now operate three unique safari camps here. Kafunta River Lodge is based in the main Mfuwe area, an ideal location to explore this game rich land. Island Bush Camp is found in the remote south of the National Park offering walking safaris.
The new tented Three Rivers Camp boasts private viewing platforms and a sleep-out at each tent.
KAFUNTA RIVER LODGE
The 10-room lodge is located on the floodplains of the Luangwa River. During the peak season the lodge accesses the national park via its own pontoon. Central to the lodge is a spacious bar and dining area with superb panoramic views - great game viewing and bird watching from the lodge is guaranteed. There is also an infinity pool and the only natural hot spring tub in the Luangwa Valley. Activities on offer include game drives bush walks, village and cultural tours as well as a wellness spa.
ISLAND BUSH CAMP
Island Bush Camp is located 3.5 hours’ drive from Mfuwe Airport in a very remote yet extremely game-rich area of the southern section of the South Luangwa National Park. It is in this complete solitude, far away from other crowds, that walking safaris take place in the mornings and afternoons. This seasonal, intimate camp lies under a grove of Mahogany trees, right on the banks of the Luangwa River. Authentic bush accommodation is offered in five elevated reed huts, with bucket showers and running water.
THREE RIVERS CAMP
Kafunta’s new tented venture takes ‘bush camp’ to a whole new level. The camp is within safari walking distance of sister property Island Bush camp, so a three-property circuit is obvious, incorporating Kafunta River Lodge, too. Set under the shade of sausage trees with the main dining area facing the confluence of the Luangwa, Luzangazi and Kapamba rivers, the camp consists of five luxury en-suite tents, with river or lagoon views. All are sleek yet earthy, with a twin-bed configuration and spacious private decks. The main feature is a sleep-out deck, where guests can spend the night under the stars.