Kafunta: The Lowdown

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Kafunta started as a love affair- first between owners Rod and Anke, and later between them and this beautiful patch of Africa. Their gorgeous lodge is everything a safari-lover could want: low-key, unfussy, and the sort of view that you really need to keep an eye on in case a stray lion wanders by.

What’s Kafunta really like?

Kafunta’s definitely not what we’d describe as a glitzy safari camp, and nor would we want it to be. It’s friendly, wholesome and very much focused on the bush rather than 5* fripperies. This makes Kafunta fantastically good value, and a great base to explore the South Luangwa National Park from. There are 8 rustic bush chalets, raised up on platforms, and, for an extra treat, two luxury suites which have a private deck and a viewing verandah upstairs. Meals are wholesome and eaten with your guide, and if you really must tear yourself away from safari, there’s a natural hot-tub, a small pool and a blissful wellness spa.

What can I do at Kafunta?

Kafunta’s just outside the South Luangwa so each day you’ll head into the bush in search of animals- usually this’ll be an exciting trip on the pontoon over the Luangwa River (just a 5 minute hop from camp), but on rare occasions when the water’s high you’ll head in over the sturdy main bridge around half an hour away. The main attractions are the fantastic game drives, but it’s also possible to do walking safaris (a real favourite of ours) and night drives.

Giving back at Kafunta:

Kafunta is a founding member of Project Luangwa which helps to ensure the local community benefit from tourism, primarily through supporting more than 25 local schools and their pupils. The camp also supports the South Luangwa Conservation Society which helps to protect the Valley’s wildlife and natural resources. Last, but not least, Kafunta works with Pack for a Purpose, so if you want to bring something with you to help, they can point you in the right direction!

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