So after that morning drive we were off to Kafunta, our last camp. Or not exactly, back to Flat Dogs first! Kafunta had agreed with Gavin they would pick us up from Flat Dogs since they had other new guests who were currently at Flat Dogs. Works for us! The moment we arrive we run back into John, which was a nice surprise! We gave him the doubles of our tsetse nuclear devices since François and Jose were going to Kafue next and we thought they might need it more than us. They mentioned afterwards by the way that the burning of the elephant dung at the back of the car really works! I had read that before (probably here I think ) , but when we mentioned it in SLNP the camp owners/guide gave us a funny face
Anyway, then we were off to the next camp.
Wow, kafunta was beautiful! The pictures on the website just don't do it justice! The view from the main deck (where you have dinner and breakfast) and from their gorgeous infinity pool is simply to die for! Amazing floodplains with soooooooo many animals (impala, baboons, warthogs, zebra's, giraffe, elephants, hippo's, hyena's)! I had expected a luxury on the level of what Flat Dogs turned out to be, but it was of an even higher standard! Kafunta was the most upmarket one of all the camps we visited, but it was definitely reflected in the level of service and the whole look and feel of the place (that pool with that view!) It exceeded my expectations by far!
We had one of the two suites and these rooms are easily worth the very small extra cost! They are infinitely bigger and more beautiful than the standard rooms (we stayed in the standard room on our last night - availability is an issue with the suites since they only have 2). The bathroom was the size of an average apartment. And the suite had two floors, with a very beautiful look out deck at the top floor with day beds. For some reason we didn't get at that time, they had a mosquito net hanging over them. Well we soon found out what that was for when the very nice manager Izzy asked us if we would like those day beds to be made up for a sleep out. Would we ever! Ok, perhaps a sleep out for wussies since you are right on top of your actual room and nowhere alone, but still, great experience!
We highly recommend Kafunta! The lodge is marketed by most agents as midlevel I think, and that does it a grave injustice! It is amazingly good value for money at a very very high level of service! Everyone of the staff is extremely friendly and the manager Izzy is very very on hand to ensure all guests are enjoying their stay.
It's a lodge, not a bush camp, but I am woman enough to admit I really enjoyed my pressurised shower after 3 nights bush camp bucket shower And when combined with their island bush camp as we did, then you get the best of both!
Some pictures taken on arrival
They have a very nice hide under the deck from which you can admire the animals at eye level! And we had a very accommodating elephant on arrival that came almost close enough to touch! What a great start!
While the big guy came from the right, this breeding herd came from the left. This picture was taken from our upstairs deck as we watched them come.
But we had to stop admire him and get ready for our first drive! A drive that would give us our second favourite sighting of the trip!
Edited by martywilddog, 11 November 2016 - 11:56 AM.