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Kafunta River Lodge, SLNP, Zambia

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1) Name of property and country: (Please also include name of property and country as topic title and include as tags as well)


Kafunta River Lodge, South Luangwa N.P., Zambia


2) Website address if known:




3) Date of stay, including whether Green Season, Shoulder season or High season pricing (if known).


September, 2016 , High Season


4) Length of stay:


3 Nights


5) Why did you choose this camp or lodge to stay in? Based upon what?


Chosen as a quick stop over after lengthy travel before proceeding to more remote areas of the park


6) How did you book the property, direct or agent? Were your enquiries dealt with quickly and efficiently?


Via a friend who is an agent


7) How many times have you been on Safari?


15 times


8) To which countries?


Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


9) Which properties have you been to previously that you are comparing this one to?




10) Was the camp/lodge fenced?




11) How many rooms/tents does it have?


8 chalets on raised platforms


12) What tent or room did you stay in? Did it have a good view? Was it overlooked or private?


All chalets are reasonably private with views over floodplain


13) How comfortably furnished was the room/tent?


Well appointed and very comfortable.


14) Did you like the food? If yes, please state why. If no, please state why.


Excellent food.


15) Was there a varied menu offering multiple choice? If vegetarian was a suitable alternative offered? (Did you have to request this in advance?)


Yes a varied menu was on offer. 


16) What is the default dining arrangement? Single tables or communal dining? Do the guides/managers host at mealtimes?


Communal dining, Guides and Managers join the meals, one lunch for occupants of my vehicle was on a secluded raised platform with wait staff and guide.


17) How good were the packed breakfasts/lunches if staying out on game drives?


Snacks & drinks offered (which is ample) for morning tea and sundowners


18) What are the game drive vehicles? Please include photo if possible.


Modified Landcrusiers


19) How many guests per row?


Two to a row


20) How long were the game drives and were they varied in the routes taken?


4 hours + with varied routes


21) What are the standard game drive times? Are game drive times flexible: i.e., if agreed in advance, can you go out earlier than suggested and stay out later, i.e., not returning for lunch but taking supplies with you?


Supposedly 6:15 - 10:30 morning and 16:00- 19:30 afternoon but I suspect it is flexible if there is a lot of game viewing action. 


22) Is this a private conservancy/concession, and what is the vehicle/lodge density like?


No. The Lodge is situated just out side the park. Unsure of vehicle numbers.  


23) If in a National Park, what is the vehicle density in the immediate vicinity?


The lodge is opposite the southern area of the central game viewing section which is accessed via a pontoon. Hence vehicle density is low until vehicles using the main access route into the park drive down to that area.


24) Are you able to off-road?


Yes, to some degree


25) Are there rotation policies for sightings i.e., You face the risk of queuing or being bumped from a sighting.


Unsure, perhaps 3 vehicles to a sighting but this was never a problem during my game drives. 


26) What wildlife is this property known for? Did you get good sightings?


27) How was the standard of guiding?


Very good.


28) If you had a bad experience with a guide, why? Did you report the issue to management, and if so, how did they deal with the issue?




29) If you had a very good experience with your guide, please give reasons why:




30) Were staff attentive to your requests/needs?




31) Does the property support a local community conservation initiative. If so, please provide brief details and website address if known.


Yes. A few community & conservation programs. 


32) Safaritalk trip report link:




33) Any other pertinent details you wish to add:


Extremely good value for money & a bit more than a basic safari experience. A superb lodge overlooking an amazing floodplain. Bird life is prolific and mammals are often in view. For some one who is used to basic camps it is extremely comfortable with swimming pool and hot tub spa. Massages are also offered.


Unfortunately for bird photographers the floodplain is under-utilised. There is a hide underneath the main deck but it faces the wrong direction for light and is next to useless unless an elephant is nearby. A better solution would be for a mobile hide on the flood plain where you can be escorted by an armed game scout. 


Dislike ~ A full sit down breakfast is served rather than a coffee or tea with muffin etc. This slows the process of starting the morning game drive and during the high season the nice light is quickly lost. If you are not the 1st vehicle in line at the pontoon more game viewing time is lost.


Advantages/Disadvantages ~ The lodges's location is a 30 minute drive to the main access gate. If the park is inaccessible via the pontoon then a lot of game viewing time is lost. Conversely there can be some advantage to getting quieter game viewing before other vehicles get to the area. Of course if other vehicles do not arrive you are probably missing something closer to the main gate.  

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