For wildlife, and wildlife-lovers, it does not get any better than Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. With its verdant floodplains rustling with huge herds of game, mopane woodlands and indigenous hardwood forests filled with over 400 species of birds, and a mighty river that attracts thirsty animals like a magnet, it is one of Africa’s truly great wildlife sanctuaries.
Over 60 different species of mammal call the South Luangwa National Park their home, drawn by the diverse range of habitats from sandy seasonal river courses to the mineral-rich alluvial floodplains that stretch out to distant blue hills. Predators such as lion, leopard, and wild dog stalk the smaller game, whilst primates such as yellow baboons and vervet monkeys swing through the trees. The Park is well-known for its huge herds of elephant and buffalo, along with its large population of leopard. The Luangwa Valley has one of the highest concentrations of hippos in Africa, estimated to be at least 50 per kilometre of river. The Luangwa Valley also boasts two endemic species: Thornicroft’s Giraffe and Cookson’s Wildebeest. Crawshay’s Zebra, with its unique evenly spaced stripes, is also a local resident.
Walking safaris were pioneered in the South Luangwa National Park and are still one of the best ways of experiencing the African wilderness. There are many Bush Camps in the Park, and it is possible to walk between them, accompanied by an armed ranger
This 5- or 8-nights Bush Experience package offers a unique opportunity to combine the central location of Kafunta River Lodge with the remoteness of our bush camps: Island Bush Camp, an authentic rustic bush camp and/or Three Rivers Camp, a sophisticated tented camp with a unique sleep out option.
5- Night Itinerary: 3 nights at Kafunta River Lodge; 2 nights at Island OR Three Rivers Camp
8-Night Itinerary: 3 nights at Kafunta River Lodge; 1 night at Island Bush Camp; 2 nights at Three Rivers Camp; 2 nights at Kafunta River Lodge prior to Departure.
The first days are spent at Kafunta River Lodge, which offers the opportunity to discover the game rich Mfuwe area. Game viewing activities at Kafunta River Lodge include game drives in open vehicles along with unique night drives which offer the opportunity to view nocturnal animals. The central location of Kafunta River Lodge allows us to explore vast areas of South Luangwa National Park. While at the lodge, you can relax on the privacy of your viewing deck, or by taking a swim in the infinity pool while keeping an eye on the elephants drinking at the waterhole.
A 2 1/2-hour drive from Kafunta River Lodge, heading south through remote wilderness, will take you to one of our bush camps. Three Rivers Camp is ideally located between the Luangwa River and a wildlife-rich lagoon. The camp features 5 sumptuous tents decorated in earthy tones, each
with a private viewing deck and separate plaZorm where you can choose to sleep out at night. The en-suite bathroom offers the choice of an indoor or outdoor shower.
Island Bush Camp offers rustic open-sided huts built on stilts that ensure safety from wild animals while providing an unlimited view of the Luangwa River. Each of the 5 chalets has its own en-suite bathroom, with running water, flushing toilets and hot bucket showers. The camp is perfect for walking safaris. Returning to Kafunta River Lodge, you spend the last part of your safari in the comfort of the lodge where you are able to participate in more game drives.
What is included in the tour
- Accommodation as listed for the number of nights listed in each option.
- All meals, local beverages, park fees and twice daily game activities (Walks or drives)
- Return Flights from Lusaka to Mfuwe and Road Transfer to and from Camps
What is NOT included in the tour
- All Optional and premium beverages & additional Refreshments
- Additional nights not mentioned or optional overnight/stays in Lusaka on arrival or departure
- Road Transfer other than to and from camp (i.e. in and around Lusaka)
- All Additional Flights not mentioned
- Visas (If applicable)
- Optional/Suggested Activities
- Personal items, tipping, personal refreshments and extras
Kafunta River Lodge - 5 Nights
Enjoy 5-nights/6 Days at Kafunta River Lodge, a classic Zambian Safari Lodge that combines all essentials for a great safari. Besides its excellent location along the edge of a floodplain, the Luangwa River lies just beyond the plain which is considered to be one of the best game viewing areas in the unique South Luangwa National Park.
Game drives start with the exciting river crossing at the pontoon, laying just minutes away from the lodge and giving access to more remote areas with extraordinarily good wildlife. Alternatively, a short game drive from the main gate, which leads to another variety of game viewing loops and lagoons in the northern sector – this makes Game Drives at Kafunta one of the most thrilling activities.
Early morning walks can also be arranged although the bush camps (See above) for these to enjoy a real immersion in untouched wilderness. And of course, afternoon game drives culminate with the amazing African sunset, celebrated by a traditional sundowner drink before continuing onto the night safari in search of nocturnal animals.
During the days, between game activities, you can enjoy Kafunta’s very own wildlife hide. The hide is strategically located overlooking the floodplain and local waterhole, both receiving daily visitors of elephants, giraffe, puku and many more. The Hide is the perfect position to capture the daily lives of these inspiring animals.
Kafunta River Lodge provides endless views of the game-rich floodplain, which can be seen at no matter where you are in the lodge, including your Luxury Chalet. Eight safari chalets stand on raised wooden platforms and have thatched roofs and private viewing decks. They are pleasantly decorated to match the local style. The Chalets all have comfortable sitting areas with coffee and tea facilities and a small fridge stocked with refreshing drinks.