"Outstanding game viewing in a prime area with private river crossing into National Park"

RATES: US $3,615.00 PP

22 - 26 AUGUST 2018 | FULLY BOOKED


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This 7 day photo safari in Zambia makes the very best use of the wonderful photographic opportunities offered in the central section of the South Luangwa National Park. But the added bonus of safaris from Kafunta River Lodge is that we will enter the park via a private river crossing, which gives earlier and private access. The river crossing allows us to reach prime areas of the park early in the morning is ideal for photography and wildlife viewing alike.

I've been guiding in this national park for more than 6 years and have a keen eye for the subtle behaviour of mammals that indicate predators nearby. While safaris - and photos safaris in particular - are about much more than just predators, I'm always keen to share the thrill of sensing, tracking down and then finding one of Luangwa's carnivores. In between, there are lots of photographic opportunities to enjoy, and I'll take time to offer assistance, advice and suggestions, depending on each guest's requests.

Edward has been a good, very good guide. He showed us that we have to be patient, sometimes very patient, to see something rare as the leopard hunting. We must merit this spectacle ! Thank you to you, Edward, to have made us discover that.
Yvon and Genevieve S, France


Brilliant Predator Activity
During the dry season, when this safari operates, there is very limited water supplies around, so all the creatures of the bush are forced together along the river. This is particularly the case in this area of the park where the bush is sparser than elsewhere. With large herbivores such as buffalo beginning to suffer under the nutritional compression, lions capitalise on these opportunities.

Huge Concentrations of Game
Seeking protection from lions, small buffalo herds throng together forming super-herds in numbers of over 500. Elephants congregate along the rivers, often choosing to cross at sunset in a favourite place near Kafunta. During the night they search for greener pastures on the opposite bank before returning at sunrise.

Carmine Bee-eaters
For bird lovers, the 'Carmines' are a sight that should be on your bucket list. In fact, the vibrant colours, chirruping calls and sheer numbers of birds make a visit to a Carmine colony an awe-inspiring sight even for those who are not so keen on our feathered cousins. Of course, the photographic opportunities are outstanding and the Southern area of the park is home to one of the most impressive colonies.

Private Entry to the National Park
There are few places in Africa which can boast the game sightings of Luangwa, with so few other visitors around. Kafunta especially enjoys this accolade as their access to the national park is separate from many of the other lodges in the busier areas. We use a pontoon in the early dry season, and drive right through the river when the water level drops.


Photo Safari: John Myers | Kafunta River Lodge | 21 - 28 August 2017
While guiding a camera-man last week, I took some video footage of my own....I hope you enjoy this short montage.
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Photo Safari: Roger & Vicky | Flatdogs Camp | 1 - 4 Oct 2015
Roger and Vicky Fry have been safari-ing with me since 2013 and have been wonderful supporters of the Luangwa. To reward them for their perseverance and love of the bush, Luangwa showed them some stunning sights this time around, including an Aardvark to beat all others! Tempted? Read on.....
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Photo Safari: Hermann | Marula Lodge | 27 Sep - 2 Oct 2015
I have taken several bookings this year for individual photographers wanting a private safari where they can concentrate on their own photography with my assistance. Hermann joined me for a private safari in the central section of the National Park.
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Kafunta River Lodge
Kafunta is a classic safari lodge just outside the South Luangwa National Park which offers all the comforts and unrivaled game viewing. I have chosen this lodge because it is stylish and well run, but more importantly, because it offers a great game-viewing experience. Crossing the river early in the morning (by driving through the shallow water in September, and by pontoon earlier in the year) is an experience in itself, but also a valuable entry in to one of Africa's finest safari wildernesses.

The staff at the lodge are helpful and highly accommodating, often going out of their way to ensure guests are enjoying their stay and getting the most out of their safari. Meals are taken on a beautiful deck overlooking a floodplain and are tasty and varied.

Kafunta is situated just outside the National Park - and within easy reach of the park - either by road - or by pontoon-ferry. From the lodge-deck you enjoy a spectacular view to a wet bush-plain neighbouring the Luangwa River. Day and night you can sit on the deck observing an endless number of puku, giraf, elephant, warthog, impala, hippo, crocodile, fish-eagle, lion, hyena - you name it! The rooms are well equipped chalets with lots of space - and also with a beautiful view.

Hanne E, Denmark



This is one of the most game-rich areas of the park, and is also one of the most established. Kafunta has the luxury of early access to the National Park via its private crossing, but we will encounter other vehicles while on safari. We’ll always leave early from camp to enjoy the best sightings, but occasionally some sightings are over-subscribed.


GROUP SIZE: Minimum 2, Maximum 4 - a surcharge will be applied if fewer than 4 is reached. (Groups of 6 can be accommodated - apply for details and rates.)

RATES INCLUDE: Full board accommodation, standard drinks, all transport in the National Park and guided game viewing activities, pro-photographer guiding fees and informal photo processing sessions, 7 days South Luangwa National Park entrance fees, laundry, all airport transfers and onward transfers to your next camp.

RATES EXCLUDE: International and domestic flights, Premium drinks, visas, travel and medical insurance, (optional) tips, excess baggage charges, personal calls, gratuities, personal purchases, or any activities not specified in the itinerary.


BOOKING: If you are considering joining this safari, contact me via the Contact Page to request a booking form and discuss anything you would like to know.

SAFARI STARTS AND ENDS: We will collect you from Mfuwe International Airport and transfer you to your first camp. Safaris begin with the afternoon game drive. After our final morning on safari, we will co-ordinate your departure to meet with the remainder of your itinerary and any onward connections.

FLIGHTS: You can reach Mfuwe International Airport using Proflight Zambia. You can book directly on their website or ask you agent to do so. Emirates now have a code-share with Proflight so it's possible to book from your home city > Dubai > Lusaka > Mfuwe on the Emirates website. This offers good value and ensures that the airlines know that you are connecting between flights.