The heart of Northern Kafue Safaris

Kafue River Lodge is your reward at the end of your journey into the North-Eastern Kafue. The stretch of the Kafue River where the lodge is located is varied, gentle and favoured by wildlife. The 4 ensuite chalets overlook the river and the sounds of hippo carry clearly across the grounds with the miombo woodland behind camp also playing home to a steady stream of game and birds. 

Three reasons to visiT

Escape the “Ferrari Safari”

Kafue River Lodge is ideal for people wanting, to relax, take their time and enjoy the wilderness on offer as opposed to rushing from camp to camp or sighting to sighting.

widlife diversity

The incredible diversity of mammal and birdlife on offer means that no 2 days are ever the same in Northern Kafue.

a range of activities

Kafue River Lodge’s ideal location lends itself to a wide range of both land and river based activities

accommodation overview

Kafue River Lodge has 4 ensuite chalet and 2 central areas – an open, riverside “fire pit” for starlit dining and early morning coffee and the beautiful main lapa area which is built on a deck over the river offering cool shade and 180 degree river views.

OPEN Dates

1 Mar – 31 Dec


4 Cottages

lodge capacity

Max 4 per cottage

Children policy

All ages


The Kafue River Lodge cottages have been designed in a way that allows you to settle into this little piece of paradise for an extended stay. Each of the four ensuite chalets consists of two queen beds, a fireplace, freestanding bath, outdoor shower and teak decking.  The entire lodge is run on solar power and so there are plugs in the chalets for charging equipment.

  • Ensuite Bathrooms

  • Charging Facilities

  • Mosquito Nets

  • Daily Laundry

  • Credit Card Facilities

  • WiFi Available

  • Cellphone Reception

  • Swimming Pool

DAILY activities

Kafue River Lodge’s ideal location lends itself to a wide range of both land and river based activitie

Our game drives take place in the Lunga Luswishi, Kafue National Park and Mushingashi Conservancy. The advantage to the game drives is that one can cover a lot of ground whilst searching for those special sightings. We have good road networks around us which allow a far reach for the drives and covers the diversity of vegetation in our area. Of course, sundowners and coffee stops are mandatory and you may just be surprised with a bush breakfast after the drive has finished.

We couldn’t think of a better way to kick off or end your stay at Kafue River Lodge than a gentle boat cruise. At the beginning of the season, this tends to be more focused on birding and botany but as we move further into winter and the river becomes the primary water source, we do start to have better mammal sightings along the banks of the Kafue. Come September / October, we have experienced some great cat sightings and occasional elephant crossings as many animals go there to escape the heat of the day by the cool water under the foliage of the waterberry trees.

The Kafue offers outstanding fishing for a wide variety of bream species, pike and yellowfish. The stretch of river that we offer is considered by many to be one of the finest along the entire Kafue and anglers of all skill levels can have incredible fun targeting the rapids, rocks and flooded timber with lures, spinners and bait for the numerous fish species on offer.

Our walking safaris typically take place in the Lunga Luswishi. After an early breakfast, we depart from the fire pit on a walking safari. Often we have heard the calls of animals during the night, we follow up on those calls whilst engaging our guests on the smaller wonders of the bush. Walking safaris are very educational, a great opportunity for the guests to really immerse themselves in the bush. The walking safaris are less of a forced march, more of a comfortable, enriching stroll through the bush. We have a tea break along the way and either return to the lodge for brunch or have a surprise feast somewhere in the bush.

Sometimes we begin the cycling trips from the lodge. We also do drop off the guests in the park or to locations around the game management area to embark on their trips. There is a beautiful hot water spring that we often visit where the bush is open – a large dambo surrounded by miombo woodland which creates excellent cycle “territory.” We use fat tyre bicycles and they are very comfortable, especially in the more sandy areas. The cycling is a great opportunity for the guests to indulge in a little physical activity and get the blood going – a welcome change from the sometimes sedentary traditional safari approach!

Where else can you sit in ankle deep water on a sandbar in the Kafue River and enjoy a fabulous lunch watching the incredible birdlife? Or what about a bush dinner – arriving after a game drive at a roaring bonfire with tables lit by candles for you to enjoy a delicious 3 course meal paired with a warm smoky red wine and listen to the animals and birds creating the night ambience. They are not just meals – they are memories and Kafue River Lodge loves mixing up the dining experience for guests.


Kafue River Lodge is located on 143 hectares of private land next to Kafue National Park. (GPS Co-Ordinates: 14°29,841’S 26°31.206’E)

Click here for detailed directions to Kafue River Lodge.

2019/2020 Rates

Fully Inlcusive Nightly Rate: From USD 360 pppn

Fully inclusive Rate Includes:

Park fees, Accommodation, all meals, all local drinks, safari activities, bed levies and laundry.


Gratuities and external transfers.

CLICK here to view our 2019 Specials


How would you describe your time at Kafue River Lodge?

Absolutely incredible and I cannot wait to return. We bird watched, went on game drives and out on the boat fishing.. Just beautiful and highly recommended.

– Colleen Black, August 2018



Northern Kafue Safaris manages and markets Kasonso Busanga, Kafue River Lodge and Kikuji Camps.


Reservations & Enquiries
Cell: 0027 82 728 0214 (7:00 – 19:00)
Email: res@kafueriverlodge.com

Emergency Contact Details
Cell: 00260 97 801 6191 (Wattsap Only)



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