Lunga River Lodge

Kafue National Park, Zambia

Mango Opinion

Like its sister, Busanga Bush Camp, Lunga has undergone an extensive refurbishment under new ownership. This series of camps will help provide increased revenue and conservation efforts to Kafue National Park.Located along the Lunga River, game viewing here is fun and exciting.

Lunga River Lodge is situated on the west bank of the magnificent Lunga River in the northeastern region of the Kafue National Park. The Lunga River is one of the three main tributaries into the Busanga Plains, an area in the extreme north of the park, and one of the last truly unspoiled places in the world.

Lunga River Lodge has 6 spacious thatched rooms with private decks that overlook the river, ensuring breathtaking views and en-suite shower and bathroom. There is a bar with sundeck that is suspended over the river, a dining room and deck, reading room and plunge pool. A maximum of 12 guests can be accommodated at any one time and great emphasis has been placed on the "guided" experience - being led by qualified, enthusiastic people with in-depth knowledge of the area and its wildlife.

Activities include game drives, walking safaris, guided canoe and boating trips as well as fishing. Night drives provide the added excitement of the nocturnal wonders of the area. For those interested in birding, Kafue National Park boasts 491 species of birds, including endemics such as Chaplin's Barbet.

The Busanga area is home to thousands of red lechwe, ubiquitous puku, stately roan and sable as well as the diminutive oribi and blue duiker. Defassa waterbuck, herds of tsessebe, Lichtenstein's hartebeest, zebra and buffalo make for a full set of antelope. This wealth of game on the plains is also a big attraction for predators, with cheetah, leopard and African wildcat often seen, wild dog, pangolin, and caracal spotted occasionally, and prides of lion up to 20 strong.