Through the inaugural Kamageo Internship Programme, we sent Falmouth University Business Entrepreneurship student Sam Machin to use his new skills at Kafunta Safaris in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. In his own words, here’s how he got on.
“I can’t describe just how fun and amazing it’s been working at Kafunta Safaris’ three camps: Kafunta River Lodge, Island Bush Camp and Three Rivers Camp.
The main camp, Kafunta River Lodge, boasts an extensive view of the flood plains where elephants, hippos and buffalo are regularly seen from your room’s balcony, the gorgeous infinity pool and the Luangwa Valley’s only natural hot tub.
Three Rivers Camp is located 2 hours south of Kafunta River Lodge and is set at the confluence of the Luangwa, Kapamba and Lusangazi Rivers (hence its name). While each suite gives that “off the grid” feeling of seclusion, it’s far from lacking in amenities with home comforts such as electricity and 24-hour hot water.
Island Bush Camp, on the other hand, offers a truly authentic African bush experience with no electricity (except in the office, where phones and camera batteries can be charged overnight). Wildlife in camp is thriving. On one occasion we were even visited by a cackle of hyenas who dragged an ornamental tortoise shell out of camp!
The staff at all three camps are incredibly attentive and welcoming, from the senior managers to the gardeners. Every morning I was greeted with smiles and welcomes – a true reflection of the high standards owners Anke and Ron Cowan strive for at Kafunta Safaris. They also have some incredible stories to tell from their 20 years in the bush.”