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Safaris, Sunsets & Sweet Dreams: Unveiling Kafunta Safaris New Sunset House

In the heart of Zambia, where the spirit of untamed Africa comes alive, lies the enchanting South Luangwa National Park. Renowned for its breathtaking landscapes and being the birthplace of walking safaris in Africa, this park has captivated the hearts of adventurers and nature enthusiasts for generations. As the sun sets on the horizon, Kafunta Safaris is poised to introduce an unforgettable chapter in the park’s story with the eagerly anticipated Sunset House, set to open its doors in November 2023.

South Luangwa National Park: An African Eden

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Nestled in the eastern part of Zambia, South Luangwa National Park is a wildlife haven often dubbed a hidden gem. Despite its relatively low-key reputation, this park teems with diverse ecosystems and an impressive array of animals. The Luangwa River, a lifeline for the park, meanders through the landscape, attracting wildlife like a magnet. From its banks, you can observe elephants bathing, crocodiles basking in the sun, and some of the 400+ species of birds found in the area. However, what truly sets South Luangwa apart is its staggering leopard population, often described as one of the best places on the planet to spot these elusive cats.

Getting to South Luangwa National Park

The journey to South Luangwa is an adventure in itself. Begin by booking a flight to Lusaka, Zambia’s capital city, where you’ll land at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport. From there, a short domestic flight from Lusaka with Proflight Zambia or ProCharter takes you to Mfuwe, the gateway to South Luangwa.

Kafunta Safaris: Where Dreams Meet Reality

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Kafunta Safaris has epitomised excellence in the African safari experience for over two decades. The main lodge, Kafunta River Lodge, boasts a hot tub fed by a natural spring where you can watch hippos as you wallow. Three Rivers Camp is located at the confluence of three rivers (hence the name!), and each tent has its own private sleep-out area to watch the stars all night long. For those up for adventure, you can walk to Kafunta’s Island Bush Camp. Each of their camps offers the ideal vantage point for game viewing. With expert guides and rooms providing the perfect balance of rustic and luxury, Kafunta has long been a favourite among travellers seeking to embrace the wild heart of Africa.

The Sunset House: A Unique Retreat

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As Kafunta Safari’s promise of excellence continues, they have added a remarkable feather to their safari cap: The Sunset House. Named after the captivating views of the Luangwa floodplain during sunset, this unique residence can accommodate up to nine guests and includes:

Spacious Living Areas: Imagine kicking back in open living spaces designed to create moments that last a lifetime.

Three En-Suite Bedrooms: Each bedroom guarantees a peaceful night's rest, ensuring comfort and privacy.

Fireplace: Perfect for cosy evenings beneath the starry African skies.

Swimming Pool: Take a refreshing dip or bask in the sun on the lounging deck.

Exclusive Game-Viewing Activities: Your adventure begins at your doorstep with tailor-made game drives and walking safaris.

The Sunset House operates on a fixed rate for 1 to 4 guests, and each additional member can enjoy their stay at a reduced fee, making it an ideal choice for larger families or friend groups.

A Culinary Safari Adventure

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Perfect days on safari end on a sweet note with Kafunta’s tantalising Grilled Pineapple Tartlets recipe. This delectable dessert captures the flavours of Africa, and it’s as easy to make as it is to savour. Get ready to indulge in a culinary safari adventure that’ll transport your taste buds back to the heart of South Luangwa National Park.

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Grilled Pineapple Tartlet Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 fresh pineapple
  • Oil for grilling
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • Sliced almonds
  • Ice cream or whipped cream
  • Caramel syrup
  • Fresh mint leaves (optional)

Instructions

  • Begin by preparing the pineapple. Remove the outer skin and the bottom, and then cut it into thick slices. You may choose to remove the core, but it is optional.
  • Preheat your grill or a grill pan and lightly oil the surface to prevent sticking.
  • Grill the pineapple slices for about 4 to 5 minutes on each side, ensuring they have nice grill marks and a slightly caramelized appearance.
  • Once the pineapple slices are done, place them on a plate and immediately sprinkle both sides with brown sugar. This will create a natural caramelization and add a golden color to the slices.
  • To assemble your grilled pineapple tartlet, place two pineapple slices on a serving plate.
  • Top the grilled pineapple with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.
  • Sprinkle with sliced almonds for added crunch and texture.
  • Drizzle some caramel syrup over the tartlet for extra sweetness and a glossy finish.
  • If available, garnish with a few fresh mint leaves to add a touch of freshness and color.
  • Enjoy your delicious grilled pineapple tartlet as a delightful dessert or treat!

Stories From Kim Barnett