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Photograph by Terri Moy

Cowan family

Directors and Owners

Kafunta began many years ago with the Cowans… In 1988, Ron and Anke met in Ron’s native Australia when Anke was travelling. Ron joined her on her adventure, continuing through Asia and on to Germany, Anke’s home, where they planned the next leg. In 1990, in their trusty Land Rover, they journeyed through Africa, spending time in Malawi before falling in love with the Luangwa Valley in Zambia. Kafunta River Lodge was built in 1998 and has been their home ever since.

Staff Management

Anelle Dessels

Operations Manager

Theuns Kruger

Lodge Manager

Wilson Malambo

Assistant Manager

Courtney Hoffman

Hospitality Manager

Levy Chulu

Maintenance Manager

Isabelle (Izzy) Defourny

Sales & Reservations Manager

Stephan Joubert

Island Bush Camp Manager

Martin Mbewe

Safari Manager & Senior Guide

Safari Guides

Our guides are extremely well trained and knowledgeable. They have all passed the high level Grade 1 safari exams and are qualified to escort walking and driving safaris. They will ensure your trip is both safe and interesting. With their extensive knowledge, they can provide insight into the complex and fascinating world of the African wildlife and habitat, as well as local traditions, beliefs and bush remedies as only a traditional, local guide can.

James Banda

Chapuma Chirwa

John Mwape

Andrew Mwanza

Cephas Malipita

Joseph Mfune

Paul Ngowa

Martin Mbewe

Martin Mwembe
kafunta Safaris Staff members


We are proud to say that a high number of the local staff that helped us build Kafunta are still working at the lodge. Many of them have had the opportunity to train in professions like room attendants, barmen, mechanics, waiters and cooks. We employ more than 30 permanent workers and many more during the season. Most of our staff are from the local tribal villages and we are always happy to offer young Zambians the opportunity to train in different professions and further their careers.