Mfuwe Lodge

Ease yourself into Luangwa life with a stay at the award winning African safari camp Mfuwe Lodge. Set inside the park, just five minutes’ drive from the main gate, the lodge’s allure is instantly obvious. Beneath a canopy of ebony and mahogany, its thatched buildings are arranged around the banks of two lagoons where an endless stream of wildlife will keep you enthralled as you lounge on the open deck or take a dip in the swimming pool. Thanks to a thorough refurbishment in 2010 the airy interior of the lodge is an exquisite complement to its natural surroundings.

This region of the park is renowned for its prolific game – giraffe, buffalo, antelope, crocodile are constant visitors to Mfuwe Lodge’s lagoon, whilst in November the local elephants regularly wander right through the lobby, lured by a nearby wild mango tree. Whether you stay overnight, or just have lunch en route to a bushcamp, Mfuwe Lodge’s relaxed charm and enviable surroundings make it the perfect stopover.

Rooms at Mfuwe Lodge

Scattered along two lagoons' shady banks lie 18 thatched chalets from where you can enjoy your own private piece of Africa. Secluded covered verandas look out over wallowing hippo and thirsty game in the lagoons, while the newly refurbished African interiors are the perfect place to wind down with their comfortable sitting rooms and en-suite bathrooms with panoramic walk-in showers.

Activities at Mfuwe Lodge

The game-viewing potential at Mfuwe Lodge and the surrounding area is second-to-none. Walking safaris can be arranged on request, but the majority of outings are game drives, allowing guests to explore as much of this prolific region of the Luangwa Valley as possible. Drives are led by our experienced team of guides, setting out at first light, and then again in the late afternoon when the wildlife is at its most active. After sundowners, spotlights are used to pick out a new cast of nocturnal creatures.

Elephants in Reception at Mfuwe Lodge

Each year at Mfuwe Lodge we have some very special guests that come to visit - "Wonky Tusk", as she has become affectionately known, and her family have been regular guests at the lodge for a number of years, visiting every October and November to feast on the fallen fruits from the large “Wild Mango” (Cordyla africana) tree in the lodge grounds. The fact that a large safari lodge is built around this delicious food store is of no concern to her…after all, why walk the extra few meters to go around, when there are some nice steps and a tiled reception lobby to saunter through each day? In October 2009 a new arrival to the herd - Lord Wellington - was born on the Lodge grounds and at 2 days old was introduced to the reception and the steps - now he is an expert at clambering up and through reception area. Wonky Tusk's family’s annual dining habits have been the focus of many a photograph, video, newsworthy article, and even a children’s book.

"In November the resident elephant families near Mfuwe Lodge are on the search for succulent wild mango fruits. One particular family, led by a wily old matriarch, (Wonky Tusk), takes the most direct route to the mango trees, solemnly walking through reception at Mfuwe to the delight of the guests. What an amazing sight this is. Watching this elephant spectacle each day certainly lived up to all the hype." BBC Big Cat Diary's Jonathan Scott, Wanderlust Magazine, 2009.

Mfuwe Lodge BushSpa

Discover the true meaning of relaxation at Mfuwe Lodge’s BushSpa, a calm sanctuary in the heart of the Zambian wilderness, perfect for anyone seeking rejuvenation of mind, body and soul while on safari. Our award-winning Bush Spa offers a contemporary range of Eastern and Western treatments, each one adapted to suit the surroundings and leave you feeling revitalized.

From the Spa’s private deck, with its views over a wildlife-rich lagoon, you can continue your game-viewing in style as you sink into a heavenly herbal Jacuzzi or enjoy a Zambian reflexology foot massage. Indulge each of your senses at the Bush Spa with its classic design and spectacular views, the sounds of the surrounding bush, a refreshing herbal drink, exotic aromas and, most importantly, the skilled hands of our highly trained local massage therapists.

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