Mfuwe Lodge is a wonderful place to start your South Luangwa exploration. An imposing and luxurious lodge, it is encircled by two of South Luangwa's permanent lagoon, guaranteeing excellent game-viewing right from the comfort of your deck!
Mfuwe's main area is large and airy, with a high thatched roof and a central bar leading out to a huge deck overlooking the lagoon, with an infinity pool.
Activities from Mfuwe focus on exploring the South Luangwa in day and night 4X4 game drives, all in open-topped vehicles, and accompanied by an expert guide. In the evenings these game drives become exciting spot-light night drives, perfect for finding Luangwa's predators such as lion and leopard, which are frequently seen.
At the end of the season, in November, Mfuwe Lodge is a very exciting place to be - a family of elephant, led by the matriarch (affectionately named Wonky Tusk) make their way straight through reception, climbing the steps and walking through the lodge to feast on the juicy orange fruits of the wild mango tree which grows in the lodge grounds. It's a wonderful time to visit the Valley in any case with the green shoots of the new season beginning to show, and electrical storms rolling around the edges of the horizon. Come in November for some absolutely superb and close up elephant viewing!
Mfuwe Lodge combines perfectly with its sister bush-camps in the southern sector of the South Luangwa National Park - Kuyenda, Chamilandu, Bilimungwe, Chindeni, Kapamba and Zungulila.
Mfuwe Lodge comprises 18 thatched chalets dotted along two lagoons' shady banks. The canopied verandas look out over the wallowing hippos and thirsty game so you really get a sense of getting close to the incredible african animals. The rooms are newly refurbished and very comfortable with their cosy sitting rooms, en-suite bathroom with a panoramic walk in shower.
Children of all ages are welcome to come and stay at Mfuwe Lodge with their parents. However, only children over the age of 12 years are allowed to participate on walking safaris due to nature of the activity.
The game-viewing potential at Mfuwe Lodge and the surrounding area is excellent. Walking safaris can be arranged on request, but the majority of outings are game drives, allowing guests to explore as much of this ample region of the Luangwa Valley as possible. Drives are led by an 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.
A dip in the swimming pool is a wonderful way to refresh between safaris.
When to travel
Zambia has a moderate to sub-tropical climate with three distinct seasons: from November to March is the Emerald, or the rainy season, April to July is Zambia's winter, when the weather is cool and dry, and August to October is summer, when the weather is hot and dry. In terms of game-viewing, the dryer months, meaning a higher concentration of game at the permanent water sources, are a superb time to visit. Alternatively come for some superb bird-watching at the end of the rains.
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Location and directions
Luangwa Valley, Zambia
Overlooking two lagoons in the game-rich, Mfuwe area of the South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. Set inside the park, just five minutes’ drive from the main gate.
How to get there
10-hour international flight to Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, Lusaka. After a 70-minute flight from Lusaka, you arrive at Mfuwe Airport where you are met and transfered to camp, which takes approximately 45 minutes.