Mfuwe Lodge is, perhaps, one of the best-known lodges in the Luangwa valley, thanks to the elephants that annually walk through reception hoping to steal the mangoes at the back of the dining area. This incredible event occurs from late October through early December.
The lodge is situated very close to the main gates and has incredible views over a permanent lagoon of the river, which you can see from your bar stool or in the pool, or over a waterhole which is always full of hippos. It is elegant, luxurious and in a great location. The Mfuwe area is fantastic for game and you will often see lion, leopard and elephant around the lodge itself. November is a fantastic time to see elephants around the lodge and this is when they tend to, famously, walk through the lobby.
Mfuwe, South Luangwa National Park
18 chalets; 2 suites, 3 family rooms, 3 double rooms, 10 twin rooms
Families and proximity to Mfuwe Airport
Children of all ages are welcome. Babysitting can be arranged upon request and at an additional cost
Closed Jan-April 2020
2 nights here then move onto the bush camps for a well-rounded stay in the valley
Mfuwe Lodge is arguably most famous for its elephant guests. During mango season, they often walk into the lodge through reception, past the tourists and help themselves to the mango fruit out back. The babies often nap on the lawn whilst the adults gorge themselves on their favourite fruit! It is an event not to be missed! Unique just to this lodge it is one way to get up close to the elephants as you have your lunch!
One of the best features of the lodge is the pool! Between activities, during the heat of the day, there is nothing better than a cool pool to take a dip in… Unless that pool has seats in it, overlooking a permanent lagoon of the river. Here, you can sip gin and tonics as you watch elephants bathing, antelopes drinking and hippos wallowing! This is the ultimate way to spend your time between drives, not only for the wildlife viewing but for a unique way to stay cool and to relax.
Mfuwe Lodge is based just inside the ‘gates’ of the park, so it is the perfect place to base yourself for a couple of nights at the start of your trip. Especially if you are arriving late in the afternoon and are therefore not having to travel far.
Here you can experience some incredible sightings in the game-rich Mfuwe sector. After, you can head into the park to stay at some of the accompanying bush camps, where you have a greater experience of the valley and visit quieter areas of the park.
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