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Mfuwe Lodge

Luangwa Valley

Rating: Deluxe    

Mfuwe Lodge overview

Mfuwe Lodge is a unique lodge situated in the South Luangwa National Park. The lodge overlooks a beautiful oxbow lagoon and the area boasts one of the largest concentrations of wildlife in the world. Mfuwe was voted 'Best Lodge' in the 2009 Zambia Tourism Awards, a testament to the hard work and dedication of the team.

There are 18 luxury en-suite thatched chalets, each with a private decking area overlooking a lagoon that attracts abundant wildlife and game from the African bush by day and night. The chalets have 24hour mains power, ceiling fan, refrigerator and tea and coffee making facilities. They all have en-suite bathrooms with sunken baths and integral showers.

Meals are served in a variety of locations, including in the bush and dinner by candlelight beneath the stars. The lodge has a small library stocked with wildlife books and videos.

Activities offered here include game drives with an experienced and knowledgeable guides, both by day and night. Walking safaris to view and track animals on foot are also available. The lodge is the base for the Bush Camp Company who have 5 bush camps in the southern part of South Luangwa. Mfuwe Lodge is often a first night or lunch stop to freshen up before you venture deeper into the park.

Mfuwe Lodge will be undergoing a major refurb ready for the 2020 season. Geusts will be treated to new reception, dining areas, library, poool and of course revamped rooms. To further enhance your experience, there will be a new photographic studio, photographic vehicles and for the keen yogis out there, the opportunity to practice yoga, while at Mfuwe.

Photographs courtesy of The Bushcamp Company


Open: From 1 June to 31 October.

Location: Mfuwe Lodge is a unique lodge situated in the South Luangwa National Park. The lodge overlooks a beautiful oxbow lagoon. The lodge is about a 45-minute drive from Mfuwe International Airport.

Rooms: 18 luxury en-suite chalets all overlooking lagoon. Comfortably - furnished with private viewing deck to make the most of its lagoon-side position, sitting rooms and en-suite bathrooms with panoramic walk-in showers. There are two suites, three family rooms, three doubles and ten twin rooms. Brand new for 2020 season is the Director's House, a new family villa with two en-suite bedrooms, a pool, chef and a private guide and vehicle.

Activities: Game drives (day and night); birdwatching; plus, upon request, guided walking safaris & cultural visits to the local village, school and textiles/handicraft market and as of 2020 new photographic vehicles is available and yoga classes will be offered (subject to instructor availability).

Facilities: Large Bar area, with lounge and library. Outside and inside dining area, an infinity swimming pool with sun loungers. Separate spa area, offering manicures, massages, hot stone treatments and facials amongst other treatments, and an open-air gym. There is a gift shop. The lodge operates a free laundry service. New for 2020 there is a photographic studio with photographic workshop facilities.

Dining: Meals are served after you return from the night drive at around 8:30pm, is usually three courses served to the table. Occasionally, Mfuwe Lodge offers a carvery or holds a barbecue boma evening.

Children: Children of all ages are welcomed. As the lodge is unfenced, children need to be supervised at all times.

Health: This is a malarial area.

Communication: Cellphone reception at the lodge, guests are asked to use cellphones only in their own rooms. There is wifi in the library.

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client reviews

Lucie McKenzie

"Had exciting time watching the elephants walking through reception to reach their favourite wild mango tree. Watched a huge range of wildlife in the waterhole from our swimming pool. "

Tracy Edwards, Tribes
"Fantastic views from the decking where a leopard was posing for us! The lodge is in the main Mfuwe area so a little busier than other camps in terms of vehicles but it is in a lovely setting with great views from each room and the food here was fantastic! Making your own pizza in a proper oven was a real highlight!

Hazel Jacklin
"We stayed in Mfuwe Lodge for the first two nights of our safari and this was a great decision. The experience is maybe not as intimate and individual as the bush camps, but the quality of guiding is just as good and the higher numbers of game in the central area meant that we saw so much and got our need to take photos out of the way before moving on to the bush camps where the emphasis is more on the quality rather than the quantity of animal encounters. Though the busiest area of the park, we still saw very little of others during the morning drives. At night, the number of other cars around was more obvious due to the spotter lights – but it still did not feel too busy. It might feel more intrusive in the peak season."
Julie Croucher, Tribes
"I've been to Mfuwe Lodge many times during my working days in the valley and since!  It's got a great location right on a lagoon, so plenty of animal action on the doorstep!  The food is great, but it's very much a 'hotel' style lodge.  So I'd really only recommend it either for families or for people who want to be 'protected' from the true bush!  It's very close to the main gate so game drives are in a busy area."

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