Thornicroft Lodge


  • Small owner-run lodge
  • Two game drives each day
  • Watch elephants, giraffes and monkeys from the lodge
  • Pre-prandial drinks by the campfire
  • Just a five minute drive from the national park
  • Bush sundowners and night drives

Open: Thornicroft Lodge is closed from mid-January till the beginning of March each year. 

Location: Thornicroft Lodge is on the banks the Luangwa River a few minutes' drive from the entrance to South Luangwa National Park. The nearest airport is Mfuwe, a 30 minute drive (27kms) from the lodge.

Rooms: There are nine guest chalets, all with en-suite bathrooms with hot showers. They are located along the riverbank and have verandas with views of the river and national park on the opposite side. They have twin or double beds and enough room for a third bed or cot if needed. There are tea and coffee making facilities and power points for both British and European plugs. There are shelves and hanging space for clothes, fans to keep the rooms cool and large screened windows which let in plenty of light. There are also five two-person dome tents providing simple but perfectly adequate and affordable accommodation with electricity for lighting and shared bathrooms.

Activities: The lodge offers morning and afternoon game drives in South Luangwa National Park. These take place in open vehicles with comfortable, cushioned seats. Drinks and snacks are available. You can go on night drives, returning to the lodge in time for dinner. Walking safaris can also be arranged, to be booked and paid for at the lodge, and special interests such as flowers, birds and big cats can be taken into considertation. Thornicroft Lodge runs regular art safaris.  

Facilities: The main thatched building is a spacious open plan area and includes the comfy lounge and bar, dining room and indoor braai (barbecue). This is where you spend most of your time when not out on game drives. At the front of this area is the campfire, where guests gather for pre-dinner drinks. Snacks and drinks are often served down by the river with views of animals on the opposite side. There is a swimming pool, designed in the shape of Zambia, and sundeck. The pool depth is 1 to 2 metres and pool towels are provided. The camp is unfenced so animals do stroll through the area, so don't be surprised to see elephants and monkeys outside your chalet!

Dining: Meals are eaten at individual tables. Food is western-European with an African twist.

Children: Children of all ages are welcome. Children under the age of 12 are not allowed to sleep in a tent or chalet without the guidance of an adult.

Health: This is a malarial area.

Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access. There is cell phone coverage but this is intermittant.

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