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Award winning safari lodge set in the most prolific game area of the South Luangwa. The perfect place to enjoy excellent game viewing, recharge your batteries, or to start and finish your journey to our bushcamps.

Mfuwe Lodge, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

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Before you embark on your bushcamp experience, ease yourself into Luangwa life with a stay at the award winning Mfuwe Lodge. Set inside the park, just ten minutes' drive from the main gates, the lodge's allure is instantly obvious. Beneath a canopy of ebony and mahogany, its thatched buildings are arranged around the banks of a sublime lagoon 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.


This region of the park is renowned for its prolific game – giraffe, buffalo, antelope, crocodile are constant visitors to Mfuwe Lodge's l agoon, 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. Voted Best Lodge in Zambia in 2009 Mfuwe Lodge also offers you the chance to relax at its Bush-Spa or buy a few momentos of your time in Zambia at our curio shop.

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.

If you're heading down to one of our bushcamps, why not treat yourself to a quick massage at the Spa as you pass through Mfuwe Lodge? Or, if time permits, enjoy your last moments of game-viewing to the full with a soak in the panoramic Jacuzzi before your flight home. Guests who choose to stay at Mfuwe Lodge can choose from an extensive range of treatments.

In 1999, The Bushcamp Company started providing much-needed help to two local schools; Chiwawatala Basic School in Mfuwe and Chilongozi School in a remote area close to our bushcamps. Since our support began, the progress of the schools has been remarkable. With generous donations we have been able to sponsor pupils, pay teachers' salaries, build classrooms and staff houses, and take the school children into the park on game drives.

We also support other community projects that focus on reducing deforestation and encourage tree planting; for example, one of our guides has set up a successful solar-cooker project and we are helping run food-security eco-initiative workshops in Mfuwe. We run programmes on HIV and AIDS awareness for our staff and we also support a local theatre group, which perform plays to our guests about human-wildlife conflict.

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 metres 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.