The ‘Tusk Family’ are regular elephant vistors to Mfuwe Lodge, a safari accommodation Mfuwe National Park.
Mfuwe Lodge is well situated inside Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. It has been a popular safari holiday destination for many and for a long time because it’s home to great wildlife, exceptional walking safari holidays and game drives. Set beneath a canopy of ebony and mahogany trees, Mfuwe Lodge has eighteen thatched guest chalets that are neatly arranged around the banks of two lagoons, where an endless stream of wildlife keeps guests enthralled. Guests can lounge on the deck, swim in the pool or get pampered in the bush spa! It’s often voted Zambia’s Best Lodge and it is most famous for its elephant visitation when the Tusk Family trek through the lobby in search of their favourite food – the wild mango.
It is a unique safari holiday experience that’s for sure… check it out for yourself and get Mfuwe Lodge and indeed Zambia on your safari holiday bucketlist.
We love the feedback from guests who visit Mfuwe Lodge and indeed Zambia. Here’s a glowing testimonial of a Zambia Safari holiday experienced October 2016.
“We had a terrific time and you’ll be pleased to hear (but not surprised, I’m sure) that everything went according to plan and you and your team are to be congratulated on delivering a faultless trip. We were particularly impressed that each camp we arrived at, had done their best to secure a private room and ensured we had a table for two at lunch and dinner. From past experience, I know that these requests do not always get passed to the camp, and then on arrival, you have to spend time, re-iterating the booking details. Thank you for a great job in this respect!
When we arrived at Mfuwe, we had Shaddy collect us (who I’m sure you know has a long and distinguished history with #NormanCarrSafaris ) so that was a real privilege and we enjoyed his company and our scout Vernon, for four days. They even drove us all the way to Mwamba at the end of the stay – no transfer at a river crossing point. There was not a lot of predator sightings (which is extremely rare at this time of year as they usually gather around water sources in the heat) during our time at Luwi & Nsolo, but we did see a good variety of wildlife both on foot and in vehicle and thoroughly enjoyed the walk between the two camps – learning quite a bit of new and interesting information on the way – so all up a good stay at both camps.
Mwamba was altogether quite different in terms of size and its footprint, but it really delivers in terms of wildlife and considering the location, what comes out of the rustic kitchen and the excellent staff – is amazing.
The hide at the last waterhole, was much more than we expected and we spent considerable time watching the behaviour of the many animals and birds at very close proximity – so much that the elephants trunk came through the opening and we were sprayed inside the hide with water – an incredible experience. Early one morning we positioned ourselves in the hide to watch the lovebirds and that was terrific also.
The view from the outdoor chairs at our room was also amazing, as the camp is now surrounded by a dry river, and as you sit, the elephants pass by, only metres away and each siesta time, we had puku crossing over, but standing a metre behind our table, watching what we were up to!
Lastly #Kaingo! We arrived with our guide from Mwamba, Sylvester. He was fantastic and we had a wonderful time with him and saw many birds, due to his skill in mimicking their calls and drawing them to him – eg: the Pels Fishing Owl, Pearl Spotted Owlet etc. We certainly saw everything at this camp, predators and lots of action! We sat with some lions for about an hour waiting and watching them stalk buffalo and we were almost rewarded when they set off after one, but narrowly missed it. Had fantastic encounters with elephant, leopard, hyena, lion, herds of buffalo etc etc. Our first kill at this camp, was a juvenile sparrowhawk taking out a white chested bee-eater – once we realised what was going on, it was quite sad and a bit gruesome watching the sparrowhawk pick at the small bird. Went to the Carmine hide on two occasions – 120m of nesting area – great to watch as the sunlight turned the birds bright red and the sand golden as the sun rose in the early morning. The hippo hide was also excellent. One of our trip goals was brought to fruition on our last morning – we tracked two male lions and came upon one under a tree and continued to track the other, who we found sitting in the river bed as we walked to the edge. The male ran up the bank, turned and roared – we were only 10 metres away – fantastic!!
So all up a great trip. Thanks to your team your thorough organisation. We were amazed to get a note from you on arrival at Kaingo – a nice touch indeed. The ground transfers were all smooth, punctual and the staff all very nice.
Latitude 15 in Lusaka was just beautiful and they are currently building a new business next door called “The Other Side”, with fabulous bar / dining and spa etc. FYI, our early breakfast to take with us was quite amazing. The evening before, they asked what we’d like – so I said – pastry, yoghurt, fruit salad, orange juice as from experience these are the items we have had previously and can easily be placed in a small box. The next morning, Medson our driver collected us and the hotel passed us breakfast – it was enormous – two shopping bags full!! There were two very large orange juices; 2 very large yoghurts in plastic containers with fresh fruit; 2 huge ‘chinese takeaway silver trays’ of Fruit salad + 2 silver trays of warm pastries. It was all beautiful and didn’t go to waste – we gave the fruit salads and most of the pastries to Medson for the office staff – so all good! Thanks again, Zambia was truly amazing.”