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Mfuwe Lodge

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

Highlights

- Excellent lagoon location
- Close proximity to wildlife
- Lovely pool, gym and spa

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Overview

Mfuwe Lodge is a large safari camp located within the South Luangwa National Park, eastern Zambia. Just 45 minutes’ drive from Mfuwe Airport, the lodge is situated in woodland alongside two beautiful lagoons. This pretty, waterside setting attracts a variety of wildlife, including hippo, giraffe, buffalo, antelope, and crocodile, along with a family of elephants, who regularly wander through the camp grounds and reception! The surrounding area is renowned for prolific game viewing, with regular sightings of lion, leopard, zebra, jackal, and impala, plus the occasional wild dog.

The lodge’s main building is an airy, open-plan construction of stone and wood under thatch. Communal spaces are traditionally and comfortably furnished and comprise reception, lounge, dining area, and bar. There is a well-stocked library, and a souvenir shop. Wi-Fi is available in the main areas. Outside is a spacious decked terrace with a large and inviting swimming pool, outdoor gym, and spa with bubbling jacuzzi, all with fantastic views of the animals that frequent the lagoon. Meals are served either indoors at individual tables, or alfresco on the deck.

Activities include twice-daily game drives with extremely knowledgeable guides, night drives, guided walks, bird watching, and cultural visits to the local community. Back at base, guests can relax and enjoy pampering treatments in the lovely spa. Note that the area’s high wildlife density, combined with the lodge’s proximity to the main entrance of the National Park, means that there is a risk at times of vehicle congestion during game drives.

The accommodation consists of 18 thatched chalets situated along the banks of the lagoon, all featuring ensuite bathrooms with shower, flush toilet, and twin washbasins with hot and cold running water. All units are equipped with fans, mosquito nets, electrical charging points, a safe, and a private veranda overlooking the lagoon, and falling asleep at night to the sounds of the surrounding bush is a real delight. 13 of the chalets sleep two guests in double or twin beds, with a comfortable lounge area. Two larger, split-level chalets contain one double and one single bedroom, with two bathrooms, and there are also three designated family units.

Children of all ages are welcome at the lodge, although note there is a minimum age restriction of 12 years for walking in the National Park. The three split-level, spacious family units each comprise two bedrooms, a bathroom and lounge area. One of the camp’s highlights is that it is regularly visited by wildlife, but consequently, parents are reminded that children must be closely supervised at all times.

Mfuwe Lodge provides the thrill of up-close wildlife sightings in a magical waterside setting, along with comfortable, relaxing accommodation, and a superb range of delightful facilities and activities.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 504 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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