Reviews of Mfuwe Lodge
Wildlife sightings and reviews
16 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Mfuwe Lodge and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Mfuwe Lodge 8 to 10 November 2022"
Not wishing to lose a moment of wildlife viewing we chose to do the morning activity at Chindeni (our last bush camp), and travel back to Mfuwe after brunch even though it was in the heat of the day, and then in less than an hour of our arrival at Mfuwe we were out on the evening game drive. Our keenness paid off, as amongst other wildlife, we saw 3 lionesses on the morning activity from Chindeni, and within an hour of starting the game drive from Mfuwe we saw a leopard and a pack of 31 wild dogs!
Apart from the wildlife survey list of species, we did see several other species that we would count as notable ‘sightings’, such as: genet, bushy tailed mongoose.
An excellent end to our visit to South Luangwa! Of the many trips we have now made to Africa, it remains one of our favourite destinations.
There did seem to be a bit of confusion when we checked in, both at the start of our trip and at the end, as to which chalets we were to occupy. This was not a problem, but when we came to settle our bill it did lead to us being given a bill that did not belong to us. However, this was soon sorted out and we received the correct bill." See all these reviews: 19n in Zambia
"Mfuwe Lodge 23 to 25 October 2022"
On a previous visit we spent some time with Gilbert, who is an excellent guide, during which we had some memorable experiences – it was great to have him as our guide once again.
It felt so good to be back, and to see some familiar faces!" See all these reviews: 19n in Zambia
"Mfuwe Lodge review"
We had a lagoon view room and heard and saw hippos. The room was very nice as recently renovated.
Staff were amazing, food was good. Our guide James was very good, only draw back was the length of the game drives at 4 plus hours twice a day.
I appreciate they try hard to find more elusive animals but they are still long." See all these reviews: 7n in Malawi; 4n in Zambia
"Mfuwe Lodge review"
The game drives were not as intimate as the ones we experienced in the bushcamps but the diversity of the sightings was superlative and the landscape just beautiful.
Service was excellent and the staff is simply adorable. Just happy people!" See all these reviews: 16n in Zambia
"Mfuwe Lodge review"
I always enjoy staying at the Lodge at some point during my visit to SLNP because the staff are wonderful and the wildlife viewing right from the chalets is great. Wildlife sightings in this area of the park are abundant and varied. Unfortunately this is the busiest part of the park due to its proximity to the main gate, but Mfuwe Lodge guides do their best at staying away from busy areas if you ask them to. The Lodge offers luxury in the bush - AC, limited WIFI, a gift shop, outdoor exercise area and spa. The recently refurbished chalets are bright and well appointed. The staff pay careful attention to covid protocols but still manage to put guests at ease." See all these reviews: 19n in Zambia
"Mfuwe Lodge review"
The staff were great and we had a good laugh with them especially Abraham who seemed to have a similar sense of humour to myself. Ian, the manager and I share a love of football and he kept me up to date with Coventry City's results and also emailed me photos showing Mal and myself, George, the elephant, having a kip every day under the tree in the lodge but unfortunately there wasn't enough fruit dropping for the whole herd to march through reception as they usually do at this time of the year. I must also say thank you to Amy for filling in and emailing the locator form to the British Government, although they are that incompetent we were never asked for it at Heathrow.
Food was great but far too much for me but it helped that often it was a buffet which meant that I could have smaller portions.
Game viewing was really enjoyable with Alec and Charles doing their best to find us interesting sightings. We saw lions, hyenas wild dogs and two Leopards. We also saw all 3 endemic species, Crawshaw's Zebra, Cookson's Wildebeeste and the Thornicroft Giraffe. We also saw a Bushy Tailed Mongoose for the first time. All in all a brilliant time." See all these reviews: 20n in Zambia
Room was certainly up to scratch. Excellent facilities. A pity the lagoon had dried out but I was endlessly entertaind by the baboons as I sat on the deck. The trees beyond captured the light beautifully..
The Manager kindly offered to sit with me for meals as I was alone but I'm used to that so released him from that duty. I appreciated the table they had prepared for me for luncch - prime position. However, he was very attentive during afternoon tea and drinks at the bar.
After Nsefu, food was inevitably a disappointment.though needless to say, I enjoyed breakfast. They cater for groups and the food reflected that.
Nevertheless, it served it's purpose. A good night and another experience." See all these reviews: 8n in Zambia
"Visit of a lifetime"
My room was a two story (sort of a tree house) overlooking a stream. The crocodile (the name of the room) has a loft, balcony, two toilets, four sinks, a tube and shower, as well as a porch. I counted as many as 13 elephants in my back yard at one time." See all these reviews: 12n in Zambia
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"Mfuwe Lodge was a pleasant surprise"
We were met at the airport and taken for a surprise bush brunch in a great location on the way to the lodge. After our meeting in Mfuwe we went on a game drive where we saw 14 wild dog giving a hard time to a hyena. we saw a lot of other game to and had a good guide. Our breakfast was interrupted the next morning to enable us to see the 14 dogs on a hunt again.
The service and food were very good with all the staff being very friendly. The room was quite luxurious compared to the bush camps we normally stay at.
The lodges location near the park entrance means it is in a busy area of the park but we really enjoyed our stay." See all these reviews: 21n in Zambia
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