Set inside the park, just five minutes drive from the main gate, the lodge's allure is instantly obvious. Beneath a canopy of ebony and mahogany, its thatched buildings are arranged around the banks of two lagoons where an endless stream of wildlife will keep you enthralled as you lounge on the deck or take a dip in the pool.
This region of the park is renowned for its prolific wildlife - giraffe, hippos, buffalo, antelope, and crocodile are constant visitors to Mfuwe Lodge's lagoon, whilst in November the local elephants regularly wander right through the lobby, lured by a nearby wild mango tree.
This isn't marketing hype either - Sara has experienced this first-hand (back in 2002). Whole families of elephants have been regular guests at the lodge for a number of years, visiting between late October and mid-December to feast on the fallen fruits from the large Wild Mango tree in the lodge grounds.
November is an interesting month to visit for a number of reasons, besides the elephants in reception. This is also a month of transition in the park when the rains tend to arrive in spectacular fashion, transforming the park literally overnight - it's a really fascinating time to be on safari and the storms can be dramatic, making for wonderful photography opportunities of muddy faced lions and beautiful skies.
Scattered along two lagoons' shady banks lie 18 thatched chalets from which you can enjoy your own private piece of Africa. Secluded covered verandas look out over wallowing hippo and thirsty game in the lagoons, while the comfortable sitting rooms and en-suite bathrooms with panoramic walk-in showers are the perfect place to wind down.
There is also a spa and a swimming pool, a restaurant and a small shop at Mfuwe Lodge.
The game-viewing potential at Mfuwe Lodge and the surrounding area is second-to-none. Walking safaris can be arranged on request, but the majority of outings are game drives, allowing guests to explore as much of this prolific region of the Luangwa Valley as possible. Drives are led by their experienced guides setting out at first light, and then again in the late afternoon when the wildlife is at its most active. After sundowners, spotlights are used to pick out a new cast of nocturnal creatures.