Famous Dinner Guests at Zambia’s Mfuwe Lodge

Mfuwe Lodge, located in the South Luangwa Valley in Zambia, which is known for it’s prolific wildlife, receives some very special guests every year.

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?

Main building and deck at Mfuwe Lodge | Photo credit: Tony Heald
Main building and deck at Mfuwe Lodge | Photo credit: Tony Heald

At least three generations of one particular elephant family have returned annually and their unusual dining habits and unique behaviour have been the focus of many a TV documentary, photograph, video, newsworthy article, and even children’s books.

But they’re not the only wild guests who like to visit the lodge. Recently three members of the local lion tribe took up location in the lodge grounds. Fortunately the human “owner” of the doorstep was not at home to argue over squatting rights, or them trying out her new doormat!

Mfuwe Lodge dining area, for humans
Mfuwe Lodge dining area… for human guests | Photo credit: Tony Heald
Mfuwe Lodge game drive | Photo credit: Tony Heald
Mfuwe Lodge game drive | Photo credit: Tony Heald

Mfuwe Lodge is the perfect place to spend some time before or after a walking safari for which Zambia is justifiably famous.

Suggested Itinerary:
9-Day Zambia Walking Safari – South Luangwa Encounter

See Wonky Tusk and her family travel through Mfuwe Lodge’s reception area to get to the fruit trees in the back:

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Kirsty Perring
Kirsty Perring

Africa Experts Product Manager – Although British born and now Toronto based, Kirsty grew up in South Africa and is completely passionate about all things Africa. She finds it hard to choose a favourite destination, but lists Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, and Botswana as some of the most special places she has visited, and feels it’s not just about where you go and what you see, but who you get to experience it with. Kirsty is always up for an adventure and will try anything once. As such, she has para-glided in South Africa, zip lined in Mauritius, dived the Red Sea, hot air ballooned in Egypt, and even swam in the Okavango Delta. Next on Kirsty’s bucket list is to climb Kilimanjaro!

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