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Director’s House is on the grounds of Mfuwe Lodge. It overlooks two lagoons in the game-rich, Mfuwe area of the South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. You reach Director’s House by road in just 40 minutes from Mfuwe International Airport. This makes it possible to do a game drive on your first evening in Zambia; this is a real highlight for those who are short on time and want to get out there and see wildlife immediately.
The Bushcamp Company is long established in South Luangwa and dreamt up the idea of opening the Director’s House back in 2018, with the finishing touches made in 2020. It has two modern, colourful and clean-cut bedrooms with space for two additional beds. Both rooms are en-suite and for those who have mobility concerns, they both include a walk-in shower. It’s these little touches that make the Bushcamp Company such superior safari providers.
Perhaps the main perk to staying at the Director’s House is your private guide and vehicle for safari outings. Of course, you might be lucky enough to spot some exceptional wildlife from the comfort of your veranda or pool, but when heading into the National Park on a game drive or walk, it will be a private experience.
Unlike some other lodges and more temporary tented camps in South Luangwa National Park, Director’s House is open year-round so will especially suit guests looking to travel in the Green Season. Electricity runs 24 hours a day and the hot water is solar powered (with mains backup).
A stay at the Director’s House is best at the start of your visit to South Luangwa, but could be combined with a few nights at a Bushcamp further south which has a different feel, atmosphere and landscape to explore.
Mfuwe Lodge itself has 18 rooms, so is one of the larger (and more famous) places to stay in South Luangwa. Depending on your style of travel and personal preferences, the ability to book a private house in this prime location is a real bonus. It could be that you want maximum privacy and space as a couple or family, but extended family and friends decide to join and stay at Mfuwe Lodge.
The wildlife in South Luangwa is essentially what you come to see. Drives are led by the experienced team of 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.
The Bushcamp Company fundraise and provide logistical support to several conservation organisations that aim to tackle the threats posed to wildlife; supporting Conservation South Luangwa, Zambian Carnivore Programme and the Department of National Parks and Wildlife. They also support a local theatre group that perform plays for guests about human-wildlife conflict.
Walking Safaris are the main draw for many people to South Luangwa National Park and the guides are trained to a high level for this. Whilst families with children of all ages are welcome, you will need to be aged 12 or over to head out on a walking safari.
Game drives at sunrise, afternoons and just after sunset before dinner are possible daily with your private guide. Relaxing at your private pool and doing community visits are also on the agenda. Speak with your private guide about what interests you most.
All meals are taken privately at the house. Your personal chef can tailor your menu to dietary requirements and if travelling with children, they can even factor in kids meal times. Enjoy your meals on the outside veranda, inside dining table, or drinks around the braii (which is the African word for a firepit or BBQ). Exciting for adults and kids alike, they have installed a pizza oven at the Director’s House.
We love that the Bushcamp Company genuinely works in close partnership with the surrounding community and invites their guests to get involved and learn more about past and ongoing projects.
It all began in 1999, when the Bushcamp Company started providing much-needed help to two local schools: Chiwawatala Primary School in Mfuwe Village and Chilongozi Primary School in a remote area close to their bushcamps. With generous donations, they have been able to sponsor pupils, pay teachers’ salaries, build classrooms and staff houses, provide access to clean water, and take the school children into the Park on game drives. Since then they now work with pre-schools, primary school and the local secondary school. They have an HIV and AIDS awareness programme.
An ambitious clean water project which aims to build 20 new boreholes each year. With the intention of drilling deep boreholes to provide safe, clean drinking water to villages in the local area, this project will benefit thousands of people.
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