Mfuwe Lodge

Lodge in South Luangwa National Park

Laid out along an enviable stretch of a well-trafficked oxbow lagoon only 2km from the Mfuwe Gate, this resort-like lodge, one of the largest, is also certainly one of the nicest and most well run. The 18 separate cottages (12 face the lagoon and six the hippo pool) are imaginatively designed with private verandas (and hanging wicker 'basket chairs') and colourful bathrooms with big windows.

Every room has solar panels for water and all food waste goes to the worm farm to be converted to compost and delivered to area farmers. Besides operating as the base for its own six bush camps in the southern section of the park, it's also the site of the recommended Bush-Spa.

You might be lucky to be in residence when remarkably elephants plod their way through the lobby (a former traditional elephant trail they still use!) on their annual pilgrimage to eat from a huge mango tree. It usually occurs sometime between October and December.