The Bushcamp Company: Plan Your Stay

Located in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

How to Get There

By Air

Mfuwe International Airport is only a 45-minute drive from the lodge, and most guests arrive there on direct, scheduled flights from Lusaka, Zambia’s capital, or Lilongwe, Malawi. A flight from Livingstone, home of Victoria Falls, takes about four hours, and includes a stopover in Lusaka. Please note: There is a 50-pound (23-kilogram) luggage limit per person, and luggage must be soft-sided. The Bushcamps are also accessible via an airstrip used for charter flights.

Once at Mfuwe Lodge, Bushcamp guests are transferred to their camp by safari vehicle, viewing game along the way. Both the transfer from the airport to the lodge and transfers between Bushcamps are included in the cost of your stay.

What to Expect

Money

The lodge accepts Zambian kwachas, U.S. dollars, and Visa or Mastercard for any extra charges. It does not accept traveler’s checks. When traveling elsewhere in Zambia, carrying dollars in clean, crisp bills (in denominations between $10 and $50) is recommended, as torn or marked bills may not be accepted.

Visa

Citizens of most countries, including the United States, require a visa, which can be acquired upon arrival for $50. Please be sure to have two consecutive blank pages in your passport.

Mobility

Mfuwe Lodge is wheelchair accessible; the Bushcamps are not.

Health

As malaria is endemic in Zambia, the Centers for Disease Control recommends that travelers take antimalarial medication before, during, and after their trip. Consult your doctor or a travel health clinic to determine which prophylaxis is right for you. Be sure to pack this and other personal medications in your carry-on and keep them with you during your trip.

Weather and Seasons

This part of Zambia has two seasons: a dry season from May to October and a rainy season from November through April. While Mfuwe Lodge is open year-round, only four of the Bushcamps remain open through the beginning of the rainy season, a time of year The Bushcamp Company calls “emerald season” as it renders the savanna deep shades of green.

Temperatures typically range from the 70s to the 80s Fahrenheit during the day and the 60s during the night. The hottest months are October and November, and during the mild winter, from May to mid-August, temperatures can fall to the 40s and 50s at night.

What to Bring

Pack layers of neutral-colored clothing for safari outings, avoiding white, which stands out, and black and blue, which attract tsetse flies. Other colors are fine to wear at the lodge. Those traveling during the colder months of June, July, and early August will want a warm jacket, hat, and gloves for early morning and evening game drives and walks.

Please note: for those arriving by aircraft, luggage may weigh no more than 50 pounds (23 kilograms) and must be packed in a soft duffel-type bag. Laundry service is available and toiletries, including insect repellent, are complimentary at the lodge, so we encourage you to pack lightly.

  • Light hiking boots, closed walking shoes, or sneakers
  • Sandals
  • Wide-brimmed hat, visor, or baseball cap
  • Swimsuit (for those staying at Mfuwe Lodge)
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, moisturizer, and lip balm
  • Non-electric razor
  • Personal toiletries and medications, including antihistamine cream
  • Day pack
  • Prescription glasses, plus a spare pair
  • Contact lenses and spares (bring glasses too—dust can be a problem)
  • One pair of binoculars per person
  • One headlamp or flashlight per person with spare batteries
  • Zipper storage bags
  • Adaptor plug (to convert to UK 3 square-pinned socket)
  • Earplugs—for hippo grunting at night!
  • Camera equipment: serious photographers will want a wide-angle zoom lens (35-80 mm), a telephoto lens (200 or 300 mm suffices for most), a flash for night drives, a tripod, cleaning tools, and a dust-proof, padded camera bag.
  • Extra memory cards and a charger with a spare battery

Optional: If you choose to bring gifts for the local community, the lodge collects them for teachers at the nearby schools, who use them to reward the top-performing students at the end of the term. They recommend small items such as pens, pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners, pencil cases, calculators, cards, arts and crafts supplies, stickers, or balloons.

Traveling with Family

Children of all ages are welcome at Mfuwe Lodge, but kids must be 12 or older to participate in walking safaris. At the Bushcamps, where walking safaris are a daily activity, families with children under 12 must reserve the entire camp and hire a private guide and vehicle to accompany the children on game drives while adults walk.

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