Tucked away in Zambia, along the meandering banks of the mighty Zambezi River lays Mvuu Lodge, “The Place of the Hippo”.
It is situated about 18 km from the Lower Zambezi National Park in the Chiawa Game Management area and right opposite Mana Pools. The wild animals roam casually through the camp providing you with a truly unforgettable experience.
We offer luxury packages, self catering and camping. Enjoy a true Africa experience in our safari tents with ensuite bathrooms that overlook the mighty Zambezi River.
The campsites are situated in close proximity to the Lodge and are nestled in thick bush under a canopy of indigenous trees, providing a cool haven from the African Sun.
All three camp sites, Monkey, Mvuu & Elly, have their own private hot shower, flush toilet and braai area. The ablution facilities are enclosed by stone walls and roofed by the majestic Zambian sky.
Being an area rich in wildlife, game viewing is exceptionally rewarding by boat or in an open vehicle drive through the bush. The challenge of catching the renowned Tiger Fish from the banks of the great Zambezi River or from a boat provides you with the opportunity to lose yourself in the adrenalin rush.
Relax with a sundowner, great food & warm hospitality on our open aired dining deck looking out over the river. Finish off the day around a blazing bonfire in the boma while listening to the sounds of the African bush.
Luxury Safari Tents (5)
Spacious safari tents under a thatched roof and on a raised wooden deck provide you with all the comforts you need. Stylishly decorated with ensuite facilities and 24 hrs hot water means you don’t have to rough it to really experience Africa. You can enjoy the wild life roaming freely through the camp form the comfort of your patio or even while you relax on your bed.
Self Catering Tents (3)
The same style and comfort as our luxury tents but with the additional self catering facilities. This means you have a private braai area plus a gas cooker, cutlery & crockery. Currently we only have one family unit that sleeps 4 people in one room. The other 2 units sleep 2 people in twin or double beds.
Camping (4 sites)
We have 4 camping sites namely Monkey, Mvuu, Elly and Leopard. Each one with its own braai & ablution facilities comprising of a hot shower, flush toilet and wash basin. The ablution facilities are enclosed by stone walls and roofed by the majestic Zambian sky.
Mvuu Lodge Activities:
With an abundance of wildlife and over 400 bird species, activities available to guests at Mvuu Lodge are:
Game Viewing, by boat or by vehicle, Sundowner Cruises, Environmental Awareness Walks, Birding, Photography, Fly or Line Fishing, Star Gazing and of course simply relaxing by the pool .
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Clothing & Accessories:
- Comfortable casual clothing is best and suitable throughout the year.
- Khaki, brown, green and beige colors are very practical for the bush environment.
- Cool, light clothing for the hot summer months and don’t forget your swimwear to cool of in the pool.
- Wind-proof, warm jacket for mornings & evening game drives
- Sweater or fleece for cool evenings in the camp.
- Jeans or safari trousers for evenings and cooler days
- Comfortable walking shoes / boots as well as shoes suitable for boating are essential.
- Shirts with longs sleeves even in summer will protect you form the sun and from the mosquitoes.
- Light, compact raincoat during the rainy months
- Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, binoculars, camera & extra film, batteries & charging devices & adaptor (three pin square British style plugs is used in Zambia).
- Insect repellent (with high DEET concentration)
- Personal first aid and medication kit (its good idea to pack something for constipation, heartburn, sunburn, topical antibiotics, etc.)
Do not forget to pack:
- Passport, money, tickets & yourself.
- A good backup is a photocopy of your passport photo page (in case of loss.
- Approx. 40 $1 dollar bills for miscellaneous tipping
- Accident, medical, baggage and cancellation insurance
- Inoculations and other medications (speak to your doctor)
- Malaria prophylactics before and after your visit to the Valley – speak to your doctor.
It is best for you to check with your local Zambian Embassy to obtain the most current visa information. Most foreign nationals are required to purchase a visa, preferably prior to arrival in Zambia. However if you are traveling on a pre-arranged trip, visa fees are waived – your tour operator can arrange this exemption.
There is minimal cell phone coverage in the Valley, but Mvuu has a cell phone booster and you can get good reception at the lodge.
Health & Climate:
Visitors should carry an adequate supply of personal medicines and first aid accessories with them, chemist are few and far between
The Zambezi valley is a malaria area. Visitors are strongly advised to bring prophylactic medicines, but please seek advice from your doctor first.
Visitors from or passing through a yellow fever and cholera zone (most of tropical Africa and South America) must be able to produce a valid International Certificate of Vaccination. Air travelers who only pass through the airports of such a zone are exempt from the requirement.
December to April: warm and wet.
Zambia has three distinct seasons.
September to November: hot and dry.
May to August (winter): cool and dry.
Average temperatures in summer range from 25° C to 38° C and in winter from 6° C to 24° C. The best time is mid season from June to September. Fishing is at its best in September / October.