We stayed here in September 2013 for three nights. This lodge is a short drive inside South Luangwa Park from the main entrance and is wonderfully appointed having all the lodges in a line alongside the river (which was very nearly dry when we were there). Despite that we could still sit on our lodge verandah and watch elephants rolling in the mud, hippos same, wart hogs, baboons,and vervet monkey's galore. Impala's and bushbuck wandered around the gardens, and the odd hyena and buffalo were ever present too. The restaurant was very good (in fact too much food!), including brunch in the bush, a lovely surprise on our last day, and the staff were excellent. Our guides were Brian for the most part, and James for the bush walk. They are very knowledgable and we saw fabulous wildlife including the famed leopards. The bush walk is amazing as you walk close by grazing giraffes, zebra, antelope, wart hogs. Pausing of course for the elephants to walk by! The detail is just as fascinating - examining the animal tracks and tracking by the various dung, brilliant! For us, the breeding carmine bee eaters were the highlight, a bright red and blue riot of colour. An unforgettable experience, go there if you can!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Mushroom Presidential House, a unique site on the Mfuwe Lagoon inside the South Luangwa Park, was originally built in the early seventies to accommodate the Head of State and his VIP guests. Following the collapse of the UNIP government in 1991, Mushroom House was left abandoned until Matula Investments won the concession to re-develop the Mushroom Presidential house, and Mushroom Lodge as a commercial tourism development. The property has been developed in such a way as to retain the heritage value of its historical past whilst adding value in terms of an appropriate range of amenities and facilities conducive for a full service modern safari lodge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mushroom Lodge Zambia/South Luangwa National Park