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Thornicroft Lodge Tours

Situated on the banks of the Luangwa River in the wildlife rich Mfuwe sector, this lodge is the perfect place for those on a tighter budget to experience the Valley of the Leopards! The rooms all look out onto the river providing excellent hippo and croc viewing throughout the day and offer the chance to see the elephants cross in and out of the park, which they usually do at sunrise and sunset!

The rooms

Each of the rooms is large fresh and airy with a beautiful African themed décor. From murals of the famous Thornicroft giraffe to the bright African prints from the local Tribal Textile store you will instantly feel immersed in the local culture. With mosquito nets and en-suite bathrooms the rooms are the perfect place to rest after a day’s exciting activities in the park, gently nodding off to the sounds of the nocturnal animals as they start to wake up!

The location

Located on the park edge it is a hotspot of activity. The elephants regularly swim across the river at sunrise and set (to try and raid the village crops and lodge flowerbeds!!) as well as regular sightings of plains game, baboons, crocs, hippos and of course the famous giraffes the lodge was named after!


The lodge is simple yet comfortable with lots of amenities to make your stay enjoyable. From the quirky Zambian shaped pool you can relax in during the heat of the day to the fun dining room with Braai area where you can have some delicious local and international food. The lounges all have river views for 24hour bush TV! And of course a nightly fire pit where you can share stories from the day and watch as the stars start to twinkle at night.

LOW Season: 2 Mar – 31 May & 1 Nov – 14 Jan

HIGH Season: 1 Jun – 31 Oct

CLOSED: 15 Jan – 1 Mar



  • Lush green scenery and best sunsets
  • Flowers, birds and baby animals galore
  • Few tourists
  • Cheaper rates


  • Beautiful green scenery after rains
  • Fantastic photography opportunities
  • Dry weather
  • Mild temperatures


  • Dry scenery, best for spotting game
  • Abundant wildlife – fewer water sources
  • Warm/hot temperatures
  • Prime time for walking safaris

Category Ranges:
$: USD 0 – USD250/pppn
$$: USD 251 – USD600/pppn
$$$: USD 601 – USD1,000/pppn
$$$$: USD1,001+/pppn

The price categories give you an idea of the nightly cost per person for this accommodation.

  • Great camp on the banks of Luangwa River

    We have just spent a great weekend at Thornicroft Lodge – we were a group of 14 – three families travelling together including seven children aged from 10 to 15. Nadja and Dylan managed our booking and were great to deal with and very welcoming. We stayed on the full board basis excluding safaris, which we organised ourselves. Safaris can be booked through Thornicroft.

  • A wonderful experience of safari in South Luangwa National Park

    My son and I enjoyed our 4 nights here with a total of 8 game drive taken. The whole team of staff led by Nadia and Dylan was very friendly and helpful. The chef here, like a magician, who made all the foods delicious. Boyd, our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the park and did an excellent job on the game drive.

  • Wonderful Choice

    The lodge is overlooking the waters of the Luangwa river, for this reason offering a truly unique spectacle of nature.
    You can come across an elephant or a hippo walking in the garden, but you dont need to watch out because guards are there for you…

    Lucio P

Fast Facts

  • Location: South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
  • Internet connection:WiFi
  • Fans/Air ConFans
  • Number of rooms:9 en-suite Riverview chalets
  • Child policy:Children of all ages are welcome
  • Swimming poolYes

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