The elephants of Mfuwe Lodge, Zambia


In October and November of each year, Mfuwe Lodge in the South Luangwa National Park of Zambia receives regular visits from a herd of elephants who enjoy snacking on the large grove of mango trees surrounding the lodge. "Wonky Tusk", as she has become affectionately known, and her family have been regular guests at the lodge for a number of years. The fact that a large safari lodge is built around this delicious food store is of no concern to her…after all, why walk the extra few metres to go around, when there are some nice steps and a tiled reception lobby to saunter through each day? In October 2009 a new arrival to the herd - Lord Wellington - was born on the Lodge grounds and at 2 days old was introduced to the reception and the steps - now he is an expert at clambering up and through reception area. Wonky Tusk's family’s annual dining habits have been the focus of many a photograph, video, newsworthy article, and even a children’s book.

Wildland travelers may experience this unique wildlife encounter on the Ultimate African Adventure and Wild Zambia Safari (if you travel in October or November that is!)

Wonky & Wellington - First steps through Mfuwe Lodge reception

Baby Wellington's adventures at Mfuwe Lodge