Mphatso Lodge – Zambia

The Legend of the Zambezi River boldly states that “whoever drinks of its waters will one day return to do so again” Nestled on the meandering banks of this mighty river is the perfect place to satisfy that thirst, Mphatso Lodge ‘Place of the hippo.’

Mphatso Lodge is predominantly a fishing Lodge but offering five star service to local and international clients from middle March to the end of November. We offer ethnically decorated tented-chalets and seven camp sites.Our Bemba and Tonga tents all have showers and toilets en suite with two of our Bemba tents having baths as well. All our tented chalets have hot and cold running water plus all our camp sites have their own ablution facilities with hot and cold water. All our tents overlook the Zambezi River as well as two of our camp sites, Elly and Mvuu, enabling our guests to have stunning views across this mystical river.

Self-catering YES
Camping YES
Resturant YES
Pool NO
Fishing YES

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Our friendly staff make our clients feel welcome from the minute they arrive and our qualified chefs conjure up superb home style meals. We cater for vegans, vegetarians and diabetics. Our well informed and equipped guides help make your safari or fishing experience completely unforgettable. The Legend of the Zambezi River boldly states that “whoever drinks of its waters will one day return to do so again”  Nestled on the meandering banks of this mighty river is the perfect place to satisfy that thirst, Mphatso Lodge Place of the hippo.’

At Mphatso we live close to nature as the Lodge is situated in a secluded location deep within the game rich Chiawa Game Management area. Our camp is only half an hour road trip to the beautiful Lower Zambezi National Park and we are situated opposite the World Heritage Site of Mana Pools. Indigenous bush surrounds the Lodge and wildlife roam freely through the camp. This unspoilt and abundant river offers phenomenal game fishing with the trophy catch and release Tiger Fish being our speciality. The magnificent Zambezi River is undoubtedly a ‘bucket list’ destination and we at Mphatso Lodge would like to share this enchanting paradise with you.

One Shaka style luxury tented chalet, with bath, shower and toilet en suite. This special tent is situated in a quiet secluded spot overlooking the river and it has its own deck and fire pit. Our guests can enjoy private drinks, a braai[BBQ] or a picnic lunch can be arranged if they require total privacy. The tent is run on solar power and has mosquito nets and fans. It is ideal for a honeymoon couple or a family as it can sleep four people in an open style area with a lounge in the centre.

Seven Bemba luxury tented chalets with en suite shower and toilets with two having their own bath. All Bemba tents have hot and cold showers and tea and coffee making facilities. The Bemba tents have mosquito nets and fans.

Three Tonga Self-catering tented chalets all with shower and toilet en suite, hot and cold running water and an outside area for braais[BBQ’s]. One of the Tonga Self-catering chalets is a family tent and can sleep four people comfortably. For an optional extra we offer a self-catering trunk that has crockery and cutlery for four people. Our Lodge staff will make your evening fire for you and provide you with table, chairs and cold water for drinking.  All the tents are serviced daily, and all tents are provided with towels, soap and shampoo. Laundry is an extra charge for all tents and camp sites except the Bemba and Shaka packages.  We can provide an extra bed/mattress in the tents if required.

Our camp sites are extremely popular especially Elly and Mvuu as they are on the river’s edge. Behind Mvuu and Elly we have Leopard and Monkey which are bigger camp sites and behind these two are our three new bush sites….Croc, Lion and Warthog. All camp sites are serviced daily and our staff can provide you with fire wood, drinking water and a self-catering trunk if required. Tables and chairs can also be provided if need be.

Children of all ages are welcome and children from 0 – 3 stay free and children from 4 – 12 sharing with their parents stay half price. Please be aware though we are situated on the water’s edge plus elephants and hippos roam freely. This price applies to tented chalets as well as camping. The Lodge offers 7 boats for hire for fishing or game viewing, one pontoon for sunset cruises or for a quiet trip down the river, and a larger Falcon boat for transfers to and from Gwabi.

We offer canoe safaris, game drives, bird walks, fishing full day or half day, photographic safaris into the national park or the Chiawa Game Area, river cruises, sunset cruises, full day trips into the National Park either by boat or game vehicle.

NB: All prices are exclusive of 16% Zambian VAT


SHAKA LUXURY TENT : US$ 319.00 per person per night sharing inclusive of package details.

BEMBA: US$ 285.00 per person per night sharing inclusive of package details.

TENTS TONGA: US$ 217.00 per tent per day. Self-catering, 2 sleeper Safari tent.

TONGA FAMILY TENT: US$ 276.00 per tent per day. Self-catering, 4 – 6 Sleeper Safari tent.Self-catering options include: Cutlery, crockery, linen & gas for hot water.

All the above accommodation includes a CLA Levy of K26.25 & 10% Service charge

EXCLUSIVE CAMPING: US$ 43.00 for 1 – 2 nights & US$ 39 for 3 or more nights

BUSH CAMPING: US$ 39.00 for 1 – 2 nights & US$ 15 for 3 or more nights All camps site include: private ablution with hot shower, basin & flush toilet, braai area


CHILD POLICY: 0-3 years stays free, 4-12 years sharing with parents stay at 1⁄2 price

We offer:

  • Fishing
  • River Safaris
  • River Cruises
  • Pontoon hire
  • Game Drives
  • Guide hire
  • Canoeing
  • Nature Walks
  • Village Tours


  • Full day Canoe safari leaves at 06h00 and are back 16h00
  • Best of LZNP departs at 07h00 and arrive back at camp around 17h30 – 18h00
  • Full day Game drives depart at 05h30 and are back 15h30
  • GPS Coordinates for Mvuu: 15 ̊45’54.57”S and 29 ̊13’10.82”E
  • Luxury tents # 7 & 10 & 11 have a bath & a shower while the other tents only have showers
  • A boat transfer form Gwabi Lodge to Mvuu takes anything from 1 to 1 1⁄2 hours
  • Chirundu to Mvuu is about 60km but takes about 2-3 hours to drive depending on the road conditions
  • Fishing in the National Park is allowed every day except for Mondays. Max 2 Mvuu boats per day are allowed.
  • Kafue Pontoon operates from 06h00 to 18h00 and costs are currently K56,00 for locals and K156,00 for
  • foreign registered vehicles – one way (US$30 but payable only in ZMK)
  • Further discount available for long stay visitors & big groups
  • Contact us for fishing packages or corporate deals

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