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Thornicroft is in a wildlife area which is far away from most of the rest of the world. You won't regret the journey.

Thornicroft Lodge is situated on the Luangwa River bordering South Luangwa National Park in the North of Zambia. Reaching us is straightforward and can be done by road or you can fly in to the local airport on one of the daily scheduled flights.

Drive to Thornicroft

You can drive to Thornicroft with a normal 2 wheel drive during dry season, perhaps more safe to use a 4x4 during raining season. We can also arrange road transfers for you from Malawi, the Malawi/Zambia border or from Chipata.

If you have your own vehicle or have hired a self-drive vehicle, please check the state of the road with us before you start in order to time your journey correctly.

By road from Lilongwe in Malawi will take about 4-6 hours, by road from Lusaka will take about 9-12 hours. Both routes go via Chipata in Zambia. The 125 km route from Chipata to Mfuwe is tarmac road now. There is no petrol station in between ...

For detailed directions and status of the road from Chipata to Mfuwe you can send an email to info @

Fly to Thornicroft

Flying from Lusaka or Livingstone can be the quickest and most comfortable way to reach us. During high season Proflight Zambia runs 2-3 daily flights to Mfuwe airport, during low season 1 flight on most week days. See:

Flying from Lilongwe to Mfuwe is also possible. Currently there are daily flights. Ask us for more information.

We can arrange airport transfers. Please tell us your time of arrival so that we can pick you up from Mfuwe airport. Thornicroft is only about 30 minutes drive from the airport, a fascinating journey through villages and bush.

Public transport to Thornicroft

It is possible to travel from Lusaka or Lilongwe to Luangwa by public transport. There are several bus companies who transfer their clients in rather comfortable coaches or buses to Chipata. From there you could take the minibus (once per day) or hire a taxi for your trip to Luangwa. See for more info:

The Lodge

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