Mfuwe isn't so much a village as a long strip of road connecting the airport to the Mfuwe Bridge over the Luangwa River. The center of Mfuwe, in the loosest sense of the word, is around the BP petrol station.
Mfuwe has grown considerably over the last 10 years and informally there are at least 5000 people living there - go and explore the side streets, visit the health clinic, or Mfuwe basic school (ask someone), have a wander! There will be no hassle and people will be glad to chat, especially the kids who will no doubt say "How are you" "I'm fine".
Mfuwe International Airport (MFU) has been upgraded with an all-weather bitumen runway. Scheduled services run to Lusaka and Chipata. Flights are twice daily (to Lusaka) in the high season but sporadic (or stopped entirely) in the low season. Charter flights allow access to Lilongwe (Malawi), Mwaleshi (North Luangwa), Shiwa Ngandu, Kasanka and other domestic airfields. The airport is about 25 km from Mfuwe Bridge, transfers should be arranged in advance with your accommodation.
The days of challenges with travel from Chipata to Mfuwe, taking up to 5 hours in pickup trucks are now over. The new tarred road has not only reduced travel time, but has also reduced costs while improving on comfort.
There is a daily bus by Jonda going directly from Lusaka to Mfuwe and therefore avoiding the hassle of transferring in Chipata, which takes around 12 hours. It leaves in Lusaka at 5:00 and in Mfuwe at 4:00. Fare is ZMW 220 (08/2017).
There is no public transport as such. Safari lodges typically throw in free airport transfers, but charge around $20-30 for other trips.
If you want your own wheels and know how to bash about the bush, 4x4s can be rented from Personal Touch (tel. +260 6 246 123,or 0978-459965  [email protected]) at prices starting from US$125/day, airport transfers included. The Personal Touch can also be contacted for general transfers to community projects or Kawaza village
The road from Chipata to Mfuwe has been tarred now. Total 1,5 hrs drive from Chipata to Mfuwe.
Most visitors come for game drives into the Game Management Area and South Luangwa National Park. Some guided village walks are available by asking at your lodge or campsite. Volunteer and other support opportunities are possible. A general overview is .
Mfuwe has one shop of significant interest:
Mfuwe is the Zambian version of a cowboy town. There is a main strip road but on either side of the road there are bars. If you want to meet local guys then stop by for a drink - people are very friendly. You won't find a menu either but just ask for some barbecued chicken and it will turn up ! You can play pool and you'll find music, drink Mosi beer (delicious) and dancing on Fri/Sat nights. If you're staying at a lodge ask a driver to collect you from the bar - easy to arrange.
Safari lodges in and around South Luangwa National Park are listed separately in that article.
Mobile network coverage in Mfuwe has improved considerably, and data service is now available for some devices and carriers. One suggestion for foreign travelers is to check with your accommodation by email before you go for advice on carrier, coverage, etc.
Another primary means of communication is radio. Every lodge, tourist-oriented shop and not a few vehicles have radios for fast, reliable communication.
Mfuwe is regularly raided by wild animals, particularly elephants, after dark. Stay indoors.