Picture yourself preparing to check into your lodge only to find a family of elephants waiting their turn at the reception. The South Luangwa National Park in Zambia is home to a host of wildlife. With over 60 species of mammals and 400 species of birds roaming around, it isn’t exactly a rare occurrence to spot some of the creatures in their natural habitat. Except when you find them at the front desk.
Once a year, families of elephants make their way through the reception area of Mfuwe Lodge, in South Luangwa National Park, in search of a mango tree. Led by their matriarch, Wonky Tusk, these elephants know a tasty mango when they see one and won’t mind walking right through the lodge to get their fix.
The elephants don’t mind the fact that the lodge was built close to their beloved mango tree and aren’t bothered by all the attention they attract. In fact, once they’ve had their fill, they get cozy and huddle around for a post-mango nap before heading back into the wild.
How far will you go for your mangoes? Check out the elephants of Mfuwe lodge in the video below