Elephants in the Lobby


Believe it or not, an elephant in the lobby of this hotel is not a rare event! The Mfuwe Lodge in the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia was built on a path the local elephants take to find wild mangoes. Andy Hogg, the director of the company that runs the hotel, says:
"This is the only place in the world where elephants freely get so close to humans," says the 44-year-old.

"The elephants start coming through base camp in late November of each year to eat the mangoes from our trees.

"When they are ripe they come through and they stand about for four to six weeks coming back each day or second day to eat the mangoes."

When the lodge was built, no one realized the elephants used that route. Link to story. Link to hotel website. -via Arbroath

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That hippos is gonna sue. You know what its thinking.

"Oh, the ELEPHANTS can waltz right through, but the HIPPO gets a fence thrown in its face. I see how it is. What if I want a mango or some terrycloth robes HUH?!?!"
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I've stayed there. Its an incredibly beautiful hotel, right on the river. The elephants walk right on through because there are no front doors - the building housing the reception desk is completely open. At least this way the elephants can walk on through without breaking anything. They had to fence off the pool to keep a particular hippo out and monkeys roam the grounds.

It costs a bloody fortune to stay there but it is worth every penny.
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I think this is just some convenient tourist trap. Think about it who in their right mind would willingly build a hotel on an elephant path and NOT expect elephants to walk through. In that case why do they have doors big enough to accommodate an elephant in the first place!?
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