Kawaza Village

Hut in South Luangwa National Park

This enterprise run by the local Kunda people gives tourists the opportunity to visit a real rural Zambian village while helping the local community. Four rondavels (each sleeps two) with open-air reed showers and long-drop toilets are reserved for visitors who are encouraged to partake in village life, learning how to cook nshima (maize porridge), attending church services and visiting schools.

Other activities include visits to the local healer or to the chief’s palace, and bushwalking. Traditional meals are eaten in the chitenge – a thatched, open-sided shelter with traditional wooden chairs and reed mats; and evenings are filled with dancing, drumming and storytelling around the fire. Transfers can be arranged from camps around Mfuwe village; if you have your own wheels, enquire as to the state of the track (and the level of the water at the river crossing) to the village before heading off.