Cultural experiences in Zambia
Zambia's safari camps are notable for their small scale and often excellent community ties, leading many visitors to treasure the interactions that they find here. For more, visit the communities linked to your camp; head out on a village visit; or enjoy the living history of a fascinating old manor house.
With a relatively low population density in comparison to some of its neighbours, Zambia has retained a lot of its original cultures in more rural areas - whilst in the urban centres of Lusaka and Livingstone there is an evident European influence amongst the diverse populations living together here.
Visitors to Zambia should certainly seek out Kawaza Village, beside South Luangwa National Park, for a very genuine glimpse into traditional Kunda life. This is a super experience; it really is a slice of real African village life!
Similarly, a few days at Shiwa Ngandu, in north-eastern Zambia, will give you the chance not only to peer into the country's colonial history, but also to meet Zambians of today, and see how they live, and the challenges that they face. It's a very 'real' experience - as far from contrived as you could imagine - and hence we'd recommend this for someone interested in Zambia's cultural heritage!
Our favourite 3 places for cultural experiences in Zambia
Kawaza Village|93% (9 reviews)This fascinating and unique tourism project allows visitors a real insight into rural Zambian daily life. Visitors can take part by spending a day, or overnight, in this friendly village and experience the everyday routine of those that live there. More about Kawaza Village
Shiwa Ng'andu|99% (17 reviews)Shiwa Ng’andu is a real experience. You’re visiting a real place; it's somebody’s home and a working estate, not just a lodge. Shiwa’s hosts, Charlie and Jo offer an amazing stay, and the chance to get involved in the day to day running of this historical property. More about Shiwa Ng'andu
Tafika|98% (182 reviews)The managers of Tafika have lived there for many years. There is exceptional integration between the camp and its local community, and the majority of its staff are from the nearby village of Mkasanga. You are welcome to visit the village, and you can expect a very warm welcome! More about Tafika