Kawaza Village Visit

Kawaza Village Visit

Although set up and operated in part by the long established Robin Pope Safaris, this tourism project is mostly run by the local community, where they are willing to show guests what life is like living in a traditional African village.

On arrival at Kawaza Village you are met by the village guide and the manager of the tourism project. He can then introduce you to some of the villagers and ask if there's any activities you are interested in, or any particular aspects of village life you would like to explore.

Activities during your excursion normally include a visit to the local school, run by seven teachers with ten classrooms and over 1,000 students. If you are visiting during term time you will often be welcomed to join an assembly, or one of the days classes.

The school visit is normally followed by a visit to the local clinic, a short drive from the village, as well as a local healer who can explain some of the various medicinal uses of herbs and traditional healing methods.

You're also invited to take part in everyday village activities such as brewing local beer, grinding maize, drawing water at the well and picking maize in the fields. Throughout you will have a chance to talk to the villagers, and you will often have a crowd of friendly children trailing after you.

Kawaza Village is located between the main entrance of the South Luangwa National Park and Mfuwe Airport, where you will most likely fly into from Lusaka. Logistically it's therefore easiest to arrange a visit to Kawaza Village at the start or end of a stay in the South Luangwa National Park. If you are staying in one of the camps by the main entrance to the park though then a visit can easily be arranged at any time during your stay.

Start Time: The timings will vary for this excursion, depending on your arrival or departure times from Mfuwe Airport, but most people will visit the village after their morning flight, or before their afternoon departure.

Duration of Excursion: You can spend as long as you want at Kawaza Village, although most visitors spend around 2-3 hours here.

Maximum Size of Group: The maximum size of the group is normally limited by the number of spaces on the airport transfer, and is normally no more than six.

Age Restrictions: None, but children need to be supervised at all times.

Please note: Expert Africa only books excursions as a part of a full, Expert Africa itinerary.