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Kawaza Village

  • A rural village on the outskirts of the South Luangwa
  • Authentic mud hut accommodation, with toilet cubicle and shower a few meters away
  • Access to all aspects of village life
  • Visit the school and clinic, see village chief, check out local healer
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"This is one of the most authentic cultural experiences anywhere. You will stay the night in a village, get involved in the day-to-day life of the villagers, be introduced to local customs, and see the world that all of the camp staff call home."


Kawaza Village is perfect for travelers who are keen to immerse themselves in village life! You can make your own arrangements to come here – with the help of YZ! – or make the trip from a property managed by Robin Pope Safaris. An extended visit is an excellent option for travelers of all ages who are interested in a truly authentic village experience. 


Kawaza Village is situated a short distance from the town of Mfuwe, just outside South Luangwa National Park. The village is approached via road transfer from Mfuwe Airport, or from any of the Robin Pope properties if you are staying at one of these prior to your visit. All guests receive a warm welcome from village guide Constantino, who is in charge of the village experience. Kawaza is a beautiful place, featuring characterful mud huts amidst indigenous trees. Constantino introduces some of the villagers and leads a discussion about how you would like to spend your time here.


The mud huts provide the village’s guest accommodation. Each has mud walls and an earth floor. Light enters only through the door, as there are no windows. The bed is the only item of furniture, comprising a mattress on a reed base underneath a mosquito net. The bedding consists of pillows and a duvet. Washing facilities are located a few meters from the huts – a long-drop throne-like toilet occupies its own cubicle, while a basin and jug for washing are found in a reed enclosure, together with soap and towels.


  • Activities available at Kawaza include various visits – to the school, the clinic, and the church.
  • You can also spend time with the village chief and the local healer! The school boasts over a thousand pupils, taught by seven teachers within ten classrooms. Kawaza’s clinic is a brief drive from the village and contains just one doctor.
  • As well as making these visits, you can do a bit of walking between local villages.
  • You can also get involved in the daily chores at Kawaza – picking and grinding maize, brewing beer, and drawing water. Many of these tasks contribute to the preparation of the evening meal, which is a lively affair! Delicious food and drink is served in the village’s nsaka, a reed-and-thatch building.
  • Afterwards, people from the neighboring villages come to perform dancing and drumming, around a fire. Then it’s bed time, with everyone rising with the cock’s crow the following morning to begin their day.

*This property is unfenced and located in a wildlife area, so large and potentially dangerous animals do pass through. If you opt to stay here, always be alert when walking around the camp and request for a member of staff to escort you if you have any concerns. Any guest is escorted after dark as a matter of course.

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