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For a number of years guests visiting camps in the South Luangwa National Park could pay a brief visit to the school at Kawaza Village, until somebody suggested that it would be a good idea to spend longer in a local village and to meet local Zambians in their own environment. Now the local community at Kawaza run a tourism project where they can show guests what life is like living in a Zambian village. They have a few huts which they keep free for visitors who wish to spend the night. As well as visiting the school, it is also possible to visit the clinic, pay your respects to the village chief as well as visit a local healer.
Visitors staying overnight will be shown to their accommodation which is a traditional mud hut with mud walls and solid earth floor. There are no windows, with the only light coming from the door. The hut is very basic with a mattress on a reed base covered by a mosquito net. There is no other furniture in the hut. Clean but threadbare pillows and duvet are provided on the beds.
A long-drop toilet with wooden “throne” is provided in an enclosed cubicle a few metres from the huts at the back of the village. This is the only exception to local village life as the toilet is in the typical western-style and is not used by the villagers. A shower, in a reed enclosure, consists of warm water in a basin with a jug for pouring water. Soap and towels are provided.
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