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Project Luangwa is unable to provide accommodation for most volunteers but there are plenty of lovely places to stay in the area. Where you stay will often depend on the location of your project and you can see all the Lodges, Camps and schools on our area map.

Three of our member lodges are keen to help with volunteer accommodation and offer separate rates for accommodation instead of the usual "all inclusive". Those of you who will be working at Kawaza Basic School might like to consider staying at Kawaza Village, a community based tourism project completely managed by the villagers. Project Luangwa does have a small basic volunteer's house but it is reserved for long term volunteers.
 
If you do not have your own transport the costs of getting to and from your project site will need to taken into consideration. Whilst we initially transfer volunteers to their site and make regular visits we are unable to provide a daily service. Most lodges will be able to provide transport but will make a charge. 
 
Getting here
Buses and Taxis
Buses run from Lusaka to Chipata and Chipata to Lusaka daily but they are not for the feint-hearted. Fares are about 180,000 Kwatcha and 60,000 Kwatcha respectively but expect to be charged extra for your bags. These prices are for mini-buses and you will have to pay more for the more comfortable express coach that runs the Lusaka to Chipata route.  It is not unknown for buses to breakdown or have accidents on these routes.
 
Flights
Proflight has regular flights from Lusaka to Mfuwe usually daily throughout the year and up to three flights a day in 'season'.  your can find out their schedules, prices and book through their website here.
 
Getting Around and About
 
Transport from The Personal Touch
Whilst the Lodges and Camps listed below can provide transport (see individual entries for costs) you may feel that you prefer to drive yourself to project sites. A local company, The Personal Touch, has fully serviced 4 x 4 vehicles for daily hire. These 110, 300 Tdi Land Rovers are fitted with 3 rows of safari seats and have the option of a canopy for shade.  Each row of seats can comfortably take 3 people thus giving the vehicle a capacity for 11 including the driver plus luggage. The Personal Touch can also arrange airport transfers and transport to Kawaza or any of our project sites. Bookings may be made through Project Luangwa or direct with The Personal Touch Ltd.  
Getting a Good Night's Sleep
Flatdogs Camp
The long established  Flatdogs Camp offers comfortable chalets with either twin or double beds, en- suite bathrooms and a shared kitchen for those who prefer to cook for themselves. The luxury safari tents overlook the Luangwa river and are slightly larger than their standard safari tents. Both have en-suite outdoor bathrooms and a choice of double or twin beds. If you have your own equipment it is possible to camp at Flatdogs but only in the low season. The al a carte restaurant serves a good choice of food throughout the day.

Flatdogs are able to transport volunteers but cannot guarantee to do so before 10 am as the vehicle may be out on a game drive. Their charge is per vehicle (seats 7) and vary with distance e.g. Kawaza $100; Mfuwe Basic School $40.

Costs: Chalet $52 - $72; luxury safari tent $42 - $57; standard safari tent $37 - $42 depending on the season.  Camping $8.50. 

 

Flatdogs' chalets are well furnished and comfortable  Double or twin beds with mosquito nets are available in the tents.
 
Croc Valley Camp
Croc Valley Camp is particularly interested in creating a destination for the philanthropic traveler and offers groups of 10 or more volunteers a low accommodation rate all year round plus a special daily price for meals. Teachers for groups of this size are accommodated free of charge. To get the special rate you will have to be prepared to take pot luck with the accommodation and be prepared to sleep in the dorm or a chalet - it will depend on what is vacant. 
 
Croc Valley's large open vehicle can comfortably seat at least 16 as well as their luggage and the charge is $160 to anywhere within a 60 km radius. It's a comfortable camp and, like Flatdogs and Marula, sits on the banks of the Luangwa river.

Costs: $20 per person per night (chalet, safari tent or dorm depending on availability. Camping $7.50. Full board plus $25 per person per day.  

Comfortable rustic chalets sit amongst shaded grassland
The Safari Tents offer comfortable beds and en-suite facilities
 
Staying with a Teacher
Sometimes we can arrange for a longer term (at least 4 weeks) volunteer to stay with a teacher in their own home. this option gives an exciting view of school and village life not available to those whop stay in a lodge.
 
Washing and toilet facilites will be basic but clean and there is the chance to join in with the chores and learn to cook traditional Zambian food.  This is a good cheap option that will embed you into a community where you'll make lifelong friends as rural Zambians can be some of the most welcoming people in Africa. to read about our first school stay volunteer's experience - click here -  but please note that they've promised not to give anyone else 'bush mouse'.
School Stay
 
Camping at Your Project Site
Occasionally we can arrange for you to camp at your project site, either in the village or at the school. This is subject to permission of the village Headman and the Head Teacher at the school.  You will need to supply your own camping equipment although we can often arrange for a local lady to cook traditional meals for you. 
 
Showers will be basic - a bucket and cup - and the 'facilities' will be of the long drop variety.  Although sparse and lacking in privacy it is an excellent way to learn about village life and make some wonderful friends. Water is drawn from a local bore hole and is usually safe to drink.  
You can combine camping with staying at a lodge for part of your stay.
Village Camping
Camping at a school is great fun but don't expect privacy
The usual water supply
You'll make many friends 
 

 

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