Njobvu Cultural Village Lodge is a cooperative initiative of several villages near Ulongwe, Balaka District in Malawi. It started around 2002 as a way of generating income and of educating the local people about the importance of conserving Liwonde National Park's resources for tourism purposes. Njobvu Cultural Village Lodge is run by and employs local villagers and is an important source of revenue for the community. This income reduces the need to poach within Liwonde National Park. Benefiting from park tourism encourages communities to conserve their valuable natural and cultural resources. A percentage of the funds are used to support a nursery school and in the future to support village elderly. Visitors of the lodge experience the real Malawian life, by sleeping in the traditional mud brick hut in the village and meeting the villagers and their traditions.
Visitors of the lodge experience the real Malawian life, by sleeping in the traditional mud brick hut in the village and meeting the villagers and their traditions.
The activities at the Lodge include taking visitors for a walk through the villages to observe traditional way of life such as pounding, cooking, traditional doctors, weaving baskets etc. During the walk you can have a talk with the village headman, have a look in the little grocery store and visit the orphan school which is benefiting from the Cultural Village Lodge.
After you return to the Lodge, you are served with traditional meals like nsima with pumpkin leaves (pumpkin leaves boiled together with groundnut flour) or other vegetables. Visitors are sometimes also served with locally brewed sweet beer locally called Thobwa.
For overnight stay, traditional dances are performed for the guests in the evenings. After the dances you can sit at the campfire and talk with the villagers, exchanging cultures and looking at the numerous stars.
Environmental Goods or Services, Social Enterprise