Kabwe Town and Luangwa Safari Lodge
Kabwe is a friendly little town that has seen better days. Once a thriving mining community it is now somewhat forlorn, caught between the past and the future, waiting for something new to come along. That “something new” seems to be its children, as the focus is put on supporting and educating the youth so that they may, in the future, breathe some life back into the dormant town.
Projects in Kabwe:
Getting there: To get to Kabwe you must first pass through Lusaka. If you arrive late, spend the night in Kalulu Backpackers and catch a 2 hour bus ride to Kabwe the next morning. There are plenty of buses to Kabwe, though I would advise taking a large interprovincial bus from the main station rather than the local buses (which leave from across the road from the main station) as they are safer and you are guaranteed a seat.
Where to stay: Luangwa Safari Lodge (see below)
Tourist Activities: To be honest there is not a lot going on close to Kabwe, but if you have a few days off either side of your volunteering, be sure to get yourself to South Luangwa or Kafue Game Parks and down to Victoria Falls.
Luangwa Safari Lodge
Luangwa Safari lodge is exactly what it says on the tin – it is a safari lodge in the centre of Kabwe town. Complete with thatched roofed huts, its a little haven within the town, offering a genial bar, communal dining and very welcome swimming pool. The lodge is the preferred accommodation for volunteers, NGO workers and others work in/passing through the town for a few days. It has a small bar that always great for a sundowner that is general closed up by 10 o clock or so (except on the odd day when there is soccer on or at the weekend when it will be open longer). There is no music however and so it is not going to keep you up if you fancy an early night.
Getting Around: Luangwa Safari Lodge is a ten minute walk from town and a maximum 30 minute walk to projects. We would recommend buying a bicycle.
Booking: email firstname.lastname@example.org and quote your Ethical Volunteer ID number
Luangwa Safari Lodge
Introduction to Kabwe and its people
The Makalulu Compound and Sables Drop-in Centre for Street Kids