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At the Royal Zambezi Lodge we are committed to ensuring the people living in the Chiawa Game Management Area of the Lower Zambezi enjoy a good standard of living by providing financial and advisory support to the local schools and employment in the local area. We also facilitate pro-active intervention for many of our guests who want to help. Some recent examples of our involvement with the community are as follows:

  • More than 80% of our staff are recruited locally creating opportunity in the area
  • We provide training for all our staff so they can develop within our company or learn a skill when they join us, from mechanics to storemen, carpenters to cooks, to guides and the front line staff. Lawrence one our guides started with us as a kitchen porter – read more about his journey here
  • Through the support of Conservation Lower Zambezi we have helped communities learn about sustainable living and farming practices and also helped locals learn new trades such as jewellery making
  • The Royal Zambezi Lodge shop supports local craftsmen by sourcing hand-made jewellery, bags, books and other items from local villages
  • The lodge regularly donates nights at the lodge as prizes to raise funds for charities that support the local ecoystem – so far this year we have donated 22 nights at the lodge
  • Many of our guests visit the Chiawa viallage and some examples of the work we have faciliated at Chiawa with the guests’ help are below:
    • With support from the University of Washington Alumni we have been able to install a solar powered fridge in the small clinic in Chiawa to store perishable drugs
    • Some Australian guests provided financial assistance to provide tables, chairs other building materials to the primary school to enable the children to learn in a comfortable environment
    • By harnessing the expertise of one of our guests and the right drugs we have been able to cure most cases of ringworm and the villagers have now been shown how to administer the medication themselves
    • We have provided and installed water pumps in the villages for the community so that they now have clean drinking water

We are also proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and bring supplies for area schools or medical clinics in need, you’ll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families. Please click here to see what supplies are needed for our project.