What to do in Mfuwe, Zambia when your project is postponed for a week? Well, you visit Tribal Textiles and you do some game drives.
It wasn’t possible that everything would go as planned, the project is postponed with a week. That means that we have 7 more days to plan the classes, to enjoy the pool and to discover the village. Croc Valley, the camp where we stay, is known among locals to be the perfect hang out place for the weekend. Next to the Croc Valley pool we met Bongi and Cece, two girls who work or do their internship at Tribal Textiles. Tribal Textiles is a firm where local people make the most colourful cushions, table clothes and many more. That they do by drawing patterns with a liquid made of water and flour on white cloth. The employees draw these patterns with their bare hands, yes they are real artists. Next, they mix blue, red and yellow paint with their bare eyes and colour the patterns with the most beautiful colour combinations. Then, the paint is to be dried and the employees scrape of the white lines made by the liquid. Finally, the fabrics are sewed. The end products are sold in the Tribal Textiles shop. This is one of those places where you want to buy everything! When in the neighbourhood Tribal Textiles is worth a visit!
What else to do on a free day in the Luangwa Valley? Go out and try to see some giraffes, elephants or lion. The game drives are what people are here for. Croc Valley offers two game drives a day, one the morning at 6 a.m. and one in the evening at 4 p.m. It’s recommended to do both of them as you see different animals in the morning and in the evening. We were lucky though, we saw a pack of lions eating a hippo during our morning drive. Elephants, zebras, impalas and giraffes were seen as well during the morning drive. During sunset we saw some more cats, a few more lions and we were as lucky to see some leopards. The Luangwa Valley is known for its high population of leopards but they aren’t always to be seen. What a lucky day!
It is a pity for the project that it was postponed by a week but for us it was nice to discover the community projects and local nature a bit more!
ps. more pictures will follow as soon as the WiFi is getting better!