Woodcarving art in the jungle

COMMUNITY

Surrounded by coconut and banana trees

LIVELYHOOD

Farming and Maconde culture

FAMOUS FOR

Maconde wood carving and traditional houses

RELIGION

The village is Christian

LANGUAGE

Swahili and very limited English

TRAVELLERS

Unlikely to meet other foreigners

Scroll to see more pictures from Ziwani. Here you have a chance to sleep in a traditional clay house if you wish!


3 nIGHTS IN ziwani VILLAGE

96 EUR (norm 120€)

ACCommodation: 

  • Private room in a local home, mosquito nets and bed sheets included

  • Home made breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

  • Shared toilet and washing facilities

activities:

  • Cooking and eating together with your host family

  • Practicing the livelihood of the family (farming or running a small shop)

  • Learning Makonde wood carving with Henry

  • A long walk in the jungle with your hosts

  • Meeting the savings group

6 nights IN ziwani VILLAGE

176 EUR (norm 220€)

accommodation: 

  • Private room in a local home, mosquito nets and bed sheets included

  • Home made breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

  • Shared toilet and washing facilities

activities:

  • Cooking and eating together with your host family

  • Practicing the livelihood of the family (farming or running a small shop)

  • Learning Makonde wood carving with Henry

  • A long walk in the jungle with your hosts 

  • Meeting the savings group

  • Visiting Makonde Arts and Cultural Tourism centre

  • Taking a daladala (minibus) to a beautiful beach in Msimbati

DUARA CONTACT: francis

Francis is your responsible English-speaking contact person in Ziwani. He makes sure there is someone to meet you and introduce you to your host family. You can contact Francis in case you have questions before or during your stay.

I am a civil servant and a founder of MACUTO: Makonde Arts and Cultural Tourism Center. We aim to preserve and promote Makonde culture, carvings and art skills. My dream is to decrease the number of jobless people in the streets.”

Are you hesitating to book directly? Elina from Duara is ready to answer your questions via email: elina@duaratravels.com

Are you hesitating to book directly? Elina from Duara is ready to answer your questions via email: elina@duaratravels.com


HOW TO GET THERE

Take a bus from Dar es Salaam in the morning - you’ll be in Mtwara town in about 8 hours.

The daladala (local minibus) from Mtwara town to Ziwani takes about 30 minutes. Choose a bus going towards Msimbati. In case you prefer a private ride, you can always get a taxi.  

 

OTHER things to do near ziwani village

Try to get a ride for a day trip to Mnazi Bays's marine  park. 

Go to wonder around in Mtwara downtown and visit the cultural centre.