Kabwata Cultural Village
The Kabwata Visual Arts and Cultural Association, KAVICA, was established in 1974 and currently has 120 subscribed members. A popular Lusaka attraction for traditional Zambian artefacts to take home as souvenirs and gifts. Other works are beads, drums, spears, walking sticks, african printed fabrics, tie-dye and batiks. The cultural village has a restaurant called Tigwilizane which is an uncommercialised traditional restaurant consisting all main Zambian delicacies like ifisashi.
Self help association in Lusaka, Zambia
It's open daily from 8:00 to 18:00. In the colonial era this area was part of a larger township populated by dwelling huts. The Government of Zambia later acquired the land for the cultural village and designated it a “national monument” preserving it as a reminder of the past (British rule which ended in 1964).
- Promotes quality craftsmanship
- Part of the Zambian cultural heritage
- Enables the craftspeople to support their families
Attractions in Lusaka, Zambia
Kabwata Cultural Village is actually home to 72 woodcarvers and artists who showcase their products. Besides the first home of Dr Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia's first President, Kabwata Village is a great place to see various indigenous artworks. To showcase Zambian tradition, traditional dancers perform in the Kabwata Village central arena on weekends and public holidays.
- Purchase direct from the craftspeople
- Authentic atmosphere of village life in colonial times
- Traditional dancing on weekends and public holidays
What’s more, you’ll be able to buy crafts directly from the Zambian craftspeople and experience traditional dance and sample local food. Kabwata Cultural Village is open daily from 8:00 to 18:00.
You will experience warm Zambian hospitality first hand, making this a great Lusaka attraction to visit. It’s a great tourist place to visit but it is also popular with locals with a keen eye for quality Zambian products. You’ll have the opportunity of meeting the creators of these authentic Zambian wares, and their families too.
You’ll find Kabwata Cultural Village along Burma Road in the Kabwata Estates in Lusaka. It was established in 1974 when it became home to the Kabwata Visual Arts and Cultural Association – KAVICA. This really is a chance to witness life in the city as it was in the 1950s and 1960s, in the days when Zambia was under British rule, which ended at independence in 1964. Historically, woodcarvers and craftsmen from all nine provinces of Zambia were invited to make their home at Kabwata Cultural Village to produce traditional handicrafts in order to promote quality craftsmanship and maintain strong links to the cultural heritage of Zambia.
So if you appreciate art, culture, history and community, then you’ll enjoy a visit to the Lusaka attraction of Kabwata Village. Any purchase you make, since bought at source, will make a direct contribution to the people’s livelihoods. On the tour you will be able to compare Kabwata Cultural Village and its immediate surroundings with the rest of Lusaka, helping you to better appreciate the long and often difficult road Zambia has travelled to become the modern country that it is today.
Tigwilizane Restaurant in Kabwata Village is an uncommercialised traditional restaurant. All the main Zambian delicacies are available, the most popular being the staple food nshima served with indigenous local chicken; nshima with the famous vegetable in peanut sauce called ‘ifisashi’; nshima with either dried or fresh fish; local indigenous egg plant called ‘impwa’ and even butterfly larva – called locally ‘ifinkubala’! You’ve just got to give ifinkubala a go – they taste somewhat like chicken. You don’t get much more authentic than this – traditional food cooked from recipes passed down orally from one generation of women to the next.