Caring for the Community of South Luangwa  

The Bush-Spa wants to bring your attention the “other” side of living and working, but also visiting this magnificent area of Zambia, as many tourists do not see the ongoing struggle to conserve this area for generations to come.
Norman Carr first started to operate walking safaris in the Luangwa and he realised that conservation could not work without the local people truly benefiting from the wildlife around them. 

Caring for South Luangwa Communities

Today, this approach to responsible tourism is more important than ever!
 For years many of the companies in the Luangwa valley have been working with various projects or started their own projects to ensure that conservation efforts continued. And so did the Bush-Spa!

An adventurous, thoughtful, and playful approach is encouraged

Touch Therapy Program

Community Based Rehabilitation

"Appropriate therapy helps the child (or adult) to enjoy herself, be useful, and take part with others, while mastering the skills for daily living.”     
 — Disabled Village Children by David Werner

Community-based rehabilitation (CBR) was first initiated by the WHO following the International Conference on Primary Health Care in 1978. CBR is seen as a strategy to improve access to rehabilitation services for people with disabilities in developing countries

How can we be of assistance?

Owner Nathalie and her team members of the Bush-Spa initiated the Touch Therapy Program, which is intended especially for children with a physical or mental disability and their parents.
Unfortunately their illness can’t be cured and there is a shortage (or even lack of) individual orientated activities for these children. Whilst regular exercises and activities are so important for their children, parents just do not have the funds or means to travel distances.

The primary objective of the programme is developping a training package designed to equip parents of children with health concerns and/or disabilities with the necessary skills to apply gentle massage and range of motion exercises. This is a truly holistic approach done in close communication with the Kakumbi Rural Health Centre and a qualified doctor. Objectives differ between children and parents and aim to enhance parents' perceived ability to cope with caring for their child by providing them with practical skills and to strengthen the bond between parent and child.

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integrate rather than separate the child from the day-to-day life in the community

The Touch Therapy Community Based Rehabilitation was initially established for children, but has been expanded to include older people who suffered strokes or transient ischemic attacks (TIA) and some people with chronic health conditions. This approach provides a direct link to the Kakumbi Rural Health Centre and the further away Kamoto Hospital. Providing children and people with (temporary) disabilities the access to rehabilitation services which contribute to their overall well-being, inclusion and participation.
And that right here in their rural Chiefdom.

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Most rehabilitation and therapy, be it for children or adults who had a life-changing experience, can and should take place in the home and community with loving support of family, neighbours, and friends. The caregivers and therapists in the Touch Therapy Program play an important role in this ‘community-directed rehabilitation’. By simplifying and sharing their knowledge and skills, they reach many more children and adults be it at the Bush-Spa or by our therapists visiting the homes.

... in cooperation with Project Luangwa 

Safari guests come to see the wildlife and the beauty of the landscape, and then start wondering about the people who live here. Maybe they have a discussion with their guide about his family or his schooling, or maybe they meet a woman in the shops who tells them about her community and traditions. And from these discussions comes an interest and concern for the lives and struggles of the people who call the Luangwa Valley home.

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Working together in the community

The need for cooperation with Project Luangwa (PL) was easily recognised.
As PL supports so many children and families in our local community, they easily indentify children and parents who might benefit from our sessions.
As important, our team wished to ensure accountability and transparency for interested parties, donors and stakeholders within the community.

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Finer details about Project Luangwa

Project Luangwa is a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) formed in 2010. They not only have an excellent reputation in our community, but have the necessary legal status in Zambia, UK and the USA. The TTP works under their supervision and is therefore obliged to have all their financial controls and reporting in place, ensuring possible donors their funds are adequately used for the planned projects under the TTP.

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All donations are welcome

Your donation would be highly appreciated, be it to sponsor a local community member to cycle distances for out-reach care, or to assist in purchasing wheelchairs, or a substantial donation towards a possible build of a Community Centre! But what to think of actually sending someone for additional education to become a physiotherapist or nurse! Project Luangwa and us can assist!
Thank you! 

 'Ensuring the people of the Luangwa Valley gainthe full benefit of tourism by investing in education'

We cannot describe your first community impression better than Project Luangwa just did...

"The ride from the Mfuwe airport to the safari lodges takes you through a colourful cross section of daily life in the Luangwa Valley. Throngs of people are walking or riding bikes along the side of the road, talking and shouting to each other, greeting friends and neighbours, whilst small children run by playing games or chasing each other. You pass open air fruit and vegetable markets and all manner of small shops, selling everything from cotton shirts to car tires. The smell of Africa hits you – part wood smoke, part dust, and part mysterious smells coming from the vegetation.
It’s magical."

Responsible Tourism
We look forward welcoming you to South Luangwa !
the Bush-Spa and Retreats

The Bush-Spa & Retreats Ltd.
South Luangwa National Park
PO Box 58, Mfuwe
Eastern Province, ZAMBIA


Email:      Phone: +260 979 306 826
WhatsApp: +260979306826
Phone: +260 974 514 030