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In August 2006, pupils and staff at Uyoba Community School, Mfuwe, brought a splash of colour to their community with this gorgeous mural. With the help of Mike Unwin, a volunteer at the school, they brought to life the ideas and sketches they had generated in the classroom. The mural depicts in detail the wildlife, people and landscapes of the surrounding Luangwa Valley. Uyoba Community School was established in 1994 to help parents who could not afford fees for government schools, and to create a learning environment where no uniforms or shoes were required. It is ........supported by the South Luangwa Conservation Society Lusaka is hosting the second Africa Freedom Dance Festival on 25–26 May 2007. The festival aims to showcase the diversity of dance and culture across Africa, and to celebrate the independence of a continent. Performances will take place at State House and Mulungushi International Recipe: Mutafela Shiwa’s finkubala stew Mutafela Shiwa, from Mfuwe, reveals his recipe for a traditional Zambian dish. Finkubala, or mopane worm, is the caterpillar of the emperor moth (Imbrasia belina). To make a delicious stew for two, you will need: n one cup of mopane worms (dried) n one large onion n two cloves of garlic n one green pepper n cooking oil n two teaspoons curry powder n seasoning to taste Wash the dried mopane worms and soak them for few minutes. Fry the garlic and green pepper in oil, and add the drained worms. Season and fry until crisp golden brown. Add the curry powder and stir-fry for a further five minutes. Serve with rice or nshima (maize porridge). JAKE DA MOTTA The Big Picture(SLCS), whose generous sponsors ...have helped provide three classrooms, two teachers’ houses and four teachers. Today 170 local children attend the school. In painting and planning the mural, pupils learned about conservation issues in their area, from human/animal conflict Conference Centre (25 May) and Lusaka Agricultural Showgrounds (26 May). The Freedom Dance Festival was first held in 2006, when it brought together an ensemble of African culture and dance from 15 countries. This year the event’s profile has risen and approximately 20 countries will be competing. These are (subject to confirmation) Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, DRC, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mali, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Reunion, South Africa, Swaziland, Sudan, Senegal, Tanzania, USA, Zimbabwe and – of course – Zambia. Among many sponsors, Celtel Africa, Total Zambia, Destination Lusaka, the Zambian National Freedom Dance Festivalto snaring and tree felling. Today the mural provides a useful teaching aid in a place where resources are few. “Now we like animals, even elephants, but we don’t like poachers!” said Moses Zulu, aged 12. Find out more about SLCS and how you can help at www.slcs-zambia.org MIKE UNWIN MIKE UNWIN AFD FESTIVAL AFD FESTIVALTourist Board, the European Union and the Irish Embassy have all pledged support and logistical assistance. Renowned Zambian artist, Mr V. Makashi, painted the original artwork for the festival. His design, which captures the dynamic colour and movement of Africa, will appear on posters, T-shirts, brochures and billboards. 16 Travel Zambia May 2007

May 2007 Travel Zambia 17 Hippo surprise In August 2006 Kerry Maxwell, from Florida, went bush camping in South Luangwa National Park. Her guide was Deb Tittle of Robin Pope Safari (voted one of southern Africa’s top three guides by Vanity Fair). In this extract from her diary, Kerry describes a close encounter with a hippo. We were between him and the river. I was beginning to figure out why the briefing for this trip had included: “Must be able to run at least 30 metres fast.” Well, I had lied, and somehow I think Deb knew. As I waited for the inevitable shout of “Run for it!” I was weighing up the alternatives. Should I try to run, knowing it wouldn’t be fast and it might not be 30 metres? Should I try to explain that I hadn’t run since my kids reached the point that they could outrun me – and, if so, how did I do that while everyone else was running? Or, should I roll up in a ball and throw myself on the mercy of this hippo? I seemed to recall that this last option was meant to work for bears. Fortunately I was spared that decision, because our evasion plan called for climbing a tree. You may be wondering how I can climb a tree if I can’t run 30 metres. Ha! I was asking myself the same question. Thus began my great affection for African termites, whose huge mounds become elevated bases for trees that might otherwise be trampled by elephants. Soon we were huddled together on top of one, hugging the trunk and low hanging limbs of the tamarind that sprouted from its earthy contours. What happened to Kerry next? Visit Zambia and find out for yourself. Journal KERRY MAXWELL This national park, established in 1924, is one of the largest in the world, covering some 22,400 km2. The river after which it is named flows throughout the park and narrows in places to form rocky rapids. Wildlife highlights include cheetah, roan antelope and about 495 species of bird – the most of any Zambian park. Do you think you know where it is? Tell us where in Zambia you think this picture was taken and you could win one of five copies of Zambia: the Bradt Travel Guide. Send your answer on a postcard to Zambia Bradt Competition, Travel Zambia Magazine, 4 Rycote Lane Farm, Milton Common, Oxford, OX9 2NZ, United Kingdom. Or email your answer to competitions@travelafricamag.com, putting Zambia Bradt Competition in the subject line. Entries MUST include your full postal address and daytime phone number. Only one entry per household. Entries close on 31 July 2007. GUESS WHERE? And win the Bradt guide to Zambia