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“Museum worth a visit”

Kungoni Centre of Culture & Art
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Mtakataka
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Reviewed September 1, 2014

We visited as a group whilst touring Malawi. The museum is quite interesting, there's quite a lot to take in but it gives a good insight into the cultural make up of the three main Malawian tribes. Interesting to see how they have assimilated their own beliefs and practices into the imposed Christianity or Islamic faiths, depending on the area of Malawi.

Although the limited food at the mission was fine, the lodges left a bit to be desired. Had they been cleaner with adequate bathroom facilities I would have been more positive.

4  Thank rosemary9378
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Reviewed July 31, 2014

The reviews at the internet and travelguides are really positive. The museau is very interesting and informative. The staf wasn`t that friendly. We arrived there around 11.30u and they said we don`t serve lunch because we have break from 12-13u and so they couldn`t give us a tourguide as well. A bit strange.... But to get know more about the culture a good place to visit!!

4  Thank mickej89
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Reviewed July 20, 2014

We have made many visits to the cultural center but had not stayed in the chalets until this year. What a treat. They are more typical of what one would expect on safari, very charming with wood carving and mask decorations, nicely netted canopy beds, nice bathrooms. Food is excellent with breakfast prepared to order. Price for lodging is very affordable and quality very high. The museum is first rate with great guides...a wonderful introduction to Malawian tribal history and culture. Wood carvings are fantastic and much cheaper here than in the cities. A very impressive place indeed. We are so glad we had an overnight stay!

5  Thank Sue M
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Father Claude Boucher has spent his whole Malawian life (40 years) to bring together the most amazing collection of Chewa, Ngoni and Yao culture. Not only the physical displays, but also the traditional rites and meanings of tribal dances: you could easily spend days in the museum and discover something new every time.
From early missionary achievements, through music and instruments, to the circle of life and the masterpiece: Gulewamkulu masks and rites. The beautiful murals on the outside tell of Malawi's ancient history. In the shop the most creative woodcarvers, educated by Fr. Boucher sell their carvings, big and small, alongside interesting books and other homecrafted artworks.
http://www.kungoni.org

The cultural theme is weaved into the adjacent accommodation, with beautiful rondavels that are thematically designed with great attention to detail, and shady camping.

This is Malawi's gem, and if you truly want to know more about Malawi traditional culture: book a course with them.

4  Thank Ray L
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Reviewed November 15, 2012

I stayed at the lodge and went to the museum at the Centre over a weekend. It is a hidden gem in Malawi. Perfect for a weekend away from Lilongwe. The lodge was beautiful. Rooms are in thatched bungalows full of beautiful hand carved artifacts with fans and mosquito nets. The sound of frogs and crickets at night, combined with pitch black darkness, made me feel like I was in the 'real' Malawi of a hundred years ago. Food is fine.

The museum was impressive and worth the visit. It's a ten minute walk from the lodge through a historic village with some of the remaining hardwood trees in tact (rare in Malawi). Walking around the Mua Mission is an interesting blast into the past. Staff are super friendly and the ambiance is fantastic. A great place to buy wood carvings - cheaper than in town and with the name of the artisan clearly attached to each piece.

Definitely go here if you're wanting to get away from Lilongwe or you're on your way on a trip around Malawi. You'll benefit from a great, interesting lodge, a museum, a history lesson, beautiful carvings and a pleasant setting.

5  Thank sp12363
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