Kulamba Ceremony

     Every year, the Chewa people of Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique come together to celebrate their heritage through the Kulamba Ceremony - a vibrant traditional festival and cultural event. It is usually held in August or September to mark the end of the agricultural season and pays homage to the ancestors' spirits in the eastern province.

      Visitors enjoy and reflect on safari with a unique ceremonial experience and proceed to the South Luangwa National Park, followed by a memorable beach holiday at Lake Malawi. If you are passionate about African culture, history, and spirituality, then don't miss the opportunity to attend the Kulamba Ceremony in Zambia. An experience like no other!



Kulamba Ceremony of Chewa People

  • Marvel at the grand procession headed by the paramount chief of the Chewa people, with other customary leaders and entertainers in full display
  • Enjoy the vibrant and colorful performances of theatrical troupes with traditional music
  • See the Gule Wamkulu , a tradition performance during the events
  • Explore a variety of cultural displays, including traditional clothing, crafts, and artifacts


  • Watch the Gule Wamkulu Dance - a ritual dance that the Nyau practice 
  • Wear respectful attire that aligns with the local customs
  • Ntchito ya mzimu Ritual
  • Take the opportunity to learn about the Chewa culture, traditions, music, dance, and storytelling
  • Purchase traditional crafts, artworks, and souvenirs
  • Respect for the traditions and customs of the local community

Package Overview

The Kulamba Traditional Ceremony is celebrated by the Chewa speaking people in Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique. Ngoni people, who have roots in Zulu culture, have been transmitting this ceremony to the current generations. The Gule Wamkulu of blessing traditional celebration is greatly enhanced by the presence of Nyau-masked dancers, which are believed to be spirits from beyond. They celebrate their history and culture with a Kulamba Ceremony, eastern province in honor of Paramount Chief Kalonga Gawa Undi. It is an awe-inspiring dancing and gathering that bridges traditions across borders.

Day 1: Arrival in Lilongwe, Malawi

  • Meet and greet at the airport
  • Transfer to your hotel
  • Free time to rest and explore the city

Day 2: Lilongwe to Lilongwe Wildlife Centre and then to Lilongwe

  • After breakfast, visit the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, which is home to various species of wildlife, including rescued animals.
  • Return to Lilongwe for lunch and sightseeing
  • In the evening, attend a pre-Kulamba ceremony cultural event featuring traditional music and food.

Day 3: Lilongwe to Kasungu National Park to Mponela

  • After breakfast, depart Lilongwe and head to Kasungu National Park, where you will enjoy a game drive.
  • After the game drive, enjoy a picnic lunch before proceeding to Mponela, a town located near the Kulamba ceremony grounds.
  • Check-in at your accommodation and spend the evening at leisure.

Day 4: Kulamba Ceremony Day

  • After breakfast, transfer to the Kulamba ceremony grounds to witness the festival activities.
  • Watch the Gule Wamkulu dance, the Ntchito yamnzimu ritual, cultural exhibitions, and traditional sports.
  • Enjoy traditional Chewa cuisine and drinks.
  • In the evening, attend a cultural performance featuring traditional musicians and dancers.
One of festival activities

Day 5: Mponela to Lilongwe

  • After breakfast, check-out and depart for Lilongwe.
  • Enjoy a city tour of Lilongwe, including a visit to the local market for souvenir shopping.
  • In the evening, attend a farewell dinner featuring traditional Malawian dishes and entertainment.

Day 6: Departure

  • After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Note: The itinerary can be customized according to your preferences and the tour package selected. Consult with us for a detailed itinerary and tour package information.

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