Njobvu Cultural Village Lodge is a cooperative initiative of several villages near Ulongwe, Balaka District. It started around 2002 as a way of generating income and of educating the local people about the importance of conserving Liwonde National Park's resources for tourism purposes. Its run by and employs local villagers and is an important source of revenue for the community. This income reduces the need to poach within Liwonde National Park Overnight visitors of the lodge experience the real Malawian life by sleeping in the traditional mud brick hut in the village. Accommodation is offered on a mat laid on the floor - with or without a mattress depending on the visitors choice.