The Last Destination center is situated at the Chiunye Village in Chiunye Ward some 30km from Kotwa Growth Point in the Western direction. Kotwa Growth Point is in Mudzi District some 200km from Harare along Nyamapanda Highway. The project represents one of the best and live culture preservation sites in Zimbabwe that survived the last 10 years of economic decline. Preservation of culture is done through the collection and production of traditional artifacts (wooded, pottery and basketry), maintaining live traditional homestead that show cases day to day lives in a rural homestead, performing traditional dances to visitors and holding traditional ceremonies amidst the charm of well preserved natural environment. The project was designed to benefit 200 individuals in the village. Management of the facility: The facility is managed by a Board drawn from the Chiunye village of 20 households. Day to day management and service provision to visitors is by volunteers from the Chiunye family.
Accommodation – Two roundavels and a camping site can accommodate over 20 visitors within the facility.
Access: The site is accessible by road, 25km off the main Mutoko highway is well maintained gravel road. The highway is well serviced by public transport and visitors will need to organize transport between main road to the site. Amenities – Facility is serviced by mobile telephone network. Other amenities (shops, medical services, curios) are available from Kotwa business center, 30km from the facility.
Attractions: This is a cultural and historical village offering fascinating samples of historical battle fields, homesteads , graveyards, and a hunting area featuring Binga village, traditional foods ,wild fruits, traditional artwork and culturally inclined crafts.
Activities –Cultural dances, music experiences, annual bira (cultural festival) for Chiunye village, demonstrations of traditional rituals that used to be conducted long ago in the event of drought, illness, death and burials.
Awareness – Facility is not actively marketed. Mostly patronized by private schools and culture enthusiasts.
Main Challenges: Limited wider community buy in and ownership, political conflicts, facility needs repairs, a number of restoral projects have not been completed, communities harvest firewood and forest resources in the 10hac facility; poor marketing strategy. Some of the constraints include political tensions in the area, poor marketing and thinning clientele, disintegrating cultural artifacts that need refurbishment. The facility is not registered with Zimbabwe Tourism Authority.
Future Prospects: reconstruction of some of the sites that have been destroyed by harsh weather or stray animals, construction of overnight facilities and crafts center. At the moment the project requires funds to renovate the village and training the members in proper business management. Exploring partnership with Mudzi hotel to access more clientele.