Cultural Village Tour at the Victoria Falls

A local artist shows off his craft.

Immerse yourself in the cultures of local tribes in the Victoria Falls area.

One of the more unique activities to partake in when visiting the Victoria Falls is a cultural village tour – the best way to learn more about the local tribes and dip into their daily routines. While a number of tour options exist – including township tours and ‘meet the people’ immersive experiences – the most rewarding venture is arguably the Mukuni Village Tour on the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls.

Initially named Gundu and founded by Bedyango, the Leya Tribal Matriarch, the village was renamed in honor of ukokalya Mukuni N’gombe. Chief Mukuni now rules over some 8 000 Leya people. Over 100 villages are scattered throughout the Mukuni Chiefdom, with Mukuni acting as the main village. The royal village dates back to the 13th century and is thus not a purpose-built tourism attraction. It is a working village, rich with traditional customs and many generations of Leya.

The 3-hour experience involves interacting with the Leya people, learning about their beliefs, the unique decoration and structure of their buildings, their handsome craftsmanship and more. You’ll also have the opportunity to try their traditional cuisine and local beer and shop for souvenirs amidst their fine stoneware, jewelery, intricate wood carvings and baskets.

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