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Shopping in Victoria Falls
Shopping in Victoria Falls is not about your normal high street chain store, those kind of shops are just not there.
This is a small town, focused primarily as one would expect, on tourists. So there is an array curios shops, arts and crafts, galleries and little boutiques and tasty restaurants.
There are plenty of hotels and in each of these hotels there is normally a couple of curio shops, these shops are invariably quite pricey. So it's a good idea to have a stroll around the town to see what else is on offer.
From one end of town to the other is no more than one Kilometre so it is very easy within a short walk to have covered the whole of the town centre.
Elephant's walk is also very close to the large outdoor curio market, where you will be stunned by the sheer volume of wood carvings, stone sculptures and other forms of exceptionally good art from some very talented artists. The Jafuta Heritage Centre is a small museum found there with a private collection of material cultural and visual Zimbabwean artefacts.
The Landela centre which is close to the railway line on Livingstone way also has several boutiques, curio shops, cafe's and booking agents. A word of warning there is a shop called the "Victoria Falls Gallery" which has had many reports of not shipping items that have been paid for click here to read reports. Further up Livingstone Way is a TM supermarket. Although nothing like supermarkets in the first world, you are still able to get all that you need there or in the other supermarket mentioned below.
The Phumula centre on Park Way is the third shopping centre. Here there is a large well stocked OK supermarket located behind the Shearwater booking office. It is around here that you will also find quite a few service shops, like the cell phone shops, internet cafe's, banks, clothing boutiques and the pharmacy etc. Also within this centre is a John John's (ex 7 to 11) store.
Sawanga is the first shopping mall you will see on your way into Victoria Falls town. It is adjacent to the main road just before you reach the centre of town and all the other shopping areas. Turning right from Mosi oa Tunya Way, you will see the Puma fuel station right at the corner. Further in, is the parking lot surrounded by the shops. So far, the mall has a few of the banks (NMB, FBC and Nedbank), The Safari Trading Co., Aurex jewellery store, Trinity Pharmacy, Bata shoe store, Outspan Butchery and the Pick n Pay supermarket and liquor centre. More spaces will be opening in the future as they are still being worked on.
View the map below for actual locations.
This town centre map will help you with Shopping in Victoria Falls. Click on the image to enlarge.
Guided Shopping in Victoria Falls
A guided shopping tour is great if you want assistance with moving around and bartering, etc. The trips do include a pickup and drop off at your hotel/lodge in Victoria Falls town. You may contact us to arrange a guided shopping trip.
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