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Meet the People Village Tour

Enter the world of the traditional people of rural Zimbabwe - an experience which gives you a greater understanding of how the local community lives.

 
Monde Village - Victoria Falls cultural village tour

Monde Village near Victoria Falls

Introduction

A visit to a local Zimbabwean village is an eye-opening experience and interactive tour, giving insight into the old ways of the Zimbabwean people, essentially taking you back in time. Most rural Zimbabwean folk are subsistence farmers, so they have little interaction with urban centres apart from if they want to sell surplus produce. Villagers interact more with each other than with the outside world.

The Start of the Cultural Village Tour

You are picked up from your hotel/lodge and initially driven through Chinotimba, the largest and oldest township in Victoria Falls to get a glimpse of urban township life. From there it's about 15 km out of town to the rural village, some of it on tar but the rest on dirt road. It takes about 25 to 30 minutes to get there.

Victorial Falls cultural village tour - the dish rack made by the villagers

The home-made dish rack

Monde Village

In this quiet rural countryside is Monde Village, where you get to meet the local inhabitants, go through introductions and talk about their culture, customs, history and daily lives. You will be shown how their homestead is set up, the animals that they keep, what sort of equipment and utensils they use, the way their rooms are set up, the kind of food they eat, and so much more. Depending on the time of your tour, you may participate in preparing food and/or other chores.

The tour lasts about 2 to 2.5 hours (including travel time).

Victoria Falls Cultural Village Tour - under the shade where the socialising happens

Under the shade where socialising happens

What you will need to bring

• Hat, suntan cream & sunglasses
• Camera
• Comfortable shoes
• Groceries and gifts are optional. There are school-going children in the village, so supplies are welcome.

What will you need to know

• This tour is great for families and is suitable for everyone.
• Tours can be arranged for any time of the day, but during the heat of the day not much happens in the village, so mornings and afternoons are best
• You are not required to bring gifts, but you may do so if you wish.

 

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