Mukuni Village
Mukuni Village
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • perpetua57
    London, United Kingdom25 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Village trip
    This is notionally an unspoiled Zambian bush village, of several thousand inhabitants. We paid our resort $55 each. The β€œentry” fee is ( I have since found out) no more than $5, so hire a car and give the difference to the village. Rant over. The village guide spoke good English and gave a good overview of village life. It was an interesting insight into the past. I accepted a sample of their 7 day home brew millet beer. That’s all I have to say about that. We came away with some small hand carved items, apparently made in the village ( but available all over Africa!). It’s the thought and the injection of a few USD into the village economy that counts!
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 1, 2023
  • Debbie B
    Altona, Australia16 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE... WATCH OUT FOR THE MARKET THOUGH !
    Loved our tour! The people were so welcoming and happy to answer any questions about their lives. Loved visiting the school and the children, although we had to remind the guide to take us there (even though we were told that was part of the tour). Only complaint was it felt a little rushed and the market is totally 'overwhelming' to the point we had to ask our guide to apologise and leave, as we were bombarded with so many stalls, we just couldn't buy something from each and every one, even though we would have loved to. A bit pricey also. In the end we felt it was a bit of a money grab. Please take some books and things for the children if you visit, they will be your highlight! It was still an entirely true incredible African experience. 🦁 πŸ¦’ πŸ’ πŸƒ
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 21, 2023
  • Lidija_DD
    Serbia248 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A genuine experience
    I booked the tour through my resort because I was traveling solo, and hiring a car wouldn`t have cost any cheaper. I was expecting a tourist attraction but visited a genuine village with over 7000 inhabitants. The guide was friendly, knowledgeable, and she gave a good overview of the village life. I interacted with the local people, visited homesteads, and watched a dancing performance. I even got to see a part of Chief Mukuni`s quarters. The tour lasted around 3 hours and I didn`t feel at all rushed. The village lives off tourism so the tour naturally ended at the craft market.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 26, 2023
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Debbie B
Altona, Australia16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 β€’ Couples
Loved our tour! The people were so welcoming and happy to answer any questions about their lives. Loved visiting the school and the children, although we had to remind the guide to take us there (even though we were told that was part of the tour). Only complaint was it felt a little rushed and the market is totally 'overwhelming' to the point we had to ask our guide to apologise and leave, as we were bombarded with so many stalls, we just couldn't buy something from each and every one, even though we would have loved to. A bit pricey also. In the end we felt it was a bit of a money grab. Please take some books and things for the children if you visit, they will be your highlight! It was still an entirely true incredible African experience. 🦁 πŸ¦’ πŸ’ πŸƒ
Written July 21, 2023
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Anthony H
Pwllheli, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
One of our favourite experiences in Zambia. Excellent charming guide able to answer all our questions. Fascinating history and continuing culture. Sustainable buildings and lifestyle. Post covid the village needs more visitors and they are clearly poor but remain polite friendly and cheerful.
Goods artisan craft market with best prices we found in 3 weeks in Zambia.
Written July 25, 2022
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MARIS Z
Sigulda, Latvia434 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 β€’ Solo
Its an option for travelers seeking local traditional things. But to pay 50-60usd for walk thru bunch of huts in +40C is not worth it...
Written September 25, 2017
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BobOxenburgh
Alamo, CA324 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 β€’ Couples
After the Falls viewing this is a must if only to meet the local sales guys! Yes, mixed feelings. We bought a couple of really nice things. My wife said I should have bargained more. But I really wanted to inject a little cash into the local economy to feel good about myself. They have a schlepper called Bright who has an endearing personality and got me into a conversation about English soccer teams. Then I was hooked. Then the next guy along the row of stalls used begging. I succumbed. Oh well, we have some handsome locally made items. I think.
Written March 9, 2016
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geoffwellard
Terrassa, Spain247 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2011 β€’ Business
After previous visits to villages, (by no means touristy) in other parts of Africa, such as in Burkina or Guinea Bissau, Mukuni does afford visitors a glimpse of village life. Of course the locals want to sell their handicrafts, (some of which make useful gifts - and always at prices comfortably below those of shops and airport boutiques - provided you bargain a bit), but people are friendly, not too pushy and the village is surprisingly natural, in an attractive setting, and by no means over-exploited.
Written November 15, 2011
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Sylvie M
Staffordshire, UK130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017
We visited the village during our stay in Livingstone, we hired a local taxi cost was $20 return, taxi driver waited while we toured the village which took approx.75mins.
We were shown around the village by a guide, she explained the everyday life of the village people..we were allowed into a family home to see inside and see what family life was like.
We were unable to see local crafts being made as there was a funeral that day of a village resident.
The village needs more tourists to help support ..should you decide to go ..pens, pencils, exercise books, things for the children will be greatly appreciated.
Written March 3, 2017
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rebekah_jorgensen
Geneva, Switzerland30 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 β€’ Business
So much of what is seen around the Falls seems very touristy, and I was longing to understand more about life away from the tourist attractions. While my guide also helped me visit Chinotimba, the non-tourist living area on the edge of Vic Falls, his grandffather had come from this village and he suggested a visit. Coming from Vic Falls, you pay the taxi from the border ($15) and then pay the village an honorarium for welcoming you ($10). A guide (in our case, a very lovely lady who explained so much) takes you through the compounds, which have apparently existed for 700 years. She explains the legends of the chiefs (there is a male and female) and, There is a tree under which Livingstone apparently met the then-chief. if you're courageous, you can try the local homemade beer (warm and a bit mealy) and a stronger brew that tastes a little like "moonshine." At the end, you are escorted to the community center where all the men display their wonderful crafts. I was glad I waited to look at all before making purchases--there is a stunning array of products. It is also customary to tip the guide.
Written December 28, 2016
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hallows
Hampshire43 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012 β€’ Solo
I was lucky enough to work in Mukuni village for 2 weeks with the locals.

I saw a number of tourists whilst I was there and think the trip provides a good insight into a true African Village.

Yes the locals want to sell you their products, but they are not really pushy and will take no for an answer. They are friendly towards tourists and I would definitely recommend a visit.
Written March 26, 2012
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Louis L
Nicosia, Cyprus218 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
visited the village as we had planned before our trip.(15 minutes drive) for this reason we took food , pens pencils colouring books etc for the children. you can also help by buying local craftswork from the locals in the village. worth the visit , it brings you down to earth.
Written August 19, 2019
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MissHK2009
Hong Kong, China3,892 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 β€’ Friends
There was no need to join any tour for this and we simply took a taxi there. Upon entering with a fee USD5@, a guide from the village came out and guided us around. We found her indifferent, seems wanted to finish as soon as possible.

Anyway, we met quite many kids in the village who are pure and lovely. We had brought with us some biscuits and pens and gave them via the guide.

It's a short visit no more than 1 hour including the shopping time at the entrance. There were many handcrafts at good price.
Written January 14, 2017
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