Chameleon Village
Chameleon Village
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Experience the true colours of Africa and rich cultural heritage in the form of art, curios, music, food, fashion and design at Chameleon village biggest African market. open 7 days a week, from 8-5pm. Shopping at the biggest Crafters Market with décor and home products, art galleries, and the Ugly duckling décor shop definitely worth a visit. Great atmosphere at 4 restaurants, Beef and Reef restaurant, Buffalo bar, Al medina, with live music, craft beer, cocktails , gourmet burgers, prawns, authentic Indian cuisine, Traditional Mozambican food, delicious Steak restaurant etc. Family entertainment at the Lion & Tiger Park open 7 days a week from 8.30-5pm. entrance R120 of adults, kids under 12 R30, this include the interaction with the lion cubs. Reptile and Snake Park with live snake shows that’s not to be missed Open 7 days a week 8-5pm, entrance R100 adults, R40 kids under 12. Live snake shows 11h00, 13h00, and 15h00. Chameleon – exceptional value for money. Open 7 days a week.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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pushkin24
hampshire22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
We are South African born but now live in the UK. We were out on holiday and decided to stop here on our way back to Fourways. I had read lots of reviews saying the vendors were pushy and that it would be a horrible experience. I expect things may have changed because that wasn’t our experience at all. The place is huge and there’s a lot of repetition of the products. You’ll engage with the sellers but we didn’t find them aggressive or insistent. It’s normal African haggling. The price you’re given initially isn’t what you’ll pay. Go for a fair bit of negotiation but also taking into account that they need to make a living. We bought a lot of small bits to take back for friends and family. It does all add up though! Cards are accepted. The beaded keg rings are great value. There’s also some nice art on offer. Unfortunately space didn’t allow us to buy any. We had also shopped at Monte Casino for key rings and paid a whole lot more than we did here.
We didn’t find the restaurant choice that great so decided to go elsewhere for lunch.
Parking is free and the place is undercover. The restaurants have largely seating that is outdoor. It was hammering down with rain when we went so that probably added to us being put off by dining here as the outdoor walkways were ankle deep in places.

I’d be surprised if tourists and locals didn’t enjoy this shopping and browsing experience. My photos probably show more than I can write here.
Written January 5, 2023
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Kevin S
Johannesburg, South Africa210 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
The whole open air restuarant have a beautiful h theme and allow adults to be based at a table with a view of the play areas.

Snake and animal park:
Toddlers of 3yr age was free entry into the snake and animal park, adults R100
It was just awesome to attend the 11am show inside, about 20min long allowing the kids to touch some reptiles in a safe environment.

Electric Car
Toddlers self drive for R10 per lap, more laps were discounted

Splash pools and fountains
Bring your swimmers along.

Written January 1, 2020
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GBERTQ
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Was just here this past weekend and I met some of the most wonderful people. Very friendly and also very passionate about their job. They definitely want to make a sale so be prepared to bargain. There is a great selection of products some are similar in each area, but don't forget to dig and look at each area. I found some things that were unique to each shop that just glancing at the shop would have made me think it was the same as the last one but when i went in they had multiple items that were different and made me want to buy more. The quality is good for local items. Take a minute to talk with the salespeople, they are very friendly and fun to chat with. After all they are people too. I particularly had a great chat with Edmund and Ray who were within the first couple of stores after entering. Edmund is in charge of some wonderful paintings. Ray is in charge of African tribal decor and had so many masks that i had a hard time choosing. They were many stories to be told and i could have stayed there all day. The items i purchased from them were top notch. Thanks for all your help and everything you suggested i am still happy with. Looking forward to doing business with you again.
Written March 28, 2023
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Benico v
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
The Harassment in the big market became so unpleasant that our adult children just fled to the outside in order to escape the scenario. My wife wanted to buy a wooden "safari doll" (we failed to buy one in Zanzibar last year in January) ... but 4 men stormed us and tried to force us to buy something that we did not want. Also, the price was R1200, while the one in Zanzibar was R450 for twice the size.
Written April 7, 2023
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Donatella Candido
World2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
One of my favourite spots in Hartbeespoort for shopping, dining and some adventure! The whole of Chameleon Village has a holiday vibe throughout and just spending a few hours there feels like a mini vacation at the beach, especially in summer when the splash pools are busy.
Good food at the restaurants with live music on weekends and some of the shops also offer delicious homemade products, like cake pops and spiral potatoes. An interesting mix of products from authentic African artworks to educational toys, clothing, quirky furniture, beauty products and plush toys. I buy all my presents there.
The conservation parks are interactive and a real educational experience for any age group. if you are the sporty type, you can play putt-putt or archery and paint balling at Adventure Freaks where you can also ride drift trikes and go karts. The bungee bounce is great fun for the young ones.
Written July 4, 2023
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holidayRH
South Africa1,148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
Situated in Hartbeestpoort dam.
African souvenirs for tourists and locals.
Lovely drive for families and couples or just a breakfast motorbike ride on a Sunday.
Safe parking.
Abundance of restaurants.
Entertainment.
Kiddies activities and snake and reptile park available to enjoy.
We had a delicious halaal breakfast at Al Medina restaurant.
Friendly staff.
Budget prices.
Beautiful dam amenities around the area to fill your day.
Popular tourist spot.
Written May 24, 2021
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Ikilledkenny
Waldenbuch, Germany141 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Solo
As soon as you walk into the market the vendors lunge at you and try to sell you their overpriced goods. Since I'm a polite person I looked at the first vendor's stuff and decided to buy two things. After we'd agreed on the price and I'd given him the money he handed my stuff over to the next vendor "to pack it" so that that guy could talk me into buying some stuff again. The third guy whom I told I wouldn't buy anymore stuff told me something about how he hadn't sold anything all day and he needed support (sound familiar?) so I only bought something small and said that was it, I wanted to leave. Again my stuff was passed on to a guy who said he was the artist and didn't want to sell me anything (which he did after all). I am a very quiet person but at that point I was close to tears and actually started yelling at them to give me my stuff and leave me alone. I was so glad to get out of there! I realized later that it was also terribly overpriced. At the time I was so caught up I wasn't getting the conversion right.
This was the worst shopping experience in my whole live. I can only recommend to give this place a wide berth!!!
Written August 19, 2017
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We apologise for your unhappy experience. We are addressing the harassment with new management employed last month, overcharging is a problem and we will address immediately. We appreciate your input.
Written September 20, 2017
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KimmyBee71
Minneapolis, MN66 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Couples
Two words; Stay. Away.

The minute you walk through the door you're instantly mobbed by vendors tugging on you, trying to drag you into their booth. While you're (unwillingly) looking at items in booth A, the vendor from booth B is standing literally inches away from you (there is obviously no understanding of the whole 'personal space' concept here) begging you to come to their booth and look at their stuff. ("Madam, come to my booth! Madam! Madam! Madam, you must come to my booth! Look at my booth! Madam!" It's like dealing with an oversized four year old who's dying for attention.) When you leave booth A, numerous hands immediately grab your arms and pull you in all different directions in an attempt to force you to come to this booth or that. Prices are ridiculously high, the quality of items is ludicrously low, the vendors are rude, extremely aggressive, and demanding. When you do finally agree to buy something (out of self defense) the vendors try to walk away with both the item you want to purchase and your credit card. I couldn't get out fast enough.

Across the street was a place called Pick-A-Pancake and we decided to stop in to get a cold drink and try to pull ourselves together. Happily, there was a small shopping area behind this restaurant that wasn't really visible from the road. The only way we found out about it was when we asked if there was somewhere that we could wash our hands and the waitress directed us out to the washrooms, which are located among the little shops. Here we were able to browse unmolested. It didn't have the huge quantity of items that Chameleon Village seemed to have, but at least the vendors let us shop in peace, which was an enormous relief.

I don't know why the vendors at CV are allowed to behave the way they do. We walked into that place prepared to spend a lot of money and ended up fleeing like frightened schoolgirls. Someone should tell them that their horrifying sales tactics are not, in fact, conducive to selling.
Written September 17, 2013
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We understand that some visitors may be intimidated by over zealous traders who are incentivised based on sales achieved. We do not wish to stifle the enthusiasm in the market and create a sterile excessively controlled environment. Most visitors enjoy the vibrance and interacting with the traders who generally have a great sense of humour. There are curio shops on site apart from the market which are more sedate and formal for visitors who do not enjoy the informal hagging and batering in the market. On site security monitors and management staff are always in attendance at the market who would be called upon if needed. We have extra staff in market to maintain discipline are apologising for the inconvience that you may have endured.
Written January 12, 2014
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l0uisek1
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
The go karting was one of the highlights of our trip. The staff was so helpful and supportive, they cheered us all on. The 10 cycles is great value for money. We has so much fun and laughs and enjoyed every moment!
Written March 11, 2019
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janleewalker
St Peter Port, UK60 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
Had an hour to kill before lunch and decided to go have a browse through the market. Clearly South Africans don’t visit, as every stall owner tried to greet us and asked us which country we were from and to look in their stall. This was seen as friendly to begin with, but annoying after 5 stalls. All we wanted to do was browse not be harassed by every stall. Also sad to see almost every stall has the same items. Whilst there are some lovely African produce, creativity would be good to see!
Written August 31, 2018
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