Elephant's Walk Shopping and Artist's Village

Elephant's Walk Shopping and Artist's Village, Victoria Falls: Address, Phone Number, Elephant's Walk Shopping and Artist's Village Reviews: 4/5

Elephant's Walk Shopping and Artist's Village

Elephant's Walk Shopping and Artist's Village
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Elephant's Walk Shopping and Artist Village is a vibrant mix of local artists, retailers, artisan studios, all working within in the cool tropical garden courtyard. The funky Africa Cafe serves delicious light meals and drinks whilst the Nam Tok Restaurant upstairs offer afro asian traditional foods. There is a museum which shows the material and visual culture of the peoples of the region - entry is free. Crocodile Cage diving can be experienced, a visit with out local Nyanaga (witchdoctor) or you can just sit under the palm trees and watch the world go by!
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Erwin
Antwerp, Belgium3,068 contributions
Jan. 2020
A lot of small local artist, very quiet, not aggressive of trying to sell something. You can walk without been bothered. Nice souvenirs can be bought here.
Written 17 December 2020
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Chris W
Peterborough, UK204 contributions
Mar. 2020
If you are looking for a quality local crafted souvenir/gift then this is the place. A handful of local craft, quirky items and art shops with exceptional items. You can browse with no hassle, and maybe slightly more expensive than others, however you pay for quality.
Written 20 September 2020
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PeteLucy434
Uxbridge, UK1,656 contributions
Feb. 2020
Worth a visit as you don't have to barter and the merchandise available is great. Maybe more expensive, but more relaxing.
Written 26 February 2020
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Greetings! Many thanks for your kind review and for the taking the time to post this! Warm Regards.
Written 27 February 2020
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Amber D
Baltimore, MD393 contributions
Jan. 2020 • Solo
This place is a mix of local artisans and high-end pricey shops. Be prepared to be harassed by the local artisans trying to guilt you into being theu first sale. Woukdbt recommend this shopping area if you are in a tight budget.
Written 12 January 2020
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Good Day. I am perturbed to hear that some of the local artisans at Elephant's Walk try and 'guilt' you into making a purchase and we will discuss this with them. We pride ourselves on having the best artists in their field, but also for a visitor to have an enjoyable and hassle free visit to our village. There should be no pressure and visitors should be allowed to enjoy - whether they buy or not. Thank you for taking the time to give us a review and for pointing this issue out.
Written 13 January 2020
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lindadownunder
Perth, Australia2,858 contributions
Jan. 2020 • Couples
Elephant Walk is the perfect spot to do some local shopping when in Victoria Falls there are a lot of local wares on sale, something for everyone.
Written 7 January 2020
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Thank you for taking the time and for your great review. We hope you get to visit us again!
Written 8 January 2020
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Diana R
Decatur, IL247 contributions
Oct. 2019
When visiting Vic Falls you soon find out how aggressive some of the people are when trying to sell you their wares. The Elephant's Walk is a very nice place to shop that is not pushy. You can go from shop to shop and see some wonderful things and not be pressured to buy. There is a craft market behind it where you can also shop, but the sellers are pushy. Elephant's Walk also has a little cafe that is very nice.
Written 4 November 2019
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Hello There. Many thanks for taking the time to give us a great review and it is much appreciated! We hope to see you back here soon!
Written 5 November 2019
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evanses5
Miami, FL962 contributions
Oct. 2019 • Couples
This establishment has s first class art gallery and several stores, venders, and small restuarant
The best part, I think, is the Cultural Heritage Museum. Allow at least 30- 60 minutes to read and view the photo exhibit if you are a history buff
Well worth taking a detour to see
Written 20 October 2019
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Thank you so much for your great review! The Heritage Museum is a favourite meeting place for our Chief, Village Heads, locals and business community - it belongs to us all! We look forward to you visiting us again one day soon!
Written 22 October 2019
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Holiday Guide magazine
Dubai, United Arab Emirates347 contributions
Sep. 2019
One of the ways to patronise local populations through my tourist dollars is to buy handicraft that they make. Usually, it is roadside small shops that are the perfect place to do this kind of charity – as you are sure that the money you pay is going directly into the hands of the poor, local artisan.

On the positive side, the place is clean and well-organised and has played an important role in showcasing the art and craft of the poor, hardworking artists of Zimbabwe.

The management has done an excellent job in bringing together local artisans from various fields to showcase their talent in the open bazaar – and have also done a good job in terms of marketing and promotions.

Nice place to visit – but I would rather spend my tourist dollars on the roadside kiosk.

Just my thoughts.
Written 7 October 2019
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LeighAnne712
Denton, TX151 contributions
Sep. 2019
My son and I come here every time we are visiting Vic Falls and it does not disappoint. We have gotten incredible artifacts carved out of stone, and with incredible detail. Be sure to bargain with any of the vendors though. While some of the larger items can be pricey, decide for yourself! In the back area are a great number of other vendors most with similar items but all handcrafted and they are willing to bargain as well. We even had a gorgeous custom made Pangolin made within 24hrs after choosing the stone. Make this a must see place and it is good for small gift items to take home too!
Written 22 September 2019
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Ace6of6Clubs
Calgary, Canada98 contributions
Aug. 2019
There is a variety of stores here - clothes, books, crafts, art, dishes, jewelry - I was hunting for wood carvings of animals. There is a very good store at the back, and also some men set up in the middle. Charles Brightman, who founded the Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit, said that the artists who sell here have to follow certain rules. They buy the wood for their carvings cheaply from a forest that is being sustainably harvested by rangers. All of the other wood carvings you see - at the side of the road, outside the falls entrance, even at the stalls surrounding Elephant's Walk - are almost certainly made from poached wood that has been taken from the national park and is contributing to the break down of the ecosystem. (No trees, no food. No rotting wood on the ground, no bugs, no soil, no new trees, no food.) If you're looking for wood carvings, this is the place to get them and know that you are not contributing to the erosion of the habitat you've come to explore. The shop at the back has larger, higher quality pieces, or else the men in the middle area will be happy to haggle you. This is also a good place for beaded animals, though my favourite purchase is a zebra figure made out of paste-hardened grass. It's great chance to support local artists, and know that you're giving your money to people who are looking after the bush rather than stripping it.
Written 20 August 2019
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Hi There. Thank you for your very detailed review on some of our offerings at Elephant's Walk. You are well informed as to the ethos of how wood carvings should be obtained in Victoria Falls. The shop at the back you mention is owned and operated by the artist, Godwill Ruona. He is registered with our Forestry Commission and buys harvested and legal wood. The paste hardened grass zebra you bought is made by a single mother who is also incredibly creative - using natural material available in the bush to make her works of art. All the artists of Elephant's Walk are uniquely talented, self employed, and just love having visitors like you appreciating their work!! We hope you visit us again!
Written 21 August 2019
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