Ann Pearse

Chief Mukuni's Village Cultural Tour

This ethnic village is home to the Leya people, or Tokaleya as they are now call themselves

, and has been in existence since the eleventh century, and is thus a working cultural village tour.

Village tour in Zambia


Village Tour Slideshow

Dr David Livingstone visited this village on more than one occasion, sitting under a giant mango tree in the middle of the square, to meet with the current chief . As the Chief viewed David Livingstone as an unbeliever, he was not allowed into the chief’s compound. It was also two men from this village, long time retainers of David Livingstone, who carried his body all the way to the coast after he died near Lake Bangweulu. The descendants of these men still live in the village.

When Dr David Livingstone or Munali as he was known to Africans, met with Munokalya Mukuni (Royal of Royals), neither of them realised they shared one thing in common – the name “Livingstone”. One of the rituals during coronation transforms the Mukuni title holder into the “Living Stone”. And when he dies his death is officially announced as the “Living Stone is Shattered”.

Chief Mukuni jointly rules the Victoria Falls region with a queen known as Be Dyango.

Thus the Mukuni monarch practices a dual kinship system between male and female lineages. Because of this dual rule arrangement which is present even at village level, gender imbalance is on a comparatively small scale in this culture.

It is found in family management level but is well balanced in rural power sharing. In this culture, it is the women who decide and manage the cultural issues including land allocation whereas men carry management of the day to day running of the village

The current Chief Mukuni is a modern and enterprising man who is promoting tourism in his area while trying to minimise the adverse impact it might have on his people’s way of life

Remember to respect local customs and for
further guidance on social conventions ask your guide.

Chief Makuni invites visitors to his village, home to the Leya people. This is a unique opportunity to see how the local people live in a working village, not one built for tourists. Approximately 6000 people live here and a visit is a fascinating insight into their life style. A member of the village shows visitors around and they can see how traditional huts are built and decorated, take a look inside, meet the residents and see the locals at work.

Rates 01 January - 31 December 2014

available all year round - minimum of 2 guests

Chief Mukuni Village Tour : US$ 50 per person

Tour of Livingstone : US$ 50 per person . E&OE

Tours take approximately 2 hours (including transfers).
Curios made in the village are for sale so visitors should take some local currency.
Transfers to / from the Waterfront are included in the price as well as soft drinks and bottled water

Experience how the local people live, work, build and decorate their huts. All tours are conducted by a guide who lives in the village

Ladies in the Village

Livingstone Curio Shops

African Visions has a wide selection of Zambian and other African works of art and craftwork, there's also a bookshop and coffeeshop. Find them in Mosi-o-Tunya Rd

Kubu Crafts sells fine wood crafted furniture among other curios and souvenirs - also found along Mosi-o-Tunya Rd as well as a shop at the airport

Mukuni Victoria Falls Craft Village - a wide range of crafts and curios. They are usually happy to trade for things like T shirts, batteries, shoes, or anything else hard to come by in Zambia. You’ll find it in the parking area just above the Falls

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