Chief Makuni Village Tour – Livingstone
The local Livingstone Chief, Chief Makuni, encourages visitors to his village which is home to some 7,000 Leya people. Gain valuable knowledge of how an African village is run and the day-to- day routines of the people who live there.
The Chief’s guides and the people of the village are more than happy to show visitors their huts and take you inside, explain how they are built and decorated, introduce you to various craftsmen and women at work and ask you to taste some traditional foods and beer.
This is a working village, not a purpose built tourist attraction, and it is a privilege to be welcomed into their lifestyle.
Daily pickups : 08:00 am, 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 02:00 pm
Makuni Village Tour Highlights
- Visit an authentic African Village and see the day-to- day routines of the people who live there
- Meet the people of the Village and see the arts and crafts produced by the local villagers.
- Take a look at the local houses and the way of life in the village
- Taste some local food and drink.
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Activity Level Leisurely
Group Size Small Group
Livingstone Village Tour Overview
The local Livingstone Chief, Chief Makuni, encourages visitors to his village which is home to some 7,000 Leya people, to gain valuable knowledge of how an African village is run and the day-to- day routines of the people who live there. A headman will escort you around the village to show how traditional huts are made and decorated, to explain village politics and to answer any questions that you may have.
There is also a large craft market in the village for you to buy some locally made crafts, or even attempt to give it a go yourself.
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.
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 daily lives. A member of the village will show you around and you can see how traditional huts are built and decorated. Take a look inside, meet the residents and see the locals at work.
Minimum Numbers: 2 Guests Maximum Numbers : 20 Guests
Child Policy – Children 11 and Under 50%.
Dress: Casual, Advised to bring:
- Sun Screen
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Return Transfer
- Items of a personal nature