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“The best place to shop in Vic Falls”

Elephant's Walk Shopping and Artist's Village
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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!
Reviewed 10 October 2013

Shopping in Victoria Falls is frequently exhausting and full of hassles. This place is the exception. The prices are marked, so no haggling is required. The shops are clean, spacious, and full of an amazing array of local art and crafts. The staff in each store are friendly and will leave you alone to browse. The visitor should be cautioned that to get here is not so straightforward. It is located behind the post office, immediately downhill from the train tracks. However, once past the post office you have to walk past a number of other shops and kiosks to get to the place, and as you do so, expect to be accosted by a large number of very pesky vendors. Just keep walking, giving them a polite "no thank you", and you will make it to this place without further trouble. This array of shops also includes a very nice cafe where you can have anything from a simple cold drink to a full meal. Be sure to visit the display of the arts and crafts of local tribes, where there is not much for sale but with some very informative materials.

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managerEW, Owner at Elephant's Walk Shopping and Artist's Village, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2014

Thank you very much for your kind words and review on Elephant's Walk. I am sorry it has taken so long to respond to your review, but I have only just managed to work out how to do it! You will be pleased to know that your comment about finding us has been taken to heart and we have had great fun with our artists re-purposing a life size scrap metal elephant who proudly stands on the junction of the main road pointing the way to Elephant's Walk. We hope to have you visit with us again in the future.

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Reviewed 27 August 2013

There is great shopping to be had in the open air market in Victoria Falls, and this is the closest "traditional" shopping area near it. I'm still craving some items that I wanted to buy there, but was not able to due to a long drawn-out rigamarole regarding credit cards. Even though the shops may post credit card signs on their doors, my experience was that they will do anything to avoid taking them -- even if it means losing $700 in sales. One store maintained on a Sunday morning that the phone lines were down, which was not illogical considering the state of the infrastructure in the country. But when another store said they'd take my cc but only for a 20% surcharge -- I realized that the shopkeepers are still paranoid from the not-long-ago days of hyper-inflation. (Even the Fed Ex office wanted cash.) That said -- there are wonderful crocodile handbags and belts, silver elephant-hair bracelets etc. to be had here -- totally different merchandise than the open-air market, which concentrates on carved pieces -- Shona stone, wood etc.

1  Thank MarkeB
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Reviewed 26 June 2013

This was an over priced mall so stick with the other shops. That being said, if you are looking for the beautiful bead work seen in Cape Town, head straight to the back and there is a small shop selling lots of the beautiful beads at half the price.

2  Thank keepmovin13
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Reviewed 2 January 2013

This was our favorite place to shop...since we didn't want to be hassled, didn't want to haggle & wanted to use a credit card! Shops in town are like this too...and most shops are air conditioned or at least a bit cooler, even a coffee shop that smelled yummy!

1  Thank LookingForFamilyFun
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Reviewed 10 September 2017
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