PRICE: USD 50 per person
- Meet Zimbabweans and learn about Zimbabwean culture
- Experience and get a feel for traditional village life
- Visit a rural school and interact with local school children
- See a functioning village homestead
Our Meet the People Tour provides an excellent opportunity to visit an authentic rural village and learn all about Zimbabwean culture, traditions and practices as you interact with interesting people. It’s perfect for individuals who love kids and are genuinely interested in history and cultures. It’s also a great way for families to show their children how different the world can be from the one they are used to.
This activity departs Victoria Falls at 11 o clock in the morning. It takes roughly 20 minutes to drive to the village, which is located approximately 25 kilometres away. Upon arriving at the site, your guide will introduce to you some of the friendly locals as he guides you through the Zimbabwean village and educates you on the culture, folklore, methods of agriculture and languages of the rural villagers.
At a later point in the tour, which lasts about 3 hours, you will visit a primary school in the village. Here, you will spend time interacting with some of the children and perhaps witness a lesson in progress. You may even get the chance to help out with an assignment. You will also learn about the school and education system in Zimbabwe from the teachers and your tour guide.
Upon completion of the tour, you will be driven back to your place of accommodation.
WHAT TO BRING
- Sunscreen, a sun hat and sunglasses
- Your booking confirmation voucher
- Your camera
- Money for purchases of locally made crafts (optional)
- Used clothes, shoes, school supplies, etc., for donation (not mandatory)
- Transfers to and from the village
- A professional guide for the duration of tour
- Bottled water
- Purchases of locally made crafts
- Gratuities (not mandatory) – Any donations to the school or home
- No age restrictions.
- Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
WHAT TO WEAR
- Casual comfortable clothing.
- Closed walking shoes (you’ll be walking, and the area has a lot of sand).
- A jacket for warmth during the winter months of May to July.
- Prices are subject to change without notice.
- We recommend that you carry small notes in USD for crafts purchases.
- You are welcome to take photographs at the school and at the home, but it is necessary to communicate with our guide prior to taking photos outside of the premises. Should you promise to send pictures back to the people, we ask that you please follow through in this regard.
- Please obtain permission from parents before giving sweets or food to the children.
- School donations are to be handed in at the office. To donate to the homestead, please communicate with our local guide for the appropriate way to do this.
- Note that donations are highly appreciated but not expected. You are in no way obligated to donate to the school or the homestead.
- The idea behind this tour is to celebrate cultural diversity. Thus, Rukoko Safaris requests that you do not attempt to influence or change the local people’s cultures, beliefs and practices.