Hiding in plain site ­– Elephant Walk

The off-beat Rastafarian welcomes all comers to his United African Villages.

He’s not talking about Victoria Falls it’s an artwork found material reinvented. The story of life in Zimbabwe of charging elephants and lions attacking a zebra, a replica of the bridge over the Zambezi and women in a village pounding millet in their large wooden mortars.

In the centre is a popular spot which hosts many a local gossip session who’s got the contract for the Victoria Falls hotel revamp the latest on the monetary car – is all discussed over cappuccinos and a light lunch, tables set in the courtyard under the palm trees, with eave droppers in the shape of life-size wooden hippos and crocs peering through the foliage

The seamstress who sits in the corridor the with her 1902s Singer sewing machine churning out backpacks, wallets and bags fashioned from Zambian Fabrics. You will find a treasure trove of unusual curiosities, old trunks, African masks and items of jewellery from faraway places. The small traditional museum is a feast for historians. Traditional trinkets of intricate beadwork are delicately displayed next to ancient spearheads, clay pots pipes knobkerries and handmade axes belonging to the Batonga Trible the lives of the local villagers are intertwined with the arrival of settlers who began construction of railways, hotels and the parabolic arch bridge across the Zambezi River. Completed in 1905, the bridge was the brainchild of Cecil Rhodes as part of his grand vision of a Cape to Cairo railway line.

Outside the artist paints batik table runners, mats and handbags.  Massive wooden carvings draw you towards a small shop at the rear of the courtyard, where all sorts of unusual objects are for sale – including animal skulls and bones.

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