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A village in south-western Zambia is set to become a major tourist destination following the launch of a unique tourism venture that aims at conserving the environment in the Zambezi basin as well as preserve their cultural heritage and promote economic development.
Situated near the Victoria Falls and within easy reach by tourists to both Zambia and Zimbabwe, the lucrative cultural tourism venture in Mukuni Village will celebrate the community’s culture and pre-colonial history, while providing better opportunities and income for villagers.
Led by a vibrant Chief whose love for his people and the environment is reflected in his enthusiasm to see the project succeed and in his utterances about them, the people of Mukuni village near Livingstone, Zambia have formed an organisation called Mukuni Environmental, Cultural and Economic Development Trust.
Chief Mukuni describes the village as the “only authentic existing African village”. Its culture is alive and the people have tried to preserve the environment in the Zambezi basin as best as they could through some cultural practices.
Realising they could get more out of their practices, they set up the Trust whose major aim is to educate tourists on the people’s pre-colonial history and way of life. This is aimed at enlightening tourists about the richness of the African culture. The project also plans to promote conservation of biodiversity, through sustainable community based natural resource management and to continuously carry out community based environmental education programmes.
Mukuni village is located in one of Zambia’s dry areas that receive little rain and have infertile soils. These factors have made the people of Mukuni and their chief realise they cannot depend on agriculture for their livelihood.

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