So much of what is seen around the Falls seems very touristy, and I was longing to understand more about life away from the tourist attractions. While my guide also helped me visit Chinotimba, the non-tourist living area on the edge of Vic Falls, his grandffather had come from this village and he suggested a visit. Coming from Vic Falls, you pay the taxi from the border ($15) and then pay the village an honorarium for welcoming you ($10). A guide (in our case, a very lovely lady who explained so much) takes you through the compounds, which have apparently existed for 700 years. She explains the legends of the chiefs (there is a male and female) and, There is a tree under which Livingstone apparently met the then-chief. if you're courageous, you can try the local homemade beer (warm and a bit mealy) and a stronger brew that tastes a little like "moonshine." At the end, you are escorted to the community center where all the men display their wonderful crafts. I was glad I waited to look at all before making purchases--there is a stunning array of products. It is also customary to tip the guide.
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