Kabwata Cultural Village, Lusaka

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Get an overview of Zambian handicrafts at Kabwata Cultural Village, a traditional-style trade center with thatched-roof huts. With 80 resident artists from nine Zambian provinces, the village offers a good variety of wood carvings, weaved baskets, bijou, masks, drums, and traditionally designed fabrics. A remnant and reminder of the colonial era when this area was dotted with similar dwellings, the center was purchased by the Zambian government in an effort to preserve the region's traditional lifestyle. You can observe craftsman working on their products, and during the holidays the site features live performers. You'll find a traditional restaurant in the village as well. Plan your visit to Kabwata Cultural Village and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Lusaka trip planner.
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  • Real African Feeling and set up,the cultural feel of been in the mother land.Very welcoming warm hearted people to give you the great experience,a variety of items to pick from sculpture's, paintings....  more
    Real African Feeling and set up,the cultural feel of been in the mother land.Very welcoming warm hearted people to give you the great experience,a variety of items to pick from sculpture's, paintings....  more »
  • I assumed the Cultural Market would show artisans at work, but it was a tourist trap. I did buy some nice pieces, good quality can be found among the usual tat if you are given the chance to look. I.....  more
    I assumed the Cultural Market would show artisans at work, but it was a tourist trap. I did buy some nice pieces, good quality can be found among the usual tat if you are given the chance to look. I.....  more »
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  • Interesting place. I couldn't believe I was still in Lusaka. The houses don't look like a man-made place for tourists at all. The vendors are even more diligent now during the pandemic, but they will let you leave their shop without any problem and I also recommend haggling about the price, even if the prices are not high. We were here on a Sunday and there were hardly any tourists, but not much merchandise either as the vendors bring their wares to the Sunday market at the Arcades Mall.
  • Great hand-made products! The people were too pushy but we found some very decent sellers and we only bought from them. We also took a look in the workshops to see how the products are being crafted. A good way to support the community.

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