Imagine it’s a Saturday, you want to do something different with your family. But the problem is you miss chicken makaya and maybe you also miss brown sadza (sadza rezviyo) too. Also inadvertently your teenage daughter wants something exotic, and she heard that Moroccan food is delicious. But well, this is Zimbabwe, so hey, rather just stay at home. Go ahead, JUST IMAGINE, ‘WHAT IF?’.

Now also imagine there was a place you could get all that and more at a very great prices that offer value for money. A place where you could get farm produce fresh from the village. Have kids on a jumping castle. Get a taste of not just traditional Zimbabwean dishes, but several traditional dishes from different African countries all in one place.

YES! An African Village Market and Food Court plus Play Centre rolled into one. Namibian cuisine, Swaziland, Botswana, Moroccan and even Nigerian cuisine all in one place. It’s been long in planning and yes its happening. ZONFA and its partners are setting up an ethnic village market place with Mbare prices but Hollywood service. You can buy a ‘roadrunner’ chicken to take home after a sumptuous dinner in any country’s kitchen of your choice. That’s not all, You can also be part of it. They are looking for daring & innovative, entrepreneurs, to run the different kitchens and other businesses.

Here are some of the reasons you should be excited about EKHAYENI – THE AFRICAN VILLAGE

Here are the reasons why you should be excited about Ekhayeni – The African Village, Opening 1 August 2017. The opening of Ekhayeni – The African Village brings with it an array of new shopping and lifestyle choices. There to inspire and nurture healthy communities, by building a Local and Sustainable Traditional African Food Supply System in a Vibrant, Diverse and Inclusive Market place. While promoting Cultural and Heritage Tourism. Country themed and built within 1.2 Hectares of architectural beauty and creative design, the Village blends the desires and needs of any shopper.

The African Village has the following features:


African Traditional Food Outlets – A Chance to Delight in a diverse African Cuisines:

The African Village will be home to a number of Africa’s Traditional Food Outlets offering an array of an exotic fusion of culinary delights, blending both traditional and contemporary dishes that bring the authentic and diverse taste of Africa’s finest cooking to you.


A Farmers Market:

Farmers’ markets are at their prime right now, overflowing with fruits and vegetables that have been harvested at their peak. When it comes to seeking the freshest, sweetest flavours and stocking up for canning or freezing, Ekhayeni Farmers Market is the place to be.


Kids Playcentre:

Our Kids PlayCentre offers a Drop & Shop facility, so you can leave your children in the hands of qualified childcare for fun educational activities for a couple of hours while you can get some shopping done in peace!


The Events Centre:

This is the heart beat of our Village. The Events Centre will host many a function including, cultural festivals, fashion shows, music festivals and competitions


The Music Studio:

The Music Studio’s fun and educational classes for pre-schoolers up to teens feature an early childhood music education program that is taught by qualified teachers. Age-appropriate classes will ensure that your child receives lots of personal attention


The Art Studio:

Art classes at our Studio are designed to intentionally develop the inner artist. Structured around weekly themes, a teacher will guide your child through different techniques, encouraging experimentation and creativity with the aim of unleashing the artist within.


Hair Studio & Nail Bar:

Our Hairstudio is especially structured for those adorning natural hair, locs or dreads. Will also offer a “transitioning” service for those with relaxed / treated hair looking to get their hair back to its natural state. With prices that won’t knock your socks off, a well-trained team of Afro-hairdressers, this is definitely a place an African woman can trust


Herbal Shop:

Our Herbal Shop is a provider of health promoting herbs and complimentary services, including education and educational materials. We understand that radiant health is the result of good living and a healthy lifestyle. As a team, we are dedicated to aiding and guiding you on your path to perfect health, and to building a better world as a result. With our tonic bar, complimentary herbal consultations, and over 1000 herbal formulations made from the finest quality herbs in the world, we are sure that we can be your principal wellness centre, serving the many needs you may have in order to achieve perfect health.


Tour Operators & Travel Agencies:

Will be there to offer expert advice to guide you in making one of your most important decisions—how to spend your invaluable time off.


African Couture Outlets:

Our African Couture Outlets will not just be about Clothing but Visual Statements that are Part Art and Part Fashion.


Art and Craft Shop:

Our art and Craft shop will carry extraordinary, exotic and unique collections of African arts and craft products, offered to you at the most competitive prices.


Plants and Herbs Nursery:

Will specialize in the production and sales of vegetables, herbs, seedlings and young plants, for the professional and hobby markets.


Communication Centre:

Our communication centre will be equipped to offer secretarial services to our visitors

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Ekhayeni – The African Village brings you the taste of the Real Africa, all encapsulated within a shopping environment that has been designed to entertain and inspire. Make sure you book out the weekend of 4 – 5 August 2017 to experience the launch of Ekhayeni – The African Village!