Things to Do and See at The Living Desert
African Village WaTuTu
Explore a new world . . .Take a Safari without leaving the desert!
The Living Desert's Village WaTuTu is an authentic replica of a village found in northeast Africa. Mud-walled huts with grass-thatched roofs circle a shady Elder's Grove where you can hear the rhythmic sounds of Africa. Or you can listen as master storytellers weave spellbinding tales of African and Native American folklore.
Enter into the Petting Kraal and groom a dwarf African goat. Experience other domestic livestock of Africa such as Ankole cattle, Sicilian dwarf donkeys, Jacob's sheep and Nubian goats. These animals tell a tale of the nomadic people who traverse with herds across the great African deserts.
The Village also features camels, hyenas, addax, leopards, tortoises, weaver birds and the beautiful plants that grow in this African region.
Meet our two male camels whose incredible faces and impossible bodies reflect yet another wondrous adaptation to life in the desert. Their spindle legs, long eyelashes and humps of fat all play a part in their ability to trek across dunes, endure fierce sand storms and scarce food, making them highly prized beasts of burden for African tribes.
Meanwhile, drinking from a cool pond or draped blissfully in a tree, see if you can spot one of the exotic Amur leopards that live just outside the village near the District Commissioner's House.
Don't miss the soulful gaze of the striped hyenas whose burrows are located just behind the Elder's Grove. Or laugh with amusement as the Sulcatta tortoise amble toward their shady hovel.
Watch as several species of African weaver birds build amazing nests from plant material. Experience one of these nest in "human proportions" hanging next to the aviary.
For human creature comforts, the Thorn Tree Grill provides icy drinks, grilled favorites, tasty salads and African regional cuisine.
At the Kumbu Kumbu Marketplace, tempt yourself with an exotic array of hand crafted African goods. Clothes made from hand painted fabrics, carved masks, beads, jewelry, African instruments, artifacts, toys and books will make your fascinating journey into the heart of Africa.
Just outside Village WaTuTu, stroll over to see the warthogs. Their comical faces and short legs make for delightful fun as they grunt in satisfaction while rolling in the mud.