Dinner at The Boma is a must do if you visit Victoria Falls. I had the opportunity to dine at this culturally themed restaurant and I had a fantastic time with my group members. In fact, it was a major highlight of our visit to Victoria Falls.
Arriving at The Boma, we were welcomed by the hosts who tie the traditional outfit around our necks. Apparently that is a criteria for dining at this place of eating. You step right into the souvenir shops where you can get some lovely indigenous crafts and then off to the next point where we were welcomed with a performance by a cultural dancing troop (forgot to get their name).
After the performance, we had white marks dotted on our faces before we were ushered into the dining arena. It was a wide arena with about three sitting sections. The buffet was set at the left side of the arena and the center was where all the entertainment was done by the different troops and performers.
We were ushered to our seats as we enjoyed the current performance of the evening. A man walked around offering to read peoples’ fortune. Another went around trying to get people to buy some local cocktails. Local beer and snacks were served as we sank into the evening vibe before a waiter walks up to our table a few minutes later to give us highlights on dinner. We were entitled to a starter of either Crocodile or Impala, a drink; soda or juice (an extra bottle or glass was at an extra cost), and then the open buffet that had some other starters, main course consisting heavily of meat and then desserts. I went with the option of Crocodile as I was familiar with the taste (I actually like it) but I also had a taste of my neighbour’s Impala.
After gulping down the main starter, it was time to head to the buffet. I had pasta, red cabbage and carrot salad as my starter.
For the main course, I settled for chicken kebab, warthog, anchovies, vegetables and some rice with pepper sauce. The warthog was amazing!!! It’s one of The Boma’s famous delicacy.
Dessert was cream caramel and some chocolate cake. It’s funny how much I like cream caramel now considering the fact that I used to hate it a few years ago. Maybe I just never had a really good one back then.
After several performances as we dined, the last performance for the night was by the Insizua troop. It was a drumming extravaganza! They paired two to three people on each table to a drum; we were all given a chance to perform.
We all later joined in the performance proper. The was a dancing competition between two people and everyone was called out one after the other after the competition ended. We danced all through afterwards before we called it a night.
Overall, it was a fun time dinning at the Boma and if I get the chance to do it again, I wouldn’t hesitate.
*My trip to Zimbabwe was courtesy of the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority. All opinions however remain my own