Dining In Paradise: The Top Restaurants In Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls is one of the biggest tourist hot spots in Africa, and for good reason. The falls bring in tourists from around the world throughout the year, and there are plenty of nature and adventure opportunities in the area to satisfy them. But after a long day hiking around the falls or rafting the Zambezi, you’re going to have a big appetite. Fortunately, there are plenty of great restaurants in the area to satisfy any demanding diner. Here are our picks for the best restaurants in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

Livingstone Room

For fantastic dining in a historical setting, the Livingstone Room inside the Victoria Falls Hotel is probably the best option in the city. The restaurant specializes in a fantastic 7 course degustation menu which includes game items like ostrich and warthog, along with an extensive wine list. Diners can also order a la carte items or enjoy a daily high tea service. The view from the dining room is also excellent and allows guests to see the Victoria Falls bridge and wildlife while enjoying their meals. One caveat about dining in such a restaurant is that it is rather formal — so be sure not to show up in jeans or your safari gear or you won’t be seated.

The Boma – Place Of Eating

boma restaurant

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A night at the Boma, which is located on the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge grounds about a mile from town, is quite the experience. And while the entry price of US$44 per person initially seems steep, this is more than just an all-you-can-eat buffet. The majority of the fare on offer features a line-up of traditional Zimbabwean fare plus cooked to order game meat. The restaurant also features an interactive cultural experience that includes lessons in dance and drumming, roving traditional fortune-tellers and serenading singers. All said and done, it’s quite a sight to see so be sure to bring your camera. The Boma hosts three nightly seatings, but guests are never rushed out. If you come for the first seating and stay through the last, no one will object.

The Rainforest Cafe

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Not to be confused with the popular chain restaurant, this restaurant located right off the path leading to the falls has a refreshing ambiance and lots of lush foliage to look at. The menu is pretty varied, and includes a line-up of regional favorites like Zambezi bream and steaks, but also includes a few pasta dishes and baguette sandwich options. The salads here are a favorite. They come in a number of different styles and are absolutely massive – very easily big enough to share. If you don’t feel like eating, there is an equally appealing drink menu that includes everything from milkshakes to shandies (a mix of beer and soda) to vanilla lattes and of course the regular alcoholic beverage players. The only caveat about this restaurant is that it’s located inside the Victoria Falls National Park gates, so you can’t eat here without paying the entrance fees to the falls.

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