The Boma – Place of Eating is a restaurant with a difference. Situated in a thatched, open-sided rondavel, it’s a must-do for any visitor to Victoria Falls. Traditionally-dressed hosts adorn you with a chitenge (a Shona robe) before leading you to your table.
Food is cooked on-the-spot for you: choose what you are brave enough to try – warthog, kudu, impala; or the more conventional beef, pork and chicken. The enigmatic MC will carry you through the night’s entertainment, which includes traditional dancing, singing and drumming. After dessert, every guest is given an African drum (njembe) and taught some African rhythms. Gimmicky and cheesy? Maybe. A great night of entertainment for young and old? Absolutely.
The Boma is our Number 2 of Things to do in Victoria Falls
- The Boma is open 365 days a year, excluding private function evenings. Dinner starts at 7pm sharp.
- It is essential to book ahead by at least a day – more, if you are a big party. Booking can be done through your accommodation in Victoria Falls or by contacting The Boma directly.
- The Boma is situated near Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. If you aren’t staying in that complex, your hotel will arrange the short transfer for you which will take a matter of minutes.
- Dress: casual. Don’t forget to take a light jacket in winter (May to August) as the rondavel is open-sided.
- A multi-course meal and night of entertainment is a fixed price of around US $65.
- It is a great family-friendly activity in Victoria Falls because children will love the African music, the traditional costumes and general party atmosphere of the Boma.
- Read about my first trip to the Boma and photos of my second visit here.