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Victoria Falls dining – for those in the know

Are you looking for exciting dining options at the Victoria Falls which will offer you nothing but the real deal, perhaps with a touch of luxury added in? The spectacular grandeur of the Zambezi rushing over the Earth’s edge attracts huge crowds on both the Zimbabwean and Zambian sides, many in search of adventure or a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Now add to this, authentic Victoria Falls dining. Here are some places worth a visit, or two.

The Royal Livingstone

Widely praised as one of southern Africa’s most prestigious resorts, Zambia’s Royal Livingstone has several dining options. There’s the famous Sun Deck with views over the Zambezi River, where you can enjoy gourmet barbeque with the coldest of drinks – a welcome refreshment with views over the mighty river. Then there is the Royal Livingstone’s Lounge, where you are taken back to the times and travels of David Livingstone. Opt for high tea treats served daily around tea time and when sunset comes, you can sit in the shadow of this legend with a gin and tonic.

Royal Livingstone Sun Deck


Travelers return to MaKuwa-Kuwa again and again. MaKuwa-Kuwa has been voted Zimbabwe’s top restaurant on several occasions, and if you see and taste their menu, you’ll understand why. African cuisine, infused with a strong intercontinental flavor and views overlooking the Zambezi National Park – this is the MaKuwa-Kuwa experience. Do not depart from this distinguished restaurant without tasting at least a few of their African cuisine selections, including game and even smoked crocodile. And to round it all off, pair your dish with some of neighboring South Africa’s best wines.

Makuwa Kuwa

The Boma – Place of Eating

Local culture, heritage and dining like you’ve never experienced before. Probably the most authentic of all Victoria Falls dining options, The Boma starts each night out with Amakwezi dancers, a local story teller and sometimes even a fortune teller. Dinner is served during the entertainment and includes your choice of several Zimbabwean dishes: warthog fillet, traditional hunters stew, or Zambezi Bream and Kapenta to name a few. And then it is time for the campfire and drumming shows, taking you late into the Zimbabwean night.

The Boma

The Rainbow Kraal

Only a short distance from Victoria Falls, the Rainbow Hotel and its acclaimed Rainbow Kraal restaurant is yet another unique and exciting Victoria Falls dining experience. The restaurant is modelled on a traditional African village or kraal, giving it an original African feel. At the Rainbow Kraal, game meat is the undisputed favorite but it is infused with Western flavors and side dishes, so don’t expect exclusive Zimbabwean dining. Cuisine aside, the Rainbow Kraal wants to reconnect you to pre-colonial times where travelers, traders and explorers where entertained by locals around the campfire. And living up to its African village ambience, cultural performers are your nightly entertainment.

Rainbow Kraal

Africa Café

For breakfast, brunch or an early lunch, head out to the Africa Café located at Zimbabwe’s Elephant Walk Shopping & Artist Village. It’s the ideal place to enjoy some nosh, and perhaps a quick browse around the village shops, before making your way to the Falls. This is vibrant café which attracts both locals and tourists, and its menu has an equal mix of local and international favorites. Order home-grown Zimbabwean coffee or tea and look out for the fresh ingredients straight from the café’s backyard garden, locally known as the Happy Hippo Organic Garden. And another plus point – this café in particular has gone to great lengths to keep children entertained and amused.

Africa Cafe

Bridge Café Restaurant

As its name suggests, the Bridge Café is located at the Victoria Falls Bridge, a landmark connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia over the Zambezi River. With uninterrupted views across the Victoria Falls, including the Victoria Falls Bridge and the Batoka Gorge (and the brave bungee jumpers), the Bridge Café is the ultimate place to savour a light lunch in such closeness to the Falls. Its bistro-style meals will appeal to most, with a good selection of burgers to choose from and a full bar. This is dining on the Victoria Falls like no where else, and if you are brave enough – walk across the bridge or plunge down for an adrenaline-laden bungee jump while there.

Bridge Cafe

Whether you find your way to the Victoria Falls from the Zambian or Zimbabwean side, the Victoria Falls is a must-see on every discerning traveler’s list. Now you can add Victoria Falls dining, and by choosing any one of these dining options, you will experience the full picture of Victorian Falls’ hospitality, culture and cuisine. Nothing but the real deal.

Javier Luque is a Co-Founder and Director of Your African Safari.

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One Comment

  1. WOW! I can’t decide which one I would like to dine at, they all have amazing food and a great view. I would love to dine at any one of those and have a taste of the authentic African food.

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