> Vicki Louise
IF YOU are reading this, then I am super excited because you are either (a) in Victoria Falls or (b) planning a trip to Victoria Falls. Both of which are cause for some serious excitement because Victoria Falls is one of my favourite spots in Africa – and it has an amazing selection of restaurants when you consider the relatively small size of the town. In some parts of Africa, you may have thought dining options were limited – but that is not the case in Victoria Falls. Whether you are a meat lover, fussy eater or vegetarian, let me show you around the best places for a bite to eat in the heart of Africa.
1. SHEARWATER CAFE
Conveniently located in the centre of town, at the intersection just before the railway line, Shearwater Cafe brings a sophisticated vibe that you would expect of a cafe in any cosmopolitan city. With burgers, wraps, salads, pastas and pizzas, you will be spoilt for choice for Western-style meals, with reasonably priced cocktails, wines and beers. Serving breakfast and coffee from 8AM till late and offering free Wi-Fi, its large outside terrace is a great place for a meal at any time of the day.
2. MAMA AFRICA
A long established town favourite (located just behind the main shopping strip opposite the train line) – I had heard all about Mama Africa years before I was able to visit. Specialising in traditional dishes from all over Africa, you will find hearty stews, hotpots and game meats served with an accompaniment of live African music each night. There is no rush at Mama Africa, meals are prepared from scratch and enjoyed slowly – and this may be your first introduction to ‘Africa Time’. And I could not think of a better introduction! For the meat-eaters out there, the Kudu hotpot is amazing!
3. LOOKOUT CAFE
The Lookout Cafe is a little walk out of the centre of town and sits 120m above the Batoka Gorge, with a view of Victoria Falls Bridge. Boasting one of the best views of the mighty Zambezi – and the starting point for all Wild Horizons activities, it serves coffee, drinks and snacks throughout the day until sunset. If you are planning on taking part in an adrenaline activity, a stiff drink might be just what you need, either before or after!
4. ZAMBEZI EXPLORER
For something a little different, look no further than the Zambezi Explorer – one of my favourite activities in Victoria Falls. Whereas we opted for a sunset cruise with cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres as part of my Top 9 Adventure Activities in Victoria Falls – do not think your options are limited to just that. The Zambezi Explorer offers delectable dining options throughout the day from breakfast through to dinner and any meal on the water is guaranteed to be a highlight of your stay.
5. RAINFOREST CAFE
The Rainforest Cafe’s sister venue is Shearwater Cafe, and is the only restaurant located inside Victoria Falls National Park. Offering the same menu as at Shearwater Cafe (minus the pizza) it offers great food at reasonable prices in a beautiful surrounding. Just watch out for the baboons – they can be the epitome of the phrase ‘cheeky monkeys’!
6. CARNIVORE RESTAURANT (& LOLA’S TAPAS)
Located smack bang in the centre of Victoria Falls town, Lola’s Tapas and Carnivore offers a mix of Mediterranean and African cuisines. With meals ranging from light bites to huge main meals – Carnivore’s biggest draw is its wide selection of game meats. From crocodile to eland and a lot in between, those wanting to get a real ‘taste of Africa’ are in heaven here. My tip – do not Google the animal you are about to eat. They are all just so beautiful that you might change your mind!
Note: Vegetarians have a couple of options here; but the restaurant is not suitable for vegans.
AND ON THE ZAMBIAN SIDE
Even if you are only in Zambia for a day, this is the only place I would recommend.
7. THE ROYAL LIVINGSTONE HOTEL
Easily one of the Top Restaurants in Victoria Falls and the ultimate in African luxury, the Royal Livingstone is simply magnificent. Beautiful lodge, decadent dining room – and best of all it is open to the public for lunch without reservations! When crossing the border, it is the first hotel you come to when walking along the road towards Livingstone town. It offers a perfectly crafted 5* menu, befitting of its 5* surroundings.
Head here for a touch of class in the heart of Africa. Slightly more expensive than the other options recommended (But nothing compared to Western 5* prices), it is totally worth it.
Hopefully, you enjoyed my rundown of the best places to eat in Victoria Falls. Lucky for you they also happen to be some of the Top Restaurants in Victoria Falls! I hope there is something here to tickle your taste buds.
Shearwater café pic
Magnificent … The Shearwater Cafe in the heart of Victoria Falls
Lookout Café pic
Nice views … The Lookout Café