It’s a warm evening in November as I enter the Boma restaurant for the first time. I’ve heard so much about this quirky-themed eating experience just two kilometres outside Victoria Falls, and I’m excited to finally get the chance to see what it’s all about.
Before I get to the main entrance, I’m already wearing an African shawl which was handed to me by a friendly chap as I jumped off the bus in the car park. I can feel the buzz inside as I sign my name in the guest book and make my way into the circular eating area.
There’s a roaring fire in the middle of the Boma which is open to the stars, and tall columns of wood hold up the thatched roof that covers raised seating areas. The place is full of happy guests and each person is wearing some type of African garment — the atmosphere is alive with anticipation.
I’m led to my table and I sit down to take in the scene. It’s not long before an old man with a beard comes over and offers me a variety of cocktails. He doesn’t look like your average cocktail waiter but his drinks sound delicious anyway. I order the fruity punch and relax back into the scene.
It’s buffet time and I make my way over to the line of people waiting eagerly with plates in hand. There’s a variety of meat on offer as the chefs fry up a storm right in front of me. I’m told the warthog is a must: yes please. I grab a T-bone, some chicken stew, salad, traditional pap and head back to my table.