As an alternative to hotel dining facilities, Shearwater would like to recommend four restaurants in incredible locations that are highly complementary to the entire Victoria Falls experience. We would like to introduce The Shearwater Café, a fully licensed venue for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Rainforest Café and Bridge Café are daytime venues offering excellent light meals, snacks and beverages in extraordinary locations. The Boma Restaurant is a night time, African-themed dining and entertainment extravaganza. Please see below for details.
The Shearwater Café
Occupying the most primme location in Victoria Falls demands a standard bearer for the Town. The outstanding success of the Rainforest Café always ensured confidence was high with the same team of Wes, Jane and Toni at the helm. The Shearwater Café has certainly delivered – raising the bar significantly. The look and ambience of the café is as cool, chic and urbane as any you could find in Manhattan or Milan, but with a fabulous photographic mural that leaves you in no doubt you are in fact right in the heart of Africa.
Breakfast is served from 8am and attracts those needing a full ‘bushman’s breakfast’ ahead of a full day’s activities, to those that like a nice healthy muesli and natural yoghurt start to the day, as well as cappuccino sippers and freshly squeezed juice addicts. From midday lunch is served including light bites and freshly made pizza to something more substantial. Depicting familiar scenes to the herds of Elephant that congregate around waterholes, the afternoon is the a great place to gather for cooling drinks or reinvigorating teas and to people watch and catch the buzz of those planning intrepid adventures or returning awestruck from momentous game drives.
Early evening becomes a place for white water rafters to convene for a ½ price drinks happy hour as they relive their day on dvd courtesy the two large plasma screens. Meanwhile dinner service gets underway as candles and lamps are lit and tables fill very quickly with those seeking great food, excellent service and an exquisite atmosphere. As a positive metaphor for Victoria Falls the Shearwater Café works perfectly and flies the standard on the newly acclaimed Shearwater corner loud and proud.
Under African Skies
Dinner on the Helipad
The Elephant in The Moon
The storming popularity of Rainforest Cafe and then Shearwater Cafe, had many tour operators asking to book groups. However a pre-requisite for many of them, was a venue for evening dinners. Not an obvious immediate choice, but the Shearwater Helipad – home of ‘The flight of Angels’ – soon became a night time al fresco dining option gaining rave reviews. A surge in popularity has meant that groups are now booked every night from January, so limited places will then be open for independent diners to also enjoy this experience.
Only minutes from town, but sufficiently tranquil, the helipad enjoys an elevated position gazing down upon the smoke emanating from the falls. Nature provides the soundtrack with the low bass rumble of the falls, occasional trumpets from Elephants and the odd bassoon from a bloat of nearby hippos. The vast majority of visitors to the falls indulge in the serenity of a cruise on the Zambezi with its spectacular African sunset. But sunset can just be the curtain raiser to another African revelation, as nightfall exposes a spectacular and bejewlled star strewn sky – streaked with shooting stars, the clarity of which is all the more stupendous due to lack of infringing light pollution. Whether waxing or waning the moon always looks truly beautiful on starlit African nights. A backdrop such as this deserves – and gets – a culinary experience worthy of the setting.
The landing circle marks the spot where a resplendent candlelit table is laid, surrounded by the twinkling lights of hanging storm lanterns. To maintain the ambience diners are restricted in number, who are then the beneficiaries of a carefully selected menu which is prepared and served to 5 star standards. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for group or independent bookings.
Under African Skies
Dinner on the Helipad
The Rainforest Café
The perfect stop after a long, yet awe-inspiring walk through the World Heritage Site.
The Rainforest Café situated at the heart of the Victoria Falls Rainforest, offers sumptuous food, cool shade among the lush vegetation of this unique eco-system and a chance to relax before continuing onto your next adventure.
Whether enjoying a delicious meal and much needed cold drink or simply sampling the divine coffee and heavenly homemade cakes, the powerful roar of this most majestic of waterfalls in the background enhances the ambiance of a tasty meal in a wonderful setting.
Adjacent to the Café is the Interpretive Centre with information boards containing facts on the mighty Victoria Falls. There is also a lovely shop where visitors can purchase small gifts to remember their remarkable experience to the Victoria Falls.
Groups are welcome and can book in advance.
THE BRIDGE CAFE
The Bridge Café is the only restaurant in either Zimbabwe or Zambia from where the face of the Victoria Falls is visible. Built on a platform over the Batoka Gorge, The Bridge Café provides the best views around, is situated on an historic bridge and provides a thrilling lookout to watch all the action whether participating in a bridge activity or not. Cold beer, good food, unbeatable location and plenty of action right before your eyes – no visit to the falls is complete without a visit to Victoria Falls’ historic bridge and café.
THE BOMA RESTAURANT – THE PLACE OF EATING
Blended into the surrounding gusu forest, the Boma Restaurant is not just another restaurant but a unique cultural experience that bombards the senses with the tastes, sights, sounds and smells of Africa.
On arrival, guests partake in a hand-washing ceremony before sampling traditional beer and snacks. The four-course meal combines a la carte starters with a barbecue buffet that specializes in a superb selection of Zimbabwean dishes and a variety of game meat. Local delicacies such as mopani worms and vegetarian meals are also available. The evening is accentuated by traditional dancers who captivate guests with their energetic songs and dance. Steeped in mystery, a witchdoctor can predict your future while the restaurant’s traditional story teller explains the country’s folklore, culture and heritage.
An on-site shop sells some of the frequently requested accessories such as The Boma cruet sets, potjies, polo shirts, chitenges and caps. In addition, tapes and CD’s of the traditional entertainment are a favourite memento.