The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show is where a four-course meal featuring local dishes, non-stop entertainment including dancers, singers and face painters and an interactive drumming show combine to make this a “must do” Victoria Falls experience.
The Boma’s evening festivities begin at 7pm daily.
While The Boma is famous for its evening extravaganza, less known is its casual but delicious all day menu which is served alfresco, either by the bar or pool, from 9am to 4.30pm. Popular dishes are the foot-long warthog steak baguette and the spicy buffalo wings.
The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show, which to date more than one million people have enjoyed, has come a long way since its humble beginnings a quarter of a century ago.
The Boma was developed after the Lokuthula Lodges were built in 1992, to cater for guests staying at the lodges. As the accommodation was deemed to be out of town, a restaurant was required by Resort Condominium International so that Lokuthula Lodges could obtain affiliation to the largest timeshare network in the world.
As the developers of Lokuthula could not afford to build a restaurant, they instead just built a kitchen and called it a ‘bush’ restaurant. It was a 60-seater eatery and in the beginning the waiters were also the entertainers.
The restaurant was a failure due to the constant weather changes. On a visit to a friend who was re-doing her roof with thatch, one of the developers offered her a job to come up to Victoria Falls and build the Boma restaurant, which she did.
She went three times over budget, but the final result was a restaurant seating 250, and the Boma was saved.
Initially, the restaurant was called The Boma – Place of Eating, but it was re-branded in 2016 to The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show to include the unique entertainment element that has made the experience a Victoria Falls highlight.
The re-branding has included a review of the food offering, the entertainment, uniforms and the décor. The changes have made The Boma more contemporary, without losing its traditional feel.