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Last updated: 06 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Richard Holmes

This vibrant restaurant ticks all the right tourist boxes, from colourful African décor and crackling fires to beaming waiters and cold beers. The menu is focused on meaty barbecue fare; brace yourself to taste your way through Zambezi bream, crocodile tail, guinea fowl, warthog and impala.

But people really come for the entertainment – with singers and dancers ensuring a drum-banging, foot-stomping good time. It’s bright, brash and ridiculously popular.

Price from: £25
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 4+
Frequency: daily
When: Daily
Duration: 3 hours

Getting there & doing it

It seats up to 300 diners a night, but in the height of summer you’ll have to book well in advance to have a hope of getting a table. The price excludes drinks. Children are allowed, and pay half price aged 3-11. Under 3s eat free.

When to do it

It operates all year round, seven days a week. The whole experience lasts 3 hours, from 7pm-10pm. Go at 6pm and request a front-row table.

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Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

Victoria Falls Town, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe[0.3 miles]

Modern safari-themed lodge offering easy access to the falls, and plenty of peace and quiet.

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Ilala Lodge Hotel

Victoria Falls Town, Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe[2.4 miles]

Cosy boutique hotel with an authentic African feel, right on the doorstep of the Victoria Falls.

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Victoria Falls Hotel

Victoria Falls Town, Matabeleland North, Central African Republic (CAR)[2.6 miles]

A historic hotel – Victoria Falls’ grand dame – that combines classic charm with unrivalled location, steps from the Falls.

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Royal Livingstone Hotel

Livingstone, Southern Province, Zambia[4.7 miles]

A five-star hotel with an unrivalled Falls location, luxury rooms and modern facilities… at a price.

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Destination guides including or relevant to this experience

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

The world-famous Victoria Falls is also Africa’s adventure playground, offering an array of brilliant adrenalin-packed adventure activities plus Big Five safaris.

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Our writer’s recommendations of other bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Safaris around Victoria Falls

Zimbabwe[2.3 miles]

Visiting Victoria Falls is not just about the Falls. Take the opportunity to experience a Big Five safari and get a taste of the real African bush.

Best for ages: 5+ | £120 | 3-4 hours

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Cruise on the Zambezi

Victoria Falls Town, Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe[2.3 miles]

Scenic cruises and game spotting on one of Africa’s greatest rivers, just made for sundowners.

Best for ages: 4+ | £35 | 1+ hours

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White-water rafting on the Zambezi River

Zimbabwe[3.4 miles]

Take courage in both hands and raft the world-class white-water rapids of the mighty, crocodile-infested Zambezi River, funneling through the Batoka Gorge at Victoria Falls. And remember to look out for the crocs!

Best for ages: 15+ | £100 | 5-10 hours

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Other worthwhile experiences near this experience if you have time or interest..

Golf course next to the Zambezi river with hippos in the water

Golf at Elephant Hills

Victoria Falls Town, Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe[1.8 miles]

Designed by golfing legend Gary Player, the 18-hole Elephant Hills course upstream from the Falls is one of the wildest golf courses in Africa, and players will have to mind the antelope and crocodiles as carefully as the water hazards.

Best for ages: 13+ | £10 | 2-4 hours

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The famous afternoon tea stand with sweet treats

Afternoon tea at the Victoria Falls Hotel

Victoria Falls Town, Matabeleland North, Central African Republic (CAR)[2.7 miles]

Dating back to 1904, The Victoria Falls Hotel occupies a dramatic promontory above the Batoka Gorge. It’s a view best enjoyed over the decadent platters served for afternoon tea, a much-loved tradition.

Best for ages: 13+ | £15 | 1-2 hours

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Tables and terrace at the Lookout Cafe in Victoria Falls, overlooking the gorge

Lookout Cafe

Victoria Falls Town, Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe[3 miles]

This popular cafe, running by the reliable Wild Horizons, has a unrivalled location on the edge of Batoka Gorge. The outdoor terrace has stunning views. They serve up breakfast, lunch and dinner often with local specialities on the menu, like game meats and crocodile.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Sundowners at the Royal Livingstone Hotel

Sundowners at the Royal Livingstone Hotel

Livingstone, Southern Province, Zambia[4.8 miles]

With the spray rising downstream and the sun dipping below the Zambezi, enjoy the best sundowner G&T in Africa from the Kubu Bar at the Royal Livingstone Hotel. Non-residents are welcome, and the views are worth the price tag.

Best for ages: 18+ | £12 | 2-3 hours

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