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. During 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.
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 included a review of the food offering, entertainment, uniforms and décor. The changes have made The Boma more contemporary, without losing its traditional feel.
In 2019 The Boma underwent another major refurbishment which saw the main kitchen and cookhouse rebuilt, new equipment installed and structural changes made to the serving areas to better accommodate the larger volumes of guests.
In addition its décor was redone to capture the style of the traditional Zimbabwean cooking hut.