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“An"outside" restaurant”
Review of Mama Africa

Mama Africa
Cuisines: African
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Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed November 27, 2011

I must explain something about Vic falls ( Zimbabwe side) first.

There are not many restaurants outside the hotels. In fact, this is pretty much the ONLY restaurant situated outside an hotel/lodge/camp etc.

No, the fast foods takeaway place next to Shearwater does not count as a restaurant.

Then also, I have tried out several hotel restaurants in Vic falls as well, including "Boma" and and also "In da Belly" at the rest camp.

We were a group of 6.

We sat outside, a bit more of a breeze outside. October in Vic falls is a HOT month.

I noted some people mentioned mosquitoes, silly ... almost everywhere in Vic falls you eat in open air, so there are a few mozzies. Not that bad.

Its not as if they are a plague and you have litres of blood sucked out of you. Put on repellent or wear long pants or something if you are so worried about them.

The welcome was warm, we did not have a reservation, but they had space no problem.

We were seated at wooden benches. Many places have wooden benches. It is what it is, generally I prefer chairs, and inside they had normal chairs and tables ...

Service was on the slow side and the waiter was on the dense side. I sent him back to fetch me a colder beer, took him a while.

The menu was varied enough. Some items were not available, BUT ... one must remember .. this is Zimbabwe, and one cannot reasonably compare availability of food items with say other places where things are more freely available.

Some of the guys had crocodile, some had fish and some had steak.

The food was okay, actually quite good value for money .. everything was between $ 10 and $ 15.00

Considering that you have live music playing, Mama Africa represents the best value for money in Vic falls.

Compared to other places at which to eat -

In da Belly - in the restcamp is a bit cheaper, but no live music. So In da Belly is my choice for lunch, and Mama Africa for dinner.

Boma has a huge buffet, and a very energetic drumming show .... BUT the price !!! more than $ 40 ! and then you still have to pay for the taxi to get there.

For a dinner in town, away from the hotel, the realistic choices are - a takeaway pizza at the fast food place, or In da Belly ( good choice if you want to catch some important sports game on the TV) , and the Mama Africa if you want a sit down restaurant with a bit of music.

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Reviewed November 17, 2011

Food is average but it's hard to find very good food in SA Africa. It's a nice setting nevertheless with life music and nice ambiance.

Thank Tripgerry
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Reviewed November 10, 2011

The food was good (although not very much). There was a very nice group singing and playing drums African style. Had a good time here.

Thank Travelledalot25
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Reviewed November 1, 2011

Pricey, good environment and had a live band playing while we were there

Thank cutebabymary
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Reviewed October 24, 2011

Good food, plent of meat, just how I like it, but not enough sadza, I felt uncomfortable to keep asking for more. I also go bitten by quite a lot of mosquitos. The live band was absolutely brilliant tho.

Thank Chokomilo
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