Every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday evening, guests at The Royal Livingstone Hotel by Anantara and Avani Victoria Falls Resort are invited to join in an important cultural tradition: a boma meal beneath open skies. Boma, or ‘enclosure’ in Swahili, comes from the days when tribesmen would cook and protect their communities. The experience starts with a boma call performed by the cultural dancers at the Shungu Pool Terrace at Avani Victoria Falls Resort and at The Royal Livingstone lawns. The boma dinner experience starts at 18h30 and guests are offered traditional welcome drinks upon arrival.
Food is served in the style of a lavish feast with various food stations including a Pan African food station and a Zambian food station. Guests can also try their hand at eating Mopani worms and receive a certificate for trying the delicacy.
Guests are treated to performances by the resident band, the Los Comrados and traditional Makishi dancers and the Ngoni Warriors, with acrobatics and fire-eaters providing a riveting end to a memorable dining experience. It is a cultural night experience at the Mukuni Boma.
A bi-monthly food market at Avani Victoria Falls Resort provides for some family fun. Local farmers from Livingstone gather at the resort to sell a variety of local and seasonal farm produce. Guests can also enjoy live cooking stations with a selection of light meals.
The Royal Livingstone Hotel by Anantara has introduced Zambia’s first 19-metre over-water dining pontoon. Guests can enjoy champagne breakfasts or sunset tapas on the Zambezi River, with river views providing close encounters with animals coming to drink at the river. The breakfast menu includes hot and cold breakfast options, tea, coffee and a glass of bubbly, while the sunset offering includes tapas and a glass of bubbly or a curated gin and tonic experience.
For a Zambian cultural immersion, guests can treat themselves to a Zambian culinary journey that provides insight into Zambian cuisine and the local lifestyle through a selection of tasting experiences. They learn about farming and fishing traditions in the herb garden and along the banks of the Zambezi. A menu of the finest local products and freshly grown vegetables are prepared and eaten according to tradition, and paired with regional wines.
“We take delight in offering our guests a taste of the incredible culture of our local communities in Livingstone and beyond, says Mark Havercroft, Minor Hotels Regional Director, Africa.
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