Shoestrings Backpackers


Shoestrings offers its own on-site restaurant with fully daily menu, from breakfasts, snack lunches and main menu, including our speciality pizzas. However there are lots of places to go and enjoy. All the local hotels are open to visit, and many offer a range of food options, with Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls Hotel and Illala Lodge enjoying good reputations for food. Apart from the hotels, here's a few of the other options to eat out around town.

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Africa Cafe

Part of the Elephant's Walk Complex (on the way down to the Falls, on left after the railway line - see Around town), The Africa Cafe offers a great environment to relax, chill and enjoy a full menu of light snack meals and home baked cakes. Great coffee.

In-Da Belly Restaurant

Situated in the Victoria Falls Rest Camp, a short distance from Shoestrings, the In-Da-Belly Restaurant offers a quite place to relax and enjoy at any time of day. Good food at good prices, menu includes several vegetarian options, cheaper light snacks and more substantial options.

The Kingdom Complex

Inside The Kingdom Hotel are several bars and eating options, including Panarotti's Pizza (with 'all you can eat' special offer on Tuesday evenings) and where you can also get some great pasta dishes, and the Thundercloud Spur steak house - aimed at the meat-eaters but also do some great vegetarian options.

Lola's Tapas

On the main road down to the Falls, part of the Landela Complex on right hand side of road. Spanish and African tapas menu. Daytime and early evenings.

Mama Africa Cafe

Located behind the Landela Complex on the way down to the Falls. Traditional dishes of hotpots, stews and grill menu. Offers live music entertainment in the evenings.

Nam Took Thai Restaurant

Again part of the Elephant's Walk complex behind the banks (see Around town), the offers extensive Asian influenced menu consisting of authentic Thai, Chinese and Indian/Pakistani recipes.

Shearwater Cafe

One of the newest restaurants in town, located at the end of the main street on the corner with the road down to the Falls. Open day and evenings, full menu of snacks and light meals at full tourist prices.

Victoria Falls Bridge Cafe

Located on the Zambian side of the Bridge, with a view of the bridge and bungee, the Bridge Café offers refreshments and a great snack menu, including the great selection of burgers (with vegetarian options). Good lunch option combined with a trip to the Falls and Bridge.

Victoria Falls Hotel, including Jungle Junction

The Victoria Falls Hotel verandah bar and restaurant is open to non-guests for lunch, afternoon tea and evening menu. For the full-on colonial decadence feeling try out afternoon high tea, a time-honoured custom for travellers from all over the world.

The Jungle Junction Restaurant is famed for its evening buffet, complete with a show of African traditional drum and dance.

The Livingstone Room offers the finest dining experience in town, with a first class menu and service expect a price to match.

Victoria Falls Rainforest Cafe

Located inside the entrance to the Victoria Falls Park, visitors to the Falls can enjoy a light meal and a cold drink before or after. Good coffee, apparently.

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, including The Boma

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge (see Around town) offers the Buffalo Bar, perfect for sundowners and overlooking its own waterhole, The Makuwa Kuwa Restaurant, which enjoys one of the best reputations in town. The Boma - The Place of Eating, offers a full evening’s entertainment with a three course buffet menu including traditional meals, game meats all whilst entertained by displays of traditional drumming and dancing and face painting. Good value for meat eaters who want to taste some different African game meats, such as crocodile or warthog, not so much for vegetarians, but great entertainment either way.


A welcome addition to the food scene, Wok'n'Roll take-away offers Oriental dishes, game burgers, rolls and a delicious kiddies menu. Located on the high street just round the corner from Shoestrings. Includes good variety of vegetarian options.

Other places

There's also a choice of fast-food and take-aways around town, from the Chicken Inn/Pizza Inn/Creamy Inn complex on the high street, to side street traditional African restaurants - for example try Comfort Caterers behind the Landela complex (behind Mama Africa) - great value and range of options, including sudza (traditional ground mazie 'mash') and rice dishes. The OK and TM supermarkets also offer fast food/deli counters at great prices.

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