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The Iconic Boma – Dinner & Drum Show in Victoria Falls Undergoes A Major RefurbishmentBy *Nommy Vuma, Africa Albida Tourism
The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show has a fresh look and feel, with its new décor capturing the style of the traditional Zimbabwean cooking hut, while the kitchen has been rebuilt and modernised and other structural enhancements made.
The US$250,000 refurbishment - completed last month - was done to keep pace with the growing popularity of this “must do” Victoria Falls dining and entertainment experience, which opened its doors 27 years ago.
Africa Albida Tourism (AAT) chief executive Ross Kennedy said: “The levels of business experienced in 2018, coupled with the growth in the previous two years, led us to make the appropriate investment decisions to equip The Boma for the next five to ten years.
“Keeping pace with the latest equipment and service delivery expectations, whilst maintaining the tastes, sights and sounds of The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show, were key factors in this major project,” he said.
The main kitchen, which guests don’t see, and the main cookhouse, were gutted and rebuilt, new equipment installed, and structural changes and enhancements made to the serving areas, such as new granite surfaces and refrigeration of the salad and dessert bars.”
Interior designer Belinda Jones said the concept for the décor came from the traditional cooking huts, and it was an amalgam of different Zimbabwean tribes.
“The cooking huts are where the woman’s kitchen utensils are proudly displayed. The traditional art form of decorating the walls and shelves with bright pigment goes back a while, but it is now being revived as a new art form,” she said.