Top places to eat in Zanzibar

A tropical paradise known for its azure blue ocean, adventure water activities and the superb mix of African and Indian cultures; there are multitudes of flavours, spice and fragrances to sample and enjoy in the food. It’s not called the spice island for nothing so come expecting dishes carefully prepared with a cacophony of spices. Here’s a few favourites you should try when visiting Stone Town…

#1 Lunch at Chumbe Island

Funded by their eco-tourism alone, by staying in their eco-lodge set with solar panels, compost toilets, using water regeneration; you will be supporting all of the conservation projects on the island. I’ve been to many islands, but here I felt like i had been deserted on an island in the middle of paradise ( with staff not far away). When visiting the island on a day trip lunch is an abundant affair of seafood, salads and rice/potato-based dishes. All fish are caught sustainably and are on the green seafood guide list Enjoy lunch after a snorkel and relax on a lounge beside the ocean after.  This place was pure bliss!

Website: Chumbe Island Coral Park

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#2 Dinner at Red Monkey Lodge

You can’t get any closer to the beach if you tried and with beautiful simple island accommodation right on a quiet beach in Jambiani, you can’t go wrong. With live music, the sensation of sand under your feet and the sunset smudges coloring the sky over the ocean, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better view in Zanzibar. The menu changes daily and will be written on the blackboard. I loved the spicy octopus and samosas. But to be honest- everything was a sumptuous affair.

Book your spot for dinner here: Red Monkey Lodge 

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#3 Breakfast at Protea Hotel- Mbweni Ruins

Perched beneath the palm trees and right on the Mbweni beach in the neighborhood adjacent to Stone Town, the Protea Hotel is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy a buffet breakfast overlooking the ocean, mangroves and the beach. Linger a bit longer for lunch and cocktails beside the pool and find coolness in the shade of the trees.

For more info visit: Protea by Marriott

#4 The Taarab restaurant

Atop the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in the heart of Stone Town is a roof top restaurant overlooking  the old city and the ocean. These are one of the restaurants which really impart the romance of Zanzibar especially once sun sets and night falls. Enjoy scrumptious breakfasts in the morning, sundowners in the evening and warm dinners  at the a la carte restaurant outside on the terrace. The Chef is known for creating marvelous meals and the team are known for wonderful gestures of hospitality.

Website: Doubletree by Hilton

#5 Emerson Tea House Restaurant and Secret Garden

Get whisked away by the romance of Stone Town and book your seat at The Tea House at Emerson Hurumzi showcasing true Swahili style with lush Persian rugs, low tables and live traditional Taarab music. Known for serving up some of the best meals in Zanzibar, one cannot help but get swept away to another time and relax into Afro-Persian luxury.  The restaurant only seats 35 guests so reservations are essential for lunch and dinner.

While the rooftop dinner venue of the Emerson is only open for dinner, Downstairs the secret spice garden is open during the day. With shaded spots beneath the trees and umbrellas to enjoy lunch, this magical little garden provides a welcome reprieve from the heat and the food is pretty delicious! Definitely try to the coconut curry.

Website: Emerson on Hurumzi

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#6 Ma Shallah cafe

Started by local Yaseer, this buzzing restaurant is said have some of the best Indian meals in Zanzibar and this comes from Indian guests who tend to be very choosy about how their Indian meals are prepared. With well loved briyanis and butter chicken, fresh juice and fresh food, this is a stop you can’t miss on your culinary journey through the city. Watch how the naan is baked and sit outdoors watching the world go by.

 

Website: Ma Shallah Cafe

 

 

#7 Maru Maru

Another rooftop delight and one with a pool, Maru Maru is a welcome visit after a day of shopping in stone town. Enjoy views of the ocean and this dynamic little town from the top and take a dip in between drinks and lunch. On a hot day, the breeze up here is dreamy.

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Website: Maru Maru

Top Eco-Friendly Activities to do in Zanzibar

Zanzibar is one of Africa’s tropical paradises set with white sand beaches, snorkeling havens and azure blue ocean which happens to also be a welcoming temperature. Islands in particular have many risk factors when it comes to eco-friendly practices given their far flung locations and logistics of recyling, however Tanzania has banned plastic and Zanzibar is starting to introduce more and more eco-tourism offerings allowing visitors to keep their footprints light and really benefit the local communities. Here are a few projects and activities you can support when visiting Zanzibar…

  1. Seaweed Co, Paje

Aside from making delicious skincare products such as body oils, butters, scrubs and soaps using seaweed as one of the ingredients, the project’s backbone are the local ladies who now get a sustainable income from farming and harvesting the seaweed. Instead of the seaweed being farmed and just exported out of the country, The Seaweed Co provides jobs for the local ladies in Paje as well as a few male guides from surrounding areas and in turn educates them on the properties of seaweed as well as how to harvest it and use it along with essential oils, beeswax and spices to make skincare products. Go and visit their centre and shop in Paje.

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2. Do a Swahili Cooking Class at Red Monkey Lodge

You can’t get any closer to the beach if you tried and with beautiful simple island accommodation right on a quiet beach in Jambiani, you can’t go wrong. Red Monkey Lodge offers many activities to their guests, most of which benefit the local communities and one of these is a cooking class hosted by local Okala. Not only does Okala own his own restaurant and teach swahili cooking to tourists and chefs, he has also started a NGO as well as Marine cultures to educate locals on sponge farming and getting incomes in sustainable ways. Okala is someone you have to meet in Zanzibar.

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3. Do an Eco-Tour with Okala and visit Marine Cultures.

One of the projects started by Okala, is Marine Cultures which teaches locals how to farm sponges to sell to make money. His passion lies in marine conservation education for locals but also for visitors. He is currently putting eco-tours together to take visitors to lessor known places in Zanzibar.

4. Day trip to Chumbe Island

Having just won an ITB award for Africa’s most sustainable project, Chumbe is a major success story in that it’s the first self-sustaining marine-protected island and its been running for 25 years.  A visit to the island will include a snorkeling trip in the pristine protected reef just off the island as well as a forest tour learning about the endangered species there. Turns out one day is not really enough to take it all so that leads me to the next one…

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5. Stay in Chumbe’s Eco-Lodge

Funded by their eco-tourism alone, by staying in their eco-lodge set with solar panels, compost toilets, using water regeneration; you will be supporting all of the conservation projects on the island. I’ve been to many islands, but here I felt like i had been deserted on an island in the middle of paradise ( with staff not far away). This was I was able to enjoy the true tranquility of this piece of ocean and reef they work so hard to protect as well as the wonderful education projects they hold so dear. To date they have educated 10 000 local students on marine conservation such as guarding the living coral, teaching fishermen the importance of not fishing in this area allowing fish to grow before they are fished and the small ways to make a difference in their own homes. This place was pure bliss!

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Top Places to Eat in Stone Town, Zanzibar

A tropical paradise known for its azure blue ocean, adventure water activities and the superb mix of African and Indian cultures… There are multitudes of flavours, spice and fragrances to sample and enjoy in the food.

It’s not called the spice island for nothing so come expecting dishes carefully prepared with a cacophony of spices.

Here’s a few favourites you should try when visiting Stone Town…

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doubletree3.hilton.com 

1. Taarab Restaurant

Atop the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in the heart of Stone Town is a roof top restaurant overlooking  the old city and the ocean.

These are one of the restaurants which really impart the romance of Zanzibar especially once sun sets and night falls.

Enjoy scrumptious breakfasts in the morning, sundowners in the evening and warm dinners  at the a la carte restaurant outside on the terrace.

The Chef is known for creating marvelous meals and the team are known for wonderful gestures of hospitality.

90 / 90A Shanghani St | DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Zanzibar, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania

+255 24 223 4062

Website: doubletree3.hilton.com 

2. Tea House Restaurant

Get whisked away by the romance of Stone Town and book your seat at The Tea House at Emerson Hurumzi showcasing true Swahili style with lush Persian rugs, low tables and live traditional Taarab music.

Known for serving up some of the best meals in Zanzibar, one cannot help but get swept away to another time and relax into Afro-Persian luxury.  

The restaurant only seats 35 guests so reservations are essential for lunch and dinner.

236 Hurumzi Street | Emerson on Hurumzi, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania

+255 24 223 2784

Website: emersononhurumzi.com

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3. Ma Shallah Cafe

Started by local Yaseer, this buzzing restaurant is said have some of the best Indian meals in Zanzibar and this comes from Indian guests who tend to be very choosy about how their Indian meals are prepared.

With well loved briyanis and butter chicken, fresh juice and fresh food, this is a stop you can’t miss on your culinary journey through the city.

Watch how the naan is baked and sit outdoors watching the world go by.

Mkunazini Street | Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 4151, Tanzania

+255 24 223 3444

https://www.facebook.com/MaShaaAllahCafe/

4. Lukmaan Restaurant

Keen to experience the authentic flavours of Zanzibar? Lukmaan Restaurant is place you can’t miss out on and opens from 7am to 9pm.

Without a menu, you just point and choose what tickles your fancy.  You’ll find delicious dishes like biryani, pilau rice, fried fish, a variety of pre-made curries, and a selection of deep fried snacks like samosas and mandazis.

Favorites include octopus curry, pilau rice and you can except to pay an average of 5,000 TZS ($2.92) per person

It’s located on New Mkunazini Road,  just a short distance from the Anglican Church and former slave market.

5. Passing Show Hotel

Another local goody is the Passing Show Hotel also serving famous Zanzibar dishes like goat and fish biryani, rice pilau, beans, stewed vegetables and a full assortment of deep fried snacks.

Add the delicious tamarind juice with a meal. Practically anything you eat here from curries to briyanis will bring delight to your mouth and mealtime.

6. Forodhani Gardens

Visit Forodhani Gardens every evening at 5pm where street food vendors unite to bring their dishes to passersby.

Choose between Zanzibar pizza-a roti filled with meat, veggies, an egg and cheese and then wrapped up and fried, a chicken shawarma stall, urojo- a Zanzibar snack soup mix (popular with locals), and fresh sugar cane juice or an assortment of seafood such as lobster, fish, shrimp and octopus are displayed on skewers, pre-cooked, and when you order it, they will be quickly heated over charcoal.

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7. Mzuri Sana

Looking for simple food made well, then Mzuri Sana is a small Chinese-owned restaurant that serves delicious Tanzanian and Zanzibari food.

It’s an informal restaurant where you select your meals and find a seat.

Find meals such as  eggplant, collard greens, fish tail soup, fried beef, chapatis, bread, mandazis, rice, cups of chai are a few of the dishes available.

 

Top Things to do in Zanzibar

#1 Create your own Cocktails and Join the Jam Sessions at Red Monkey Lodge

Between 5-8pm create your own cocktails from 30 fresh local ingredients and on Mondays between 9pm- 12:30am join the crazy monday jam sessions with live guests from Zanzibar and abroad, Jambiani

www.redmonkeylodge.com

#2 Do a Swahili Cooking Class

Join Chef Okala from Zanzibar Gourmet for a Swahili cooking class where you can try your hand at traditional techniques and locally sourced ingredients.

Passing down generations of cooking techniques learnt from his grandmother, Okala has much to teach about cuisine as well as marine conservation projects on the island.

At the end of the class, you will visit his local restaurant, said to be one of the best on the island to enjoy a meal.

Enquire at Red Monkey Lodge about this cooking class.and visit Zanzibar Gourmet for news on upcoming dining events.

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#3 Stone Town Culinary Tour

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Explore the culinary corners of Stone Town and discover where the best food is sold, how locals cook it and where the best spots are. Enjoy local delights and have lunch while learning about life in Zanzibar. Explore the market, taste fresh fruit and top it all off with coffee at Jaw’s corner.

Time for food! Ramadan has ended and the lunch places are buzzing again. Where is the food sold, how do the locals cook it, what are the best spots in Stone Town? Join us and find out.

www.colorsofzanzibar.com/cultural-tours/culinary-stone-town

#4 Chumbe Day Tour- Colors of Zanzibar

Visit the spectacular Chumbe Island Coral Park, a hub for sustainable tourism.Home to rare and endangered animals, Chumbe is an award-winning private nature reserve and one of very few pristine coral island around.

A visit to this island is an eco experience all by itself and houses a visitor and education center, nature trails, historical ruins, a full protected coral reef sanctuary and forest reserve where you can snorkel with a marine biologist in amazing reef home to over 400 species of fish and more than 200 species of coral, turtles, friendly sharks and more, learn about marine life with guides and relax in your private bungalow ( even as a day visitor).

Relax in the eco-bungalow for the rest of the day and shower before a delicious buffet is served.

Day trips to the island are dependent on availability at the eco-lodge. Bookings need to be made in advance especially overnight stays.

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#5 Sundowner Dhow Trip

Drive to Michamvi and embark on a sailing trip aboard the Zanzibar dhow, Free spirit Michamvi, (also available for private charters and snorkeling trips) skirting the coastline of the island to the mangrove channels. Sip sundowners as the sun sinks into the horizon.

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This excursion starts at the beach in front of the lodge. You will be introduced to the history and traditions of the village: you will see the real Zanzibari life.

After visiting fishermen, women groups, NGOs and a herbalist that will show you the tools of their trade, you will have a traditional Swahili lunch.

www.redmonkeylodge.com/

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#7 Visit Prison Island

Visit the tortoise sanctuary, home to 150-year-old tortoises and snorkel around the coral that hugs the island.

The prison, originally built in 1893, housing violent prisoners and the sick, is now owned by a hotel.

www.viator.com/tours/Zanzibar-City/Zanzibar-Tours-to-Stone-Town-Tour-and-Prison-Island-Tours/

#8 Jozani Forest walking tour

Home to swamp forest, mangroves, 6 000 red colobus monkeys ( one in danger of extinction), sun antelopes, elephant shrews and bush pigs, the Jozani forest formed part of the Jozani Chwaka Bay conservation project to protect the last bit of indigenous ground-water forest once covering the island.

Your entrance contributes partly to development projects as well as compensating farmers whose crops are damaged by the endemic monkeys.

www.tourzanzibar.info/activities/jozani_forest.html

#9 Specialty Coffee Workshop at Jambiani Social Club

Jambiani Social Club is an open living room for all creative people with a collaborative approach.

It is a meeting point, co-working space, cultural space and open container for cultural and environmental projects and the Brazilian baristas from Puzzle Coffee Shop in Stone Town will be hosting a speciality coffee workshop on coffees from Mbeya and Moshi regions

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#10 Full Day Boat Cruise

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Our favorite of all excursions: An entire day out spent dolphin watching, dhow sailing, snorkeling and tasting the best Zanzibar’s fruits and seafood.

This excursion includes snacks and drinks at a sandbank and a sumptuous seafood lunch with rock lobster and unlimited drinks on a desert island.

www.colorsofzanzibar.com

*Are you travelling to Zanzibar? Please note that plastic bags are banned now in the whole of Tanzania – even the ones you might bring in your luggage… So be mindful when packing!

Where to eat in Livingstone, Zambia

A few places to find good food, lovely drinks and to meet locals and tourists alike. Some of these even include great views…

Cafe Zambezi

A laid-back bar and restaurant offering a relaxed meeting space and local food with a western twist. Locals and tourist alike seem to love this spot and come in search of their hearty wood-fired pizzas, spicy barbecues (braais), and other African and Caribbean dishes.

Here you won’t go hungry as portion sizes are quite considerable.

Address: Shop 214 of 217 Area off Mosi-Oa-Tunya Road, Livingstone, Zambia

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CafeZambezi/

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Cafe Zambezi via Facebook

Da Canton Restaurant

Gelato in Zambia? Yes, it’s true! Da Canton not only offer authentic Italian cuisine but over 18 flavors of delicious gelato.

Lovers of Italian cuisine can rejoice in the homemade pasta,  mozzarella and tomato sauce and of course scrumptious pizza.

Book a table on a Saturday night for a cultural performance.

Da Canton Restaurant Address: Mosi-Oa-Tunya Road, Livingstone 20100, Zambia

Golden Leaf Restaurant

Great Indian cuisine and a relaxed dining atmosphere is what you can expect at the Golden Leaf restaurant.

Linked to Ngolide lodge across the road, this restaurant can up the spice level according to your tastebuds.

Snack-style dishes as well as vegetarian and succulent meat options are available for lunch and dinner meals.

Golden Leaf Indian Restaurant Address: 1174 Mosi-Oa-Tunya Road, Livingstone 20100, Zam

Zam Mex Restaurant

All proceeds from this restaurant go towards community projects, so come eat, grab a drink and support this restaurant set up by a Spanish NGO.

Perfectly suited to backpackers on a shoestring budget, this is a no frills spot serving up local specialities along with a few Mexican dishes.  It’s another great place to meet locals and foreigners alike.

Zam Mex Restaurant Address: Kunawa Road | Plot No. Liv/4557 Flat 03, Livingstone 20100, Zambia

Clock Bar & Restaurant

This is the place to party in Livingstone as their Friday and Saturday parties are known as a great place to mingle. Also known as FezBar, they also serve up some decent meals such as steak, pizza, burgers and more.

The Clock Bar & Restaurant – FezBar Address: 123 Mosi-Oa-Tunya Road, Livingstone 10101, Zambia

The Clock Bar & Restaurant via Facebook
The Clock Bar & Restaurant via Facebook

The Elephant Cafe

A unique award-winning restaurant offering gourmet meals and the chance to meet rescued elephants who call the sanctuary home.

Hear the stories of their lives and how some of the older elephants were rescued from regions of severe drought and culling exercises.  

First enjoy a Zambezi cruise before sitting on the wooden deck overlooking the Zambezi river with a champagne cocktail before enjoying fine dining at its best.

The Elephant Cafe Address: Nakatindi Road | Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, Livingstone 20100, Zambia

The Three Monkeys

Another lunchtime hub which has cemented itself as the one of the town’s most popular spots for food and drinks for locals and tourists alike.

The Three Monkeys opened in late 2016, by Chef & General Manager Greg Paymans with the intention of serving good, honest food at great prices.

Their sister takeaway is also situated at the heart of Victoria falls town and offers Fresh, flavourful and healthy food at affordable prices including delicious sushi, health juices and classic wraps and burgers.

Perfect for the health-conscious crowd on the go looking for good clean eating and takeaways.

Address: Corner Adam Stander & Livingstone, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Hours: 7 days a week from 12 pm until late

Phone: +263 83 2847326

The Victoria Falls Hotel via Facebook
The Victoria Falls Hotel via Facebook

The Livingstone Room, Victoria Falls hotel

Voted the seventh finest Restaurant in the World by The Daily Meal in 2013, the classically-elegant Edwardian-style Livingstone Room seats 120 and opens only for dinner, featuring a la carte and table d’hôte menus.

Savour fine dining at is best with a seven-course degustation menu. Thereafter dance the night away to a live band.

The Livingstone Room reflects the century-old hotel’s style of opulence, the dress code which was previously tie and jacket has been relaxed to smart casual, sleeved collared shirt and closed shoes for men for the convenience of guests in this more relaxed modern era. (Strictly no safari wear, shorts, sandals or sneakers.)

Dinner: 19h00 – 21h30 – Monday  to Saturday

Closed on Sundays

The Victoria Falls Hotel

1, Mallet Drive, Victoria Falls

PO Box 10, Victoria Falls

Zimbabwe

Tel:+263 83 284 4751 / 9

MaKuwa-Kuwa Restaurant

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Fancy starting your day at an award-winning restaurant positioned at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge overlooking a busy waterhole.

Watch the elephants go by through the three sides of the restaurant which are open.

Breakfast consists of an extensive continental buffet and an a la carte selection of cooked dishes, such as the ‘Livukile’ breakfast of soft poached eggs on toasted brown bread, with honey glazed ham and grilled tomato topped with hollandaise sauce.

MaKuwa-Kuwa Restaurant is open for breakfast from 6.30am to 10am, lunch from 12.30pm to 2pm and dinner from 7pm to 10pm.

Address: 471d Squire Cummings Rd, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Website: https://www.africaalbidatourism.com/things-to-do/bar-dining/makuwa-kuwa-restaurant/

Phone: +263 213 284 3201

Shearwater Cafe

Book your lunch spot at the Shearwater Cafe where cool, chic meets wholesome homemade food and exceptional Zimbabwean hospitality.

Come expecting international flavors with a local twist such as Fresh Zambezi Bream, Zimbabwean aged Fillet Steak, Crocodile Wasabi Wrap as well as the prime location in Victoria Falls.  

The atmosphere is vibrant as travellers converge to plan their adventure activities or return from them. Savour light bites or freshly made pizza while watching elephants hang around the waterholes.

Address: Shop 1 Centre, corner of Livingstone Way and Parkway Drive, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Hours:  Closes 10PM

Phone: +263 13 46789

 

 

Best Places to Eat in Victoria Falls, Zambia

While you will definitely be feasting on the views of the mighty Victoria Falls and the Zambezi river, you will need to eat at some point too. Here’s a few top places to eat while visiting the Victoria Falls region.

Breakfast

MaKuwa-Kuwa Restaurant

Fancy starting your day at an award-winning restaurant positioned at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, overlooking a busy waterhole. Watch the elephants go by through the three sides of the restaurant which are open.

Breakfast consists of an extensive continental buffet and an a la carte selection of cooked dishes, such as the ‘Livukile’ breakfast of soft poached eggs on toasted brown bread, with honey glazed ham and grilled tomato topped with hollandaise sauce.

MaKuwa-Kuwa Restaurant is open for breakfast from 6.30am to 10am, lunch from 12.30pm to 2pm and dinner from 7pm to 10pm.

Address: 471d Squire Cummings Rd, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Website: https://www.africaalbidatourism.com/things-to-do/bar-dining/makuwa-kuwa-restaurant/

Phone: +263 213 284 3201

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Lunch

Shearwater Cafe

Book your lunch spot at the Shearwater Cafe where cool, chic meets wholesome homemade food and exceptional Zimbabwean hospitality.

Come expecting international flavors with a local twist such as Fresh Zambezi Bream, Zimbabwean aged Fillet Steak, Crocodile Wasabi Wrap as well as the prime location in Victoria Falls.  

The atmosphere is vibrant as travellers converge to plan their adventure activities or return from them. Savour light bites or freshly made pizza while watching elephants hang around the waterholes.

Address: Shop 1 Centre, corner of Livingstone Way and Parkway Drive, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Hours:  Closes 10PM

Phone: +263 13 46789

The Three Monkeys

Another lunchtime hub which has cemented itself as the one of the town’s most popular spots for food and drinks for locals and tourists alike.

The Three Monkeys opened in late 2016, by Chef and General Manager, Greg Paymans with the intention of serving good, honest food at great prices.

Their sister takeaway is also situated at the heart of Victoria falls town and offers Fresh, flavourful and healthy food at affordable prices including delicious sushi, health juices and classic wraps and burgers.

Perfect for the health-conscious crowd on the go looking for good clean eating and takeaways.

Address: Corner Adam Stander & Livingstone, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Hours: 7 days a week from 12 pm until late

Phone: +263 83 2847326

High Tea

Stanley’s Terrace

The Victoria Falls Hotel via Facebook
The Victoria Falls Hotel via Facebook

High Tea at Stanley’s Terrace, Victoria Falls Hotel is renowned experience offering a classic high tea coupled with views of the Victoria Falls Bridge and the spray from the falls right below.

High Tea and light meals are served daily.

Address: The Victoria Falls Hotel, 1 Mallet Drive, Victoria Falls, PO Box 10, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Tel:+263 83 284 4751 / 9

Dinner

Lookout Cafe

Aside from regular dinners, the Lookout Cafe offers a unique Full Moon Dinner experience.

On the night of each full moon, you can enjoy magnificent meals along with wine and full moon.

Perched on the edge of a steep gorge, with breathtaking views, this is a dinner reservation you want to make especially if traveling with your loved one.

Find a fresh, vibrant menu with new flavors such as local game meats and crocodile as well as a superb location (especially for activities such as the gorge swing).

Dinner: 18h30 – 22h00 (last food orders at 21h00)

Phone: +263 78 274 5112

Transfers: Free Shuttle transfers, please call +263 283 2842013 to arrange

The Lookout Cafe
The Lookout Cafe

Fine-Dining

The Livingstone Room, Victoria Falls hotel

Voted the seventh finest Restaurant in the World by The Daily Meal in 2013, the classically-elegant Edwardian-style Livingstone Room seats 120 and opens only for dinner, featuring a la carte and table d’hôte menus.

Savour fine dining at is best with a seven-course degustation menu. Thereafter dance the night away to a live band.

The Livingstone Room reflects the century-old hotel’s style of opulence, the dress code which was previously tie and jacket has been relaxed to smart casual, sleeved collared shirt and closed shoes for men for the convenience of guests in this more relaxed modern era. (Strictly no safari wear, shorts, sandals or sneakers.)

Dinner: 19h00 – 21h30 – Monday  to Saturday

Closed on Sundays

The Victoria Falls Hotel, 1 Mallet Drive, Victoria Falls, PO Box 10, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Tel:+263 83 284 4751 / 9

Sunset and Dinner Cruise

Step aboard the Zambezi Reflections and Ma Robert vessels at 5pm and begin the evening with sundowners and snacks on deck.

Next comes a gourmet Mediterranean style four-course dinner.

The Ma Robert has a lower and upper deck with a maximum capacity of 50 guests, while the Zambezi Reflections is a single deck pontoon with a maximum occupancy of 34 people and is known as the floating restaurant.

A great mix of sundowners, magical sunset floating on the Zambezi and dinner, the sunset and dinner trip is the best combination of both a Sunset cruise and a Dinner cruise.

The main course includes seasonal vegetables and roast potatoes with a selection of the following: Fillet of beef with red wine jus; Bream fillet with lemon butter sauce; or Stuffed chicken breast.

Govchain – CIPC company registration

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We know that running an accommodation establishment keeps our hosts busy.

One of the main questions we get asked by our new establishments is “Do we need to register as a company?”.

The answer is: yes you should. There are a lot of benefits being compliant and its always a good idea to do this as early into your new business as possible.

The next question is always “whats the best way to do this?”

Introducing CIPC company registration with Govchain – its a great online service to get your new business registered quickly and easily.

They charge a R880 once-off cost, with no paperwork everything is done online.

The whole process takes just 3 minutes.

Top 10 Things to Do near Victoria Falls Area

 

A World Heritage Site and one of the world’s most majestic wonders, The Victoria Falls and the area surrounding it is rich in natural beauty offering a wealth of  activities for all adventure levels.

Experience the falls from the sky, on foot or from the Zambezi plus take adventure of safari adventures right within the Most Ao Tunya National Park. Here’s a few activities to choose from when visiting the Victoria Falls area…

Lock eyes on the ‘Smoke that Thunders’

Driving towards the falls it will appear as though you’re making your way towards a bush fire. With all the ‘smoke’ and mist rising up from the powerful waterfall, you can certainly understand why it appears this way.

Try get to the park as early as possible. Before 7am, hardly any tourists have already arrived and you’ll have a combination of the best light and space to take great photographs.

April and May when the falls are at the strongest, the zambia side is a wonderful place for viewing. While many viewing spots are dry, be sure to take a rain coat ( and waterproof poncho if possible) as you will get drenched.

Make sure your valuables, phones and cameras are safe in waterproof cases too) But more than anything soak in the beauty and spray of this awe-inspiring beauty.

Contact: N/A

Website: www.victoriafalls-guide.net

Address: Victoria Falls, Mosi-o-tunya Road, Livingstone, Zambia.

River Rafting

Various operators will offer river rafting trips and start from the gorge and go from the ‘boiling pot’ through various rapids of the Zambezi and close to the falls. This is certainly an activity to get your adrenalin pumping and is heaps of fun plus it’s a unique angle at which to view the falls.

Contact: + 263 (0) 8328 44471 (Shearwater Victoria Falls)

Website: http://www.shearwatervictoriafalls.com/victoria-falls-activities/zambezi-rafting/

Address: Zambezi, Zambia.

 

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Bungee Jumping from the Zambia-Zimbabwe Bridge

If you’re keen to kick up your adrenaline-junkie status and not scared to scream, fly or fall a little; then don’t miss out on bungee jumping here.

Very few people get to say that they bungee jumped on the bridge between Zambia and Zimbabwe in view of the falls. Make sure you are one of them.

Contact: +263 (0)13 44471 (Shearwater Bungee)

Website: http://shearwaterbungee.com/

Address: Victoria Falls Bridge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe/Zambia.

Vic Falls from a Helicopter

Get the bird’s eye view of Victoria Falls from above. Fall over both the Zimbabwe and Zambia sides and take in this spectacle from the skies. This is most certainly a life changing experience and one you won’t soon forget.

Contact: +263 (83) – 2844571, 2844426, 2842313, 2842029 (Wild Horizons)

Website: http://www.wildhorizons.co.za/see-and-do/victoria-falls/helicopter-flights/

Address: Victoria Falls, Mosi-o-tunya Road, Livingstone, Zambia.

Microlighting

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Turn up the adventure levels a notch and you’ll find yourself somewhere in between paragliding and a tiny plane. Microlighting is a thrilling experience in itself with you seated behind the pilot who guides the micro lighting in various directions with the use of a single engine and light wings.

With nothing separating you from the air, water and elements and the wind in your face,  this is one of the most thrilling things you can do. And being above the world’s largest falling sheet of water, this is a must-do.

Contact: +263 83 284 6213 (Victoia Falls Guide)

Website: https://www.victoriafalls-guide.net/victoria-falls-microlight.html

Address: Victoria Falls, Mosi-o-tunya Road, Livingstone, Zambia.

Game Drives in Mosi-oa-tunya National Park

Most lodges will offer game drives within the park and even though there are no big cats in this Zambian national park, you’ll will find elephants, rhinos, hippos, wildebeest, zebras, giraffe and more here.

Head out on a game drive at sunrise or around sunset when the animals are most active and when temperatures are milder.

Contact:+27 10 600 0520 (Pure Africa), +27 11 469 9300 (Bushtracks Africa)

Website: www.zambiatourism.com/destinations/national-parks/mosi-oa-tunya/

Address: Mosi-oa-tunya National Park, Zambia.

Zambezi Sunset Cruises

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To fully take in the splendor and bird life on Africa’s fourth largest river, jump aboard a river cruise at sunset.

Head up and down the river on the calmer parts of the river with a guide who will point out hippos, crocodiles and the burgeoning bird life. Plus there’s almost always promise of sundowners aboard the boat.

Contact: +263 (83) – 2844571, 2844426, 2842313, 2842029 (Wild Horizons)

Website: www.wildhorizons.co.za

Address: Zambezi River, Zambia.

ZQ SL-17Canoe Down the River

This is only permitted with a knowledge guide as the Zambezi is home to crocodiles and hippos who are both very dangerous creatures.  

Choose a day trip or a canoeing expedition over a few days where you can canoe, stopping off on the riverside with guides for lunch and camping.

Contact: + 263 (0) 8328 44471 (Shearwater Victoria Falls)

Website: www.shearwatervictoriafalls.com/activities/canoe-zambezi/

Address: Zambezi River, Zambia.

Visit a Local Village

Many lodges and operators will have this activity during your stay. Do your research before and select an operator who values sustainable interactions with locals and who contributes to the upskilling, education and entrepreneurial advancement of the locals in the village.

Educate yourself on the structures of villages in Zambia; the way they are built, run and what they do to earn a living.  If there are ways for you to donate or contribute in a meaningful way then do so through your lodge or tour operator.

Contact: N/A

Website: https://pickyourday.com/activity/2483

Address: Various, Zambia

Shop a Local Market

Get your bargaining hats on and bring cash. There are wonderful markets right near the falls or in town where you can buy jewelry, bowls, bags, toys and decor.

Locally made and designed you will be assisting locals in earning a living and also take a momento from Zambia home with you.

Contact: N/A

Website: www.discoverafrica.com/safaris/zambia/shopping-and-markets-in-zambia/

Address: Various, Zambia

Top Places to Eat in Tofo, Mozambique

Tofo offers plenty of excellent food options…  The restaurants here allow visitors to indulge in pizza, seafood, Italian and Indian cuisine and even burgers. (Though seafood is naturally one of your best options locally.)

With this in mind, here are the top places to eat in Tofo:

Happi Restaurant

This charming cafe, located at Liquid Dive Adventures, offers oh-so-good breakfasts, salads, smoothies, sandwiches and more.

Their service and food is amazing (keep an eye out for the vegan burger) and they especially cater to both vegans and vegetarians.

Best of all, they run lots of great specials so you can both feast and save… This restaurant is also close to the beach so the views are great too!

Contact: (+258) 84 82 76 026, info@liquiddiveadventures.com

Website: www.liquiddiveadventures.com/food

Address: Happi Restaurant, Praia do Tofo, Imhambane, Mozambique.

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www.liquiddiveadventures.com

A Street Bar named Desire

Found in the town’s market area, this unusual eatery serves up an array of pub food, burgers and delicious salads. Dishes are named after music/musicians from the 1960s-1970s… This is something which certainly adds fun to the whole dining experience!

It is something of a hidden gem, too – with great food at affordable prices and a stellar atmosphere, allowing you to chill with the locals in style, over a cocktail or beer.

Contact: (+258) 842625289

Website: www.tofoinfo.com/johns-place

Address: A Street Bar Named Desire, Tofo, Imhambane, Mozambique.

What U Want

What U Want specialises in both delicious Italian and Mozambican cuisine… Here, you can sink your teeth into delicacies like octopus carpaccio, lobster pasta or wood-fired pizzas – the choices are endless and are all delicious picks!

Simply put: this is really good food at equally good prices, with a great atmosphere and friendly staff to boot.

Contact: (+258) 84 929 6936, barone22@hotmail.com

Website: www.facebook.com/pg/whatuwant22

Address: What U Want, Tofo Beach, Tofo, Mozambique.

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Branko’s

This cosy spot offers top notch beef and seafood dishes and pizzas. Food can be cooked right at your table, on interesting ‘hot stones’.

Branko’s is well-known for its excellent vibe and memorable food experiences so it’s definitely one a must when in Tofo.

They are creative and inviting with both their dishes and their serving… After all, it’s a lot of fun to eat your (sea)food off a hot stone!

Note: One important thing to keep in mind before visiting is that it is very popular so it can get full – but it’s still so worth it!

Contact: (+258) 84 066 6470

Website: N/A

Address: Branko’s, Tofo Beach, Tofo, Imhambane, Mozambique.

Casa de Comer

At Casa de Comer, Mozambican cuisine and fresh seafood are the orders of the day… In fact, it is rated as one of the best spots to go for fresh, local food.

They offer an array of food options – and a calming atmosphere, with good music and friendly staff, are all part of the place.

Contact:  (+258) 847 561 896, csadecomertofobeach@gmail.com

Website: www.tofoinfo.com/casa-de-comer

Address: Casa de Comer, Tofo Beach, Tofo, Imhambane, Mozambique.

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Beach Baraca

If you are craving a heath spot, look no further than the small, yet lovely Beach Baraca. They are famed for their smoothies, fresh pancakes, health breakfasts, sandwiches and wraps.

Staff are welcoming and warm, food is good and service is rather prompt so it’s a win on all fronts.

Note: At Beach Baraca, you can enjoy either sit-down or takeaway meals.

Contact: (+258) 84 244 8919

Website: www.facebook.com/pg/beachbaraca

Address: Beach Baraca, Long Street, Tofo, Inhambane, Mozambique.

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Beach Baraca via Facebook

These are just some of the best spots to eat out at in Tofo… Which will you visit first?

Top Things to do in Tofo

Surf or learn how to on Tofo’s beachfront

If you’re already an able surfer, pop into the Surf Shack on Tofo’s beachfront for advice on the best surf breaks. If you’re keen to learn, this is the best place. They offer private and group lessons mostly at low tide.

Warm water, rash vests, board rental and an instructor are all included in your surf lesson fee and what a spot to learn. Nothing like the stoke of first standing up on your board!

Contact: +258 843649517

Website: www.thesurfshacktofo.com

Address: Beachfront Praia do Tofo

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Scuba Diving

Warm water, a myriad of explosive marine life and countless dive sites ranging from shallow to very deep for all levels means that Tofo beckons to qualified divers from across the globe.

This also makes it an ideal spot to get your open water certification. A dive to ‘Fingers’ reef is suitable for dives 3 and 4 of your open water and is said to spoil newbie divers for life with marco life such as Banded boxer shrimp, leaf fish, nudibranchs and frog fish and in the more protected fingers are sandy areas, ideal for torpedo rays, kuhl’s and the occasional Jenkins ray.

Then, for the experienced divers who can descend quickly, there are drift dives (due to reef shape and current), such as ‘Amazon’, which is said to be wild and seldom visited and one of the few places where leopard sharks are seen, as well as other shark species, such as Whitetips, Grey reef, Black tip reef shark and scalloped Hammerhead. Mantas and spotted eagle rays are also sometimes seen on this site.

Book your spot with Tofo Scuba right on the beach.

Contact: (+258) 84 3733074

Website: https://www.tofoscuba.com/

Address: Beachfront Tofo

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Quad Biking

A guided tour on the back of a quad bike between Barra and Tofo beach is one of the most exhilarating things you can do in Tofo. Pass palm trees, local villages and flat open sand of Barra. Feel the wind in your hair and explore quiet enclaves and beach inaccessible directly from the beach itself.

Visit the Light House, Flamingo Bay Water Lodge for a swim and a beer and some local markets for shopping. Helmets are provided but make sure you wear comfortable shoes and book a day in advance.

Contact: +258 -844409303

Website: http://tofoactivitycentre.com/

Address: Tofo Beach – Josina Machel (next to Hotel Tofo Mar) Inhambane – Mozambique

Ocean Safari

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This is the most popular activity to undertake while in Tofo. It consists of a 2-hour boat ride zigzagging up and down the coastline in search of the famous whale shark with Manta rays, dolphins and Humpback whales also on the agenda.  

This excursion involves snorkelling so be prepared to jump in and be in awe while watching a whale shark glide underneath you with its unrivalled beauty and power.

Contact: +258 82550 5661

Website: https://www.peri-peridivers.com/

Address: Tofo Beach Josina Machel, next to albatroz lodge, Tofo 1300, Mozambique

Movie Night at Mozambeat Motel 

Mozambeat Motel hosts a weekly Wednesday movie night with free popcorn. Watch the movie of the evening whilst chilling in hammocks, couches or on over-sized pillows.

It’s a great place to have drinks, mingle with fellow travellers and have some much-needed chill time amidst your busy time of adventure in Tofo.

Contact: +258 84 5000 383

Website: http://www.mozambeatmotel.com/

Address: Barrio Josina Machel | Praia de Tofo / Tofinho, Tofo, Mozambique

Pansy Island Dhow Tour

Does the idea of a dhow cruise, crystal clear waters and an abundance of pansy shells on a beach sound good? Add a local Mozambican lunch on the island and you’ve got a day out in paradise, including snorkelling and a trip on a local dhow cruise.

This is highly recommended for those in need of taking a time out, relaxing and chilling on the open ocean and of course, an island. Dare I say that may be all of us?

Contact: (+258) 84 9682169.

Website: https://www.diversityscuba.com/

Address: Tofo Beach, Tofo, Mozambique

Walk to Tofinho Beach

The area of Tofinho is situated on a hilly outcrop just to the right of Tofo. It is also the home of Tofinho Point, which is a haven for surfers when the tide is right.

Watch the surfers from the hill and, if you’re lucky in season, catch the chance to see Humpback whales breach and school of dolphins swim by.

Party at Dathonga

Dathonga is an art gallery/restaurant/bar which hosts live music and a DJ every Sunday evening.

Indulging in cold beverages while joining moving bodies on dance floor is a must to end of a great week or start it off depending on which way you look at it. Calling all party animals, this one is for you.

Contact: +258 84 244 8919

Website: https://www.facebook.com/dathonga

Address:  01 Long Street, Inhamane, Mozambique

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