Off the Beaten Track – And a Beautiful Way to Experience the Zambezi River
Casual Dining by The Zambezi Riverbank
A delightful spot on the riverbank of the Mighty Zambezi River.
- You can book a table in advance – although this shouldn’t be necessary as there is a lot of seating space, downstairs and upstairs.
- They take group bookings (a small wedding here would be amazing).
- WiFi is free – yay!
- It’s a bit off the beaten track. To get to it you would have to get a taxi for $5 (if you are visiting).
- Staff are very friendly and helpful.
- Secure parking.
- A variety of seating options – formal to casual.
Once you see the entrance, you realise that this is not your usual decor fare… The solid doors, the bold art on the walls. It’s rustic, African, natural, eclectic and simplistic all rolled into one.
We think the candles are just tops!!! If you visit during the evening – I dare you not to fiddle with them. Once you start you just can’t keep your hands off them – very entertaining Lol! So simple and yet adds to the whole artistic feel in the evening.
The setting is relaxing and soothing.
With the cool breeze coming off the river and being so close to the water gives it a unique ambiance – it’s open, and yet sheltered, spacious but cosy, upbeat in the day and romantic/lively in the evening. (There aren’t many places to go where you can be by the river, so we like it here).
Zambezi Crocodiles basking in the sun!
Please, do be careful if you have young ones with you. It’s not crawling with crocodiles! But there is a sign warning of their presence – it is their home after all. We have seen a few smaller ones sunning themselves during the day. Apparently, later at night you could even get to see hippo! Awesome! I can’t wait to see one out of the water. They come to eat the grass in front of the restaurant.
I took the picture of the sign BEWARE OF CROCODILES in the early evening and we could hear a small croc swimming around.
So, if your kids nag you to go get a closer look of the river at any time – go with them.
It’s pretty with the sun setting on the river don’t you think?
I just love that. And as dusk sets in, you get all the river noises too. (You can hear them if you walk a little out toward the riverbank). Oh! Table settings are on the lawn too.
There’s a lot of space in the restaurant for the kids to wander around in and still be in sight.
It’s a very interesting place with art and animal horns (my son took a photo of his friend so that it looked like the horns were coming from his head! Lol!), there is upstairs to explore and CANDLES to look at and PLAY with!!!
With the space and height of the area – no one is going to fuss with a bit noise from the excited, raised voices of your little ones. And there is music playing in the background too.
Pizza, Coffee and Cheesecake…
There is a great menu and range of things to order.
Our favourite is the pizza – the perfect base, crisp and thin, with interesting toppings. They have a proper pizza oven and make it up right in front of you, if you care to watch.
Although we haven’t tried all the flavours (yet) – the Artichoke was my favourite! The one that didn’t sound so appealing was the Anchovy Pizza… Will have to try it, just to see if I like it. I will come back and post a picture when I do :).Add Zambezi House to your itinerary when visiting Victoria Falls Zimbabwe! It’s a lovely way to experience the Zambezi River and get one of the best pizzas in town!Click To Tweet
Tip – Two medium-sized pizzas will feed a family of four. For this dinner plus drinks $50 should be sufficient.
I loved the coffee here! And it comes with a little cookie. In-fact, I am yet to find a restaurant in Vic Falls that doesn’t make great coffee. Hummingbird cake was on offer the last time I had coffee there, but it’s been replaced with cheesecake and brownies (which is also the dessert options). Will have to try that next time. I love cake :).
A bit sad there isn’t more variety of cake and desserts.
Menus and Drinks…
There’s a Kids Menu, Main Menu, Drinks Menu and a Wine Menu.
The Little Corner Menu looked fun, with spaghetti and meat balls and great smoothies – I wanted to order from it!
It is a bar and canteen, but it’s more of a family, relaxed kind of place. We have come here at different times of the day and night and have never felt that we couldn’t take our son there.
The Artwork behind the bar was done by Munyart, isn’t it beautiful!!! He did it with charcoal and then varnished it over, he said it took him a few days to do. It gives a nice vibe to the place and is a great reminder that you are in a World Natural Wonder.
The wine menu has a huge selection, and is sure to satisfy any palette. We opted to have an Amarula Coffee – it was amazing.
Do you have a question you would like to have answered about this place? Leave them in the comments below and I would be happy to answer them.
In Conclusion Zambezi House – Riverside Restaurant in the Victoria Falls is a lovely place to experience the river and soak in that real Africa feeling.
Worth doing? Definitely!
Only downside? Hasn’t got great cake or desserts on offer, it’s a bit off the beaten track and you need to watch out for the crocodiles and hippos. 🙂
An Artist Feature
Today we have a new artist to feature here at Cake at Vic Falls – Lookmore Mawire (or the Elephant Man) An interesting read and lovely unique art – enjoy! If you visit Victoria Falls, be sure to pop into his shop.
A Contribution from Lookmore Mawire
All about Lookmore Mawire - a man who loves elephants
I was born and raised in Buhera which is in the Manicaland Province in Zimbabwe. I went to school and got a basic education then moved to Harare, stayed with my step-father and began to work with him.
He was a great influence in my life, and a talented wood artist. To help out in the family, I had to work with him doing the rough shapes in wood, while he did the final touches. I hated this job! It was hard work, and I did not like how messy it was.
Experimenting With Mediums
However, when my step-father suddenly died, I found myself trying to now make a living from what he had taught me. As an experiment, I tried carving stone and here I found something I could work on and actually enjoy! The stones I used then and now are Serpentine, Butter Jade and Green Opal.
Initially, I created small different statues that sold easily and were an easy weight for my customers to carry. Among the pieces were mother and baby, lovers, happy families of 3, 4, and 5.
Before starting a statue, I would think about my culture, and then I would try to maintain and teach others about this, using my art.
I also do some nice African Head Statues. This makes me remember my step-father who made the same, but out of wood, calling them – Chief and his Wife. I will always be grateful for the good foundation he gave me.
All the work I do manually (no machines). For the small statues, I take 2 weeks to finish a group of 10, but I take a maximum of 3 months to make a big piece. This is because I usually work according to how I feel. When I think it’s enough, I stop, this is so I don’t end up making a lot of mistakes that I will regret later.
How I Got To Be Called Mr Elephant
I used to display my pieces of art on consignment in Hotels and Lodges before I moved to Vic Falls. Among my work were elephant abstracts of my own design and style.
My elephants were being sold more than any other design, such that my customers called me for more elephants. Instead of calling me with my name, they started to say,
“Mr Elephant, please do some more elephants!”
From there, people generally started to call me The Elephant Man or just Mr Elephant.
One client even booked me in to go and see an elephant at a closer range – I was so happy as it helped me to improve the finer details in my work.
I am now teaching my son who is 8 years old – I can see that he is artistic. When I put a tool down, he picks it up and copies what I just did. I have ended up buying tools in pairs, a set for him and a set for me, now we can work quicker and not fight over the same tool!
Today, I share a very small shop in Victoria Falls. My pieces are on display, ranging in size from a necklace piece to very large stone statues. Also, on display, are other artists work that I sell on their behalf at no commission.
My bigger pieces are outside on display for everyone to see.
My shop is called Happy Hippo. An appropriate name and very popular locally.
A hippo bull is protective of its family and territory – a hippo with a smile (I feel) is a display of how I see things, I will defend and protect my family and place and I welcome you to come and visit knowing my designs are a brand to be proud of.
I also help my clients to book their activities here in Victoria Falls. Please stop by.
Mr Elephant can be found at his shop … every day. His friendly smile and welcome are a joy to see. If you need a particular size or design you could commission him to do this ahead of your visit, so that it is
ready for when you arrive.
Stone Sculpturing Story
An Artist Feature today shining the spotlight on Michael and his passion for stone.
A Contribution from Michael Nyakusvora
Stone Sculpturing Story
I moved to Chitungwiza (near the capital city – Harare) when I was young, to stay with my Uncle. He had a workshop carving wooden sculptures, that I spent many hours helping out in.
It was in this environment, with my Uncles help and support, that I discovered at 13 years of age my talent, and was inspired by this woodwork experience – to work with stone.
It was only a matter of time and perfecting my skills, before I soon started to work in the art industry full time, starting out in 1990.
In time, I moved to Victoria Falls to pursue my artist dreams of carving the best unique stone sculptures that I could.
For the past two decades, I have displayed my art at various exhibitions at the Zimbabwe National Gallery, a European Travel Expo (held in Germany, America, Europe and Spain), in Johannesburg during the World Cup and other places in South Africa.
My art has become well recognised as I carve exclusive abstract stone art – some of which has been awarded as monuments of Zimbabwe Art – with merit, distinction and highly recommended.
My passion for rock started out as a means to teach people through art – togetherness and love.
The beginning of a project is always exciting to me, to see what I can make from raw rock.
Working With The Stone
The best rock to work with for me is Spring Stone – it is hard, solid and difficult to carve, but I love the results!
It can take me a minimum of two weeks to two months to create my art.
I have worked with many other stones but Spring Stone is my first love!
Other types of stone found in my shop include:
- Spring Stone
- Opal (white/green) Stone
- Serpentine (black, fruit, green, brown)
- Lepidocrocite Stone
- Butter Jade Stone
- Verdite Stone
- Dolomite Stone
- Cobalt Stone
- Leopard Rock Stone
These are precious stones mined in Zimbabwe and take much love, labour and time to carve into unique art sculptures.
My Art Gallery Shop
I now have a shop in Victoria Falls and welcome you to visit me!
I sell sculptures in various sizes and weights. There is one here for you!
I look forward to your visit!
Michael’s work can be found at the Craft Centre Art Gallery. He mans his shop himself and can at times be seen working outside, on his unique Spring Stone creations.