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by Steve & Rani Chetty
(Durban, South Africa)

My wife and I spent our 30th wedding anniversary dinner celebrations at the Boma Restaurant on Saturday 20th August 2011 and what an experience it turned out to be. As we entered the restaurant,we were met and greeted by a traditionally dressed Zimbabwean who draped us in a shawl.
The next stage was painting of our faces to look like warriors. We were then led into the restaurant and escorted to out table. On the way to our table, we were overwhelmed by the display of all types of food both traditional as well as western.
On reaching our table, a staff member brought us a caste iron pot with water to wash our hands. Thereafter we were give traditional beer to sip and taste which they said was customary. Dinner followed. We had the lamb on spit together with a few other items. I also sampled crocodile tail which tasted like smoked chicken.
I was also introduced to the famous Fried Mopani Worms which I politely refused. The next item on the agenda was the drumming competition where each couple was given a DRUM SIMILAR TO THE BONGO drum which we had to beat on. The audience was divided into 4 groups and each group had to beat on the drum on cue. This was fantastic to see some 100 drums being beaten. It was real fun. We were then invited to the dance floor to join the other guests in doing the traditional dance. Unfortunately all good things had to end as we had to catch our taxi back to our hotel. In summary, the food, entertainment and hospitality of The Boma to My wife and I were 5 star, a sentiment echoed by most of the guest that we spoke to on the night. PLEASE DO NOT MISS THIS EXPERIENCE.

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