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Dusty Road - Township Dining Experience

A traditional dining experience like no other in Victoria Falls, Dusty Road in the township in Victoria Falls offers exquisite combinations of authentic Zimbabwean cuisine

Bright coloured township restaurant in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe - Dusty Road

Colourful atmosphere in the heart of the township

 

Deep in the heart of the Chinotimba township (about 2kms from Vic Falls town centre) is a dining experience like no other. Dusty Road is located in the buzzing township and aims to introduce the international tourist to a bit of traditional cuisine and atmosphere.

You really should give this a try, but to get there, you will need to take a taxi, as they do not provide transfers.

Dusty Road township experience in Victoria Falls, ZImbabwe  Dusty Road township experience in Victoria Falls, ZImbabwe

Entrance to Dusty Road


On arrival, you will see a big sign and a few peculiar trinkets illustrative of African, certainly Zimbabwean, way of life. Through the gate, you are greeted with a very colourful blend of everyday objects – black pots, hand-made brazier, chickens, traffic signs, dishes, etc. Walking further in and through to the reception area, there are lots of colours and old household items to brighten your senses and bring feelings of nostalgia for the good old days.

The garden. Dusty Road township experience in Victoria Falls, ZImbabwe  Dusty Road township experience in Victoria Falls, ZImbabwe

Unconventional up-cycled furniture and decor - Dusty Road township experience in Victoria Falls, ZImbabwe  The bar at Dusty Road township experience in Victoria Falls, ZImbabwe

Up-cycled and recycled material in all areas of the restaurant


The tables are set under welcome shade from the trees. The furniture and décor is mostly up-cycled from old unconventional items such as doors, cable reels, tins, pots, and so much more, brought to life with various finishing (if any) and colourful chitenge and other fabrics. This gives the place a rustic and interesting atmosphere. You will also notice a few vegetable patches, common in most Zimbabwean homes.

Tin and chitenge on the tables - Dusty Road township experience in Victoria Falls, ZImbabwe  Tables set at Dusty Road township experience in Victoria Falls, ZImbabwe

The dishes at Dusty Road are cooked on an open fire, the traditional way. Ingredients are indigenous and mostly what you would find in Zimbabwean kitchens. The desserts, however, have been given a bit more pizzazz with some more wild ingredients which you may not typically have in a modern Zimbabwean household, but all still found in Zimbabwe.

Traditional Zimbabwe food cooked on fire. Peanut butter rice, sugar beans, butternut, Dusty Road township experience in Victoria Falls, ZImbabwe

Traditional food cooked on the fire


Your host explains what goes into the delicious treats, showing you the actual components. See the sample menus below:

Sample Lunch Menu
 

DUSTY ROAD LUNCH MENU

Traditional Tastes from the Market
Peanuts (Nzungu), Roasted Mealies (Chibage), Mopane Worms, (Amancimbi) Kapenta (Matemba), Flat bread with homemade peanut butter and local honey, a variety of beans, Baobab pulp

Welcome Drink
Non alcoholic Lemon and Wild Nyi Berry Utshwala - locally brewed beer

Starter
Wood Oven Baked Maize Bread (Chimodho) with a Sun dried Tomato, Wild Basil and Peanut Dip, Indlubu and Indumba Bean Hummus.

Main Course - Plated (Choose 1)
Char Grilled Chicken with Sadza/ Rice and a Community Grown Salad (Peri-peri or lemon and herb)

Traditional Beef Stew, Sadza and Chomolia

(Vegetarian) Community Grown Chinos Garden Greens with a Samp Salad, Wild Basil and Moringa Dressing

Roasted Butternut, Sweet Potato, Carrots and Chick Peas and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds with Peanut Butter Rice

Spicy Tamarind Pickled Zambezi Bream with a Crunchy Wheat Salad

Dessert
Chocolate, Orange and Mongongo Nut Balls Creamy Lemon and Baobab Shots with a Masawu Berry Sauce

Tea/Coffee


Sample Dinner Menu
 

DUSTY ROAD DINNER MENU

Traditional Tastes from the Market
Peanuts (Nzungu), Roasted Mealies (Chibage), Mopane Worms, (Amancimbi) Kapenta (Matemba), Flat bread with homemade peanut butter and local honey, a variety of beans, Baobab pulp

Welcome Drink
Non alcoholic Lemon and Wild Nyi Berry Utshwala - locally brewed beer

Starter
Wood Oven Baked Maize Bread (Chimodho) with a Sun dried Tomato, Wild Basil and Peanut Dip , Indlubu and Indumba Bean Hummus

Main Course - Buffet
Sadza, Idobi Rice, White Mupunga, Beef Stew, Inyama yenyamazana (Game Stew), Spicy Tamarind Zambezi Bream, Lemon and Mint Basted Croc Kebabs, Zomukati (Beef Offals), Chomolia

Salads
Inkobe Salad (Mixed Bean and Mealie), Roasted Peanut and Minted Peas, Roasted Butternut, Sweet Potato, Carrots and Chick Peas and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, Samp Salad, Community Grown Mixed Salad with a Moringa Dressing

Dessert
Chocolate, Orange and Mongongo Nut Balls Creamy Lemon and Umkhomo (Baobab) Cups with a Masawu Berry Sauce

Tea/Coffee

We love how the decor and the food have been put together – plenty of thought has gone into the look and feel, creating an atmosphere that offers a truly genuine, traditional dining experience. The food is authentic and organic, with some unexpected ingredients. On the property, a group of local women sell their wares, and there is also a small curio shop, all set up to empower woman in the community. These are small beautiful wares – a little piece of Dusty Road and Zimbabwe that you can take back home with you.

Necklaces handmade by women in Victoria Falls, found at Dusty Road township experience, Chinotimba, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Colourful handmade curios in the shop

Important Information

• Bookings are essential
• Operating hours are 12pm to 10pm
• Transfers are not included, please let us know if you need assistance with a taxi service.
• All ages welcome. We encourage families to bring their children for something different and a taste of Zimbabwean culture.
• Give yourself a bit of time with this dining experience. You may take longer than you intended.
 

 

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