Centrally situated in the middle of Victoria Falls town is the Victoria Falls Rest Camp and Lodges, a facility owned by the municipality and upgraded a few years ago through a joint venture which saw the construction of a large open plan bar and restaurant overlooking a swimming pool. The In Da Belly restaurant is a peaceful oasis away from the town and it was here that we stopped off for lunch on a hot and steamy Vic Falls day. The pool was irresistible, so after a quick dip to refresh ourselves, we sat down in the spacious restaurant for a bite to eat.
By Le Connoisseur
The restaurant is a large thatched building which is open air, with roll down canvas blinds for use on the odd day when the weather is cold or rainy. It is furnished with comfortable wicker chairs and teak tables and has several large TV screens, pay as you go internet and a well-stocked bar. The menu is quite simple but there is a reasonable variety of dishes available and we ordered two beef burgers, a peri-peri chicken and chips and a warthog schnitzel. Our waiter introduced himself and provided an efficient and friendly service throughout the meal.
Our orders were ready promptly. Unfortunately, the chicken was overcooked and dry but the other meals were fine, but a little spartan, in terms of garnish and food presentation. We ordered two desserts which we shared, one an ice-cream sundae, which must have been good as it prompted a fight between the kids. The other — a crêpe suzette — was served with honey and cinnamon, and the adults managed to share without fighting, and it tasted very good!
The entire meal with drinks for the family cost US$60, which is reasonable for a family restaurant in Victoria Falls. The setting is certainly a pleasant one on a hot day, so if you are in Victoria Falls and have your swimming costume handy and you fancy a bit to eat, certainly consider popping down to the In Da Belly restaurant for lunch.
Expect to spend US$15 – US$20 per head
Victoria Falls Rest Camp