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Dining at Dusty Road

Dining at Dusty Road

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Dining at Dusty Road

Tucked into the hustle and bustle of Victoria Falls’ oldest township, just next door to a tuck shop that also conveniently sells airtime, lies one of the best kept restaurant secrets of Vic Falls, The Dusty Road Township Experience.

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Owner operated and run by the formidable Sarah Lilford and her trusty team, this colourful little spot on 1195 MaDonkini Road, Chinotimba, is sure to tickle not only your tastebuds, but delight all your other senses as well.

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Guests are met upon arrival with a refreshing taster of the restaurants home made, and well known Dusty Road Iced Tea (we are still begging Sarah for the recipe), or for the brave, a sip of the local Zimbabwean brew, chibuku.

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What sets Dusty Road apart is the seamless integration of local indigenous fruits, grains, berries and beans into a more contemporary, modern presentation. One of the firm favourites being deep fried sadza balls. An ingenious twist on a Zimbabwean staple which is relied upon for sustenance and survival throughout most of the country.

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Supporting local and giving back to the community are considered a rather big deal in Chinos. And Dusty Road is no exception, with a select few of the local children making regular appearances where they sing, dance and delight diners with their antics. Sarah is closely involved in this project and the proceeds are used to pay for school fees and other necessities to better their futures. One can’t deny though that they do love to be in the spotlight.

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Rather than kicking back, putting her feet up and relaxing during the global pandemic. Mama Sarah decided it was the perfect opportunity to put her dream of a second cook book into play and set about making that dream a reality. Dusty Road: Township Tastes can be purchased at the General Dealer, next to the Ma-Bawa at the restaurant itself, throughout various locations in Zimbabwe (head over to the dusty road.africa website to find out more) or online as an e-book.

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Ravenous adrenaline seekers, tired and weary travellers and families looking for a place to let their kids loose should all make a visit to 1195 MaDonkini Road, Chinotimba where the delicious smells of smoke blended beautifully with whatever is bubbling away atop the wood fire are to sure to welcome you as warmly as the Dusty Road team is sure to upon your arrival.

Image Credits: Jessie Sargeant

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