Fatima Moyo – bar lady at the Buffalo Bar at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, part of the Africa Albida Tourism (AAT) group – is a pioneer in her field in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. With Friday 2nd December being Bartender Appreciation Day, it is only fitting that the spotlight shines on Moyo, who was the very first female bartender employed in the town in 1991 (at the age of 21)!
Bartender Appreciation Day is recognised around the world as an opportunity to celebrate barmen and bar ladies everywhere. The town of Victoria Falls is no exception. Visitors to this tourist destination have a wide variety of pubs, bars, verandas and decks where one can enjoy a drink or two – with the legendary African sunsets adding credence to the term “sundowner”.
“I am a strong woman and able to stand proud amongst men,” says Moyo (now a grandmother), knowing that she paved the way for other women to follow in her footsteps. Experimenting with blending ingredients and mixing cocktails is what she enjoys most about her job, and compares it to cooking at home for her grandchildren.
The Buffalo Bar’s signature cocktail is the aptly-named “African Sunset” – a mix of rum shaken with natural blood-orange extracts, pineapple juice and a splash of lemon juice. It is served tall, over ice and topped off with fresh orange juice. The bar, with its westerly view, overlooks Victoria Falls Safari Lodge’s wildlife-rich waterhole and is a perfect spot for sundowners while watching the animals coming in to drink.
Meanwhile, at The Boma Dinner & Drum Show, Takawira Chinyoma enjoys his job as Bar Supervisor.
Chinyoma began as a bar hand at The Boma in 1993, and has worked his way up the ladder to his present supervisory position. “I love the one-on-one interaction with guests,” Chinyoma says. “It has taught me so much about other cultures and countries over the years.”
His 23 years as a bartender have trained him to anticipate what guests would like, and he takes great satisfaction in exceeding their expectations every time.
“Bartending is so much more than just serving drinks!” says Chinyoma, as he mixes the featured cocktail – The Boma Iced Tea. The beverage consists of “a little cucumber syrup, our delightful home-made lemon iced tea and tequila for the kick! It’s very refreshing!”
The Boma Dinner & Drum Show is a unique Zimbabwean must-do dining and entertainment experience, which takes place every evening at 19h00.
Africa Albida Tourism operates a portfolio of properties in Victoria Falls and Chobe, Botswana, including Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls Safari Club, Victoria Falls Safari Suites, Lokuthula Lodges, The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show and Ngoma Safari Lodge.