SNAKES & SNACKS: Sunday lunch at The Boma

BY DARREN JOHN - JULY 29, 2014
While my wife was supporting a 9-hour charity spin-a-thon one recent Sunday, I decided to take our boys on a surprise outing to The Boma Country Restaurant and Reptile World, situated at 424 Sardinia Bay Road.

SNAKES & SNACKS: Sunday lunch at The Boma

While my wife was supporting a 9-hour charity spin-a-thon one recent Sunday, I decided to take our boys on a surprise outing to The Boma Country Restaurant and Reptile World, situated at 424 Sardinia Bay Road.

As we arrived, we were warmly greeted by Micheline the restaurant manager and shown straight through to Reptile World in order to start our tour. Tehillah, our tour guide, kicked off our visit with the puff adders and we learnt a few interesting facts about these elusive creatures.

We moved slowly from display to display, each with another species, interesting facts and the odd anecdote - we were even able to touch a few! Finally, we were given the chance to hold a Corn snake which felt quite at home in our hands.

Snakes have a feel unlike any other creature and it wasn’t long before handling them became second nature. Even the large yellow Burmese python, the final snake on our tour, did not even cause the kids to flinch an inch! The tour took about 45 minutes and provided an experience to be remembered.

Apart from the snakes, there were also a few tortoises and a rock monitor named Cookie Monster! After we said our goodbye’s to our scaly new friends, we headed off to the restaurant for a quick lunch.

The boys were quick to order their drinks and decided to share a Boma pizza with ham, bacon, onion, peppers & mushroom, while I ordered a cheeseburger with chips. When Brandon, our waiter, brought our meals, I could immediately tell how delicious they would be merely by the care taken in the preparation and presentation!

While the boys’ pizza had a really crispy base, my meal included a generous salad! Both meals were scrumptious and due to there being not much room for desert, the boys opted to share an ice-cream and chocolate sauce for dessert.

All in all, our visit was a great value bonding experience that lasted about two hours. The Reptile World is also ideal for children’s parties and The Boma Restaurant is open to the public without an entrance fee. By combining the two, you can enjoy a pleasant family activity in a peaceful atmosphere with a great value meal.

Contact The Boma on 041 366 1591 or by emailing [email protected] or visiting www.peboma.co.za