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Safari Par Excellence - Elephant Encounter

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Address: Victoria Falls, Zambia
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+260 21 3320606
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Located just 10 km from Livingstone, Zambezi Elephant Trails has...

Located just 10 km from Livingstone, Zambezi Elephant Trails has established Zambia’s first “Elephant Camp” – offering a once in a lifetime insight into these gentle giants. Together with this ecologically friendly method of game viewing, a strong emphasis is placed on an Elephant experience rather than just an Elephant ride and guests are encouraged to interact with these majestic and intelligent African mammals. The training techniques used by Zambezi Elephant Trails are based on the positive reinforcement method as opposed to the controversial “discipline and submission” technique commonly associated with Asian Elephants.

Our five African Elephants Mashumbi, Danny, Liwa, Madinda and Marula each offer two guests an unparalleled viewpoint of the mighty Zambezi River and surrounding bush area of Mosi Oa Tunya National Park. Nandi born to Liwa in 2004 and Sekuti the orphan now seven, will carry just one guest each. Our two youngsters Muyuni and Nyami accompany on the walk frolicking along with the herd.

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This was one of the best elephant experiences I have ever had. The enviroment for the elephants we were riding was marvellous!

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Helsingborg, Skåne Län, Sweden
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Helsingborg, Skåne Län, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was one of the best elephant experiences I have ever had. The enviroment for the elephants we were riding was marvellous!

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Weston, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a once in a lifetime experience. We rode on the elephants, they are such magnificent creatures. Their babies, two, also joined the safari. We saw giraffes, wildebeests, zebras, monkeys, crocs. Our guides were informative, pleasant and amazing with the elephants. The entire experience was excellent!!

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SafparExcellence, Manager at Safari Par Excellence - Elephant Encounter, responded to this review

Thank you Claire838 for your 5* review. The calves joining in on the activity is so much fun. We are seeing a crazy amount of game this time of year! More 

Ndola, Zambia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Such a beautiful place ... the scenery is gorgeous and you can sit out by the water and have a tea or coffee. The elephants are beautiful and the ride was incredible. They are gentle animals and so well trained. They have a huge, beautiful open space to enjoy. We loved every minute of our time here!

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SafparExcellence, Manager at Safari Par Excellence - Elephant Encounter, responded to this review

Thanks Michelle S - an absolutely stunning time to be here on the edge of the Zambezi! We've had good rains and the bush is so lush and green. Elephants love it as well, one giant salad bar for them to munch on. More 

sittingbourne
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A real chance to ride elephants on home turf down by the river Zambezi and just to be amazed at how very very gentle they are

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SafparExcellence, Manager at Safari Par Excellence - Elephant Encounter, responded to this review

Thank you ray s for your 5* review! More 

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What an incredible experience! From the moment we got off the bus, the staff was welcoming and friendly. The property is absolutely beautiful and you can just feel the genuine love the staff have for the elephants. They are all one big happy family. The elephants were so kind and provided a rather enjoyable ride through the bush. The handlers... More 

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SafparExcellence, Manager at Safari Par Excellence - Elephant Encounter, responded to this review

Thank you so much mukuwao - we are one big happy family. All our staff have been here so long and know these elephants so well. More 

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The guides & the elephants were great! Definitely recommend! I suggest wearing long pants. Bring something to take pictures!

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SafparExcellence, Manager at Safari Par Excellence - Elephant Encounter, responded to this review

ca1230, long pants are definitely recommended this time of year. The bush is lush and full and beautifully green. If you forget your camera, we have Zambezi Memories on hand to photograph and film your journey. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On the last day of our stay in Livingstone, we decided to visit the Elephant Camp where we embarked on an elephant back safari! On arrival, we were greeted by staff and served a refreshing beverage. We were then met by Robert who explained and outlined what we would do for the afternoon! From here we proceeded outdoors to be... More 

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SafparExcellence, Manager at Safari Par Excellence - Elephant Encounter, responded to this review

Tracey W, thank you so much for such an amazing review! Danny IS huge. I will pass on your regards to Rachel, she is great. She happens to be the only female elephant handler in Southern Africa that we know of. Fun fact.. her surname is Tembo - which in Swahili means 'elephant'. Daniel does superior work behind the camera. More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Most amazing experience! The elephants are well taken care off and seem to be very healthy and happy in their environment. The staff were extremely professional, helpful and friendly. We enjoyed every moment. This is something not to be missed…. You should add this to your “bucket list”.

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SafparExcellence, Manager at Safari Par Excellence - Elephant Encounter, responded to this review

Thanks susanvisser, we do take great pride in caring for the elephants. Their well being is our first concern and we are rewarded with a relaxed and content herd. Agreed this is definitely a 'bucket list' experience! More 

Victoria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was an amazing experience. I can't say enough good things about this experience. The staff were so good, I was nervous about being on the elephant to start with and was told do not worry I will take care of you. They did and I loved everything. The staff also took some amazing photos of us with our camera.... More 

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SafparExcellence, Manager at Safari Par Excellence - Elephant Encounter, responded to this review

Thank you so much alicefayer. The elephants are so very gentle and relaxed, being nervous at first is a very understandable reaction. Think our staff are very experienced with just about every camera by now, glad you got some amazing photos. More 

Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

This far exceeded our expectations. We spent an hour riding on the elephants through the nature reserve and the river. Our guide was really informative and interesting. Then we were able to feed our elephant which was simply amazing, to be so close to these beautiful creatures. We did the early morning trip when the sun was not too hot.

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SafparExcellence, Manager at Safari Par Excellence - Elephant Encounter, responded to this review

Thanks pennyb04850WF. It's pretty amazing going through the Zambezi with the elephants. A nice way for the elephants to cool down as well. More 

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