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The Elephant Cafe

Nakatindi Road | Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, Livingstone 20100, Zambia
+260 21 3320606
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Overview
  • Excellent95%
  • Very good5%
  • Average0%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“rice” (4 reviews)
“speed boat” (15 reviews)
Open Now
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM Hours
CUISINES
African, Fusion, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$$$
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Food
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LOCATION
Nakatindi Road | Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, Livingstone 20100, Zambia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Never mind the delicious lunch and service! This place is magical! Being so close to a elephant that is not exploit is just a privilege! Love every second of our time here! Keep in mind that is a orphanage for elephants so you are contributing...More

Thank Vivraquel100
SafparExcellence, General Manager at The Elephant Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Dear Vivraquel100, Thank you for your fantastic review of The Elephant Cafe! We really appreciate your feedback and yes, The Elephant Cafe supports the upkeep, subsidized food, veterinary and care of these magnificent elephants. Thank you for your support and we look forward to hosting...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful experience from being to end. We could not have been happier! The elephants were majestic and the food was divine.More

Thank Safari40066583279
SafparExcellence, Manager at The Elephant Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Safari40066583279, Thank you for your five-star review, we agree that MAGESTIC is the right word to describe the elephants. We are all inordinately proud of our team. Thank you for your support and we look forward to hosting you again soon. The Elephant Cafe'...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The elephants seemed happy to be there, I'm sure because of the sweet potatoes not because of us :) Supper was excellent and the merchandise was reasonable. I had a great time!More

Thank I8898DMtracyt
SafparExcellence, Manager at The Elephant Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear I8898DMtracyt, Thank you for your review of The Elephant Cafe - yes they sure love a sweet potato! Who doesn't! :) Our chef team of Aubrey Tilimboi, Adeline Banda, Lovedale Nombwana, Edward Kachili and Ephrium Nyambe will be thrilled with the praise. We are...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Unique experience to feed and hang out with the elephants before an elegant delicious meal overlooking the great Zambezi river. The vegetarian ravioli was exquisite, ingredients sourced locally (maybe not the lovely wines?) A day to remember forever!More

Thank sue a
SafparExcellence, Manager at The Elephant Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear sue a, Thank you for taking the time to do a Trip Advisor review of your experience with us at The Elephant Cafe', we are all thrilled to hear you had the experience of a lifetime. We are very grateful for your support and...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Our trip to the Elephant Cafe was an available excursion for us at our hotel, Tongabezi Lodge. The team at the cafe was extremely knowledgeable, and we could see they cared a great deal about these magnificent giants. We got to feed, pet, and bond...More

Thank Evan0057
SafparExcellence, Front Office Manager at The Elephant Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Evan0057, Thank you for your five-star review of your experience with us at the Elephant Cafe, we are all happy to hear you had an Incredible time with us. We are all extremely proud of our team and their dedication to our herd and...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing expirience! Beautiful sorroundings, great food and lovely people! Feeding the elephants is something else! We loved it!More

Thank barbarastapasolla
SafparExcellence, Manager at The Elephant Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear barbarastapasolla, Thank you for your review of The Elephant Cafe', we are all thrilled to hear you loved the experience so much. Our chef team of Aubrey Tilimboi, Adeline Banda, Lovedale Nombwana, Edward Kachili and Ephrium Nyambe will be thrilled with the praise. We...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely loved the elephant cafe, firstly the food was INSANE!! But along with that you get a once in a lifetime experience feeding rescued elephants! Love that there’s no elephant riding :)More

Thank Georgie K
SafparExcellence, General Manager at The Elephant Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Georgie K, Thank you for your review of The Elephant Cafe', we are all thrilled to hear you had a great time with us and considered your time with us and our herd of rescued African Elephants to be a once in a lifetime...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Elephant Cafe is an excellent restaurant on the banks of the Zambezi River, serving haute cuisine sourced from local ingredients. The experience starts with a champagne welcome from the owner, an elephant expert and the head waiter. While they speak, a band of elephants...More

Thank ahendren
SafparExcellence, Manager at The Elephant Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear ahendren, Thank you for taking the time to do a Trip Advisor review of your experience with us at The Elephant Cafe', we are all thrilled to hear you had the experience of a lifetime. We are very grateful for your support and appreciate...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had an adventure packed trip but this was one of my favorite places that we visited. The people here are so welcoming and attentive. They share knowledge and information about the local foods and elephant populations. The elephants they have are rescued and trained...More

Thank wishiwasahappycamper
SafparExcellence, Public Relations Manager at The Elephant Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear wishiwasahappycamper, Thank you for reaching out here on Trip Advisor, we are all happy to hear you had an amazing time with us. We sincerely appreciate your support and we will, of course, pass on your regards and compliments to our team. Thank you...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I loved meeting the rescued elephants and feeding them. The staff are very knowledgable about the elephants and their characters. I was there for tea and it aS held on a wooden terrace overlooking the water. The tea was tasty and staff friendly. If you...More

Thank L1v
SafparExcellence, Front Office Manager at The Elephant Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear L1v, Thank you for your review of your time with us at The Elephant Cafe' we are all happy to hear you had a wonderful experience with us. Our Elephants do all have interesting and varied backstories and we are extremely proud of all...More

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Mullinscincy
17 September 2018|
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Response from safparzambia | Property representative |
Hi! Many thanks for the query - we will take payment as soon as you have sent through the signed credit card auth form to us or confirmed your reservation online. Please remember to let us know if you have any special... More
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meredith500
13 August 2018|
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Hi! So sorry for the late reply! Yes there is plenty of time at sunset to get many wonderful photographic opportunities - some may argue the BEST time of the day for it! Many thanks and see you soon! Vanessa
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Paul J
30 July 2018|
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Hi Paul, Many thanks for the enquiry and we look forward to welcoming you to The Elephant Cafe! Neutral coloured clothing and closed shoes are best around the elephants. Bring a hat and sunglasses for the jetboat ride and... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
Average prices
US$135 - US$220
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Nakatindi Road | Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, Livingstone 20100, Zambia
  • Location: Africa  >  Zambia  >  Southern Province  >  Livingstone
  • Phone Number: +260 21 3320606
  • E-mail
Description
Now rated Zambia's TOP restaurant, The Elephant Café encompasses three wonderful experiences and is guaranteed to be a signature highlight of your Livingstone adventure! The first experience is a speedboat adventure through islands and channels up the Zambezi River to an enchanting riverside location where you will be met on arrival by members of a magnificent herd of rescue elephant for a once-in-a-lifetime meeting. Experience an unforgettable close encounter with these gentle giants and viewing of the herd around the vicinity of the venue before being welcomed to The Elephant Café overlooking the Zambezi River for a unique dining experience as the third highlight of the adventure. The meal is prix fixe, so guests can sit back and relax over the delicious bush gourmet cuisine unique to this restaurant including wild edibles and locally-sourced fresh and organic ingredients. Road transfers are available as an alternative method of transport. Advance Reservation is essential.
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