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The Elephant Cafe

Nakatindi Road | Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, Livingstone 20100, Zambia
+260 21 3320606
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  • Very good5%
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6:00 AM - 8:00 PM Hours
CUISINES
African, Fusion, Healthy, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
$$$$
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Nakatindi Road | Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, Livingstone 20100, Zambia
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Absolutely awesome!! They clearly care for these elephants on top of making this an amazing and authentic experience. What gentile animals..you can tell they are loved and rewarded. We got to few the 4yo, it’s mama and Danny the bull. Can’t say enough...go do it!!...More

Thank mahlquist
Reviewed 3 days ago

Amazing experience to get up close and find out more about elephants, with a fun boat trip and great food as well - our favourite activity in Livingstone!!

Thank pumfrettb
SafparExcellence, Guest Relations Manager at The Elephant Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear pumfrettb, Many thanks for taking the time to do a TA review on your experience, we are thrilled to hear it is your favorite Livingstone Activity:). All of our team look forward to hosting you again soon. All the best, The Elephant Cafe'

Reviewed 5 days ago

Absolutely amazing! the elephants were so cool - the hosts were so welcoming - it was so organized. The food was DELICIOUS and well presented and the location over the river was magical. SO FUN! Loved being able to interact with the elephants.More

Thank Button_382
SafparExcellence, General Manager at The Elephant Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Button_382, Wow! Thank you for taking the time to do a review of your experience at The Elephant Cafe! We agree, the herd are just incredible, it is a privilege to see them here in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park and are delighted with your...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

I had a great experience at the Elephant Cafe. I was a solo traveler. They first picked me up at the bridge (at the border between Zimbabwe/Zambia). I then boarded a small boat for the 20-minute ride to the cafe. Along the way, we stopped...More

Thank DERICK S
SafparExcellence, General Manager at The Elephant Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Derick, Thank you so much for the fantastic feedback on TripAdvisor and we thank you for making the trip from Zimbabwe for this special experience.. Victoria Falls/Livingstone is such a unique destination in that you can hop, skip or jump across that bridge in...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

I wasnt really sure what to expect but was blown away by the entire experience. We took the speedboat transfer to Elephant Cafe. This is followed by a discussion about the elephants and thereafter you get to meet the special rescued herd and interact with...More

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

Hi TimelessKim, Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback - we are delighted that you were blown away and enjoyed our special bush cuisine at lunch. High Tea, as you imagine is just as delicious... we are famous for our elephant-shaped cookies! We hope...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the Elephant Cafe on our first evening in Africa. After a 40-hour journey from the U.S., we were pretty worn out by the time we climbed on the motor boat to take us up the Zambezi river to the restaurant. The river was...More

Thank Bruce B
SafparExcellence, Guest Relations Manager at The Elephant Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Bruce B, Thank you for doing a TA review on your experience with us at The Elephant Cafe'. Great to hear the iconic Zambezi River made such an impact on you after your long flight. What a way to arrive in Africa. The boat...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had an incredible experience at the elephant cafe! The boat ride over had an excellent captain/ guide who stopped and pointed out animals along the river bank. Then we had such an awesome elephant interaction with many knowledgeable and friendly guides. It was obvious that...More

Thank Cara E
SafparExcellence, Guest Relations Manager at The Elephant Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Cara E, Many thanks for taking the time to do a Trip Advisor review on your experience at the Elephant Cafe'. We are happy to hear you had a great experience with our team and of course our Legacy herd of rescue Elephants. Thank...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The whole experience was totally amazing. Friendly staff and scenic views. Every Elephant lovers paradise. I will definitely visit again. Wonderful and knowledgeable team on hand who made it even more interesting. The food was awesome too.More

Thank maikalukwesa
SafparExcellence, Guest Relations Manager at The Elephant Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear maikalukwesa, Thank you for your Trip Advisor review, we are thrilled you had a great time with us and would love to host you again soon. Our Elephant Cafe' team are an incredible group of conservationists, with huge years of experience between them all....More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Upon arrival, I was greeted at the door, an explanation was provided and I had time to interact with each elephant. Liwa was my favorite since he often went into my bag to help himself which created some fun pics! Danny was most impressive with...More

Thank LaToya L
SafparExcellence, Guest Relations Manager at The Elephant Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi LaToya L, Thank you for taking the time to do a TA review of your experience at the Elephant Cafe'. We are happy to hear you had a great time with our herd of amazing elephants and enjoyed the "5 Star cuisine" meal". Great...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First ever trip to Zambia and first time interactions with elephants. The staff there were externally accommodating taking photos of us with our own cameras and making sure we saw all the elephants we wanted to. It was an amazing experience feeding the elephant and...More

Thank William H
SafparExcellence, Public Relations Manager at The Elephant Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear William H, Thank you for taking the time to do a Trip Advisor review on your experience at the Elephant Cafe'. We are pleased to hear you had a great time with our legacy herd of rescued elephants. Our elephants enjoy the interactions as...More

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LongGal
10 April 2018|
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Response from Christian G | Reviewed this property |
They pick you up and you won't get wet.
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Linah J
8 April 2018|
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Response from AM502014 | Reviewed this property |
I think it was about $220 usd per head including pick up from the hotel , trip on the river to the cafe and all food and drinks - it is not cheap but it is a spectacular thing to do
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stevepoll69
29 September 2017|
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Response from SafparExcellence | Property representative |
Hi Steve! You are welcome to book with us direct - email address is on the website or at the Day Activity Centre located at Avani. We look forward to welcoming you to The Elephant Cafe!
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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, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Kids, Romantic
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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