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“Excellent and surprising 'camp' near Vic Falls” 5 of 5 stars
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The Elephant Camp
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Wild Horizons Wildlife Sanctuary, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe   |  
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Ranked #1 of 12 hotels in Victoria Falls
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“Excellent and surprising 'camp' near Vic Falls”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

Elephant Camp was included in our Botswana-Zambia trip so we could 'check off' Victoria Falls. I didn't expect much, frankly there website pics need to be updated
- the place was excellent. The GM and ALL the rest of the staff were polite, informed, accommodating.Extremely clean rooms, main area, grounds.
The location was a 10-15 minute drive from the Falls but in a private concession. Must be 7-8 miles distant from the falls but even in the end of the dry season you could see the mist and hear the water
The room was immense, large 'tent, with some minimal air conditioning (it was 90+ degrees first week September). King bed, living room, full bath with shower and tub, plus an outdoor shower, deck and small (very cold) plunge pool.
100 yard walk to main 'tent' where you had a very nice formal sitting room, bar, reading area; outside a large deck with plenty of space for guests to dine and lounge. Food was excellent, seriously, excellent and varied. Fun moment was head waiter 'announces' the meal to guests before serving.
Fun #2: nearby ' elephant orphanage' brought over a rescued 2 year old Cheetah at breakfast. You can visit the rescue camp as its on the same grounds a couple miles away.
Some good game viewing from the room (monkeys, antelope) in the morning.
Falls were out of this world as expected - and, when we left to go into Zambia for Livingstone airport, we realized how much less of a hassle and time it was being in Zimbabwe vs. Zambia when trying to get to the falls. Zim customs is a nightmare and easily add an hour+ each way to get to the falls.
Dropped in at the Vic. Falls hotel after visiting the falls, the grand Dame of the area, and it has finished a nice overhaul and looks very nice - but I'll take the Elephant Camp. While not a real safari experience like all the other camps we visited on this trip it was a nice break and still made you feel you were on safari - sort of.

Room Tip: we had the room furthest from the main tent (lounge etc.), left facing the main......trail just feet...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

The Elephant Camp is Awesome. The place is very clean and tidy. he Staff is very Friendly and caring. We were welcomed with dignity. We enjoyed the healthy food and plenty cold and hot beverages and sundowners. We even celebrated a birthday for one of the guests. We had fun sight seeing, game viewing, feeding elephants, Sunset cruising. To some it up all the Place is Awesome. Thanks to Hilda, Moses and the entire Team. We are planning to go back.

Room Tip: We were in Room 9 - It was perfect.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Elephant Camp was all one could expect from a 5-star lodge. From the moment of arriving, seeing the cheetah, feeding the elephants, swimming in one's own plunge pool and having dinner - all perfect. Jonathan the best host and staff very helpful and friendly. We enjoyed every minute of our stay.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012 via mobile

Our party of 4 stayed here for 2 nights after a week on safari. What a tonic. Everything was 5+ stars. The accommodation, food, service & location were all sensational. So serene & peaceful with Victoria Falls spray in the background. Jonathan was the perfect host, friendly helpful & oh so funny. A fabulous place.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

we stayed for two nights. Jonathan was the host in charge during our stay - and he was very personable and accommodating as was the entire staff.

the food was great....and they were very accommodating of some of my special dietetic needs. plenty of beverages in the fridges to quench the thirst inspired by the heat....

we met some really nice people from Paris and Australia.....

we both used the outdoor shower....the room amenities were very nice - we were able to charge our phones/computers and use the wifi onsite.....(have to be careful here that you don't find yourself working when you should be completely out of touch)....I did find myself uploading a picture or two to facebook!

convenient to the airport (on the way into Victoria Falls form the airport)

can't think of too many things Jonathan could or would change to make our visit any better....our transfer to our next spot was our only disappointment - as we had planned to try and walk with Sylvester - but that got vetoed by the 7am departure (major bummer)

Room Tip: we were in tent #6, which was close to the main tents and right behind the water hole.....seemed lik...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Johnathon is the most valuable asset this place could have - HE makes The Elephant Camp what it is by creating the most welcoming, fun and relaxing atmosphere.
I've spent 8 weeks roughing it in Africa and this was my treat on my way home and what a treat! Have absolutely NO hesitations in recommending The Elephant Camp for any length of time.
Highlight for me, was having elephants outside my tent one night (from 10pm til after midnight) munching on the trees with no one else but me up - a moment to treasure always.

PS - you won't go hungry!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

Elephant camp was luxurious, but without the snootiness. Hilda and Jonathan made us feel us feel like family. We had two elderly family members with us,and they went out of their way to assure their safety and comfort. Would stay nowhere else in Vic Falls!

Room Tip: Have good gorge view from rooms on far end.
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Address: Wild Horizons Wildlife Sanctuary, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Location: Zimbabwe > Matabeleland North Province > Victoria Falls
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Victoria Falls
#1 Family Hotel in Victoria Falls
#1 Romantic Hotel in Victoria Falls
#1 Luxury Hotel in Victoria Falls
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Elephant Camp 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Elephant Camp has breathtaking views of the Victoria Falls’ spray and the spectacular gorges which separate Zimbabwe and Zambia. The Elephant Camp is a luxury, intimate lodge under canvas within easy reach of Victoria Falls (approximately 10 km) and all its attractions and activities, yet secluded in its own private game reserve. The Elephant Camp offers exclusive suite accommodation for only 24 guests in 12 luxury tents. All suites are gorge facing and boast a private viewing deck and plunge pool, private lounge area, air-conditioning and fans, bath (with a view), inside and outside shower, mini bar and tea/coffee stations. All guests staying at The Elephant Camp will have an opportunity to meet the Wild Horizons elephant herd. Selected Spa Treatments are available in the privacy of your suite (subject to availability, on request at an additional charge). Access is by road transfer from Victoria Falls (15 km from Victoria Falls Airport and 10 km from Victoria Falls town), Livingstone and Kasane. Your stay at The Elephant Camp INCLUDES: Accommodation and all meals, drinks (excluding premium brands), complimentary mini bars in the rooms. Return Victoria Falls Airport transfers & two transfers to Victoria Falls town per day. Laundry & Emergency Medical Evacuation cover & Meeting the Wild Horizons elephants. ... more   less 
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