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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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Wonderful experience

The elephants are clearly well looked after and happy. The walk was enjoyable, however the interaction is very brief!

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5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Cape Town, South Africa
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The elephants are clearly well looked after and happy. The walk was enjoyable, however the interaction is very brief!

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

Thank you so much doseofwanderlust - love your username! The interaction at the end of the trip is part of our positive reinforcement training. The elephants know there is a treat at the end as well and some affection. More 

Cullinan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was one of my life time high's.. what an experience. The Elephants are so gentle of nature and are well cared for.

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

Thank you anelb506 for your 5* review. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The activity was booked through Bushtracks at our hotel in Livingstone,we were collected at 6-30a.m...after a short drive we arrived at the location..After a brief introduction & safety talk tea/ coffee & biscuits we were introduced to the elephants..After deciding who was riding who we set off for an hours walk in the bush, The manhout was happy to chat... More 

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

Thank you so much syanmor. Our elephant handlers are just as special as the elephants themselves. Dedicated and caring. We are happy you enjoyed chatting with your handler. More 

Travelers Rest, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Last week while visiting the Victoria Falls area, we went on the elephant trail ride and encounter with a couple friends. What a thrilling day! From start to finish, the Safari Par Excellence team was professional, friendly and knowledgeable. After enjoying coffee and snacks during a brief safety session, we were led to the mounting block to begin our ride.... More 

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

Ah Lori W, see you have met Nyami, our calf! She DOES crash through the bush eating her way through, she is a growing girl after all. Thank you for such a glowing review. More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A truly wonderful experience, the elephants are so well cared for and loved. The location is stunning too. I really appreciated that the handlers knew so much about their elephants and their personalities, and also about the animals, bird and plant life in the reserve. An adventure I will never forget. Thank you.

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

Thank you familyw1919. Our handlers are incredibly knowledgeable about the elephants and wildlife in general. We feel fortunate to be able to pass this along to our guests. More 

Courbevoie, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Safe and very interesting activity. Great organisation where everyone can enjoy some time with éléphants in this fantastic landscape close to the Zambesi River and the Falls.

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

Thank you PatrickfromFamese. The landscape currently is stunning due to the amount of rain we've received this year. More 

Cumming, Georgia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A wonderful, memorable experience! The men and women that work at this reserve made you understand and feel comfortable that these elephants that had been rescued were well-taken care of and not abused. They were rescued as babies, taken in by farmers, and then brought to this reserve because they had gotten too big to be taken care of by... More 

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

Thank you so much Klchris1. We do take great pride in letting our elephants be elephants. Mashumbi's story, being gone for 10 months is one of our truly astounding stories! More 

Campbell River, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Greeted warmly by staff and he talked about each individual elephant. Went for a wonderful ride past zebras and water bucks. Truly amazing animals.

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

Thank you cheri B for your 5* review! We are lucky these days to see an abundance of wildlife, even in the thick bush during this very rainy season. More 

Helsingborg, Skåne Län, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2017

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

Thanks sabine9328, we are so fortunate to be situated within Mosi Ao Tunya Nationale Park. An ideal area for the elephants to be able to browse, doze and swim. Also sometimes to be able to socialize with wild elephants! More 

Weston, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2017

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 

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