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Safari Par Excellence - Elephant Encounter

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Victoria Falls, Zambia
+260 21 3320606
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Wonderful Experience!

They really care about their employees and their elephants. It shows in the way the elephants... read more

Reviewed August 14, 2017
Nicole S
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Atlanta, Georgia
Magnificent Beasts and where to find them

Having travelled extensively in south east Asia and seen the way elephants are managed I am always... read more

Reviewed August 10, 2017
Andrew H
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Victoria Falls, Zambia
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+260 21 3320606
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Reviewed August 14, 2017

They really care about their employees and their elephants. It shows in the way the elephants respond and the way the employees treat the elephants. We had a wonderful time riding on Danny and the others. It was so much fun seeing their environment and...More

Thank Nicole S
SafparExcellence, Director of Sales at Safari Par Excellence - Elephant Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Nicole S, Many thanks for your review on the Elephant Encounter experience! The elephants have come under our care from various backgrounds but they have created a happy dynamic here within the safety of Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. For your information, Safari Par Excellence have...More

Reviewed August 10, 2017 via mobile

Having travelled extensively in south east Asia and seen the way elephants are managed I am always cautious about this type of thing. Having been able to ride the elephants listen to the passion with which the staff speak about their charges and the positive...More

Thank Andrew H
SafparExcellence, Director of Sales at Safari Par Excellence - Elephant Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Andrew H, Many thanks for your review on the Elephant Encounter experience! The elephants have come under our care from various backgrounds but they have created a happy dynamic here within the safety of Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. For your information, Safari Par Excellence have...More

Reviewed July 20, 2017

Enjoyed the adventure. The guides were both knowledgeable and professional. The ride was fun and we look forward to coming again.More

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SafparExcellence, General Manager at Safari Par Excellence - Elephant Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded July 26, 2017

Dear catherineelaine77, Many thanks for your review on the Elephant Encounter experience! The elephants have come under our care from various backgrounds but they have created a happy dynamic here within the safety of Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. For your information, Safari Par Excellence have now...More

Reviewed March 23, 2017

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

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Thank doseofwanderlust
SafparExcellence, Manager at Safari Par Excellence - Elephant Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded March 29, 2017

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.

Reviewed March 14, 2017

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 reviewResponded March 15, 2017

Thank you anelb506 for your 5* review.

Reviewed March 11, 2017

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...More

1  Thank syanmor
SafparExcellence, Manager at Safari Par Excellence - Elephant Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded March 15, 2017

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.

Reviewed March 5, 2017

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...More

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1  Thank Lori W
SafparExcellence, Manager at Safari Par Excellence - Elephant Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded March 15, 2017

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.

Reviewed March 3, 2017

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....More

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SafparExcellence, Manager at Safari Par Excellence - Elephant Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded March 6, 2017

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.

Reviewed March 1, 2017

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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Thank PatrickfromFarnese
SafparExcellence, Manager at Safari Par Excellence - Elephant Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded March 6, 2017

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

Reviewed March 1, 2017

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...More

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Thank Klchris1
SafparExcellence, Manager at Safari Par Excellence - Elephant Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded March 6, 2017

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!

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Kathe S
August 27, 2016|
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Response from thetrickster68 | Reviewed this property |
It was around 20 mins drive from Victoria Falls. We were in a group and transportation was arranged. I'm sure hotel could book transportation.
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