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The Elephant Cafe

Nakatindi Road | Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, Livingstone 20100, Zambia
+260 21 3320606
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Nakatindi Road | Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, Livingstone 20100, Zambia
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great experience with the elephants, you are able to feed them and pet them, they’re free to roam around the property. There are 10 elephants, all of them rescued and kept safe in the park. After interacting with the elephants you eat lunch in a...More

Thank Alejandra C
Reviewed 1 week ago

From the jet boat delivery , interaction , food and wine and service,,, Highly recommended, a must do in Vic Falls Phillip Hobbs Australia

Thank Edge1957
Reviewed 1 week ago

Well what an experience. we were picked up by speed boat weaving around crocodiles and hippos and landed at the Elephant Cafe. Our gorgeous guide Africa introduced us to the beautiful elephants and told us their stories. So beautiful to see them free and happy....More

Thank TheNelstar1
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our visit was simply a to-do -list essential for any caring diner. The manager Oliver and the chef Lovedale were outstanding . Our meal of freshly caught Zambezi Bream was ideal, but the truth is the ambience and location of this venue are the real...More

Thank tripping10
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited the Elephant Cafe for lunch. Arrived by scenic boat ride. Enjoyed interacting with their elephants! Lunch was outstanding. Great service! Great food! Beautiful setting! I recommend it. Dinner must be awesome too!

Thank RonM0001
Reviewed 1 week ago

What an incredible experience! Our guide called Africa directed us over to a group of elephants where we heard all about them, their ages and preferences. We enjoyed feeding them large and small. There were handlers very close by to help. each guest had a...More

Thank Joyce R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow great trip. We left via speed boat from David Livingstone Resort, which was about one hour ride to the cafe winding around the Hippopotamus and other wildlife. On arrival we had up close meets with a big make Elephant a big female elephant and...More

Thank Sashapickle
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I were on our honeymoon and decided we wanted to see elephants. Our hotel recommended this place. When we got there we were greeted and were brought to the elephant right away! We learned all about the elephants and how intelligent they...More

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

Dear Hirad Y, Thank you for your five-star review of "The Elephant Cafe'", we are all thrilled to have hosted you and congratulations on your marriage we hope to see you on your anniversary. We all sincerely appreciate your recommendation, we are all extremely proud...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Adventure commenced in Livingston where we boarded a jet boat for a 45 minute ride up the Zambezi (stopping every now and then to view animals on the riverbank - hippo, crocs, giraffe, elephant) to the Elephant cafe. Met enthusiastically by staff and led, after...More

Thank Damahu2
SafparExcellence, Public Relations Manager at The Elephant Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your five-star review here on Trip Advisor, we are all very happy to hear your experience met your expectations and you had a fantastic time with us. The boat trip up to "The Elephant Cafe" through the Mosi-oa-Tunya national park is the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A group of 15 of us went to meet and interact with the elephants. What an amazing experience. The guides were very knowledgable, and it was great to learn more about the history of the individuals and the herd.More

Thank UK_Kayaker
SafparExcellence, Public Relations Manager at The Elephant Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear UK_Kayaker, Thank you for your five-star review we are all pleased to hear you had an amazing experience with our rescued herd of African Elephants. All of our elephants have different back stories on how they came to be under our care and we...More

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September 16, 2018|
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Response from Paul J | Reviewed this property |
Hello It all depends how you booked it. If through an agent I suspect it would be charged immediately. As the venue is in high demand and is restricted by numbers I wouldn’t be surprised if they also charged in advance... More
August 12, 2018|
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Response from leeapiper | Reviewed this property |
You will be with the elephants before dinner. It’s amazing. The lightning is great for photos and they also have someone taking photos and video which they send via email free of charge. Enjoy! It’s something you will never... More
Paul J
July 30, 2018|
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Response from SafparExcellence | Property representative |
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
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Average prices
$135 - $220
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
Families with children, Scenic view, Kids, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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
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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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