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The Elephant Cafe

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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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Updated 07/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 07/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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Certificate of Excellence2018 - 2019 Winner
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PRICE RANGE
$135 - $220
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African, Fusion, Healthy
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed May 26, 2020

Truly wonderful experience visiting the elephants! The food was fantastic. A forever memorable visit to the Elephant Cafe.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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safparzambia, Front Office Manager at The Elephant Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear JulieMF6g, Thank you for joining us at The Elephant Cafe'. We are all thrilled to hear that you had such a great time with our team and of course our herd of rescued African Elephants. We trust that you and your loved ones are...More

Reviewed April 22, 2020

Elephant Café, Zambia There are many things you can do while in Zambia and or Zimbabwe. We got to experience the Elephant Café in Zambia. This is a must for elephant lovers, the experience can start with a speed boat that transports you over to...More

Date of visit: January 2020
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safparzambia, Front Office Manager at The Elephant Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear VacationHoliday, Thank you for reaching out here on Trip Advisor, we are all thrilled to know you had a once in a lifetime experience with our team and of course our herd of rescued Africa Elephants at The Elephant Cafe'. Visiting with us at...More

Reviewed March 19, 2020 via mobile

Once in a lifetime experience, just do it, and enjoy the experience! Plus you are helping a great cause!More

Date of visit: March 2020
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safparzambia, Front Office Manager at The Elephant Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear 476beckyp, Thank you for joining us at The Elephant Cafe' on the banks of the upper Zambezi River, we are all thrilled to hear you had a lifetime experience with us and we look forward to hosting you and you again soon. The Elephant...More

Reviewed March 10, 2020

Visit to Elephant Cafe commenced with wonderful interaction with the Elephants and their handlers (No riding). Our many questions about these and Elephants in general answered with explanations from the very knowledgeable handlers. The fine dining delicious 3 course lunch with a huge selection of...More

Date of visit: March 2020
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safparzambia, Front Office Manager at The Elephant Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear ZimEds, Thank you for joining our team at The Elephant Cafe' Zambia. We are all thrilled to hear you had a great time celebrating your wedding anniversary with our herd of rescued African Elephants and our team. I will be sure to pass on...More

Reviewed March 3, 2020

Nothing can prepare you for this. A great adventure day out. We boarded the jet boat at The David Livingstone Lodge and cruised up the Zambezi to the Elephant Sanctuary. Along the way saw elephants frolicking in the shallows, several pods of hippo's, and other...More

Date of visit: February 2020
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safparzambia, Front Office Manager at The Elephant Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded March 4, 2020

Dear peterkN5891LB, Thank you for joining us at The Elephant Cafe' we are all happy to hear you had an excellent time with Dan, our team and of course our herd of rescued African elephants. The boat trip is the highly recommended method of transport...More

Reviewed March 1, 2020

Wow what an experience from the speedboat ride down the Zambezi - spotting lots of hippos and a fab spotting of a couple of elephants on the riverside! We had a warm welcome when we arrived and then the best part being introduced to the...More

Date of visit: February 2020
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safparzambia, Front Office Manager at The Elephant Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded March 4, 2020

Dear zoec1234, Thank you for visiting with us at The Elephant Cafe', we are all thrilled to know you had a great time with our rescued elephant herd and their team of caretakers. The Elephant Cafe' experience is a combination of three expereinces, the Jetboat...More

Reviewed February 27, 2020

Cannot recommend this experience enough. We enjoyed every aspect - the boat ride (great hippos and croc sightings), the amazing interaction with the elephants and the incredible food and wine, which was hands down the best meal of our trip. A real treat to conclude...More

Date of visit: February 2020
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safparzambia, Front Office Manager at The Elephant Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded February 28, 2020

Dear rosyh982, Thank you for joining our team and of course our herd of rescued African Elephants. We are all thrilled to know you had an incredible time with us at The Elephant Cafe'. We are all extremely proud of our team at The Elephant...More

Reviewed February 15, 2020

Getting up close to a group of elephants with their knowledgable caretakers was an amazing experience. The food is exquisite and service is great. The patio overlooking the river is a fantastic place to watch the sunset. Highly recommended!More

Date of visit: November 2019
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safparzambia, Front Office Manager at The Elephant Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded February 16, 2020

Dear HelleDK2017, Thank you for joining us at The Elephant Cafe' in the heart of the Mosi-oa Tunya national park on the banks of the Upper Zambezi River. We are all thrilled to hear you had a great time with our team and our herd...More

Reviewed February 12, 2020

What a great time we had from the power boat ride along the Zambizi, see hippo's along the way, then when you arrive nice refreshing cool drinks, then on to feeding the two large Majestic Elephants then seeing and hearing the history of how they...More

Date of visit: February 2020
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safparzambia, Front Office Manager at The Elephant Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded February 12, 2020

Dear Venture89737, Thank you for joining us at The Elephant Cafe' we are all happy to hear you had a brilliant time with our team and of course our herd of rescued African Elephants. The Elephant Cafe' experience is made up of three major components.The...More

Reviewed February 5, 2020

I deeply regret patronizing this establishment under the guise that it is a refuge for orphaned elephants. These elephants are bred, held captive, trained, and more than likely sedated in order to make a profit off of you. According to the handlers themselves, they spend...More

Date of visit: December 2019
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safparzambia, Front Office Manager at The Elephant Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded February 12, 2020

Dear slthomp, We are extremely sorry to hear you had a negative experience at The Elephant Cafe'. Please can we ask that you contact us at elephants@safpar.com to allow us to establish when you visited with us and what may have transpired. We have discussed...More

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Mikehky
August 19, 2019|
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Response from AlexandraTyson | Reviewed this property |
You can book through their website or through the hotel that you are staying at.
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Robert D
July 17, 2019|
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Response from safparzambia | Property representative |
Hi Robert, There should definitely be enough time to make The Elephant Cafe' boat departure at 1600. Please drop us an email at and we can advise you further.
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natalie30043
June 18, 2019|
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just fyi for those at the elephant hills resort - the pickup is at the zambian border and is listed where you can select on the reservations page
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