We decided to go all out and splurge on a few days at the Elephant Camp after reading the great reviews and looking for a luxurious and special experience in Vic Falls. This place was everything we could have wanted. It's out of our usual budget by far, but considering that everything is included (all meals, alcoholic beverages, transport into town, etc.) it ends up being a reasonably decent deal. Good luck trying to do Vic Falls cheaply! The food was usually quite good. We found that the lunches were the best, so don't book your schedule too full for your stay (easy to do!); make sure you spend an afternoon or two at the lodge to enjoy their delicious lunches and lounging around by the pool, or for that matter around your personal plunge pool! The service we received from ALL staff was incredibly professional! We truly enjoyed getting to know the special characters that work for this lodge, doing everything from driving to management. The friendly and competent service is perhaps what put this place over the top for us. We've never stayed any place with such great people in South Africa or the region. The whole orphaned elephants now trained for people to ride thing is a bit gimmicky and makes this place feel a bit like a circus. That experience was definitely odd for us. If we hadn't gone on the elephant ride and done the feeding experience, we wouldn't have even known about it and perhaps would have left without the odd feeling about this place we ended up with. The orphan cheetah was beautiful and fun, but also felt a bit gimmicky. What was great about that experience was being able to walk through the bush, and learning about the local flora and fauna from the highly knowledgable resident biologist/cheetah caretaker. Our favorite activity in Vic Falls was the whitewater rafting trip which we booked with the same company that runs Elephant Camp. Great experience!
- 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 32 adults in 16 luxury tents. The 'Elephant Camp West' consists of 4 luxury tents that sleep 8 adults and 8 children (all are equipped to become family rooms with comfortable sleeper couches). (Children not included in total occupancy) 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. INCLUDED: 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. Lunch at the Lookout Cafe. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Elephant Camp Hotel Victoria Falls