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Shearwater Victoria Falls - Elephant Back Safaris

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Elephants are intelligent and gentle beasts synonymous with the plains of Africa. Shearwater’s Elephant Back Safaris offer a chance to interact with and ride these magnificent animals in their natural habitat. Each elephant forms a close bond with...more
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1 Sopers Arcade | Parkway Drive, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 16 October 2015

Cool crisp September morning winds bathe our faces as my wife, a friend and I were driven on a safari jeep down long red-dirt country roads on the outskirts of Victoria Falls Zimbabwe. Arriving at the Stanley and Livingstone Private Game Reserve we were greeted...More

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ShearwaterVicFalls, Owner at Shearwater Victoria Falls - Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2015

Appreciate the review - many thanks.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 10 September 2013

Having seen quite a few wild elephants in the previous few days, we were in two minds about this outing. $140/person is wildly expensive for what you get. Most of the time is taken up doing something other than sitting on an elephant - 30...More

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ShearwaterVicFalls, Manager at Shearwater Victoria Falls - Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2013

Dear Oldboltonian, Thank you for your review. Any form of feedback is vital towards the continuous growth of our product to give guests the best value for money. We regret that you did not get the experience you hoped for. The price is carefully calculated...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took a 45 minute ride on the elephants in the woodland area. Lots of fun. Experienced drivers. Highly recommend.

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ShearwaterVicFalls, Owner at Shearwater Victoria Falls - Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Fabulous, many thanks Kent.

Reviewed 24 September 2018 via mobile

It was a fascinating experience riding and interacting with African elephants...our elephant handler was very informative and our elephant ‘Deka’ was gentle and calm as they all were....My 4 year old rode with me and loved the experience as did my wife and 10 year...More

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ShearwaterVicFalls, Owner at Shearwater Victoria Falls - Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2018

It is most enthralling - many thanks Kent.

Reviewed 23 September 2018 via mobile

Our group booked this 45 minute ride atop elephants and all 6 of us were fascinated. During the ride the ‘driver’ provided us with lots of educational facts about the life of elephants in the wild. The elephants they use only ‘work ‘ 2 hours...More

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ShearwaterVicFalls, Owner at Shearwater Victoria Falls - Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2018

It is a real education as well as unbelievably enjoyable - many thanks Kent.

Reviewed 17 September 2018

My family and I had a wonderful time on this adventure. I loved taking with the handler. He was very knowledgeable and clearly enjoyed his job. The elephants were very well behaved and we all felt very comfortable around them.

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ShearwaterVicFalls, Owner at Shearwater Victoria Falls - Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2018

Wonderful review- many thanks Kent.

Reviewed 23 August 2018

The ride is short, about 45 minutes. But it is enjoyable to ride the elephant. You ride with a guide who rides and controls the elephant. Don't expect to see other animals on your "safari" as it really is more of an elephant ride than...More

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ShearwaterVicFalls, Owner at Shearwater Victoria Falls - Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2018

Deligted you enjoyed - many thanks Kent.

Reviewed 19 August 2018

These are orphan elephants that take you on a 45 minute romp through the Bush. Money raised is used to foster animal preservation. Our elephant had an appetite and stopped numerous times to eat. It’s powerful trunk literally ripped branches from trees. Educational as well...More

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ShearwaterVicFalls, Owner at Shearwater Victoria Falls - Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2018

It is an amazing experience - many thanks Kent.

Reviewed 11 August 2018

The elephant ride and the interaction with the elephants is a very magical and precious experience and I am glad we did it as a family. However it was frustrating to be picked up at 0600am in the morning and not actual get on the...More

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ShearwaterVicFalls, Owner at Shearwater Victoria Falls - Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2018

Fantastic experience - many thanks Kent.

Reviewed 5 August 2018

A great Elephant ride excursion!!! Very professionally run in every way and all of the staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. Special kudos to our guide Steven, who was exceptional. We were picked up and dropped off at our hotel which was good. We were...More

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ShearwaterVicFalls, Owner at Shearwater Victoria Falls - Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2018

Brilliant - many thanks Kent.

Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

Awesome staff, very informative experience and we really got to spend some cool time getting photos with our elephant. We also got a copy of his footprint! If interacting with elephants seems awesome to you then this will for sure meet your expectations!

Thank Carter B
ShearwaterVicFalls, Owner at Shearwater Victoria Falls - Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2018

Delighted you enjoyed it so, many thanks, Kent.

Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile

I’ll start by saying I had my reservations about a place where I go to ride the elephants. So many places mistreat these gentle giants and I certainly did not want to contribute to them. This place has elephants that cannot be released into the...More

Thank TexasDevin
ShearwaterVicFalls, Owner at Shearwater Victoria Falls - Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2018

Most gracious of you, many thanks, Kent.

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Response from CobaltMicks | Reviewed this property |
There was no mention of weight restriction, not when I booked or any time after when I got more information from the tour company I booked with. As a note my husband is a large man and we both rode "our" elephant together... More
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no, they were orphaned!
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Response from kellyLH360 | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the previous responses. The elephants are treated well. I was on Houdini for an hour (a little bit too long in that position). My bum was sore the next day. If you don't want to ride, you can go and just feed... More
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