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The Elephant Cafe

Nakatindi Road | Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, Livingstone 20100, Zambia
+260 21 3320606
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African, Fusion, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Nakatindi Road | Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, Livingstone 20100, Zambia
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Reviewed today

Apart from the close up experience of feeding the gentle giants the luch was really excellent...good service and excellent food and presentation. Local sourced product with foraged flowers etc to flavour the food which was the executed with perfection. Great to see the executive chef...More

Thank Allan E
Reviewed 5 days ago

Yes, this place is expensive, but wow what an experience! We were whisked up the Zambezi, spotting animal and splashing through rapids by Brendon to arrive at the Elephant Cafe, the boat trip was a fantastic buzz and well worth the extra. On arrival there...More

Thank juliarodman
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We opted for the high tea option, couldn’t get a boat transfer so had to go by road, think the river would have been more fun.The elephants are all rescued. First you get to learn about their stories, then are given packs of pellets and...More

Thank MrMrsW50
Reviewed 5 days ago

I would highly recommend this experience to anyone. Fantastic to interact with the elephants, staff were excellent. The food and service at the restaurant was outstanding! Unforgettable!!

Thank Josi H
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Incredible up close elephant encounters followed by some of the best food we've ever eaten. And in such a beautiful location on the river- just stunning. All the staff were amazing too. It was the highlight of our trip and would recommend it to anyone...More

Thank Kay W
Reviewed 6 days ago

This was an outstanding experience all around. The animals are all rescued and very well taken care of. The people caring for them are good hearted people who only use positive reinforcement for training. We were able to stand and pet and feed elephants for...More

Thank Giana B
SafparExcellence, Manager at The Elephant Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Dear Giana B, Many thanks for the awesome feedback, we are delighted that you loved the experience so much - for many a once-in-a-lifetime experience that we wouldn't dream of rushing! :) Wishing you all the best for your onward travels and we hope to...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Incredible staff, but second only to standing next to a 14 foot tall elephant and looking in his eyes! Meal was excellent. Accommodated perfectly my wife's 12 allergies. And the icing on the cake was the photos they took of your experience FOR FREE, and...More

Thank Brian J
SafparExcellence, Manager at The Elephant Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Dear Brian J, We love Texas! Many thanks for your fantastic review. We are delighted that your wife was happy with the meal too! Please go ahead and share your complimentary photos with the world :) Wishing you all the best for your onward travels...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Would highly recommend a visit here while you are at the falls. Food was great and they do a great job with the elephantsMore

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

Dear Michelle L, Thank you for your review, great to hear you had a great time with us and enjoyed meeting our herd of special elephants. We appreciate the recommendation and look forward to hosting you again soon. Take care on your onward travels. The...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

The Elephant Cafe experience - from the jet boat drive up the Zambezi with Dan, to the humbling and very beautiful elephant encounter and the incredible three-course meal - exceeded our expectations in every way. An absolute highlight and privilege.More

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

Dear Sue and John, Great to hear from you on Trip Advisor, we are all thrilled to hear you had a great time with us and that we exceeded your expectations. We will, of course, pass on your comments to Dan and the rest of...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our experience was absolutely amazing at the elephant cafe, such a wonderful wonderful staff! Africa was very knowledgeable and such a great host. Once in a lifetime experience! 5 stars!!More

Thank Tamaryn S
SafparExcellence, Manager at The Elephant Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Tamaryn S, Many thanks for your 5* review of The Elephant Cafe! Yes, Africa is such a gem - you know he has been with this same elephant herd nearly his whole life! Dedicated indeed and true to his name. We will be sure...More

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13 August 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
30 July 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
9 April 2018|
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Response from SafparExcellence | Property representative |
Hi. Our apologies for the delay in answering- if you are staying in Zimbabwe we will certainly make an arrangement for a pick up, please just chat to us on email. We hope you enjoyed your visit to The Elephant Cafe!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
US$135 - US$220
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, View, Romantic
Open Hours
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:00
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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