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The Elephant Cafe

Nakatindi Road | Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, Livingstone 20100, Zambia
+260 21 3320606
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  • Very good5%
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African, Fusion, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Nakatindi Road | Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, Livingstone 20100, Zambia
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The experience was amazing and we were so pleased with the staff as they were very professional in the interaction with the elephants. Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank EllieZam
safparzambia, Public Relations Manager at The Elephant Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded today

Dear EllieZam, Fantastic to hear from you on Trip Advisor and thank you for your review and recommendation. We are all inordinately proud of the team at "The Elephant Cafe", they are all consummate professionals in the care of our Elephant herd, and of course...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Creative, local (even almost forgotten) fresh products, super tasteful, high class dressing, refined service, great wine list, authentic people providing with top notch service and all of this in a place dedicated to the survival of elephants in Zambia... well bravissimo & merci beaucoup for...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank gjamain
safparzambia, Manager at The Elephant Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear gjamain, What a title! We are all thrilled with your feedback. Merci beaucoup to you! All the best, The Elephant Cafe'

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

AMAZING food and experience - well worth every dollar. We had the evening experience and spent time with the elephants before sitting down to an excellent meal, with wonderful service. Would highly recommend that you don't miss this when in Livingstone!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 355kerryh
safparzambia, Manager at The Elephant Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear 355kerryh, Thank you for your fantastic review of The Elephant Cafe - we hope to welcome you back one day soon! Safe Travels, The Elephant Cafe

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

WOW. My husband and I spent part of our honeymoon in Livingston, Zambia and the Elephant Cafe was highly recommended to us. We took a boat over to the cafe and we saw so many different animals on the 40 minute cruise over. The other...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank Jeanette R
safparzambia, General Manager at The Elephant Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Jeanette R, Thank you for your five-star review of your experience with us at the Elephant Cafe, we are all happy to hear you enjoyed your experience! Thank you for your support and we hope to welcome you back one day soon. All the...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My family and I had dinner at the Elephant Cafe last night and it was one of our highlights while in Africa. The boat ride was so much fun, the interaction was out of this world and the food was incredible. I would very much...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Emily R
safparzambia, Director of Sales at The Elephant Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Emily R, Thank you for your incredible review of The Elephant Cafe, we are delighted to be a highlight of your time in Africa! We are all extremely proud of our team and their dedication to our herd and our guests. Thank you for...More

Reviewed 7 November 2018

Never mind the delicious lunch and service! This place is magical! Being so close to a elephant that is not exploit is just a privilege! Love every second of our time here! Keep in mind that is a orphanage for elephants so you are contributing...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Vivraquel100
SafparExcellence, General Manager at The Elephant Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 12 November 2018

Dear Vivraquel100, Thank you for your fantastic review of The Elephant Cafe! We really appreciate your feedback and yes, The Elephant Cafe supports the upkeep, subsidized food, veterinary and care of these magnificent elephants. Thank you for your support and we look forward to hosting...More

Reviewed 6 November 2018

A wonderful experience from being to end. We could not have been happier! The elephants were majestic and the food was divine.More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Safari40066583279
SafparExcellence, Manager at The Elephant Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2018

Dear Safari40066583279, Thank you for your five-star review, we agree that MAGESTIC is the right word to describe the elephants. We are all inordinately proud of our team. Thank you for your support and we look forward to hosting you again soon. The Elephant Cafe'...More

Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

The elephants seemed happy to be there, I'm sure because of the sweet potatoes not because of us :) Supper was excellent and the merchandise was reasonable. I had a great time!More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank I8898DMtracyt
SafparExcellence, Manager at The Elephant Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2018

Dear I8898DMtracyt, Thank you for your review of The Elephant Cafe - yes they sure love a sweet potato! Who doesn't! :) Our chef team of Aubrey Tilimboi, Adeline Banda, Lovedale Nombwana, Edward Kachili and Ephrium Nyambe will be thrilled with the praise. We are...More

Reviewed 5 November 2018

Unique experience to feed and hang out with the elephants before an elegant delicious meal overlooking the great Zambezi river. The vegetarian ravioli was exquisite, ingredients sourced locally (maybe not the lovely wines?) A day to remember forever!More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank sue a
SafparExcellence, Manager at The Elephant Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2018

Dear sue a, Thank you for taking the time to do a Trip Advisor review of your experience with us at The Elephant Cafe', we are all thrilled to hear you had the experience of a lifetime. We are very grateful for your support and...More

Reviewed 3 November 2018

Our trip to the Elephant Cafe was an available excursion for us at our hotel, Tongabezi Lodge. The team at the cafe was extremely knowledgeable, and we could see they cared a great deal about these magnificent giants. We got to feed, pet, and bond...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Evan0057
SafparExcellence, Front Office Manager at The Elephant Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 5 November 2018

Dear Evan0057, Thank you for your five-star review of your experience with us at the Elephant Cafe, we are all happy to hear you had an Incredible time with us. We are all extremely proud of our team and their dedication to our herd and...More

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Mullinscincy
17 September 2018|
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Response from safparzambia | Property representative |
Hi! Many thanks for the query - we will take payment as soon as you have sent through the signed credit card auth form to us or confirmed your reservation online. Please remember to let us know if you have any special... More
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meredith500
13 August 2018|
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Hi! So sorry for the late reply! Yes there is plenty of time at sunset to get many wonderful photographic opportunities - some may argue the BEST time of the day for it! Many thanks and see you soon! Vanessa
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Paul J
30 July 2018|
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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
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
Average prices
US$135 - US$220
Meals
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
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, View, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
06:00 - 20:00
Monday
06:00 - 20:00
Tuesday
06:00 - 20:00
Wednesday
06:00 - 20:00
Thursday
06:00 - 20:00
Friday
06:00 - 20:00
Saturday
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
  • E-mail
Description
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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