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Reviewed 8 December 2017

Excellent time. Elephants and cheetah were wonderful. Staff was was warm and helpful. Watch out for mosquitoes in the evening. Falls were great but in dry season they are not as spectacular as they are just after the rainy season. The tents offered great privacy and the small number of guests provided an intimacy that you cannot get in a larger setting. The baboons were a riot!

  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 December 2017 via mobile

The Elephant Camp is set in a private reserve close enough to Victoria Falls that you can see the spray from the falls in the distance, and it is accessible within about 15 minutes drive....but far enough that you really do feel away from it all.
On arrival we were greeted by Leslie, who showed us around and helped us to plan our stay. There is certainly a wow-factor to the beautiful accommodation, and it is hard at first to believe that the rooms are really tents. This became easier to believe at night when the insects found their way inside, but this was really the only draw-back!
Staff were exceptionally friendly and knowledgeable, we were made to feel very welcome and that everyone wanted us to have an enjoyable time. The difference with other camps was that we didn't have a dedicated guide, there were different guides for the different activities, but this seemed to work perfectly with the set-up. Kosmos took us for sundowners at the gorge, we had an early morning walking safari with Khule, who knew all the sounds and tracks, and then Wonder gave us a fantastic tour of the falls themselves. We followed the tour with lunch at the Lookout Cafe and then finished the afternoon with a helicopter ride over the falls. From a distance the helicopters looked like they were too high to get a good view, but on experiencing the so-called Flight of Angels, it proved to be perfect and a really amazing experience.
The food at the Elephant Camp was of really good quality, and head chef Dean frequently checked up on us and asked for feedback on the menu.
Finally, we finished our stay with a tour of the laboratory, which was quite fascinating, and also highly encouraging to hear what the camp, together with Wild Horizons, are doing to contribute to and even lead the way in conservation efforts.

Stayed: November 2017, travelled with friends
Thank Ruth E
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WildHorizons, Public Relations Manager at The Elephant Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2017

Dear Ruth

Thank you for your lovely and informative review on Trip Advisor. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at the The Elephant Camp so much. We are very pleased that you managed to meet Sylvester, our beautiful cheetah ambassador, and our resident elephant herd. It sounds as though you had a wonderful time and fitted so much into your stay. We are also delighted that you visited the laboratory and could see first hand the work that we are committed to doing towards conservation. Thank you for your very high recommendation.

With warm regards
Management and Staff
The Elephant Camp

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Reviewed 3 December 2017 via mobile

A great experience! Elephant Camp has great animal interactions with Elephants and I love the morning walk with Sylvester - one of my most memorable experience.

It is very close to the airport and to VF - 15 mins. U can easily go back and forth for exciting activities eg rafting.

Camp is abit tired but the advantages above over weight. Staffs are friendly and professional.

May come again to visit Sylvester and try the activities in VF. Pls take good care of him!

Stayed: November 2017, travelled with friends
Thank Sing Hee L
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WildHorizons, Public Relations Manager at The Elephant Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2017

Dear Sing Hee

Thank you so much for your review. We love to hear how much guests have enjoyed every aspect of their stay with us. Our staff take great pride in ensuring that our guests have a wonderful time! It is a truly memorable experience to meet Sylvester and we are delighted that you enjoyed it so much. Thank you for recommending us. We look forward to welcoming you back.

With kind regards
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Reviewed 30 November 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Elephant Camp, you are in this beautiful location with views of Victoria falls in the distance. Our room was very comfortable and spacious with a deck and plunge pool and a lovely bathroom with a large bathtub overlooking the view.
The main building has a beautifully decorated lounge and bar area with indoor and outdoor dining and the food and service was excellent.
The Falls are a short drive away and being able to interact with the resident elephants and Sylvester the cheetah makes this a perfect stay.

Room Tip: Ask for one close to the main building as we had a fair walk to get to ours.
Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Christine D
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WildHorizons, Public Relations Manager at The Elephant Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2017

Dear Christine

Thank you so much for your lovely review on Trip Advisor. We are thrilled to hear just how much you loved your stay with us. Our staff are 100% committed to ensuring that our guests have a wonderful time and feel at home during their stay. We are so pleased that you enjoyed, among other things, your visit to the Victoria Falls and interacting with the resident cheetah and elephants. Thank you for recommending us so highly. We would love to welcome you back for one day.

With kind regards
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Reviewed 28 November 2017 via mobile

We spent three nights here at the end of our trip to Africa, and were thrilled with the service we received from the moment we arrived. Our itinerary had been printed & planned according to our requests, and they went above and beyond to accomodate additional requests.

Something I did not see other reviewers post was the fact that no matter what your excursion, you are not simply dropped off. Your driver will stay and wait for you until your excursion is complete. We very much appreciated that. It definitely gave us peace of mind!

The accommodations were great, we wanted for nothing in our tent. There was always plenty of bottled water, and the air conditioning was very welcome at the end of our daily activities. The meals were ample and delicious, and dinner had more than one choice, often including something with local flair. The houskeeping & laundry services did a great job, too.

We did the Zambezi sunset cruise, Vic Falls tour (with our great driver giving the personal tour for us), a helpcopter tour of the falls, Devils Pool, and the Lookout Cafe lunch. All were booked by the camp, and aside from a park fee at the heli ride & transfer fee for Devils Pool that we needed cash for, we paid all the tour costs to the camp at the end of our stay.

Be sure to bring smaller bills in USD for tips, park fees, etc. Also, bring a small headlamp or your tent's flashlight for your walks to and from dinner. We had some of our best insect sighting/pictures on our walks to and from dinner!

Most importantly, we did the Sylvester Cheetah walk and the elephant back safari. Those two were the most amazing parts of our 15 day trip, and should not be missed! Hearing Sylvester purr with contentment during & after the walk and getting to be with such a magnificent animal was a total dream come true! What a neat cat he is, and his caretakers know him so well! Feeding the elephants after the ele back safari made us feel like we were 5 years old again - what a great time. We also bought the souvenir footprint of the elephant we rode, Janet.

We will definitely return to The Elephant Camp ehen we go back to Africa!

Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank tangokilo12
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WildHorizons, Public Relations Manager at The Elephant Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2017

Dear Tangokilo

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a magnificent review on Trip Advisor! We are delighted that the Elephant Camp had such a wonderful impact on you and that you were able to meet Sylvester and the elephants. Our staff will be delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay so much and your kind comments have been passed on to them. Our staff always try to go above and beyond our guests expectations and they will be delighted to see your kind comments. Thank you for recommending us so highly.

With kind regards
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