The Experience

BREAKFAST EXPERIENCE BY JETBOAT - MIN 6, MAX 24

06.15 / 06.30 (depending on accommodation location) Livingstone Town accommodation pick-up for road transfer to The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa

06.30 Avani / The Royal Livingstone pick-ups for road transfer to The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa

06.45 Jetboat departs The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa

07.15 Jetboat arrives for Elephant Interaction

07.45 Café for breakfast

09.00 Jetboat departs back to The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa

09.30 Boat arrives at The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa

10.00 Clients back at their accommodation

LUNCH EXPERIENCE BY ROAD - MIN 2, MAX 24

10.45 Pick-ups start at Victoria Falls Waterfront / The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa

11.00 Avani / The Royal Livingstone pick-ups, followed by Livingstone town accommodation pick ups

11.30 Vehicle arrives for Elephant Interaction

12.00 Café for Lunch

13.45 Vehicle departs back to Livingstone

14.15 Clients back at their accommodation

LUNCH EXPERIENCE BY JETBOAT - MIN 2, MAX 24

10.15 / 10.30 (depending on accommodation location) Livingstone town accommodation pick-ups for road transfer to The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa.

10.30 Avani / The Royal Livingstone pick-ups for road transfer to The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa

10.45 Jetboat departs The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa

11.30 Jetboat arrives for Elephant Interaction

12.00 Café for Lunch

13.45 Jetboat departs back to The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa

14.15 Boat arrives at The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa

14.45 Clients back at their accommodation

HIGH TEA EXPERIENCE BY ROAD - MIN 6, MAX 36

14.45 Pick-ups start at Victoria Falls Waterfront / The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa

15.00 Avani / The Royal Livingstone pick-ups, followed by Livingstone town accommodation

15.30 Vehicle arrives for Elephant Interaction and High Tea

17.00 Vehicle departs back to Livingstone

17.30 Clients back at their accommodation

HIGH TEA EXPERIENCE BY JETBOAT - MIN 6, MAX 36

14.15 / 14.30 (depending on accommodation location) Livingstone Town accommodation pick-ups for road transfer to The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa

14.30 Avani / Royal Livingstone pick-ups for road transfer to The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa

14.45 Jetboat departs The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa

15.30 Jetboat arrives for Elephant Interaction and High Tea

17.00 Jetboat departs back to The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa

17.30 Jetboat arrives at The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa

18.00 Clients back at their accommodation

DINNER EXPERIENCE BY ROAD - MIN 2, MAX 24

16.15 Pick-ups start at Victoria Falls Waterfront / The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa

16.30 Avani / Royal Livingstone pick-ups, followed by Livingstone town accommodation

17.00 Vehicle arrives for Elephant Interaction, Sundowners, Canapes & Dinner

20.30 Road transfer departs back to Livingstone – may depart earlier if required

20.00 / 20.30 Road Transfer depart back to Livingstone

20.30 / 21.00 Clients back at their accommodation

DINNER EXPERIENCE BY JETBOAT (RETURN BY ROAD) - MIN 2, MAX 24

15.45 / 16.00 (depending on accommodation location) Livingstone Town accommodation pick-up for road transfer to The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa

16.00 Avani / Royal Livingstone pick-ups for road transfer to The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa

16.15 Jetboat departs The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa

17.00 Jetboat arrives at for the Elephant Interaction, Sundowners, Canapes & Dinner

20.00 / 20.30 Road Transfer depart back to Livingstone

20.30 / 21.00 Clients back at their accommodation

Please note: Min Pax: 2, Min Age: 10 yrs, It is essential to inform us of any allergies or dietary preferences at the time of booking.

A $10 National Park Fee is payable on this activity. Please select the fee when booking online. Alternatively, you can pay on the day.

The Elephant Café at a glance

The Elephant Café experience is a three-tiered offering including a jetboat, elephant interaction and an all-inclusive dining experience that has quickly become one of Victoria Falls’ signature experiences. 

The full experience has a fixed price 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. The Elephant Café is proudly rated the #1 Restaurant in the country and has won many awards since inception in 2016.

The trip departs just upstream of Victoria Falls departing from The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa from where clients will be observing game on the way through the National Parks in Zimbabwe on one side and the Zambian park on the other. Several rapids need to be negotiated on the way up (depending on river conditions) and shallow basalt rock channels avoiding hippos and crocodiles. 

 

The jetboat experience to The Elephant Café is approximately 30 minutes per way. On arrival clients will be met 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 a hosted informative viewing of the herd around the vicinity of the venue. Once the herd retire to forage in the bush, clients are welcomed into The Elephant Café overlooking the Zambezi River for a unique dining experience. Road transfers are also available to the venue and advance reservations are essential.

Please note that all clients will be asked to sign an indemnity form before proceeding on the trip. Clients will be asked to provide an email address in order to receive a Dropbox link to complimentary photographs of their experience should the on-site photographer be available – this is not guaranteed.

The Dining Experience

Dining at The Elephant Café

After a magical interaction with our elephant herd, guests make their way over to the café. This wooden structure built on the river’s edge is designed to blend in with the environment in which it exists. Guests are handed a wild Kir Royale with Sindambi Syrup Appetizer as they enter the restaurant. Our chefs proceed to explain the menu and guests are welcome to relax and enjoy the fully sensory experience on offer at The Elephant Café.

Drinks included with The Elephant Café lunch experience are sparkling wine, red & white wine, beer, local spirits, soft-drinks and water. These drinks are available during the actual meal, any additional drinks required after teas/coffees will be for clients own account and payable directly at the Café.  The Elephant Cafe’s unique cocktails are available at additional cost.

*Sample Menu dependent on seasonal produce available.

The Food Philosophy

The Elephant Café seeks to showcase the taste and smell of the Zambezi landscape. The palate is local, uncompromisingly Livingstone. The team of Chefs at The Elephant Café use local produce sourced from locals farms, markets and the wild, both ancient and modern, always keeping an eye on sustainability. The Elephant Café follows the seasons and the simple and the pure, what is fresh and traditional, characterises The Elephant Café. Many of the wild nuts, fruits and leaves used are also much loved by elephants.

Essential Information

AGE RESTRICTION

Regrettably children under 4 years are not permitted at the venue. Whilst the minimum age to participate in the elephant interaction is 10 years, Guardians of Minors (under 18) will be required to sign an indemnity form on behalf of the minors. A Guardian must accompany children under the age of 16 throughout the activity. There is no child rate. All visitors must be able to obey safety instructions and to keep calm and quiet at all times.

SPECIAL OCCASIONS, WEDDINGS & EXCLUSIVE USE

The Elephant Café is a very exclusive venue that is ideal for a special occasion or private booking. Exclusive-use of The Elephant Café is permitted for min pay 20 guests (applicable for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner experience) and min pay 30 guests for High Tea experience. Birthday cakes can be arranged at additional cost. Please contact us directly for wedding enquiries / photography and film crew requests / other.

DRESSCODE

Smart-casual neutral-coloured clothing is preferred.

Warm clothes are required for winter months for clients who are participating in the elephant interaction.

INCLUSIONS

Return transfers from hotels within Livingstone

WHAT TO BRING

Hat and Sunglasses

Sunscreen Lotion

A cool, long-sleeved shirt is advised for cooler weather

Camera 

EXCLUSIONS

Department of National Parks River Fees

PRIVATE JETBOAT TRIPS

Guaranteed private expeditions are available on request. A minimum payment requirement applies. Please note that not all boats may be operational at the same time therefore private bookings are on a request basis only.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Please note that all clients will be asked to sign an indemnity form before proceeding on the trip. Clients will be asked to provide an email address in order to receive a Dropbox link to complimentary photographs of their experience should the on-site photographer be available – this is not guaranteed. Clients are encouraged to share their experience on TripAdvisor, Facebook and Instagram @theelephantcafezambia #theelephantcafezambia

Our Herd

The Elephant Café concept was a unique solution in order to eliminate the era of elephant-back tourism in favour of ethical hand-reared elephant management.

Clients are invited to interact with members of the herd in a positive and secure environment with the onus of the experience to Observe, Experience, Conserve. This is a wildlife encounter like no other offering a once-in-a lifetime opportunity for observation and a personal meeting with these gentle giants.

Discover a new-found respect for elephants and receive a deeper understanding of their plight.

The origins of Zambezi Elephant Herd are six elephants that were left orphaned after extreme drought led to culling operations in Zimbabwe in the 1960’s and 70’s. Raised with pioneering positive reinforcement techniques – these are elephants that have grown up with safe human support. During the height of the political uncertainty in 2002, the herd and many of their familiar handlers were transferred to the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park under the care of Safari Par Excellence. There is an extremely strong bond between members of the herd and their handlers. This love and respect is generously extended by the elephants to all the humans they meet. The herd receive regular visits from an advisory committee of veterinary specialists, who have assisted in all aspects of the herd dynamics including emotional and physical wellbeing – and the all-important dental check-ups!

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