Guests can arrive by speedboat or road transfer.
The boat ride takes approximately 20 minutes, but may take longer if wildlife is spotted along the way. The boat moors at a (small) island just upriver from Zambezi Elephant Trails, which clients will need to walk across to a waiting pontoon for the final leg of the river trip to the Café. The boat will depart from David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa jetty (or Royal Livingstone on request). The boat ride takes approximately 20 minutes, but may take longer if wildlife is spotted along the way. The boat moors at a (small) island just upriver from Zambezi Elephant Trails, which clients will need to walk across to a waiting pontoon for the final leg of the river trip to the Café.
Road transfer from Livingstone town / lodges take approximately 20 – 30 minutes. Times are dependent on where clients are staying and how many pick-ups there are on the day, therefore may vary slightly
Built on a deck over the Zambezi River with interior design done by Belinda Aston, the beautiful restaurant sits twenty-four guests and pre-booking is essential. Various meal options are available from early morning breakfast to three-course lunches, decadent high teas and a three-course dinner.
Zambezi Elephant Trails is home to a very special family of elephants, who were originally rescued from drought or culls decades ago. Over the years, these original elephants have been joined by babies born within the herd as well as the special addition by a “stray” from the wild who joined us. These elephants have grown up with safe human support using the positive reinforcement method.
The guests’ experience begins when they board a jet boat to cruise upriver from Victoria Falls, keeping an eye out for wildlife in the national parks that border each side of the Zambezi River. But it is when they step out into the elephant sanctuary that the magic really begins.
There they are greeted by elephants of all ages. Guests can stroke them, feed them, pose for photos with them — a once-in a-lifetime opportunity to interact this closely with elephants. Then, as they are invited up onto a beautifully-appointed deck suspended over the Zambezi River and handed a champagne cocktail, the guests’ attention gets pulled in a new direction. There are only enough tables for twenty-four guests at The Elephant Café. Each table is adorned with white linen tablecloths, sparkling glasses, and a singular view out across the river. The meal is prix fixe, so guests can sit back and relax over the delicious “bush gourmet cuisine” unique to The Elephant Café. This exclusive restaurant only uses wild and locally-sourced fresh ingredients, therefore its fine dining menu changes according to the seasonal produce that is available at any given time.
Guests will experience a fine wine list paired with first-class cuisine of a quality rarely found outside major urban centres. Afterwards, they can linger over cappuccinos as they listen to the bush-speak of the animals and birds all around them, satisfied that this was an opportunity they could never experience anywhere else.
Cancellations within 24 hours of the tour pay 100% cancellation fee.
Minimum age 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.
All clients are covered by Specialty Emergency Services (S.E.S) through Safari Par Excellence; however this only covers them for emergency evacuation in life threatening situations. It does not cover hospitalization and medication. As such, travel and medical insurance is compulsory for all clients.