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The Elephant Cafe Experience

A once-in-a-lifetime affair with the African elephant and an unexpected and intriguing dining experience on the banks of the upper Zambezi River

The Elephant Cafe, Victoria Falls, Zambia

The site of the Cafe on the Zambezi River banks

An elegant fine-dining restaurant built in the vicinity of an elephant sanctuary, the Elephant Cafe is exactly what its name suggests. This award winning freshly built establishment offers guests a chance to interact with the gentle African elephant, and then enjoy unique and wild flavours sourced locally in a gourmet meal. The elephants at Zambezi Elephant Trails are hand-reared, the older ones rescued from severe droughts and culling exercises done years ago, while the younger ones came from the wild or have been born into the herd. The tented open cafe is set on a wooden deck, elevated on stilts over the Zambezi River itself, and comfortably seats up to 24 people.

The experience starts with a 20-minute cruise up the Zambezi River. You will be picked up by transfer vehicle from your lodging, and taken to the jetty where a small jetboat will be waiting for you to take you to the Elephant Cafe, 10kms upstream from the Victoria Falls. Alternatively, you can take a game drive option through the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, where you can see different kinds of game along the way.

Upon arrival, you will meet some of the rescued elephants and some of the younger ones which were born at the sanctuary. Spend some time feeding and playing with them while you hear stories of their lives.

You will be invited to the tented cafe for another once-in-a-lifetime experience - a fine-dining affair with unique meals prepared using wild ingredients infused with local Zambian foods. A champagne cocktail kicks off the dining experience.

"Guests will experience a fine wine list paired with first-class cuisine of a quality rarely found outside major urban centres" - The Elephant Cafe

The meals available depend on the trip: Early breakfast, Three-course Lunch, High Tea, or Three-course Dinner. Because a lot of the ingredients aren't available all year round, the menus are also seasonal, dependant on what is available. Below is a sample lunch menu:
 

The Elephant Cafe Lunch Menu

Wild Kir Royale (with Sindambi Syrup)
Honey-roasted Mixed Nuts & Seeds with Rosemary

APPETIZER
Roasted Red Pepper & Masawa Soup with Greek Yoghurt
Warm Homemade Ciabatta Bread
*Local ingredients sourced from Mudede Farm, Eastwood Farm, Dambwa Market & Livingstone Fruit Farm

MAIN
Lightly-poached Tilapia Fillets in a Thai Basil & Coconut Sauce Baby Bok Choi & Green Beans with Peanuts and Lime
French Potato Purée
*Local ingredients sourced from Zambezi Fish Farm, Dambwa Market, Muchenje Farm & Livingstone Fruit Farm

DESSERT
Marula Ice Cream & Grilled Mango with a Mongongo Nut Florentine
*Local ingredients sourced from Eastwood Farm, Komanyana Village & Livingstone Fruit Farm

Coffee & Tea with Bush Biscotti


After your meal, spend some time listening to the sounds of the African bush, from monkeys to hippos and antelope, and take in the magic of the Zambezi River in front of you.

You will be returned to your accommodation via jetboat cruise downstream, or through the game park if that is the way you came in.

Elephants by the cafe Meeting the locals Elegant settings under the tent Jetting up the Zambezi Delicious desserts Appetising and delightful Creative combinations

What to Bring

• Camera
• Binoculars
• Sunglasses
• Dress comfortably
• Insect repellent if required
• US$10 National Park fees to be paid on entry

What you Need to Know

• There are four trips available each day and guests can arrive by boat cruise or road transfer:
Duration: The boat rides take about 20 minutes. Road transfers can take between 20 and 30 minutes.

  Boat Transfer Game Drive Transfer
Breakfast Pick-up: from 6h10
Drop-off: 9h30 to10h00
(*1h45mins)
No game drive transfer for the breakfast trip
Lunch Pick-up: from 10h00
Drop-off: 14h15 to14h45
(*2h30mins)
Pick-up: from 10h30
Drop-off: 14h15 to 14h30
(*2h20mins)
High Tea Pick-up: from 14h15
Drop-off:17h45 to 18h15
(*1h45mins)
Pick-up: from 14h50
Drop-ff: 17h45 to 18h00
(*1h45mins)
Dinner Pick-up: from 15h15
Drop-off: from 21h00 to 21h15
(*3h15mins)
Pick-up: 16h15
Drop-off: 21h00 to 21h15
(*3h30mins)
*These are approximate times between arrival at the cafe and departure


• Maximum group size is 24 which is the most people that can be seated at the Elephant Cafe
• Transfers from your accommodation, food and beverages are included

Children
The minimum age is 10 years of age, and children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.


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