The Elephant Cafe – Rated #1 Restaurant Experience in Zambia
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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 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 may 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.
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.
The palate is local, uncompromisingly Livingstone. The 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 she uses are also much loved by elephants.
SAMPLE DINNER MENU
Wild Kir Royale with Sindambi Syrup Appetizer
Fire Roasted Bell-Pepper Soup with Wild Masawa Syrup, Greek Yogurt & Edible Flowers served with Homemade Ciabatta
Seared Beef Fillet with Caramelized Garlic, Red Wine & Truffle Oil served with Mongu Rice & Native Quinoa, Peppery Leaves, Mixed Nuts & Cranberries with Fire roasted Butternut Squash & Minted Yoghurt.
Bondwe, Basil & Wild Mungongo Nut Ravioli served with Lemon-Infused Brown Butter (V)
Flourless Dark Chocolate Torte served with Strawberry & Basil Ice Cream
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.
We offer a Set Menu – therefore it is essential that we are notified of any dietary requirements in advance.
Menus are subject to change with the season.
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.
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!
The Elephant Cafe meal timings are set as follows – please note that advanced reservation is essential!
BREAKFAST EXPERIENCE BY JETBOAT – MIN 6, MAX 24
*Jetboat option only
LUNCH EXPERIENCE BY JETBOAT – MIN 2, MAX 24
LUNCH EXPERIENCE BY ROAD – MIN 2, MAX 24
HIGH TEA EXPERIENCE BY JETBOAT – MIN 6, MAX 36
HIGH TEA EXPERIENCE BY ROAD – MIN 6, MAX 36
DINNER EXPERIENCE BY JETBOAT (RETURN BY ROAD) – MIN 2, MAX 24
DINNER EXPERIENCE BY ROAD – MIN 2, MAX 24