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Safari Par Excellence - Elephant Encounter

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Address: Victoria Falls, Zambia
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+260 21 3320606
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Located just 10 km from Livingstone, Zambezi Elephant Trails has...

Located just 10 km from Livingstone, Zambezi Elephant Trails has established Zambia’s first “Elephant Camp” – offering a once in a lifetime insight into these gentle giants. Together with this ecologically friendly method of game viewing, a strong emphasis is placed on an Elephant experience rather than just an Elephant ride and guests are encouraged to interact with these majestic and intelligent African mammals. The training techniques used by Zambezi Elephant Trails are based on the positive reinforcement method as opposed to the controversial “discipline and submission” technique commonly associated with Asian Elephants.

Our five African Elephants Mashumbi, Danny, Liwa, Madinda and Marula each offer two guests an unparalleled viewpoint of the mighty Zambezi River and surrounding bush area of Mosi Oa Tunya National Park. Nandi born to Liwa in 2004 and Sekuti the orphan now seven, will carry just one guest each. Our two youngsters Muyuni and Nyami accompany on the walk frolicking along with the herd.

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A fantastic morning. We had an hour riding the elephants with knowledgeable handlers and then we got to feed our elephants. The video made was also fab. Unforgettable.

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Reviewed 24 September 2016
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Derby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 September 2016

A fantastic morning. We had an hour riding the elephants with knowledgeable handlers and then we got to feed our elephants. The video made was also fab. Unforgettable.

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SafparExcellence, Manager at Safari Par Excellence - Elephant Encounter, responded to this review

Thanks Kelly B! Our handlers have all worked with these elephants for a very long time, know their quirks, likes and dislikes. All have very unique personalities. Zammem does do a fab video, will pass along your compliments to the team. More 

Mombasa, Kenya
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Reviewed 18 September 2016

This is a must do for travellers, we really had a wonderful morning and have never been so close to such a majestic animal!

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SafparExcellence, The ZET team at Safari Par Excellence - Elephant Encounter, responded to this review

Thanks for the 5 stars Penny. We think our elephants are pretty majestic too! More 

Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 14 September 2016

I had the opportunity to do the elephant encounter at the end of my 4 week African experience. It was definitely a highlight and topped off what was already an amazing holiday. Great staff and even better elephants. I spent my time with 50 year old Danny, such a gentle giant. Loved every second of my time with him.

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SafparExcellence, The ZET Team at Safari Par Excellence - Elephant Encounter, responded to this review

Thanks Hayley. Danny is so special, he is our dominant bull who keeps the younger bulls in line though is always so very gentle. What a great way to end your time in Africa! More 

Sterling Heights, Michigan
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

This encounter was phenomenal. The elephants are well cared for and appear relaxed and happy. The guides and everyone who works at the Elephant Encounter were great. I would highly recommend this experience. I went by myself since my husband chose another excursion and i was comfortable alone. My group consisted of mainly couples and one family with a tween... More 

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Hi Susan, thanks for the 5* review! We do take pride in having relaxed elephants and ensure their day is mostly spent in the bush being elephants. Agreed this is not for very young children as our age limit is 10 years old. Very happy to hear you felt coming on your own! More 

Newman, Australia
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

What a wonderful adventure riding on a large African elephant they are such a gentle soul and so well looked after.

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Thank you Leah. These are very special animals indeed More 

Passau, Germany
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

perfect service of transport, very helpfull information in the showroom by the staff and especially by the wallpapers! a very kind guide at the back of big Danny: he explained everything with a lot of patience, good fellow! we felt safe at every moment of the trip on the elephant back. back at home we have to answer many questions... More 

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SafparExcellence, The ZET Team at Safari Par Excellence - Elephant Encounter, responded to this review

Hi Vreni, Danny is the very definition of Gentle Giant as big of a personality as he is tall. Zambezi Memories does produce an amazing video of your trip and we're happy you can relive those moments. More 

New York
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

I did the elephant ride and interaction before going on safari. It was a great opportunity to experience a bit of their personalities. You'll learn they love to eat (even while carrying you). Each person shares the elephant with a guide who will tell them all about the elephants and answer any questions--I had Christophe who is very knowledgeable and... More 

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Thanks for the 5* review Jason. Christopher has a very unique relationship with the elephants. He had first started working with horses so has a keen insight into animal behavior, he has been with us for many years. Although elephants are not territorial though they do like to socialize so best not to get too close to wild elephants while... More 

Vancouver, British Columbia
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Reviewed 12 September 2016

A unique opportunity to get up close & personal with the elephants - each with their own unique personality! :) The location appears well-kept & well-run, the animals and the trainers both seem to be healthy & happy doing what they are doing, and it is a terrific experience.

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SafparExcellence, Manager at Safari Par Excellence - Elephant Encounter, responded to this review

Dear paulsama Thanks for the 5* review - as said definitely a unique experience and opportunity to get close to these giants! We are located within Mosi-oa-Tunya National park, and the elephants are free to roam, though always come back when called for. The park stretches along banks of the Zambezi river too, so rides pass alongside the river too.... More 

McKinney, Texas
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Reviewed 12 September 2016

We had Africa as our guide and we rode on Dani! He was the alpha male of the group and it was great fun. The animals appear to be well cared for. Lots of fun.

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SafparExcellence, Manager at Safari Par Excellence - Elephant Encounter, responded to this review

Dear bbots Thanks for posting a review! Great to hear you enjoyed meeting Africa and our team of elephant handlers - along with Dani and the rest of the elephant herd! we have a great team here at Zambezi elephant trails - and are all extremely fond of this unique and special herd. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your... More 

Rigby, Idaho
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Reviewed 12 August 2016

This is a great experience riding around on elephants saved from the wild. These elephants are well trained and the guides are knowledgeable. I didn't look into it as closely as I should have because we were in a hurry and I thought we would see other animals on the trail (Safari is in the name). We saw a wild... More 

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SafparExcellence, Manager at Safari Par Excellence - Elephant Encounter, responded to this review

Dear WesternTraveler99 Thank you for your review and good to hear that you enjoyed meeting our herd of elephants. The ride takes place within the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, which is a small park just outside Livingstone, on the banks of the Zambezi. As you experienced, while there are other animals within the national park, it really is luck of the... More 

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