The nomination came as such a surprise. I’d neither heard of the Zambia Hospitality Awards (ZHA), nor expected any sort of recognition for The Elephant Café because we were still so new. But on October 10 we received a letter announcing we’d been nominated in the ZHA’s Best New Restaurant category, and were invited to attend a dinner at the Taj Pamodzi Hotel in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, on October 28, where the winners would be announced.
Chris and I were unable to attend due to a prior engagement, but my colleague, David Vinton from the David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa, a nominee for the Hotel of the Year Zambia, went instead. Below is the photograph David sent of the trophy he collected when we were announced as the winner.