“One of the highlights in Livingstone is a jet boat ride on the Zambezi, screaming with the thrill of jetting at speed, then slowing down to give way to a pod of hippos midstream and elephants on the banks. Our destination was the fabulous surprise which is The Elephant Cafe, we were not expecting such an elegant, opened-sided, bespoke, tented restaurant right on the river. The food was delicious, incorporating nuts and produce sourced locally, the children loved feeding the elephants, as did we. Thank you for a truly wonderful day on the edge of the mighty Zambezi at The Elephant Cafe, we would highly recommend a trip for lunch.” – Victoria Fox-Smith, Sydney, Australia
“Nothing short of Magical”
“The Highlight of my Africa trip”
Three magical experiences in one. We invite you to enjoy a speedboat transfer (approx.40 mins) from Livingstone up the Zambezi River to our exclusive tented restaurant built on a wooden deck, upstream from Victoria Falls – the centrepoint of a riverside location that has been home to a herd of hand-reared elephants for many years.
You will have the opportunity to meet the herd, learn their stories and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime close encounter with these gentle giants before you are welcomed into The Elephant Café for a unique dining experience with Chef de Cuisine Annabel Hughes and her team who specialise in creating a foodie’s delight of fresh locally-sourced food and wild edibles.
Clients have the option of arriving by speedboat or with a road transfer from your Livingstone accommodation. Return transfers and limited alcoholoc / non-alcohlic drinks are included in the rate. Minimum Age is 10yrs.
Reservations for Breakfast, Lunch, High Tea or Dinner are available. Advance Reservation and Notification of any Special Dietary Requirements is essential!
“Stunning experience and fabulous food from local ingredients. Well worth visiting if you are in Livingstone. It was a very special last meal with my 85-year-old Mum who declared it the best meal she had ever had! She loved feeding the elephants as well. Thanks, Annabel.” – Vivien Brelsford, Bangkok, Thailand
“Our lunch at the Elephant Cafe was one of the absolute highlights of our trip to Africa. Meeting the rescue elephants was thrilling–we got to pet them, feel their mighty tusks, and smile as they reached out to us with their trunks for food. We have adorable photos with the baby! Then we were escorted onto this beautiful deck over the river and handed a champagne cocktail before being seated for lunch, so very pleasant. The prix fixe, three-course meal was absolutely fabulous, first class–like nothing I expected to find anywhere in Africa. Lunch was unique because it included surprising elements of local fruits and flavors which we found intriguing and delightful. And watching monkeys cavorting in the trees and hippos puffing in the water below while we sipped our cappuccinos, well, it was a glorious end to a truly exceptional experience.” – Cynthia Morris, Bluemont, Virginia, USA