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Safari Par Excellence - Elephant Encounter

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Victoria Falls, Zambia
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The fact is that wild elephants need to be tamed in order to ride them and the process is a... read more

Reviewed 15 December 2017
MrsLJB3
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Seattle, Washington
Wonderful Experience!

This was a wonderful activity. The guide, Africa, was very informative and the elephants was just... read more

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Reviewed 24 October 2017
Neil_de_Jonge
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Pretoria, South Africa
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Reviewed 15 December 2017

The fact is that wild elephants need to be tamed in order to ride them and the process is a horrible series of physical abuse. Look closely at some of these photos and you will see a short spear like object in the elephant handlers...More

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Reviewed 24 October 2017

This was a wonderful activity. The guide, Africa, was very informative and the elephants was just amazing. One can see that the elephants are well treated and it was a delight to see the whole family going for a swim after the interaction. This is...More

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Reviewed 23 October 2017

Fabulous! Very informative. The elephants were cared for and loved. The walk is very serene and done with great integrity . The elephants have been rescued over many years from poachers or injury from poachers. They cannot return to the wild but live freely in...More

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Reviewed 16 October 2017

Staff very friendly and knowledgeable. Excellent opportunity to experience the gentle giants and learn about them.More

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SafparExcellence, Owner at Safari Par Excellence - Elephant Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2017

Dear amrcjr, Many thanks for your review on the Elephant Encounter experience! Zambezi Elephants is home to a very special herd – the older elephants, like bulls Bop, Danny and Madinda were rescued from severe drought and elephant culls decades ago in Zimbabwe. Raised with...More

Reviewed 16 October 2017

It was quite a thrill to ride the biggest elephant of all times, and then sit on her leg and feed her. What a neat deal. I had thought it was a rehab place, however, and it is not, really. It appears the elephants are...More

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SafparExcellence, Owner at Safari Par Excellence - Elephant Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2017

Dear Sari Y, Many thanks for your review on the Elephant Encounter experience! Zambezi Elephants is home to a very special herd – the older elephants, like bulls Bop, Danny and Madinda were rescued from severe drought and elephant culls decades ago in Zimbabwe. Raised...More

Reviewed 14 August 2017

They really care about their employees and their elephants. It shows in the way the elephants respond and the way the employees treat the elephants. We had a wonderful time riding on Danny and the others. It was so much fun seeing their environment and...More

Thank Nicole S
SafparExcellence, Director of Sales at Safari Par Excellence - Elephant Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2017

Dear Nicole S, Many thanks for your review on the Elephant Encounter experience! The elephants have come under our care from various backgrounds but they have created a happy dynamic here within the safety of Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. For your information, Safari Par Excellence have...More

Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

Having travelled extensively in south east Asia and seen the way elephants are managed I am always cautious about this type of thing. Having been able to ride the elephants listen to the passion with which the staff speak about their charges and the positive...More

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SafparExcellence, Director of Sales at Safari Par Excellence - Elephant Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2017

Dear Andrew H, Many thanks for your review on the Elephant Encounter experience! The elephants have come under our care from various backgrounds but they have created a happy dynamic here within the safety of Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. For your information, Safari Par Excellence have...More

Reviewed 20 July 2017

Enjoyed the adventure. The guides were both knowledgeable and professional. The ride was fun and we look forward to coming again.More

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SafparExcellence, General Manager at Safari Par Excellence - Elephant Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2017

Dear catherineelaine77, Many thanks for your review on the Elephant Encounter experience! The elephants have come under our care from various backgrounds but they have created a happy dynamic here within the safety of Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. For your information, Safari Par Excellence have now...More

Reviewed 23 March 2017

The elephants are clearly well looked after and happy. The walk was enjoyable, however the interaction is very brief!

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SafparExcellence, Manager at Safari Par Excellence - Elephant Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2017

Thank you so much doseofwanderlust - love your username! The interaction at the end of the trip is part of our positive reinforcement training. The elephants know there is a treat at the end as well and some affection.

Reviewed 14 March 2017

It was one of my life time high's.. what an experience. The Elephants are so gentle of nature and are well cared for.

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SafparExcellence, Manager at Safari Par Excellence - Elephant Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2017

Thank you anelb506 for your 5* review.

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Kathe S
27 August 2016|
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Response from thetrickster68 | Reviewed this property |
It was around 20 mins drive from Victoria Falls. We were in a group and transportation was arranged. I'm sure hotel could book transportation.
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