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Zambezi Elephant Trails

Zambezi Elephant Trails

Located near Thorntree Lodge, approximately 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.

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Elephant Encounter

Zambezi elephant interaction Trish

Upon arrival to the bush site, the Head Guide will give a short introductory talk including safety aspects.
The guests will then be introduced to the Elephants and their guides.

Participants will then walk through the bush with the elephants for 30 minutes and get the chance to watch them feed, play, socialize and sometimes swim. There will be a guide per elephant to explain about the elephants as well as the local bush. At the end of the walk, you will have a chance to interact with the elephants.

Each Elephant is under the charge of a guide, whom is fully experienced with our elephants. The Professional Head Guide carries a firearm, first aid kit and handheld radio.

  • Pick up from Livingstone accommodation: Between 10:30 -11.00
  • Drop off at Livingstone accommodation: Between 12:15 -12:45
  • Soft drinks, tea and coffee will be served at the end of the trip.
  • Minimum number of 4 clients maximum of 12 clients
  • Numbers: - Minimum of 4 clients, maximum of 12 clients.

Timings: - The whole experience lasts approx 1 hour which includes introductory talk, ½ hour walk,
interaction with elephants, soft drinks. Please allow an extra hour (maximum) for transfers from
Livingstone.

Contact us if you'd like to include this activity during your stay at Victoria Falls.

Elephant interation Victoria Falls

Elephant Interaction

Upon arrival to the bush site, the Head Guide will give a short introductory talk including safety aspects.
The guests will then be introduced to the Elephants and their guides. The guests will interact with the
elephants for approximately 20 minutes.

  • Pick up from Livingstone accommodation: Between 10:30 - 10:45
  • Drop off at Livingstone accommodation: Between 11.45 – 12.00
  • Soft drinks, tea and coffee will be served at the end of the trip.
  • Numbers: - Minimum of 4 clients, maximum of 12 clients. (Larger groups can be catered for on request).
  • Timings: - The whole experience lasts approx 1/2 an hour which includes introductory talk, interaction with elephants, soft drinks. Please allow an extra hour (maximum) for transfers from Livingstone.

Please note that the elephant interaction does not include transfer costs. Transfers can be booked at
$20pp return, alternatively guests can make their own way to the elephant boma.

Additional Information:
Park Fees - guests will be required to pay $10pp park fees, this is payable direct at the elephant boma upon arrival. This is only applicable for the elephant ride.

Transfers:
Please note that pick ups from Livingstone include all lodges within the Livingstone town area as well
as Sussi & Chuma Lodge on the Kazungula Road – any lodges further out than this will have to
organize their own transport.

Videos and photographs
After the trip clients can watch DVD of the day’s outing, they are available for purchase immediately.

Age Restrictions
There is no upper age limit. Whilst the minimum age 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 trip.

Health Requirements
There are no specific health requirements for this activity, and physical disabilities will be considered on
an individual basis. If a guest has any medical condition such as epilepsy, diabetes or dangerous
allergies etc, please ensure that Zambezi Elephant Trails is informed at the time of booking.

Insurance and Safety
All clients travelling with Zambezi Elephant Trails are covered by SES in the unlikely event of an
emergency. Zambezi Elephant Trails is covered by a US$ 1 500 000 Public Liability Insurance.

Contact us if you'd like to include this activity during your stay at Victoria Falls

Elephant interaction encounter

What to bring and wear

Please bear in mind that guests will be responsible for carrying their personal effects while on the ride.
It is therefore advisable that belongings are kept to a reasonable limit. Bottled water and other refreshments will be available, so it is not necessary to bring your own.

We recommend you should bring the following:

  • Sunblock
  • Binoculars
  • Cameras
  • Personal Medication
  • Glasses or Sunglasses
  • Insect Repellent
  • Money for merchandise / video etc

Guests should wear neutral coloured clothes. Wildlife may be encountered and therefore whites and
bright colours should be avoided.

Recommended clothing as follows:

  • Long trousers with closed, comfortable shoes.
  • Long-sleeved shirts, especially in the summer months.
  • A wide brimmed hat.
  • Sweater is recommended for the months of May to August.

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