First off the Elephant Cafe is a 5 course set menu dinner and the chance to interact with African Elephants!
The morning started with my brother and I not feeling that great from traveling so many hours and lack of sleep, because it was our first day in Africa, so we were thinking about canceling our reservation at the Cafe. We were super excited to see elephants and interact with them, however, the money didn’t seem worth it because we didn’t know if our stomachs could handle the 5 course meal. But we chugged some water and decided to go.
Omg thank goodness we did. We hopped aboard a 5 person motor boat looking dorky as ever in our bright blue life jackets, fanny packs, and cameras. Just the start of this adventure was fabulous, we cruised along the Zambian River keeping our eyes peeled for crocodiles and hippos. Sure enough our driver knew what to look for, because before we knew it he was speeding over to the river bank pointing something out. My brother and I sat clueless to what he was seeing.. but then we saw it. A crocodile just sun bathing on the bank. Our driver got a little close for comfort but when it started to open it’s mouth in response to us it was so incredible (scary)! Haha.
The river boat ride continued on for about 25 minutes until we reached the Elephant Cafe. Immediately we saw the elephants and the beautiful little 5 star restaurant on a platform over the water. We were greeted my the kindest staff, and then got to spend an hour playing and feeding elephants. The elephants were incredible. The staff was also incredibly knowledgable about each individual elephant.
Then.. the 5 course meal. All local food nothing imported, one of the best meals I’ve ever had! All of the courses were so delicious and wonderfully presented. On top of the amazing food, the service and atmosphere was phenomenal. The max capacity is 24 per night, so it’s an extremely intimate experience! Amazing experience! 10/10 recommend The Elephant Cafe in you are traveling to Livingstone, Zambia