The Elephant Camp

The Elephant Camp

Wild Horizons Wildlife Sanctuary Victoria Falls National Park, Victoria Falls Zimbabwe
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The Elephant Camp is nestled within the Wild Horizons Wildlife Sanctuary, resting lightly on a ridge between the Batoka Gorges and Masuwe River. The tented lodge is brimming with a timeless safari elegance which flows onto a spacious eco-friendly deck to reveal an uninterrupted view of the Batoka Gorge, watering hole and the breathtaking spray that swells above the Victoria Falls rainforest. The main area invites continuous engagement with the beautiful wild surrounds, from the al fresco dining area to the sunken fireplace and secluded viewing points. The canvas suites are carefully placed to capture the best views, featuring private balconies complete with crystal clear pools, an outdoor shower and an elegant, uncluttered interior design. Three of the suites feature star beds, elevated on a platform to enhance the depth of the dramatic view. To ensure an intimate and exclusive safari experience, The Elephant Camp is divided into two lodges, Main Camp and Camp West. Both are of the same exceptional standard and the flagship design of The Elephant Camp Main has been thoughtfully adapted at Camp West, creating the perfect safari lodge option for exclusive-use bookings by groups and families.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Free breakfast
Entertainment staff
Free airport transportation
Massage
24-hour security
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Airport transportation
Concierge
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Outdoor fireplace
Sun terrace
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
Room features
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Safe
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Minibar
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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3.5 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Great View
Luxury
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans
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5.0
5.0 of 5 bubbles1,567 reviews
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Elephant Camp is celebrated for its luxurious offerings, including private plunge pools and unique elephant encounters that contribute to a serene and adventurous experience. The rooms at Elephant Camp garner high praise for their luxury, cleanliness, and breathtaking views, ensuring a space both comfortable and elegant. The hotel's atmosphere is noted for blending modern amenities with stunning vistas, while the staff's exceptional service is frequently highlighted by guests for their friendliness and professionalism. Travelers regard the hotel as offering excellent value, encompassing all-inclusive pricing and a host of amenities. Cleanliness is another strong suit, though a minor critique points to the need for cleaner floors.
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Ben E wrote a review Sep 2023
Hotel's Favorite
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Elephant Camp, close to Victoria Falls, is a truly exceptional resort.

Situated on a large estate of largely untouched bush, with numerous species of wildlife present (including rescued elephants), the property has excellent game drives immediately accessible, as well as all of the attractions of Vic Falls and the Zambezi within a very short drive. The scientific station and Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust, located within the property is also well worth a visit.

The standard of rooms, shared areas and hospitality was uniformly high, with no hiccups at all during our stay. The food was excellent, and Richard, our chef, was very happy to tweak the menu & to make a few specials for us.

Overall, one of the best aspects of the resort was the staff, who were not only friendly, helpful and professional but also very proactive and interested in finding out what we wanted to do and how they could make our stay even better.

Our party included my elderly and rather infirm mother, who was accommodated without any issues at all. The staff suggested - and then arranged for - a wheelchair (& a young man to push it) and priority access to the Falls for her. This left our guide free to focus on showing us as much of the natural beauty of the Falls without needing to worry about how Mum was getting on.

Our stay at Elephant Camp was an amazing start to our holiday. The only thing that I would say is that, because we were a day late arriving, due to plane trouble, that we probably tried to cram too much in on the first day.

In hindsight, taking it easier and enjoying the Camp & activities at a more relaxed pace on Day 1 would probably have been even better!
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Date of stay: August 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Brian M wrote a review Jan 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Having visited Victoria Falls previously and thinking i had experienced much of what the city had to offer, i can say confidently that my stay at The Elephant Camp absolutely opened my eyes to how much of the area i had previously missed. The tours and experiences on offer from The Elephant camp were outstanding and the knowledge the guides had of the area, animals and history of Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls was immersive.

On top of The Elephant Camp's ability to guide a person through the sights and sounds of Victoria Falls, the environment created around the camp itself is second to none. The staff were unbelievably welcoming and greeted us with smiling faces and waving hands every single time we returned to the camp after a day of adventures. There was never a moment in which the staff were unable or unwilling to assist us and did everything they could to make sure we were comfortable and cared for, whether that was first thing in the morning or late at night. The rooms were immaculate and the views of the surrounding landscape from each private deck were like something out of a story book. On a holiday that was heavily directed towards adventure and experiencing Zimbabwe, it would be easy to overlook the food and drinks. However, the quality of the meals prepared at the camp were fantastic, and everyone's needs were catered for.

I can say with confidence that The Elephant Camp was central to our stay and our desire to experience Victoria Falls on another level. i am certain i will be back one day, and i would urge anyone who is visiting Zimbabwe to visit Victoria Falls and stay at The Elephant Camp.
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled with family
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FarnhamGirl wrote a review Feb 2020
Farnham, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A wonderful personal service in beautiful surroundings, with luxury accommodation and nothing was too much trouble for the staff. All inclusive was just that, including doing your laundry. Some trips were extra but transport was provided to meet the trip transport. We LOVED the safari day trip to Chobe in Botswana and the visit to the Falls was breathtaking.
The staff were friendly, helpful, polite and informative. The evening meal choices were restrictive and had no vegetarian option, but I got the impression that if we had asked for something different, it would have been provided. They even drove us the 30 minutes to their other property ‘Old Drift’ for lunch, when we asked what it was like, at no extra cost (this was luxurious too, by the Zambezi river).
There are elephants to see nearby; some can be seen close up when accompanied by the staff and you can feed them.
We loved our stay at Elephant Camp and were made to feel special. Just make sure you keep covered up to avoid mosquito bites. You need to take malaria tablets but we had no side effects from these.
We would highly recommend the Elephant Camp, especially if you love wildlife.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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BBLadies wrote a review Jan 2020
Carbrook, Australia
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
There is so much to love about Elephant Camp. We were welcomed by a staff member who sat down with us to work out what activities we would like to experience during our stay. (Most of these activities were included in our tariff) We chose the early morning Victoria Falls Tour, zip-lining, village tour, Sundowners at the gorge & of course the Elephant Encounter...(who knew there were 3 different ways to feed food pellets to elephants - The toss, drop & hoover methods) All the activities at Elephant Camp were amazing. This was our favourite accommodation on our African holiday. The rooms were roomy & really beautiful ...we loved our private deck with our own plunge pool. It was very convenient having the free laundry service. Loved the little family of mongooses that came to visit us every evening. All staff were so welcoming & very efficient & we really enjoyed the bar staff who were such good fun to hang with. The dining experience here was great. The menu was amazing & the food & service was of a very high standard. It was nice having the chef come out to meet us every night.
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Date of stay: September 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Ilana A wrote a review Feb 2020
Newton, Massachusetts
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A wonderful place near Vic. falls. Fantastic staff. All food and activities (zip-line, white water rafting, game drives) are included which makes it very good value for the price. Highly recommended!!
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Any room is just fine. All rooms are similar and very luxurious.
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climbinggirlnyc wrote a review Sep 2022
New York
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Elephant camp is absolutely amazing. From our first welcome by Rotendu and Himal, we immediately felt like family. Where to start? They made getting there a breeze. Some of us flew into Zimbabwe, and others of us flew into Zambia (Livingstone airport), and EC picked us up and helped keep everything smooth. The rooms were immaculate, mini bar stocked and snacks a plenty. They provide a laundry basket that they collect daily if you should choose to take advantage of that service (very helpful especially if you’re traveling further). The views of the sunrise from the room are breath taking. There’s a plunge pool, outdoor shower. The beds are so comfortable, and you’re left with a beautiful fable each night to read before drifting off.
The food was absolutely unbelievable. Our chef was so friendly, we saw him nightly for dinner. We tried kudu for the first time, and it quickly became a favorite (I have to break it to my kids that we can’t necessarily get that in the US, unfortunately). Everything he made for us was truly spectacular. So delicious.
The excursions were wonderful. We saw the falls (some friends did devils pool, we did the elephant encounter), and opted for the private safari which was an amazing experience. You can’t miss the sunset Zambezi river cruise btw!
We had the most amazing time. I hope to return again someday. Thanks to everyone at elephant camp for such a wonderful, welcoming, and memorable stay.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Wilma Griffith, Owner at The Elephant Camp
Responded Jan 9, 2023
Thank you so much for your wonderful review! It sounds like you had a truly unforgettable experience at The Elephant Camp. It's great to hear that the staff went above and beyond to make your stay comfortable and memorable, and that the food, accommodations, and excursions were all top-notch. We do hope that you will return someday - The Elephant Camp is a truly special place!
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Mbez_77 wrote a review Feb 2020
Johannesburg, South Africa
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
From the second we arrived to the final waves goodbye, the staff at Elephant Camp were absolutely superb. The accommodation was luxurious tented camp with stunning finishes and clean from top to bottom. There were considerate tidbits like mosquito repellent, bottled water in the mini bar, and toiletries. My absolute favourite was the outside shower!! The elephant interaction was truly special, but they really need to urgently update their educational video so that it aligns with their progressive views on animal conservation. Food was delicious, excursions were exciting and well organized, drinks were plenty and all-inclusive (the mini-bar too). View of the mist of falls was amazing (the falls are about a 12 minute drive from the camp). We are definitely going back and look forward to experiencing the warm service of the staff at Elephant Camp again!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
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hamish750 wrote a review Mar 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
From our arrival at the airport we felt so welcomed by the Elephant Camp team! On our arrival to the Camp we were greeted by staff who quickly welcomed us and promptly organised an itinerary for our stay which included a variety of activities that kept us busy and entertained. The accommodation and communal areas were beautiful and peaceful surrounded by trees and bushland with views of the mist from Victoria Falls and elephants walking through the parklands. The food was great with exceptional service from the friendliest bunch of people who always greeted us with the warmest smiles. We couldn't have thought of a better place to get engaged and thank all those that helped in making it happen. We have nothing negative to say about the Elephant Camp and can't thank everyone enough for the incredible time we spent there. We hope to see you all one day soon!
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Date of stay: March 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Rubie C wrote a review Nov 2022
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Unfortunately, we did not have the experience we were sold. Our tent had an indoor shower that was sealed closed and had been for sometime. When we inquired about it, it was suggested we use the outdoor shower or tub. We paid premium for this experience and functioning plumbing is expected. We were moved, but then continually questioned about our two day experience. The menu was bland and little variety. We never had interaction with the elephants. I ended up getting sick by somenting I ate and had to decline future meals. It was way over priced and did not offer the caliber of service we paid for.
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Date of stay: October 2022
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: You have to walk a distance from your tent to the dining area in most cases, you can request a...
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Response from Wilma Griffith, Owner at The Elephant Camp
Responded Nov 11, 2022
Dear Guest, It’s truly regrettable that your experience did not live up to your expectations. We strive to go above and beyond ensuring our guest delight and this is reflected in the reviews we usually receive. For clarity sake, the shower was not sealed shut, but rather had a small leak in the shower door, that developed on the day of your check-in. The leak was sealed (as a temporary measure), enabling the shower usable. At no time during the stay did you make us aware of your illness or of your dislike of the food. Our chef meets each guest in camp and offers them the opportunity to comment on the menu and submit any requests they may have. It's unfortunate that you did not take up this opportunity to raise any issues. Once again, I sincerely apologize that we did not meet your expectations, but, on a positive note we look forward to hosting your traveling partner again, when she returns with her family, after what she describes as "an amazing life changing experience” in The Elephant Camp guestbook. Warmest regards, Wilma
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Lizma wrote a review Nov 2021
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wild Horizons's Elephant Camp is not worth a visit - it's a MUST visit! What a beautiful place, set in truly breath-taking surroundings. Apart from the elegant and comfortable eco-friendly tents, every single member of staff provided us with friendly, efficient service. No stone is left unturned to make guests feel welcome. (And the respectful interaction with the elephants had us in awe.) All in all, a magical few days. We will be back! Carel and Liz.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Lolly84 asked a question Feb 2022
Johannesburg, South Africa18 contributions2 helpful votes
Hi, is there a dress code for dinner?
Answer from Todd F
17 contributions2 helpful votes
There was no dress code however most of the people wore clean T-shirt’s or collared shirts and shorts.
Answer from paulinehall33
Birmingham, United Kingdom444 contributions106 helpful votes
Around 20 - 30 minutes from VF airport.
Answer from Mary O
Townsville, Australia103 contributions57 helpful votes
Sorry no one with us stayed in the family tent. Easy the email them and ask what type it is. But do go as it is well worth the visit.
Answer from Jack Brozina
Utrecht, The Netherlands23 contributions19 helpful votes
I don't know, I was a guest.
Answer from Geddes_7
Sydney640 contributions499 helpful votes
I cannot help as I arrived by land - I got the visa in less than 5 minutes. Suggest you have a look at the cost differential between a single entry visa and a double entry (which allows you to enter Botswana or Zambia). The double entry was cheaper than the single entry.
Therese W wrote a tip Jun 13
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"June is the loveliest time of year to come. The weather is not too hot. If you go to Victoria Falls, be prepared to get wet this time of yr."
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pattyo15 wrote a tip Jun 1
St. Augustine, Florida19 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Take advantage of all the included activities. We felt like three nights, two and one-half days was enough time to see and do all."
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ProfTSH wrote a tip Apr 2024
Boca Raton, Florida43 contributions7 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Avoid the sunset cruise on the Zambezi it is a waste of time and too commercialized"
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LulaUK wrote a tip Apr 2024
UK12 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Remember the visa cost as you enter the country. Take lots of small denomination US dollars "
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CanadianDairyFarmers wrote a tip Apr 2024
Ottawa, Canada108 contributions34 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Send email to camp before arriving, with your PRIMARY choice of excursions you'd like, so that your time is optimized fully & pre-organized"
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₱72,067 - ₱97,188 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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the elephant camp hotel victoria falls
LOCATION
ZimbabweMatabeleland North ProvinceVictoria Falls
NUMBER OF ROOMS
16
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Elephant Camp
Which popular attractions are close to The Elephant Camp?
Nearby attractions include The Victoria Falls Theatre (5.4 km), Victoria Falls (5.2 km), and Devil's Pool (5.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Elephant Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at The Elephant Camp?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a mosquito net.
What food & drink options are available at The Elephant Camp?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Elephant Camp?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Elephant Camp?
Conveniently located restaurants include Dusty Road Township Experience, Lookout Cafe - Wild Horizons, and The Cassia Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Elephant Camp?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does The Elephant Camp have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Elephant Camp offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does The Elephant Camp have airport transportation?
Yes, The Elephant Camp offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Elephant Camp?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.
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