Elephant Camp

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stamp3Why photographers love Elephant Camp

The lodge is a good base from which to explore Victoria Falls National Park and Victoria Falls, away from the bustle of town. The lodge is in a private concession in the bush with more of a classic safari camp feel than the big hotels. Birding and nature walks are available on the concession, as are great views of the gorge. The camp organizes meetings with Wild Horizons Elephants and Sylvester,the ambassador cheetah, all orphaned animals that have been raised in sanctuary conditions. While in the area, photographers might enjoy an aerial photography excursion over the Falls.

How we rate Elephant Camp

Wildlife  starstarstar
Wilderness  starstarstar
Lodge & Dining  starstarstar
Landscapes starstarstarstar

Elephant Camp at a glance

  • 12 safari tents with en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning
  • Indoor and outdoor shower and bath in each unit
  • Each tent faces the gorge and has a private veiwing deck, plunge pool and lounge
  • 4 exclusive tents in Elephant Camp West for families and groups

The concession

The Elephant Camp is on a private concession inside the Victoria Falls National Parks. It’s bounded by the Masuwe River and the Zambezi River gorges. There is wildlife around–buffalo, antelope, warthog–and it’s just 10 minutes to visit the falls.

The seasons

The Zimbabwean side is always good for Victoria Falls; during the dry season, from August onwards, it’s better to be at the Zimbabwean, so Elephant Camp is a good destination then. Chances of seeing game is highest during the dry season, June to October. Wet summers (November to April) bring migrant birds, lush vegetation and more water going over Victoria Falls. More water is not necessarily a good thing–lots of water means lots of spray that can obscure views. October and November can be very hot.

What Elephant Camp costs

Rates start from around $500 per person per night. Access is by flight to Victoria Falls Airport.

Photographers need to know

The camp organizes close up encounters with the Wild Horizons Elephants and Sylvester,the ambassador cheetah. These are not wild animals, but were all orphaned in various ways, and they have been raised in sanctuary conditions. They are now used to educate people and provide close-up encounters. The elephants are also used for elephant-back safaris–the ethics of which should be carefully considered.

The good news

The Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust also provides care to injured and distressed animals from parks throughout Zimbabwe.