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Shearwater Victoria Falls - Elephant Back Safaris

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1 Sopers Arcade | Parkway Drive, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
+263 13 44471
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Elephant ride

These are orphan elephants that take you on a 45 minute romp through the Bush. Money raised is used... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Albert D
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Glendale, California
Elephant ride amazing but only 30 mins out of a three hour tour

The elephant ride and the interaction with the elephants is a very magical and precious experience... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Teves67
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Elephants are intelligent and gentle beasts synonymous with the plains of Africa. Shearwater’s Elephant Back Safaris offer a chance to interact with and ride these magnificent animals in their natural habitat. Each elephant forms a close bond with their Induna (elephant handler) who accompany every ride. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of some of the best natural and wildlife reserves in Zimbabwe - from atop your Elephant.
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1 Sopers Arcade | Parkway Drive, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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+263 13 44471
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Reviewed yesterday

These are orphan elephants that take you on a 45 minute romp through the Bush. Money raised is used to foster animal preservation. Our elephant had an appetite and stopped numerous times to eat. It’s powerful trunk literally ripped branches from trees. Educational as well...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The elephant ride and the interaction with the elephants is a very magical and precious experience and I am glad we did it as a family. However it was frustrating to be picked up at 0600am in the morning and not actual get on the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great Elephant ride excursion!!! Very professionally run in every way and all of the staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. Special kudos to our guide Steven, who was exceptional. We were picked up and dropped off at our hotel which was good. We were...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome staff, very informative experience and we really got to spend some cool time getting photos with our elephant. We also got a copy of his footprint! If interacting with elephants seems awesome to you then this will for sure meet your expectations!

Thank Carter B
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ShearwaterVicFalls, Owner at Shearwater Victoria Falls - Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Delighted you enjoyed it so, many thanks, Kent.

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Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile

I’ll start by saying I had my reservations about a place where I go to ride the elephants. So many places mistreat these gentle giants and I certainly did not want to contribute to them. This place has elephants that cannot be released into the...More

Thank TexasDevin
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ShearwaterVicFalls, Owner at Shearwater Victoria Falls - Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Most gracious of you, many thanks, Kent.

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Reviewed 29 June 2018

The most important thing to know about this elephant sanctuary is that it is for rescued and orphaned elephants, and that the elephants are not mistreated in any way. They are trained with a reward system rather than other systems (in Asia) which involve breaking...More

Thank SarahBarret
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ShearwaterVicFalls, Owner at Shearwater Victoria Falls - Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

It's an awesome experience, many thanks, Kent.

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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

We decided to ride elephants because it sounded cool. We had 45 min on the elephant walking in the bush. The elephant I rode kept stopping to eat and I was really awed to see how it uses its trunk to pull the branches off....More

Thank Rutherfg1
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ShearwaterVicFalls, Owner at Shearwater Victoria Falls - Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Truly a lifetime memory, many thanks, Kent.

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Reviewed 23 June 2018

We just got back from doing the safari and it was awesome especially if you have never been on an elephants back.. the journey took us through bushland hoping to spot some other wildlife but we only saw some animals in a distance. The ride...More

Thank frank m
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ShearwaterVicFalls, Owner at Shearwater Victoria Falls - Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

It's an amzing experience, many thanks, Kent.

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Reviewed 23 June 2018

My 16 year old son and I decided to try this and did not regret it a bit. The ride was maybe 45 minutes, so not very far. It was amazing to be able to experience riding an elephant but then you were able to...More

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ShearwaterVicFalls, Owner at Shearwater Victoria Falls - Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Fantastic,, many thanks, Kent.

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Reviewed 12 June 2018

What a fantastic experience. We decided to do the elephant back safari. This is Africa, there are elephants and the opportunity will probably not arise again, so off we went. That was the day I fell in love with an orphaned teenage elephant called Minos....More

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ShearwaterVicFalls, Owner at Shearwater Victoria Falls - Elephant Back Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2018

Wonderful, many thanks, Kent.

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Hotmirchi
24 July 2018|
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Response from CobaltMicks | Reviewed this property |
There was no mention of weight restriction, not when I booked or any time after when I got more information from the tour company I booked with. As a note my husband is a large man and we both rode "our" elephant together... More
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Katybugmay
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no, they were orphaned!
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Matthew S
9 August 2017|
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Response from Kelly H | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the previous responses. The elephants are treated well. I was on Houdini for an hour (a little bit too long in that position). My bum was sore the next day. If you don't want to ride, you can go and just feed... More
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