For families with children old enough to enjoy the African bush at its best, Zambia is an incredible family safari destination.
Families can really enjoy an adventure into the wild, with superb game viewing, varied activities, fantastic guiding, warm hospitality and perhaps most importantly, a complete escape from modern facilities and communications.
In terms of safari accommodation, the best dedicated family options are a series of private safari houses which can be booked on an exclusive basis. Such houses vary in size and style, but typically cater for up to eight guests at a time. Some camps do have two-bedroomed ‘family units’ and safari tents/chalets are usually large enough to include an extra bed if needed. As Zambia doesn’t really cater for young children quadruple accommodation is rarely possible.
A key reason why Zambia is such a great family safari destination is the variety of activities on offer. As well as standard game drives (by day and night), Zambia offers some of the best walking, canoeing, boating, fishing and microlighting available in Africa. Victoria Falls Town (Zimbabwe) and Livingstone (Zambia) are known as the ‘adventure capitals’ of Africa, with white-water rafting, elephant-back safaris, bungee jumping, jet-boating, helicopter flights and much more on offer.
Swimming in a rock pool on the top of Victoria Falls, canoeing past pods of hippo on the Zambezi or flying over the falls in a microlight are incredible activities for families to experience together. Please note that many of the activities (rafting, walking, canoeing, microlighting, horse-riding etc.) will have minimum age limits.