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Zambia Family Safaris, Locations, Accomodation & Travel Itineraries

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Why Zambia for a Safari?

Off the radar for many wildlife enthusiasts, Zambia has some superb safari camps with lower visitor numbers than its Southern African neighbors. Guest families are rewarded with wildlife, raw beauty, and rare levels of intimacy at Zambia's small, authentic bush camps. Where walking safaris were born, there is no better place to track animals on foot than in Zambia. And with night drives also permitted in all national parks, guests are treated to rare encounters with nocturnal animals like a genet, bush babies, and the elusive leopard.

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Zambia Family Safari Itineraries

For many families, Zambia is not among the first safari destinations they consider in Africa.

Yet this incredibly wildlife-rich and diverse country has immense beauty and highly exclusive safaris to offer. With the ability to hop from one lodge to the next via light aircraft and even walk between some accommodation, families can easily combine several parks or camps into a single trip. Just one idea might be to combine exceptional guided walking and canoe safaris in South Luangwa or the Lower Zambezi, with unbridled family adventure in Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Start by getting some inspiration for your family safari in Zambia from what you see below. Then, to discover the full range of possibilities, simply chat to our safari experts so you can begin planning. Our team is ready and waiting to give you first-hand advice and solid travel recommendations based on your family's preferences. Whether you want to travel only to Zambia or combine several destinations in Southern and East Africa, we will help you plan the perfect African safari for your budget.
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Zambia Family Safari Accommodation

Unlike many destinations, a large portion of Zambia’s prized safari camps are based in its national parks, rather than on private concessions.

From luxurious tented suites with a private deck to family villas serviced by a private chef and guide, there is something honest and authentic at our partner lodges for every visiting family. Some of the most authentic safari camps in Zambia are aesthetically simple with a comfortable, lived-in feel. Structures made of wood, stone or other natural materials are designed to blend seamlessly with their surroundings. Our favourite camps in Zambia—with just three or four rooms—are owner-managed by passionate conservationists. The guest experience at these low-impact lodges is enhanced by extremely high levels of service and guiding.
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Top family-safari destinations in Zambia

FVictoria Falls National Park

The Zambezi River feeds the magnificent Victoria Falls and forms the natural border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. While the latter has more vantage points of the Falls, you won't get closer to the massive cascades of water than in Livingstone, Zambia, when the river is full. Families can enjoy adventure activities like bungee jumping and scenic helicopter flights from the Zambian side of the Falls, plus take a walking tour of Livingstone Island, which is definitely worthwhile. Victoria falls is a family wonderland, with all manner of activities on offer...
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South Luangwa National Park

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From dense ebony forests to mopane woodlands and oxbow lakes, the diverse habitats of South Luangwa National Park are home to big game like elephant, predators and over 400 bird species. Guide-and-tracker led game drives and canoe safaris on the Luangwa River provide close-up access to the park's flora and fauna. Another popular family activity in this park is guided walking safaris with the chance to see all the intriguing minutiae of the bush missed on 4x4 game drives.

Lower Zambezi National Park

Nearly destroyed by poaching in the 1980s, this reserve on the Zambezi River's northeastern bank is once again rich with wildlife. From your safari vehicle or walking with an armed guide, encounter elephant, buffalo, zebra and plenty of antelope. Safari camps in the park are well-spaced so you probably won’t see anyone else on your game drives. Family activities are mostly water-based and include fishing for tiger fish and thrilling canoe safaris on the Zambezi River.

Kafue National Park

One of the largest and lesser-known parks in Africa, Kafue offers splendid low-density game viewing in its terrain of seasonal floodplains, miombo woodland, flat grasslands and swamplands. The park is known for leopard, a large variety of antelope and some of the best birding anywhere. While self-driving is an option, camps offer guided day and night drives, walking safaris, catch-and-release fishing and motorboat safaris on Kafue's hippo-filled rivers.