Zimbabwe Family Safaris, Locations, Accomodation & Travel Itineraries
Why Zimbabwe for a Safari?
Zimbabwe Family Safari Itineraries
The safari options in Zimbabwe for families are extensive.
A classic family safari itinerary combines Victoria Falls and Hwange National Park for a well-balanced mix of wet-and-wild adventure and Big Five game viewing. Others begin or end their Zimbabwean adventure with a fly-in safari to a more remote park such as Mana Pools, away from the dry season crowds.
With our in-depth safari knowledge and first-hand experience travelling to and around Zimbabwe, we are ready to help you iron out all the details and plan your family safari. Get an idea of what’s possible for your trip to Africa below and then ask us to call and discuss your travel ideas with you. Our expert safari planners will ask all the right questions to create your dream family safari in Africa.
Zimbabwe Family Safari Accommodation
Zimbabwe has a good selection of reliable, authentic safari camps and lodges in key wildlife areas such as Victoria Falls, Hwange, Mana Pools and Lake Kariba.
Some highly commercialised hotels and lodges provide family accommodation only a short walk from Victoria Falls but there are far better options further out. Zimbabwe's remote fly-in camps cater to guests in search of the ultimate in luxury and tailored experiences with superb wildlife, guiding and service.
Top family-safari destinations in Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls National Park
The five million cubic metres of water that cascade over Victoria Falls every minute in Zimbabwe's wet season can be heard—and even felt—from afar. Visit this adventure capital to raft whitewater rapids in the Zambezi River or watch elephants drink on a sunset boat cruise. Raise your pulse with a helicopter flight over the Falls or peer over their sheer edge while swimming in the aptly named Devil’s Pool...
Hwange National Park
Hwange National Park's highly developed infrastructure and proximity to Victoria Falls makes it a popular choice for families taking a safari in Zimbabwe. While this flagship Big Five reserve is well-known for its large elephant and buffalo herds, it is also a key breeding ground for African wild dog, and one of the last places on earth you can still encounter critically-endangered black rhino.
Mana Pools National Park
In the far north of Zimbabwe, four oxbow lakes and the Zambezi River provide an abundance of water and greenery for hippo and crocodile to call home. Guided walking safaris help you get up close to big game like elephant on foot, while intimate encounters with wild dog are also not unusual. Canoeing safaris and catch-and-release fishing are among the many water-based activities families can enjoy in Mana Pools National Park.
Gonarezhou National Park
Towering red sandstone cliffs and thousands of baobab trees create a dramatic setting in this remote reserve where three major rivers all intersect. Gonarezhou National Park gets its name from the thick herds of elephants found here along with the rest of the Big Five. Fun for families include twice-daily game drives, walking safaris and cultural tours to local villages where the Chitsa community lives. With some extraordinary granite formations across its rocky landscape, Matobo National Park offers an Outback-esque safari experience unique to this part of Zimbabwe. Visiting families have the rare opportunity to track critically-endangered rhino on foot and explore caves containing some of the world's best-preserved rock art, painted by the Khoisan people as long as 10 000 years ago.
Matusadona National Park
Life on safari in Matusadona National Park moves with the ebb and flow of glorious Lake Kariba. When the reserve dries up in winter, elephants and buffalo arrive at the lakeshore en masse, joining ever-present hippo and crocodile for a drink. Family activities at the park's camps and lodges include jeep and walking safaris as well as boat cruises which culminate in drinking a toast to the most magnificent sunset you will see anywhere in Africa.