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Family holidays in Zambia
Family holidays in Zambia
Family holidays in Zambia
Family holidays in Zambia
Family holidays in Zambia
Family holidays in Zambia
Family holidays in Zambia
Family holidays in Zambia

Zambia's private safari houses are great for family safari holidays with older children.

Zambia's exclusive-use safari houses provide great flexibility and plenty of private space...

...along with a kitchen and chef, for a great family holiday.

Zambia family holidays

Suggestions for family safari holidays in Zambia

Zambia's private safari houses are definitely among our favourites for family safari holidays with older children who like a bit of adventure. Then they provide great flexibility, much private space and a relaxed atmosphere to a group of ideally eight travellers. Plus, Zambia offers very good wildlife and arguably the best guiding in Africa!

Still feeling very 'wild' and a bit adventurous, Zambia isn't the first country we'd recommend for family safari holidays, especially with young children. However, if you have slightly older children, say 7+, and are looking for a family holiday off the beaten track, then a Zambia family safari can be the perfect choice.

Zambia guides have to pass through a stringent system of exams before they're allowed to take charge of guests, which is why the country is known for guiding of an outstanding quality. This can make a massive difference to your Zambia family safari experience, in particular for the kids. Ask us about a guide experienced with children, who can tailor the safari around them! Note that there's a minimum age of 12 years for walks in Zambia's national parks.

For accommodation, consider the country's exclusive-use houses, which come with their own kitchen and chef, plus private 4WD vehicle and guide. They excel in offering flexibility and privacy to travellers on family safari holidays in Zambia.

Alternatively, and for more affordable Zambia family safari holidays, plenty of owner-run camps work well for families with slightly older children. The camps' guides are often good at child-friendly guiding, too.

Chongwe River House

The spectacular Chongwe River House was made for family safaris. Very stylish and totally original, it centres around a vast lounge-dining area, and a large outdoor deck and swimming pool. With four large en-suite bedrooms, it's one of Africa's best family safari camps.

Luangwa Safari House

Luangwa Safari House was purpose-built for families, with a vast central lounge and dining area, four large en-suite bedrooms (all with full, en-suite bathrooms), a kitchen and plenty of space. Outside is a swimming pool and a game-viewing platform.


Flatdogs Camp

Flatdogs is an affordable, mid-range camp with a large pool, flexible dining and a selection of family chalets perfect for a relaxed family holiday in Zambia. Room-only bookings are possible, and it has no age restrictions, although we recommend it to children 10+. All of the staff are have proven to be outstandingly friendly and approachable to children – both younger and older.


Tafika

Tafika offers a family chalet, top guiding and excellent food and service during Zambia family safari holidays. Expect 4WD drives, walks, mountain-bike safaris and village visits! The owners raised their own children here, so under-12s are sometimes accepted.


Tafika

Tafika offers a family chalet, top guiding and excellent food and service during Zambia family safari holidays. Expect 4WD drives, walks, mountain-bike safaris and village visits! The owners raised their own children here, so under-12s are sometimes accepted.


Tongabezi

Set back from Tongabezi’s main areas, the ‘Garden House’ consists of a double, a twin and a lounge centering around a little garden with its own pool. Set back from Tongabezi’s main areas, the Garden House consists of a double, a twin and a lounge centred on a little garden with its own pool. Children, best 7+, often enjoy canoeing, fishing, trips to the Falls or simply the campfires on a Zambia family holiday here.


Tafika

Tafika offers a family chalet, top guiding and excellent food and service during Zambia family safari holidays. Expect 4WD drives, walks, mountain-bike safaris and village visits! The owners raised their own children here, so under-12s are sometimes accepted.


Avani Victoria Falls

Avani is a bright, cheerful three-star hotel suitable for a good-value stay only 500m from the Victoria Falls during family holidays in Zambia. There’s a kids club here with special children’s activities, although this is at an extra cost. Children of all ages are welcome.

Best camps & lodges for Family holidays in Zambia


Tongabezi

Tongabezi

Set back from Tongabezi’s main areas, the ‘Garden House’ consists of a double, a twin and a lounge centering around a little garden with its own pool. Set back from Tongabezi’s main areas, the Garden House consists of a double, a twin and a lounge centred on a little garden with its own pool. Children, best 7+, often enjoy canoeing, fishing, trips to the Falls or simply the campfires on a Zambia family holiday here.


93% (64 reviews)
Sussi & Chuma

Sussi & Chuma

With no age limit for children, the private Chuma Houses are a great option for family holidays in Livingstone, whether as a stand-alone trip, or as an addition to your safari. With a team on standby to help with all aspects of your stay (including chef, waiter, housekeeper and private guide), and a private pool and deck area, Sussi & Chuma is ideal for families who’d prefer a bit of privacy.


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Flatdogs Camp

Flatdogs Camp

Flatdogs is an affordable, mid-range camp with a large pool, flexible dining and a selection of family chalets perfect for a relaxed family holiday in Zambia. Room-only bookings are possible, and it has no age restrictions, although we recommend it to children 10+. All of the staff are have proven to be outstandingly friendly and approachable to children – both younger and older.


98% (74 reviews)
Waterberry Zambezi Lodge

Waterberry Lodge

With family rooms, a swing, a pool, board games, pretty gardens and the option of a private villa, the small, tranquil Waterberry Lodge is great for family safari holidays in Zambia. Go walking on the adjacent nature trail or enjoy a variety of activities nearby! We recommend it for ages 6+.


98% (56 reviews)
Avani Victoria Falls

Avani Victoria Falls

Avani is a bright, cheerful three-star hotel suitable for a good-value stay only 500m from the Victoria Falls during family holidays in Zambia. There’s a kids club here with special children’s activities, although this is at an extra cost. Children of all ages are welcome.


85% (230 reviews)
Toka Leya Camp

Toka Leya Camp

With several inter-leading rooms, Toka Leya is a great camp for family holidays to Zambia. Children might enjoy the camp's interactive drumming evenings with local bands, as well as river cruises, campfires at night, and trips to the Victoria Falls and the nearby village.


89% (23 reviews)
Chongwe River House

Chongwe River House

The spectacular Chongwe River House was made for family safaris. Very stylish and totally original, it centres around a vast lounge-dining area, and a large outdoor deck and swimming pool. With four large en-suite bedrooms, it's one of Africa's best family safari camps.


100% (8 reviews)
Tangala House

Tangala House

Tangala House near Tongabezi is a lovely family home that can be privately hired by up to eight guests – complete with toys, books, a 12m pool, kitchen equipment, etc. Its location is well-suited for Zambia family safari holidays including a visit to the Victoria Falls.


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Robin's House

Robin's House

Robin's House has been purpose-built for family safaris – just like a family house. It has a central lounge and dining area, two en-suite bedrooms, a kitchen and plenty of space. It's one of Africa's best destinations for a family safari and offers a good-value safari.


95% (11 reviews)
Tafika

Tafika

Tafika offers a family chalet, top guiding and excellent food and service during Zambia family safari holidays. Expect 4WD drives, walks, mountain-bike safaris and village visits! The owners raised their own children here, so under-12s are sometimes accepted.


98% (319 reviews)
Luangwa Safari House

Luangwa Safari House

Luangwa Safari House was purpose-built for families, with a vast central lounge and dining area, four large en-suite bedrooms (all with full, en-suite bathrooms), a kitchen and plenty of space. Outside is a swimming pool and a game-viewing platform.


100% (14 reviews)
Shiwa Ng'andu

Shiwa Ng'andu

Shiwa Ng’andu offers a variety of activities for your family safari holidays in Zambia, e.g. game drives, horse-riding and archeology projects. Children often love the big gardens and farm animals. Expect a matching price tag though!


98% (26 reviews)
Kasaka River Lodge

Kasaka River Lodge

The Hippo Pod at Kasaka River Lodge is a reasonably priced, simple private house,,and is excellent for a family holiday in Zambia. Children can go on boat safaris, game drives, canoeing (12+), fishing trips and village visits.


93% (6 reviews)

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Where to see wildlife species in Zambia

Maximise the chances of seeing your favourite animals based on traveller sightings reports from the field.


Lion

Lion

Panthera leo

Lions are at the top of the food chain and also most safari wish-lists, but with their numbers falling fast, any encounter with these majestic apex predators always feels like a privilege.

81% SUCCESS

3,050 sightings from 3,757 observations

Where to see lion in Zambia

Leopard

Leopard

Panthera pardus

The most numerous of Africa’s big cats, leopard occur across many habitats, from wild tracts to populated areas. Their grace and their elusive nature make them a unique safari drawcard.

47% SUCCESS

1,952 sightings from 4,167 observations

Where to see leopard in Zambia

Wild dog

Wild dog

Lycaon pictus

African wild dogs are among the continent’s most compelling animals. Much misunderstood, these rare, tie-dyed canids are amazingly efficient hunters with a fascinating social life.

32% SUCCESS

880 sightings from 2,790 observations

Where to see wild dog in Zambia

Cheetah

Cheetah

Acinonyx jubatus

The cheetah is the fastest land animal and the only cat that hunts by pure speed. Found largely in open grasslands, its slim, elegant form is today an increasingly rare sight.

33% SUCCESS

1,052 sightings from 3,200 observations

Where to see cheetah in Zambia

Buffalo

Buffalo

Syncerus caffer

One of the ‘Big Five’, buffalo earned a fearsome reputation in hunters’ tales. By contrast, big herds of these sociable bovids are placid, but mount formidable defences against predators.

83% SUCCESS

2,575 sightings from 3,109 observations

Where to see buffalo in Zambia

Eland

Eland

Taurotragus oryx

Africa’s largest antelope, eland are culturally important from prehistoric rock art to modern game farms. Though widespread, they are also shy so sightings are uncommon and often fleeting.

49% SUCCESS

1,467 sightings from 2,994 observations

Where to see eland in Zambia

Elephant

Elephant

Loxodonta africana

By far the biggest of the so-called Big Five – indeed, the largest land animal on the planet – the elephant shapes the very landscape it inhabits and is a defining presence on any safari.

91% SUCCESS

3,652 sightings from 4,020 observations

Where to see elephant in Zambia

Giraffe

Giraffe

Giraffa camelopardalis

The world’s tallest land mammal, giraffes are herbivores which have evolved many unique adaptations. Their iconic outlines tower above the bush in many of Africa’s wildlife areas.

86% SUCCESS

3,525 sightings from 4,098 observations

Where to see giraffe in Zambia

Hippo

Hippo

Hippopotamus amphibius

The territorial calls of the hippo create a signature soundtrack to Africa’s rivers & wetlands. Despite an endearing smile, this aquatic herbivore has a notoriously aggressive disposition.

89% SUCCESS

2,668 sightings from 2,992 observations

Where to see hippo in Zambia

Roan antelope

Roan antelope

Hippotragus equinus

Africa’s second largest antelope and one of its most handsome, with a powerful build and distinctive markings, roan are wary of people, but renowned for their bravery against predators.

24% SUCCESS

480 sightings from 2,040 observations

Where to see roan antelope in Zambia

Sable antelope

Sable antelope

Hippotragus niger

Perhaps Africa’s most beautiful antelope, sable are renowned for their combative nature, even holding off lions. Shy and restricted in range, sightings of sable are always special.

23% SUCCESS

460 sightings from 2,032 observations

Where to see sable antelope in Zambia

Spotted Hyena

Spotted Hyena

Crocuta crocuta

The spotted hyena may be thought of as ‘ugly’ and ‘cowardly’. In fact, this versatile and intelligent carnivore is one of Africa’s most fascinating and warrants attention on any safari.

55% SUCCESS

2,183 sightings from 3,967 observations

Where to see spotted hyena in Zambia

Wildebeest

Wildebeest

Connochaetes sp.

Superficially bovine in appearance, wildebeests are known for their spectacular migrations sometimes in huge numbers. These resilient animals are some of Africa’s most successful herbivores.

68% SUCCESS

2,499 sightings from 3,691 observations

Where to see wildebeest in Zambia

Zebra

Zebra

Equus sp.

The zebra is a quintessential African animal: the horse in stripy pyjamas at the end of every child’s A–Z. There are three species, of which the plains zebra is much the most common.

84% SUCCESS

3,847 sightings from 4,572 observations

Where to see zebra in Zambia

Aardvark

Aardvark

Orycteropus afer

The aardvark is one of Africa’s most bizarre and enigmatic animals. A shy, nocturnal termite-eater, signs of its presence may be scattered about the bush whilst sightings remain elusive.

2% SUCCESS

68 sightings from 3,338 observations

Where to see aardvark in Zambia

Pangolin

Pangolin

Smutsia sp.

Pangolins appear to be more pine cone than animal in their unique armoury of scales. These nocturnal, ant-eating oddities are not only highly elusive but also increasingly rare.

2% SUCCESS

55 sightings from 3,345 observations

Where to see pangolin in Zambia

Black Rhino

Black Rhino

Diceros bicornis

The black rhino is the smaller and rarer of Africa’s two rhino species but has the more fearsome reputation. Shy and heavily persecuted, it tends to stick to cover.

30% SUCCESS

626 sightings from 2,060 observations

Where to see black rhino in Zambia

White Rhino

White Rhino

Ceratotherium simum

The white rhino is the largest and most numerous of the world’s five rhinoceros species. They are larger, easier to see and generally more approachable than the black rhino.

44% SUCCESS

497 sightings from 1,140 observations

Where to see white rhino in Zambia

Sitatunga

Sitatunga

Tragelaphus spekii

The sitatunga is the most aquatic of Africa’s antelopes and specially adapted to its swampy habitats. Though widespread across Africa, only a handful of places offer reliable sightings.

19% SUCCESS

62 sightings from 334 observations

Where to see sitatunga in Zambia

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