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Family holidays in Zimbabwe
Family holidays in Zimbabwe
Family holidays in Zimbabwe
Family holidays in Zimbabwe
Family holidays in Zimbabwe
Family holidays in Zimbabwe
Family holidays in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe family holidays

Enjoy family safari holidays in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is a great option for a classic family safari. Our family friendly lodges hold anywhere up to ten guests and welcomes children of any age. In addition to that, fun activities for adventurous kids and trips to amazing sights make for a great family holiday. Call us, if you need more information on family holidays in Zimbabwe.

Amalinda Lodge

The Amalinda Homstead, a 3-bedroom private villa, was home to Amalinda's owners, the Stead's, when they had young children. Now available to book this is a fantastic option for a family safari with flexible activities and privacy.

Ivory Lodge

Ivory Lodge is the only camp in the Hwange area that is fenced. This, combined with family rooms and a babysitting service, makes the lodge one of the best options for a family safari in Zimbabwe with younger children.

Batonka Guest Lodge

With an attractive pool, safe gardens and interleading rooms, Batonka Guest Lodge is a good family-friendly option in Victoria Falls. As a plus, its relatively small size and relaxed atmosphere mean that even those with small children won’t feel out of place here.


Batonka Guest Lodge

With an attractive pool, safe gardens and interleading rooms, Batonka Guest Lodge is a good family-friendly option in Victoria Falls. As a plus, its relatively small size and relaxed atmosphere mean that even those with small children won’t feel out of place here.

Somalisa Acacia

With no age limit, child-friendly activities and private vehicles for families, the atmosphere at Somalisa Acacia is relaxed and family friendly making it a perfect destination for a family safari in Zimbabwe – especially for those who still want a touch of luxury.

Nyamatusi Mahogany

With no age limit and child-friendly activities, Nyamatusi Mahogany is one of Zimbabwe's most family-friendly camps. For a family safari in a remote wildlife area with a relaxed atmosphere and more than a touch of luxury, it would be hard to beat.


Ruckomechi Camp

Ruckomechi is one of the few camps in the Mana Pools area with a family room and swimming pool. An array of activities makes for a varied stay on a family safari in Zimbabwe, albeit one best enjoyed with older children.


Amalinda Lodge

The Amalinda Homstead, a 3-bedroom private villa, was home to Amalinda's owners, the Stead's, when they had young children. Now available to book this is a fantastic option for a family safari with flexible activities and privacy.


Mount Nelson Hotel

The Mount Nelson has a vast array of family friendly facilities and activities, but it is the large swimming pool and extensive, beautiful grounds that make it stand out for us as one of the best family hotels in Cape Town.


Okaukuejo Camp

Inside Etosha National Park, overlooking a prolific waterhole, the fenced Okaukuejo Camp is a good option on a family safari in Namibia. It's also one of the more economical options in the area, although it can be a little rough around the edges.

Muchenje Safari Lodge

For a family safari in Botswana, Muchenje is a fantastic option with guides who specialised in guiding children for years. The lodge has a family room with two single beds in a 'loft' area (albeit up a fairly steep stepladder).


Batonka Guest Lodge

With an attractive pool, safe gardens and interleading rooms, Batonka Guest Lodge is a good family-friendly option in Victoria Falls. As a plus, its relatively small size and relaxed atmosphere mean that even those with small children won’t feel out of place here.

Best camps & lodges for Family holidays in Zimbabwe


Zambezi Sands

Zambezi Sands

Zambezi Sands offers family accommodation within easy reach of the Victoria Falls. The camp offers varied activities to help keep children entertained, and the camp is located on a section of the Zambezi River with fewer hippos, so it provides opportunities for younger children to boat and fish on the river - something not possible in the larger national parks.


100% (3 reviews)
Changa Safari Camp

Changa Safari Camp

Set in a private concession on the eastern side of Zimbabwe’s Matusadona National Park, Changa Safari Camp welcomes families with children from 12. Varied activities such as fishing and boating trips and a couple of board games provided in the main area offer great amusement on your family holiday.


96% (5 reviews)
Bomani Tented Lodge

Bomani Tented Lodge

Just outside Hwange National Park, Bomani Tented Lodge can be accessed by the Elephant Express, a unique rail experience, which should be fun for the young and the young at heart! With a couple of family friendly rooms, it could be perfect for a family safari in Zimbabwe.


95% (8 reviews)
The Elephant Camp

The Elephant Camp

Set in a private concession within Victoria Falls National Park, The Elephant Camp is just a short distance from the famous waterfall. They offer a thrilling interaction with elephants, allowing children (aged 7+) to have a wonderful close wildlife encounter on a family safari.


94% (14 reviews)
Somalisa Acacia

Somalisa Acacia

With no age limit, child-friendly activities and private vehicles for families, the atmosphere at Somalisa Acacia is relaxed and family friendly making it a perfect destination for a family safari in Zimbabwe – especially for those who still want a touch of luxury.


100% (4 reviews)
Batonka Guest Lodge

Batonka Guest Lodge

With an attractive pool, safe gardens and interleading rooms, Batonka Guest Lodge is a good family-friendly option in Victoria Falls. As a plus, its relatively small size and relaxed atmosphere mean that even those with small children won’t feel out of place here.


96% (29 reviews)
The Hide

The Hide

Tom's Little Hide and The Private Hide can be booked privately for a family group with children of all ages. Well thought-out family rooms, a private guide and vehicle, and flexible activities and mealtimes make this one of Zimbabwe's best family safari options.


95% (36 reviews)
Victoria Falls Safari Suites

Victoria Falls Suites

About 15 minutes’ drive from the iconic Falls, Victoria Falls Safari Suites offers plenty of private space in its suites, perfect for children. The large range of activities here should also help to keep the whole family entertained on your Zimbabwe safari.


100% (1 review)
Nyamatusi Mahogany

Nyamatusi Mahogany

With no age limit and child-friendly activities, Nyamatusi Mahogany is one of Zimbabwe's most family-friendly camps. For a family safari in a remote wildlife area with a relaxed atmosphere and more than a touch of luxury, it would be hard to beat.


100% (2 reviews)
Amalinda Lodge

Amalinda Lodge

The Amalinda Homstead, a 3-bedroom private villa, was home to Amalinda's owners, the Stead's, when they had young children. Now available to book this is a fantastic option for a family safari with flexible activities and privacy.


95% (39 reviews)
Ruckomechi Camp

Ruckomechi Camp

Ruckomechi is one of the few camps in the Mana Pools area with a family room and swimming pool. An array of activities makes for a varied stay on a family safari in Zimbabwe, albeit one best enjoyed with older children.


94% (17 reviews)
Ivory Lodge

Ivory Lodge

Ivory Lodge is the only camp in the Hwange area that is fenced. This, combined with family rooms and a babysitting service, makes the lodge one of the best options for a family safari in Zimbabwe with younger children.


80% (2 reviews)

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Where to see wildlife species in Zimbabwe

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

3,057 sightings from 3,767 observations

Where to see lion in Zimbabwe

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

1,958 sightings from 4,180 observations

Where to see leopard in Zimbabwe

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

1,055 sightings from 3,211 observations

Where to see cheetah in Zimbabwe

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

883 sightings from 2,800 observations

Where to see wild dog in Zimbabwe

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

3,662 sightings from 4,032 observations

Where to see elephant in Zimbabwe

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

498 sightings from 1,144 observations

Where to see white rhino in Zimbabwe

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

2,187 sightings from 3,979 observations

Where to see spotted hyena in Zimbabwe

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 2,062 observations

Where to see black rhino in Zimbabwe

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

2,581 sightings from 3,117 observations

Where to see buffalo in Zimbabwe

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

1,468 sightings from 2,998 observations

Where to see eland in Zimbabwe

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

3,533 sightings from 4,110 observations

Where to see giraffe in Zimbabwe

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

2,673 sightings from 2,998 observations

Where to see hippo in Zimbabwe

Oryx

Oryx

Oryx sp.

Oryx are impressive antelopes, with a powerful physique and elegant markings set off by rapier-like horns. They cut a distinctive dash in some of Africa’s harshest landscapes.

70% SUCCESS

1,338 sightings from 1,922 observations

Where to see oryx in Zimbabwe

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.

23% SUCCESS

480 sightings from 2,047 observations

Where to see roan antelope in Zimbabwe

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

462 sightings from 2,040 observations

Where to see sable antelope in Zimbabwe

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

2,507 sightings from 3,703 observations

Where to see wildebeest in Zimbabwe

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

3,860 sightings from 4,587 observations

Where to see zebra in Zimbabwe

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

69 sightings from 3,349 observations

Where to see aardvark in Zimbabwe

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 3,356 observations

Where to see pangolin in Zimbabwe

Brown Hyena

Brown Hyena

Parahyaena brunnea

This largely solitary scavenger is one of the more elusive and little-known of Africa’s carnivores. Shaggier than its spotted cousin, it occurs only in the arid southwest of the continent.

16% SUCCESS

249 sightings from 1,537 observations

Where to see brown hyena in Zimbabwe

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Walking

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Wellbeing

Wellness escapes in stunning locations

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Wildlife safaris

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