Zambia's Top 5 Family Safaris

A country that is ideal for families - great wildlife, expert guides and a huge range of activities for all the family.

Here's our pick of the best for 2019...

Zambia has a huge amount to offer an active family - wonderful wildlife, a raft of adventurous activities, proper wilderness and superb guiding.

1. Get Wet and Wild on the Zambezi

The Zambezi River offers the rare opportunity to get up close and personal with big game from a croc's-eye perspective. Try your had fishing (on a catch-and-release basis) for the world renowned Tiger Fish, probably the fiercest fighting fresh-water fish in the world. Experience a quality walking safari as well as venturing out by day in open vehicle, or at night with a lamp. Top-drawer game-viewing in an exceedingly beautiful setting with some of the most comfortable camps in Africa, there is arguably nowhere better to combine adrenalin-filled activity with real relaxation. Take a look at the Lower Zambezi National Park.

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2. Savour the seclusion of a Private House

Possibly the greatest luxury that you can have on safari when travelling as a family is exclusivity - the ability to do what you want, when you want. A private safari house affords the privacy to do just that, to be a family, share meals, enjoy the pool and take your own drives and walks led by a superb guide, when and how you want - without ever having to concern yourselves about upsetting any fellow travellers determined to identify every brown blob in the bush. Zambian guides have infinite patience with kids of all ages and are grand-masters of engagement - bringing the wilderness to life in a instructive yet fun way. There are a network of safari houses stretching across Zambia from the Victoria Falls in the west to the Luangwa in the east via the Lower Zambezi in the south. Some are simple and (relatively) rustic - others architectural icons in their own right, all offer the possibility of a tremendously bonding trans-generational family holiday of a lifetime.

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3. Wildlife and Waterfalls

Combine an authentic, deeply-immersive family safari with a trip to one of the Natural Wonders of the World where you can do as much, or little as you like. Spend a week among the wildlife in the Luangwa, Kafue or Lower Zambezi National Parks before heading down to the Falls for a more à la carte selection of activities. Safaris are without doubt a wonderful experience but when travelling with a family it may be wise to consider how long everyone's enthusiasm for rising with the dawn and tolerating an electronic curfew will last once the excitement of the first encounters with elephants, lion, leopard and hippos begins to wear off.  We suggest that it is not all about how long you travel for but rather the optimal use of your time, so we ensure you are in the best place, at the right time, with a great guide for the safari aspect - when you head to the Falls there is a near-endless list of things to do for those that wish, and exceedingly beautiful swimming pools for those who'd rather lie back and watch the river flow by.

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4. Take a Walk on the Wildside

Zambia is the birthplace of the photographic walking safari - and beyond that it remains among the top best places to experience this inimitable means of wildlife watching. Highly trained guides, conscious and proud of the country's enviable safety record, bring the bush to life. The wonderful thing about walking from a family perspective is that it is active and participatory - there are no passengers - and the shared experiences can be tremendously bonding. Amaze your brood by proving just how rewarding replacing wi-fi with the wilderness can be...

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5. Make a Journey

There is nowhere like the Kafue to rival the breadth of game-viewing activities on offer - from walking, boating, canoeing, driving and even skimming the tops of the trees in a hot-air balloon. Make a mega-transect from one end of the Park to the other. This is as far from formulaic as you can get and feels like a real journey, of which your family group are the only participants as you bounce through an array of unique, eclectic and sometimes eccentric camps. Each destination offers a different landscape to explore - plains, woodland, river and lake - and it's this variety which makes this Park a unique proposition. We challenge even the most insouciant teen to not become intermittently animated here.

Check out our Kafue Wildlife & Wilderness itinerary

 

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"Our family Kenyan safari trip to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary was perfectly planned by Catherine from the moment we landed in Nairobi, to our last day. We traveled to Ol Malo in Laikipia, Lewa House in Lewa Downs, and Tangulia Mara in the Maasai Mara. Each place offered incredibly talented and informative guides, and gracious, loving staff. The variety of animals we saw was breathtaking. Our grand daughter celebrated her 14th birthday with special pancakes and singing in Ol Malo, and then a beautiful candlelit dinner under the starry night in Lewa. Our 50th wedding anniversary was celebrated at Tangulia Mara with an amazing day watching the migration of the wildebeest in the Maasai Mara, and beautiful intimate dinner party and dancing with the entire staff during the evening.
Thank you, Natural High, for the best trip of our lifetime!"

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Fantastic Zambia holiday - South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi

"We cannot thank Natural High and Catherine enough for such a fantastic holiday. During the planning, Catherine answered endless questions from our family and supported us every step of the way in coordinating our separate itineraries (which can't have been easy when we were a party of 11 and all travelling from different locations!). The South Luangwa has become our favourite Africa destination - and Flatdogs our favourite camp! Catherine was very thoughtful in arranging extra surprises for our group as we were celebrating a special birthday. The staff at Flatdogs treated us so well, and they were very open to letting us have large family dinners at various locations around camp. The guides were so enthusiastic the entire week!
We had our own separate holiday afterwards for just the two of us at Chongwe River Camp in the Lower Zambezi. Catherine was so supportive and flexible in helping us identify a suitable camp within an easy distance of Flatdogs, which also provided a different range of activities (boat safaris, tiger fishing and canoeing in addition to game drives!).
All in all a brilliant holiday (Flatdogs and Chongwe were the perfect combination), and everything went so smoothly. We are very much missing enjoying our G&Ts whilst watching elephants in the sunset...!"

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Absolutely amazing Family Celebration at Flatdogs!

"Outstanding service from Catherine who really understands what we want from our holiday. Catherine always goes the extra mile to choose the very best camps for us; to make sure all arrangements are in place; and to make sure we are treated as special guests when we arrive. This trip was an extra challenge given the size of our group - 11 with age range from 4 to 64 and wide range of "Africa experience" and in choosing Flatdogs, she made the best call possible - it was an amazing trip and could not have been better! Jess, Adrian and all the staff made sure our stay was fabulous; the guides were superb; the accommodation wonderful; and the "treats" -sundowners; brai; pimms; picnic; evening meals together (with hippos, bushbabies and elephants in attendance) and drinks at the fire were all that we could have hoped for - all in all, a really special family holiday."

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