10 Family Friendly Zambian Experiences

June 22nd 2018  |   Family Safaris, Travel, Countries, Experiences, Zambia  |  by   Alice Gully
Family safari Robin Pope Safaris car ferry in Zambia - family safari experiences

Zambia offers a huge range of activities tailored to family safaris, there is masses to see and do in Livingstone, known as Afica’s adventure captial, boating and canoeing in the Lower Zambezi as well as walking safaris. Accommodation choices are good, ranging from simple bush camps to luxury as well as private lodges that you can use exclusively. Here are ten family-friendly Zambian experiences that are sure to please every family:

1. Take a helicopter ‘flight of the angels’ over Victoria Falls and the whole family will be speechless.  It’s a magnificent spectacle and even more impressive from the air.  Stanley Safari Lodge is one of several within easy reach of the falls where this can be arranged.

Take a helicopter flight over Victoria Falls family safari experiences

2.  Kids will love canoeing on gentle channels off the Zambezi River while staying at Time + Tide Chongwe River Camp.  They’ll need to be over 12 but it’s a wonderful way to spot the wildlife.

Teenagers canoeing on a tranquil channel of the Chongwe River family safari experiences

3. Sundowners are a great part of the safari day.  Your guide will find a scenic place to stop and produce cold drinks and snacks while you watch the sun sink behind the horizon.  This particular photo is courtesy of Luangwa Safari House in the South Luangwa National Park.

Family watching the sundown with guide after a safari Luangwa Safari House family safari experiences

4. A visit to a nearby village is a lovely way to meet local people.  Children can see the school and make new friends.  Stay at Toka Leya near Livingstone and this is just one of the things you can do.

Children playing in a local Zambian village family safari experiences

5. Sindabezi is set on an island in the middle of the Zambezi River just upstream from the Victoria Falls. After a day exploring all that’s on offer in the area it’s a great place to come back to and enjoy stargazing while having dinner out in the open.

Candlit stargazing after dinner at Sindabezi island family safari experiences

6. Tiger fish are one of the most ferocious river fish on the planet.  Many of the lodges in the Lower Zambezi valley offer the chance to fish for these exciting predators.  This shot was taken by Aardvark’s Charlotte Opperman while staying with her family at Time + Tide Chongwe River House.

Exciting Tiger fishing in Zambia - family safari experiences

7. Learning how to track animals is a real safari highlight.  Stay at Robin’s House in the South Luangwa Valley and children can go on a bush walk with the guides and learn about tracks and spoor.

Guide and children looking an tracks and spoor family safari experiences

8. Watching animals at close quarters is very exciting and one of the best ways to get really up close and personal is to spend an hour or two in a hide.  Kaingo Camp in the South Luangwa Valley has several including this, the hippo hide.

Photograph and watch hippos in the hide at Kaingo family safari experiences

9. Stay at the River Club just upstream from the Victoria Falls and children can try their hands at building a raft from the raft building kit.  With lovely gardens leading down to the Zambezi River it’s a great spot to try out some construction skills.

Build a raft on the lawn at the River Club, family safari experiences

10. Tongabezi is a wonderfully family-friendly lodge close to Livingstone.  It’s a great base from which to explore the whole area and a walk around the falls is a ‘must do’.

Victoria Falls family visiting in waterproofs family safari experiences

What next?

We would be delighted to help you plan your family safari or answer any questions if you’re at an earlier stage. Our team of experts have travelled widely throughout Africa. They can offer expert advice on every type of safari from family and beach holidays to riding and primate safaris, to wildlife enthusiast safaris.  If you would like to talk to someone who has been there and done it, please just send us an email or give us a call.

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