For a wonderful family safari, Zambia offers a vast range of activities and areas to keep the whole family entertained, no matter their age.

Zambia Family Safari Vacations

Despite not being a top destination for families, Zambia has some great family options with a very good range of activities.

The first point to mention is that Zambia is in Africa’s malaria belt. This is not to be taken lightly – we do not recommend that very young children should travel to Zambia. Our recommended age is five and above. The majority of Zambia’s best camps do not permit children under the age of six or eight.


Zambia has a number of private ‘safari houses’. These huge private houses usually have approximately four rooms and are booked on an exclusive basis only. They come with private chefs and private guides, and are consequently some of the very best-value properties anywhere. Staying in this style of camp means that days can be truly tailored to the requirements of the family.

Our favourite lodges for families in Zambia are Luangwa Safari House in the South Luangwa, Chongwe River Camp in the Lower Zambezi, Tangala House and Robin’s House at Victoria Falls.


Leaving the safari houses aside, Zambia is not the best place for family safari. The main reason is that the best camps focus on walking safari – an activity that is not permitted for children under 12 in the vast majority of camps. The Lower Zambezi, however, does have a couple of camps that have a wide diversity of safari activities – Chiawa and the above mentioned Chongwe River Camp.

Victoria Falls is another exception to the rule – here, there is a wealth of different activities such as horse riding, lion walks, elephant rides, boat cruises, bungee jumping, white water rafting and zip wires. Entire days of adrenalin activities can easily be arranged, while the parents relax by the pool!

Taking the kids on safari and looking to do something a little different? Find out more about the different types of things for kids to do on a safari.