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Fabulous family safaris to Africa

Spring is in the air and as we eagerly head towards the Easter holidays (or spring break for our friends across the pond!) our thoughts turn to planning family holidays.

Most of the Zambezi team have grown up in Africa, our kids exposed to the wonders of safari from an early age. Which is why we think taking your family on safari is an unbeatable, life-changing experience. We’ve posted some of our top tips on Zambezi.com but here’s some of our favourite trips:

8-night South Luangwa for Adventurous Families- AS FEATURED IN THE TIMES (UK), Saturday 26 March 2011.


The Sullivans in Zambia

Stay at one of the top luxury lodges in the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia for seven nights with your own dedicated specialist private guide and vehicle, perfect for families. Kids will love looking out for everything from hippos and crocodiles to lion, leopard and elephants. Game drives are tailored with children in mind, meals are served at times convenient to the family and in addition to the usual safari activities the kids can spend time with an expert guide and scout to teach them to become a game ranger for the day, track game on foot and learn how to identify footprints.

7-night Hot Safari Spots of Kenya– A fabulous safari for couples and families alike (children 12 and over welcome), this trip takes in the best of Kenya in an easy, bite-sized visit. Combine three nights in the privately owned Oserian Wildlife Sanctuary at Lake Naivasha with four nights in the heart of the Masai Mara. Chui Lodge is set in its own 18,000 acre Oserian Wildlife Sanctuary overlooking the dramatic backdrop of the Rift Valley and the Mau Escarpment. Kids can cool down in the swimming pool whilst mum and dad soak up the views of the waterhole. Other highlights include the chance to encounter 320 bird species and a wide array of wildlife from White Rhino and Buffalo to big and small cats on your own private game drives or walks. The trip culminates at the Royal Mara Safari Lodge in the Masai Mara, situated directly on the wildebeest “Great Migration” route, near the legendary Mara River crossing points and Leopard Gorge, made famous by the BBC’s Big Cat Diary.



9-night Life and Soul of South Africa on Safari - Climb aboard for magical elephant back safaris in the Kapama Private Game Reserve followed by two nights in the Waterberg region staying at a private bush home with a superb range of horses. Finally check in for culture and culinary adventures with four nights in Cape Town.

Families with younger children will love the recent addition of a self-contained family villa at Camp Jabulani in the Kapama Private Game Reserve. The Villa is a mammoth 424m2, with an additional 225m2 of wooden decking overlooking the wild African bush. Guests can enjoy the extraordinary experience of interacting with the mammoth animals on daily elephant rides or around the waterhole as they swim and play. From elephant back to horseback, the next stop is Ant’s Nest, a private bush home located on its own private game reserve in the magnificent, malaria-free Waterberg region. Guests can take their pick from 60 horses for some of the most exciting game viewing on horseback in Africa, whatever your age or riding ability. The trip culminates with four nights at the Grand Daddy Hotel in the heart of Cape Town.

We’d love to hear your feedback on great family safaris. Have a look at what the Sullivans from Cornwall in the UK had to say about a green season family safari to Zambia.