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Family Safaris in Zambia
Home to attractions such as the Victoria Falls, the wild waters of the Zambezi River, Big Five wildlife, and the majestic Lake Kariba, Zambia opens its doors to a world of exhilarating family adventures. Whether you are visiting Victoria Falls, South Luangwa National Park, Kafue National Park or the lower Zambezi, your family will have endless activities to choose from. From walking safaris and game drives, to canoe safaris and scenic flights over the falls, you will create memories that will last a lifetime.
Why Visit Zambia
A bucket list destination not to miss, Zambia is home to one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World – Victoria Falls. The area lends itself to a variety of adventurous family activities such as bungee jumping, river-rafting, scenic flights, zip-lining and canoe safaris.
Zambia is a unique wildlife destination not only for its big game viewing but also for its famed walking safaris in South Luangwa National Park. An African safari is an expedition every family dreams to cross off their bucket list. Zambia takes this adventure to the next level offering you a journey to the wild side on foot, led by expert safari guides at your side. Other game reserves and parks to consider for your family safari to Zambia includes Kafue National Park (famous for big cat sightings including cheetah!) and The Lower Zambezi National Park (great for elephants sightings and water safaris).
The Victoria Fall, Zambezi River and Lake Kariba makes Zambia the ultimate destinations for water-based safaris and activities. Whether you would like to try your hand at fishing with your children, game viewing from the comfort of your canoe or taking a sunset boat cruise on the Zambezi River, Zambia offers it all.
Take a guided tour of the Victoria Falls better known as “The Smoke that Thunders” and one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World.
Zambezi National Park
Visit The Lower Zambezi National Park for classic game drives, fishing expeditions and boat safaris on the Zambezi.
South Luangwa National Park
Experience a walking safari in South Luangwa National Park led by expert wildlife guides to encounter big game on foot.
Visit Kafue National Park for great predator sightings without the crowds.
When To Go?
Best time to go
Game viewing is at its best during Zambia’s dry season from June to October. Expect mild temperatures during the day with high concentrations of animals at permanent water sources.
The best time to visit Victoria Falls with your family is at the end of the rainy season which falls between March and May. Heavy rain will have filled up the Zambezi River and result in spectacular views of the full-flooded Victoria Falls.
Low season falls within the rainy season (from December to April). Due to heavy rains, many parks close during this time due to flooding. Game viewing is also more challenging during this time as a result of the dense vegetation spurted by the rain.
Travel to Zambia between May and July to experience mild daytime temperatures. Although the dry season runs from May to October you can expect extremely hot days from September onwards.
Will you see the Big 5?
Although Zambia is home to the Big 5, rhino are extremely rare and are only found in Victoria Falls and North Luangwa National Parks. Kafue National Park and South Luangwa National Park are well known for big cat sightings, especially leopard. Besides the famous 5, Liuwa Plain National Park hosts Africa’s second largest wildebeest migration in November each year and Kasanka National Park sees 10 million fruit bats in migration from October to December.
What is regularly seen?
Zambia is one of the wettest countries in Southern Africa with abundant rivers and lakes. This makes for frequent hippo and crocodile sightings along the Zambezi River. Leopards, lions and cheetah sightings are more common in South Luangwa National Park and Kafue National Park.
When will you get the best wildlife experience?
Although the wet season creates a luscious green setting, you are guaranteed to see the majority of wildlife in the drier months from May to October. During this time the vegetation is at its thinnest making it easier to spot wildlife. The lower winter temperatures will also make for a more pleasant family safari experience.
All roads lead to Lusaka, capital of Zambia and one of Africa’s fastest developing cities.
The Zambian Kwacha (ZMK).
Depending on the nature of your travel, you can expect to touch down at Kenneth Kaunda International, Mfuwe International in Lusaka, or Livingstone Airport near Victoria Falls.
Health & Safety
While venturing through Zambia, you are at risk of contracting Malaria. Please be sure to consult your local travel clinic for more information.