Family-friendly Safari Lodges in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe is a visual tapestry of diverse landscapes, from wildlife-rich safari parks and extensive highlands, to lifeblood rivers and World Heritage-listed archaeological sites. It is also home to one of the natural wonders of the world – the mighty Victoria Falls.
Tom’s Little Hide
Located in Hwange National Park, the exclusive use Tom’s Little Hide is the perfect choice for families looking for a private safari experience. Days here can be tailored to suit each member of the family and a dedicated guide and vehicle are at your disposal. Your little ones will love the children’s programme which includes conservation, wildlife and cultural activities. Tom’s Little Hide is a proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers to make a lasting impact in the community.
Located on the outskirts on Hwange National Park, Ivory Lodge is well-known for its exhiliarating up-close sightings of the Presidential Elephant Herd. Each room is elevated on stilted platforms and the main lodge overlooks a lively waterhole, frequented by the park’s wildlife. For families, Ivory Lodge welcomes children of all ages and offers a complimentary babysitting service. The lodge is one of the founding members of the Conservation Wildlife Fund in Hwange and conservation levys go towards protecting the animals in and around the Hwange region.
Singita Pamushana Lodge
Located in the 130,000-acre Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, the eco-friendly Singita Pamushana Lodge features eight elegant suites and welcomes families traveling with children of all ages. All activities at the lodge are tailored to suit each familiy and includes daily game drives, sunset cruises, guided safari walks, visits to rock art sites and fishing expeditions. Little ones can join the lodge’s Mini Rangers’ Programme to enjoy a range of fun activities from cooking lessons to art and crafts activities.
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
Eco-friendly Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is located a mere 4km from the majestic Victoria Falls. Overlooking an active waterhole, families can witness elephant, buffalo, kudu and other wildlife come to drink from the banks. Perfect for kids, the lodge features a children’s playground and activities include visits to the Vulture Hide, Siduli Hide and guided tours of Victoria Falls.
Located a mere 8 minute walk from the iconic Victoria Falls, Ilala Lodge welcomes families traveling with children of all ages. The lodge features spacious rooms and families will love watching the resident warthogs graze from the hotel lawn. Supporting eco-initiatives, Ilala Lodge is the founding member of the Green Fund Contribution. Children under 4 stay free of charge when staying in a standard suite and babysitters are available.
Ursula’s Homestead is an ideal lodge for families and can be booked out on an exclusive-use basis. Located in Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve, activities here include horseback safaris, daily game drives, community tours and cruises along the Zambezi River. The lodge is dedicated to responsible travel and limits single-use plastic by supplying each guest with a reusable metal water bottle on arrival.
Victoria Falls River Lodge
Victoria Falls River Lodge is uniquely located on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River in Zambezi National Park. The first private game lodge to be built in the Park, guests can enjoy a choice of luxury tented-style accommodation or private island-based treehouse suites – all with spectacular views of the river. The lodge offers an educational children’s programme that includes Junior Discoverers game drives, Young Bush Wackers nature walks and Fables by Firelight.
Bumi Hills Safari Lodge
Set on a remote hillside in Bumi Hills, Bumi Hills Safari Lodge boasts incredible views of Lake Kariba and the surrounding wilderness. The eco-friendly lodge features 10 solar-powered rooms with private balconies overlooking the Zambezi escarpment and welcomes families traveling with children of all ages. Bumi Hills is home to big herds of elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and plains game and families can enjoy daily game drives, fishing expeditions, boating and walking safaris. With each booking made, Bumi Hills donates $10 to fund the operations of the African Bush Camps Foundation, the property group’s conservation partner.
Located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Matobo Hills, Amalinda Lodge blends seamlessly with the granite boulders that the region is famed for. The lodge features family chalets and welcomes families traveling with children of all ages. A highlight of your stay will be tracking rhino by vehicle or on foot and witnessing ancient rock art left behind by the San Bushman tribes over 2000 years ago.