Experience game-rich national parks, walking & night safaris, plus the legendary Victoria Falls on a luxury Zambia family safari holiday. Zambia is Africa’s best kept secret, treasured by those who have visited and want to keep it that way.
An under-the-radar safari destination with wildlife watching opportunities by road, river and on foot; a luxury Zambia holiday offers unique experiences, such as the thundering cascades of Victoria Falls, intrepid walking safaris and the rare treat of a game drive after dark.
Kenneth Kaunda International Airport
South Luangwa National Park, Kafue National Park, Lower Zambezi, Victoria Falls
The price is based on a family of 4, with 2 adults and 2 children under 12 years old. Low season travel and exclusive of international flights.
.Private chauffeur transfers
.Full board accommodation as stated including some drinks
.Entry fees to national parks and reserves, conservation levies
.Game-viewing activities and other activities as stated
.Local English-speaking guides, Domestic flights
.Drinks at Flat dogs Camp
.Items of personal nature & Tips
Day 1 – Arrival in Zambia & Transfer to South Luangwa National Park
You’ll arrive in Zambia at Lusaka Airport and take a scheduled domestic flight to Mfuwe, where you’ll be met by our representative. From here, you’ll take a private road transfer to your first accommodation - Flatdogs Camp, located at South Luangwa National Park.
You’ll be staying in the exclusive Crocodile Nest, a large tented house with views out to the Luangwa River. The property includes two en-suite bedrooms, inside and outside living spaces, plus a private swimming pool. It’s also possible to add a third bed into each bedroom, should you require one.
Amenities at the house include a fridge, a kettle and a radio, so you can order your meals from the restaurant and have them delivered to your family at the house.
Flatdogs pride themselves on their family-friendly atmosphere, offering a children’s menu at the restaurant and a nanny/watchman service for when you need a little bit of peace and quiet.
Day 2 – Exploring South Luangwa National Park
Today, your Zambia Family Safari Holiday truly begins, as you start your exploration of South Luangwa National Park.
The park is an expanse of 9,050 square kilometres and has been visited by enthusiastic wildlife watchers since its opening in 1972. Look out for giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, hyena, African wild dog (sometimes called painted dogs or painted wolves) and many other big game favourites.
Year-round access, open game viewing vehicles, walking safaris and night game drives make South Luangwa a unique safari destination with a plethora of options for wildlife watching activities.
One of the top wildlife destinations on the planet, the park is home to 60 species of mammals, 450 species of birds and 2,000 species of plants - and those estimates are a conservative minimum.
Day 3 – Exploring South Luangwa National Park
Game drives take place in the morning and the evening, to escape the heat of the day.
However, Zambia is known as the birthplace of the walking safari and a great way to encourage your family is to take a walk in the bush with a local guide, who can show you how they track animals (note that age limits sometimes apply for walking safaris).
Though South Luangwa is sadly no longer a Big Five destination, having lost the last of its rhino population in the 1980s, there are still plenty of interesting species and sub-species to look out for.
Endemic creatures include Crawshay’s zebra, Cookson’s wildebeest and Thornicroft’s giraffe, the latter of which is noted for its different markings.
Day 4 – Exploring South Luangwa National Park
South Luangwa National Park is one of the few national parks in Africa that offers night game drives, providing you and your family with the opportunity to safari in the dark!
This is a chance to see much of Zambia’s nocturnal wildlife, including big cats and other predators hunting at night.
You may wish to mix up your wildlife watching with some cultural activities.
Flatdogs Camp is very active in the local community and involved with several community and conservation projects.
Guests are invited to visit some of these projects, in order to learn about local culture and how your tourism supports these initiatives.
Day 5 – Transfer to Kafue National Park
Today, you’ll journey on to your next Zambia safari destination; first taking a road transfer back to Mfuwe Airport, then taking a scheduled domestic flight to Lusaka, then another road transfer onto your next accommodation - Ila Safari Lodge at Kafue National Park.
Ila Lodge is a luxury safari camp perched above the Kafue River, comprised of 10 luxury safari tents including two large family suites.
The family suites accommodate four people in two separated sleeping compartments, though an extra bed can be added upon request.
All tents feature en-suite bathrooms and either outdoor baths or showers. Mosquito nets are turned down each evening, to save you from those pesky bites.
Day 6 – Exploring Kafue National Park
Kafue National Park is the largest and oldest national park in Zambia, with 22,400 square kilometers of African bush to explore and the artery the Kafue River winding through it. Yet, even with such a reputation, Kafue remains very much under the radar on the safari circuit and isn’t as frequented nearly as much as South Luangwa or Lower Zambezi, making a visit here a real treat of unspoiled wilderness.
Wildlife to look out for includes big game favorites such as lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, zebra and hippo. Kafue is also one of the best places to see cheetah in Zambia.
However, don’t miss the many species of antelope which call the park home, as well as a chance to see more elusive creatures such as honey badger, civet, serval, porcupine, bushbaby, bushpig and African wild dogs, which are critically endangered but found in some of their highest numbers in Zambia.
Day 7 – Exploring Kafue National Park
If you’re tiring of the “African massage” provided by your safari vehicle, choose from a range of alternative safaris or activities at Kafue to enjoy the environment. Solar-powered boat cruises offer a smooth ride down the Kafue River either at dawn or at sunset, whilst fishing for big bream in the river’s waters can also be a rewarding way to spend a morning.
To learn more about Zambian culture and the area around Kafue, we recommend visiting local villages and markets for local encounters and authentic souvenir shopping. Ila Lodge also runs a project called Lunch with the Ladies Club, where you can meet with the Ladies Club in the Chunga Community to try local cuisine and learn about local customs and traditions.
Day 8 – Exploring Kafue National Park
Kafue is a diverse landscape of woodlands, wetlands, riverbanks and savannah; creating a wealth of habitats for Zambia’s large collection of bird species. An incredible 478 out of Zambia’s 733 bird species can be found in Kafue, making this national park one of Africa’s best birding destinations.
Species to look and listen out for include Chaplin’s barbet, Pel’s fishing owl, ground hornbill, woolly-necked stork, fish eagle, saddle-billed stork, African finfoot, purple-crested lourie, Goliath heron and African wattled and crowned cranes.
Day 9 – Transfer to Lower Zambezi National Park
Today, you’ll move on to Lower Zambezi National Park, leaving Kafue by road transfer and heading to Lusaka Airport. From there, you’ll take a scheduled domestic flight to Jeki and a second road transfer to your next accommodation.
You’ll be staying at Potato Bush Camp, a luxury safari camp consisting of three canvas and rosewood safari tents, plus a two-bedroom family house.
The spacious family-sized tent includes a central living area, dining and balcony area, a large plunge pool, a fridge and two bedrooms with en-suite bathroom facilities, including twin showers, twin basins and large four-claw bath tubs. The tent sleeps four, through extra beds can be added to the rooms. Beds are covered with large walkaround mosquito nets and fitted with a fan.
Day 10 – Exploring Lower Zambezi National Park
Lower Zambezi National Park is an expanse of 4,095 square kilometres, with beautiful scenery provided by the Zambezi River, Zambezi valley and escarpment, as well as the dramatic southern limit of Africa’s Great Rift Valley.
Across the river lies Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe, but the animals here cross the water freely, roaming both sides of the border.
Common sightings here include elephant, waterbuck, impala, kudu, lion, leopard, hyena, buffalo, hippo, zebra and bushbuck. However, you might be lucky enough to encounter some rarer creatures, such as the African wild dog, African wild cat, side-striped jackal, mongoose, genet, serval, civet, honey badger, porcupine and aardvark.
Day 11 – Exploring Lower Zambezi National Park
Game drives and walking safaris are the most popular activities, but there are also options for birding, canoeing and cruising down the Zambezi River. Keen anglers might also like to try tackle or fly fishing, as the Zambezi is known for its tigerfish, amongst other fish species.
Potato Bush Camp also offers a range of activities for children, available in two age groups (four to eight years and eight to twelve years). These include children’s game drives (shorter and more interactive) and children’s bush walks, as well as after-game-drive activities such as palm weaving, first aid, survival skills, marshmallow roasting, sandbank soccer, catch-and-release fishing and stargazing after dark.
Day 12 – Transfer to Livingstone (Victoria Falls)
You’ll leave the national parks and wildlife watching behind as you head to the final stop on your Zambia Family Safari Holiday at Livingstone, home of Victoria Falls. To get there, you’ll take a road transfer back to Jeki, then a scheduled domestic flight to Livingstone, before taking another road transfer to Victoria Falls Waterfront where you’ll be staying.
Victoria Falls Waterfront is around 6 kilometers from Livingstone town, offering privacy away from the hustle and bustle of the town, swapping roads for a quiet stretch of the Zambezi River, which feeds nearby Victoria Falls. The property consists of five chalets and a family house, which all have an open-fronted layout and boast incredible views of the Zambezi.
You be staying in family cottage ideal for groups travelling together. The house has two double rooms (one of which is en-suite), as well as an upstairs loft space, a large verandah, a private deck and a swimming pool. Your meals will be prepared in the house, with a dedicated team of staff to take care of your family during your stay.
Day 13 – Exploring Livingstone (Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls is both a UNESCO World Heritage site as well as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, making this dramatic waterfall an unmissable destination in Zambia. Depending on when you visit Victoria Falls and the water levels of the river, there are lots of exciting things to see and do in the area.
Adrenaline junkies can choose from white-water rafting, abseiling, bungee jumps from the Victoria Falls Bridge, ziplining and “flying fox” activities (including a glide along the “Victoria Falls Bridge Slide”), as well as a swim in the exhilarating Devil’s Pool – a deep, natural pool created by thousands of years of erosion, which allows those who are brave enough to swim right out to the edge of the falls without being swept over.
Day 14 – Exploring Livingstone (Victoria Falls
Today, you can continue to appreciate the falls with more fun activities. If chasing adrenaline isn’t your thing, then take a more leisurely approach to enjoy this natural wonder. Walk along footpaths and river trails to feel the spray on your face, take a helicopter flight over the waterfalls for bird’s eye views and explore the historical town of Livingstone.
Alternatively, you can explore the surrounding bushlands on horseback with Livingstone's Adventures. These rides can be enjoyed by all levels of riders, including children.
Day 15 – Departure from Zambia
Sadly, your Zambia Family Safari Holiday comes to an end. After checking out of Victoria Falls Waterfront, you’ll take a road transfer to Livingstone Airport, then a scheduled domestic flight to Lusaka in plenty of time for your onward journey.
However, from seeing herds of elephant bathing in river waters, to hearing a lion’s roar, to feeling the spray of Victoria Falls on your face, your family trip to Zambia was surely a feast for all the senses and will have you looking back on fond family memories for many years to come.