Zimbabwe offers countless opportunities for families seeking a unique African safari adventure. With its diverse wildlife, stunning landscapes and warm hospitality, the country has become a first-choice destination for those looking to create lasting travel memories.
Victoria Falls and Lake Kariba are the ideal stops thanks to its stunning natural beauty, abundance of wildlife and wide range of family-friendly activities. Victoria Falls’s rich cultural heritage and friendly local communities further make it a welcoming and educational experience for children of all ages. Having the opportunity to witness the a power of one of the world’s largest waterfall, with its thundering cascades and misty rainbows, is sure to leave a lasting impression. Or why not explore the surrounding national parks and reserves, like Zambezi National Park, where a wide range of wildlife can be spotted on thrilling game drives or peaceful boat safaris along the river.
Lake Kariba is another captivating destination that should not be missed when planning a family safari. This massive man-made lake, straddling the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, offers a unique combination of wildlife encounters and breathtaking scenery, making it an ideal addition to any itinerary. Families of all ages can participate in anything from guided canoe trips to explore Kariba’s shoreline to other water-based adventure activities like jet skiing, wakeboarding and paddleboarding as well as boat safaris and sunset cruises.
Victoria Falls and Lake Kariba Accommodation
Choosing the right accommodation for a family-friendly safari to Zimbabwe is of great importance to ensure the most memorable of trips. From luxurious lodges nestled in the heart of national parks to cosy campsites surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, Zimbabwe offers a wide range of options that cater to different preferences and budgets. Hideaways Africa has several partner properties perfectly positioned in close proximity to both Victory Falls and Lake Kariba for those intending to head to Zimbabwe for a family safari.
Crowned Eagle Boutique Hotel
Crowned Eagle Boutique Hotel offers striking and expansive views from its position on Camps Hill at the northern end of Lake Kariba, just the place for curious minds, big or small, to explore. Binoculars will be able to spot the countless birds fluttering about in the lush tropical gardens while other smaller critters also scurry about. The vast waterways of Kariba and the surrounding areas also cater to a variety of interests, from fishing to cultural and historical activities.
With the exquisite backdrop of Lake Kariba and Matusadona National Park, Fothergill Island offers an African safari with a difference. The stunning vistas are an invitation to discover the continent’s second-largest lake and the amazing conservation success story of Matusadona. Experiences and engaging activities like guided walks, game drives, boating safaris and fly fishing are customised to suit the needs of each guest, including families.
Ilala Lodge Hotel
Ilala Lodge Hotel is superbly placed for a fantastic safari to Zimbabwe with the astonishing Victoria Falls only a 10-minute walk away. Ilala’s location is ideal for a wide range of excursions in the area, from serene sunset river cruises to heart-pounding white-water rafting, scenic helicopter flights, game viewing and fishing on the Zambezi River.
Simwenge River Lodge
Reconnecting with nature with friends and family is at the order of the day at Simwenge Lodge. Being downstream from Victoria Falls and in close proximity to Hwange National Park, there are a whole host of activities available to guests – catch-and-release fishing, river cruises, game drives, cultural tours, birding safaris and bush dinners.