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Zambia & Malawi for Families

Explore by water, foot, jeep or air in this thrilling destination

Up close encounters with wildlife prove to be a life-changing experience and Zambia is one of our favourite places for this authentic privilege. Unspoiled wilderness can be explored on foot – you’ll be expertly guided into the bush for this heart-racing adventure, where you’ll encounter colossal elephant and towering giraffe.

If you’re a family of four or more, we might suggest an exclusive use stay at Chongwe River House, where guides and staff will deliver the ultimate private safari experience. Game drives, both day and night, with nothing but the sounds of the wild to accompany you, are perfect for spotting bellowing herds of buffalo and lazy prides of lion. This is also the perfect base for tigerfishing and river safaris amongst hippo and crocodile.
 
Not to be missed is feeling the rumble of Victoria Falls as you watch the sun dance in the incredible spray, drenching you as you stare, awestruck at the sheer size of this natural wonder. Combine your Zambian adventures with a stay on an island in tropical Lake Malawi, Africa’s third largest lake. Here you can snorkel amongst 1000+ species of freshwater fish, have a luxurious massage, and canoe as a fiery sunset lights up the water.
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Ultimate walking Safari
Zambia is the home of the walking safari: it was pioneered by Norman Carr in the South Luangwa. The guides Norman trained are still leading their guests on extraordinary, informative bush walks, and you’ll find that their knowledge of the bush and its wildlife is second to none.
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Adventure on the Zambezi River
The Zambezi is the most impressive river in Southern Africa, crashing over Victoria Falls and winding through Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park. It’s a super destination for active families with adventurous teens, offering everything from white water rafting to first rate wildlife viewing.
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Lake Adventures
Lake Malawi is one of the African Great Lakes. It’s a national park, and home to more species of fish than any other lake in the world. We love the laid-back vibe at the lodges along the lake shore and on the islands; the water sports here are superb.
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Sleeping Under the Stars
There isn’t yet an International Dark Sky Park in Zambia, but it’s only a matter of time. There’s absolutely no light pollution in the South Luangwa or Lower Zambezi National Parks at all, so when darkness falls, your adventures are only just beginning.
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Victoria Falls - the smoke that thunders
Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world. A remarkable spectacle which would inspire anyone to take an interest in geography, Victoria Falls is also the centre of adventure tourism in Zambia. Swim in the Devil’s Pool, and then raft the white water rapids below.
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A Private National Park
Zambia’s Luangwa Valley is the richest game viewing area in the country. But while the majority of visitors crowd South Luangwa, you can have an entire national park to yourself when you head to Luambe Camp on the Luangwa River.
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Chiawa Camp
A luxurious family-run camp set under a grove of mahogany trees along the banks of the Zambezi River, Chiawa Camp has a rich history and is located in one of the best wildlife-viewing spots in Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park.
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Old Mondoro
A family run camp in the Lower Zambezi National Park that provides an authentic safari experience without compromising on luxury or service, Old Mondoro Bushcamp offers fantastic views of the Zambezi and unbeatable wildlife viewing opportunities, with an emphasis on sustainability.
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Chongwe River House
A unique house built on the Chongwe River, Chongwe River House offers luxurious suites, a private swimming pool, and spectacular game viewing opportunities. It is the perfect family friendly location to take in the beauty of Zambia without compromising on comfort.
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Tongabezi
Wake up to the sound of birdsong, visit Victoria Falls, and dine on the banks of the Zambezi River on your own private veranda. Tongabezi Lodge is the perfect place to enjoy Zambia at your own sedate pace, and to relax at the end of the day.
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Sindabezi
Sindabezi is an island in the Zambezi River, the kind of private retreat you’ve always dreamed of. This haven for wildlife is considered amongst the finest eco lodges in Africa, and with just five open sided chalets, it’s an incredibly intimate place.
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Chuma Houses
Sussi and Chuma, named after the two friends of the great explorer David Livingstone, offers guests the opportunity to stay in treehouses and lodges in one of the most beautiful areas of the Zambezi River. The two Chuma Houses are perfect for families with young children.
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Luwi & Nsolo
In Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park, you can’t do any better than stay at the twin camps of Luwi and Nsolo. Both of these properties are incredibly remote, but getting out into the wilderness is the first part of the adventure.
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Luangwa Safari House
Luangwa Safari House is set in the Luangwa National Park. It has a grand, rustic style, and the four double rooms are designed to subtly reflect earth, water, wind, and fire. The house is a superb choice for families and large groups to experience Zambia in comfort.
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Royal Chundu River Lodge
The town of Victoria Falls can be very busy, so the perfect solution is to retreat on to your private island at Royal Chundu Private Island Lodge, and then to visit the falls at your leisure to admire the marvellous natural spectacle.
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Chinzombo Camp
Chinzombo Camp offers luxury private villas, a wide variety of game viewing opportunities, and the chance to while away the evenings by a fire pit or by dining under the stars. The camp stretches across 60 acres and is within a Big Five area.
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Pumulani
Pumulani would not look out of place as a beach lodge on South Africa’s Cape, or perhaps on an island in the Seychelles. It’s a wonderful surprise to find it in the middle of Malawi, however, though it’s a fantastic addition to Lake Malawi’s accommodation options.
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Mkulumadzi
Malawi’s Majete National Park is fantastic for elephant viewing, and it’s possible to spot lion here, too. Stay with your family at Mkulumadzi Lodge at the confluence of the Shire and Mkulumadzi Rivers, a place which is surrounded by 7,000 hectares of unspoilt private concession.
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Kaya Mawa
Conde Nast listed Kaya Mawa as one of their 10 most romantic places in the world, and it’s hard to disagree. The lodge is the epitome of rustic chic and has an unbeatable location right on the edge of Lake Malawi.