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Classic Family Zimbabwe Vacation

Inspirational holiday to Zambia and Zimbabwe

Take your family to see the famous Victoria Falls and then experience a child-friendly safari in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park and Mana Pools National Park. Using safari camps that are specifically designed for families, and flying you between locations, to avoid long journeys by road, this adventure safari will ensure maximum fun for the whole family. You will begin at the iconic Victoria Falls, staying a Thorntree River Lodge, offering a family room and kids' club. It's a tranquil base from which to explore the Falls and included in your stay are river cruises, cultural visits, fishing expeditions, canoeing, rhino tracking and game drives.

Further the adventure by flying in a light aircraft to Hwange National Park. Be on the look-out for a bird's eye view of the park's large elephant and buffalo herds. At Somalisa Acacia Camp, it's not uncommon to meet some of these elephants at the camp's pool! Here you will stay in a 2-bedroom family tent and aside from the game drives, the children can also attend Ngwana Club, offering nature walks around the camp, arts and crafts, cooking lessons and other specialist child activities. The same tailor-made, children's activities are offered at the sister camp Nyamatuis Mahogany Camp at Mana Pools on the banks of the Zambezi river. After a family game drive, Mum and Dad can relax by the pool or head off on an age-restricted canoe or walking safari (over 16 only), while the kids are happily entertained.

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Day by Day summary

  • Starts - Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Livingstone
  • 2 nights - Thorntree River Lodge, Livingstone & Victoria Falls, Zambia
  • 3 nights - Somalisa Acacia, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
  • 3 nights - Nyamatusi Mahogany, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe
  • Ends - Transfer to Harare for your international flight home

At a glance

  • Country Icon Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • Nights Icon 8 Nights
  • Safari Icon Safari

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Guide Price

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Includes flights from JFK
Price per person based on a family of 4
Children program Somalisa Acacia
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  • Fly-in transfers afford maximum time with the wildlife
  • Photos with the kids at the iconic Victoria Falls
  • Outdoor and nature-based Kids Club activities
  • Action-packed game drives
  • Snuggle up under canvas surrounded by the sounds of Africa
Itinerary Details


Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Livingstone

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Day 1 - 3

Arrive at Livingstone Airport where a driver will meet the family and transfer you to your lodge at Victoria Falls.

  • 2 nights

Thorntree River Lodge
All Inclusive | Family Unit

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Day 3 - 6

Today you will be taken over the border into Zimbabwe's Victoria Falls Airport where you will catch a light aircraft flight to your camp in the Hwange National Park. Your guide will be waiting at the airstrip to take you to your camp.

  • 3 nights

Somalisa Acacia
All Inclusive | Family Unit

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Day 6 - 9

Fly today by light aircraft flight to your camp in the Mana Pools National Park. A guide will take you through the beautiful Mana Pools National Park to your next camp.

  • 3 nights

Nyamatusi Mahogany
All Inclusive | Family Suite

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Day 9

Fly via light aircraft to Harare Airport. Here you will connect with your onward flight home.

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Our trips are unashamedly high-end but always deliver excellent value for money. Our guide price covers the majority of trip costs upfront, on a per person basis, including international flights and all transfers.

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  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified
  • Drinks (excluding premium brands)
  • Light aircraft transfers as detailed in the itinerary
  • All scheduled safari activities offered by the camps or lodges
  • Road transfers as detailed in the itinerary
  • National Parks and conservation entry fees
  • Carbon-offsetting with One Tree Planted
  • Conservation donation to Save the Rhino
  • Community projects with Uthando
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  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Additional activities not offered as scheduled by the accommodation
  • Visas and visa fees where relevant
Indulge your passions


This sample trip offers countless adventures and activities to ensure lifetime memories are made. From unforgettable thrills to indulgent relaxation, choose those that appeal most and we will curate your perfect itinerary.

  • 4 WD Safari Icon 4WD Safari
  • Birdwatching Icon Birdwatching
  • Boat Trip Icon Boat Trip
  • Guided Walking Safari Icon Guided Walking Safari
  • Night Drive Icon Night Drive
  • Rhino Tracking Icon Rhino Tracking
  • Helicopter Flights Icon Helicopter Flights
  • White Water Rafting Icon White Water Rafting
  • Canoeing Kayaking Icon Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Fishing Icon Fishing
  • Kids Club Icon Kids Club
  • Kids Bushcraft Icon Kids Bushcraft
  • Natural Wonders Icon Natural Wonders
  • Wellness Spa Icon Wellness/Spa
Enriching encounters


Whether you want to tick the Big Five off your bucket list or seek out specific safari species, our expert guides reveal the typical wildlife sightings to expect on this sample trip.

  • African Wilddog
    African Wilddog
  • Zebra
  • Wildebeest
  • White Rhino
    White Rhino
  • Spotted Hyena
    Spotted Hyena
  • Southern Giraffe
    Southern Giraffe
  • Sable
  • Oryx
    Beisa Oryx
  • Lion
  • Leopard
  • Kudu
  • Kori Bustard
    Kori Bustard
  • Impala
  • Hippo
  • Elephant
  • Crocodile
  • Cheetah
  • Bushbuck
  • Buffalo
  • Brown Hyena
    Brown Hyena
  • African Fish Eagle
    African Fish Eagle
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