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Family time, Royal Zambezi style

1st July 2011 Print
Family time, Royal Zambezi style

Going abroad for a holiday together can be one of the most rewarding ways to spend time as a family.

However, it is also a notoriously rare occurrence for them to go smoothly. We’ve all experienced the dark side of family holidays – stressed parents, screaming toddlers, and grumpy teenagers. With so many varying requirements and needs to accommodate, it takes something quite exceptional to produce a seamless, unforgettable family-bonding experience where everyone is truly happy.

Luckily for you and your family, Royal Zambezi Lodge does just that. Located on the banks of the Zambezi River in a stunning bush setting, the first sighting of the Lodge will simultaneously enchant the parents, awe the children, and set the mood for the days to come. Being shown to your tented suites will have a similar effect, with the sheer elegance of the decor and luxurious dimensions of the feather-pillowed bed appealing to mum and dad, while the children get a kick out of the simple novelty of sleeping in a tent amongst the sounds of the bush.

Due to the range of activities offered however, it is unlikely any of the family will be spending much time in bed (lazy teenagers excepted). Obviously no safari holiday is complete without a game drive in an open 4x4, but for energetic families who want to take it up a notch, Royal Zambezi offers some exciting alternatives that will keep even the shortest young attention span fully enthralled. A canoe trip down the river offers a unique way to see the Zambezi, and gets you up close to elephant, hippos, a host of birdlife, and will most likely end up in a healthy family boat race or inter-sibling water fight.

For a family with older children, a walking safari is another unforgettable family experience, and will doubtless be the topic of dinner-table conversation and facebook statuses for months to come. Led by an expert guide, families will share awe-inspiring experiences that will render even the most mouthy of teenagers lost for words, such as being dwarfed by a herd of elephant, watching a young giraffe get used to its wobbly legs, or delighting in the fascinating knowledge of the guide.

A bush holiday is the ideal time for some father-son bonding, and there is no more manly way to bond than out on a boat hauling in some Tiger Fish. Royal Zambezi is equipped with new, fully-fitted aluminium boats, and can kit you and your boy out with all the rods, tackle and flies that you can handle. The fishing guides are experts in their field, and will do all they can to ensure you bring in the biggest possible Tiger Fish for the maximum amount of campfire bragging.  While the boys are out satisfying their primeval hunter-gatherer instincts, the girls can enjoy some down time together and indulge in a treatment at the Bush Spa, making the most of the peace before they are subjected to an evening of slightly embellished fishing stories.

In the evenings the family can gather around in the Sausage bar, miles from the interruptions of work and school and facebook, and share some genuine quality time as the sun sets over the escarpment.

Rates start at $450 per person per night.

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Family time, Royal Zambezi style