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Kids on Safari at Royal Zambezi Lodge: Adventures and Life Lessons in the Wild

Embarking on a safari at Royal Zambezi Lodge isn’t just about spotting wildlife; it’s a transformative experience for families, especially  young adventurers. With our tailored ‘Royal Rangers’ program, children get the chance to immerse themselves in the wilderness, engage in exciting activities, and learn valuable life lessons along the way. This program is designed to educate, inspire, and entertain, leaving kids with lasting memories and a deeper understanding of nature.

Kids participating in the Royal Rangers Program are encouraged to:

Learn the basics of tracking animals and use their skills to spot wildlife in their natural habitats. Identify various bird species, learning about their habits and significance to the ecosystem. Participate in an interactive hands on learning experience, while on safari they are taught about conservation practices with exclusive knowledge from the Royal guides.

The wild settings of the Zambezi offer more than just beauty; they provide real-life lessons that contribute to a child’s growth and development:

Stories like that of Porcupine and Lost, two lions written by our young guest Mac Mansfield, illustrate the challenges animals face and the resilience they must muster to survive. By observing different species and their interactions, children see first hand how interconnected and crucial every animal is to its environment. Through tales narrated by our guides, such as the history of lions in the area, kids learn the importance of each creature’s story and its heritage.

Inspirational Stories by Young Guests

Through tales narrated by our guides, such as the history of lions in the area, kids learn the importance of all animals and their heritage and by observing different species and their interactions, children see first hand how interconnected and crucial every animal is to its environment.
Children are then giving the chance to write their own stories.

Here are some of our recent tales written by young guests Porcupine and Lost written by Mac Mansfield and The Royal Flamingo written by Mana Black. Their stories illustrate the challenges animals face and the resilience they need in order to survive.

Porcupine by Mac Mansfield (7 years old): A gripping tale that follows the journey of lions named Porcupine and Lost, teaching about the struggles and triumphs of wildlife. This story also illustrates the bonds formed during safaris, as children learn from their guides and the animals they encounter.
Victor the guide took us on a game drive this morning. He told the history of lions in the area. The GMA had three male lions called porcupine, lost and chipt. Porcupine has had a tough life he is 7 years old and he lost his mum. He fend for himself since he was two years old and still very small, often hurting himself when hunting. Lost is porcupines older brother and had one more year to develop with their mum around, this extra year was enough time for Lost to grow into a fully grown fierce male lion. Chipt was nowhere to be seen as he was chased away by the Brutal Boys who we will come to later. We found Porcupine and Lost as they picked up the scent of buffalo near by. Porcupine looked worse for wear, lacerated back and porcupine spikes in his face. Lost had fresh battle scars on his face both showcasing the harsh realities of life in the bush.

The brutal Boys had taken over Porcupine & lost pride. The pride made up of 2 lioness, 2 male teenagers and 2 baby cubs. This pride roam the areas between GMA east and the Lower Zambezi National Park. We saw one of the lioness on a game drive and she was looking most powerful. We hope one day Porcupine and Lost become friends with the Brutal Boys pride and live a comfortable last few years of their life.

The Royal Flamingo by Mana Black (Aged 8): This story captures the curiosity and excitement of spotting a rare flamingo around the lodge, sparking discussions on why unusual visitors appear in certain habitats.
A flamingo has been at Royal for 5 weeks. He has been seen all over the riverbanks around the Lodge. It’s very unusual to see a flamingo here and we are all wondering when he will go home.