Tanzania Family Safari

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A family safari is one of the most exciting and rewarding holidays you can experience together. With an astonishing array of wildlife, natural beauty, and knowledgeable guides, Tanzania is our top choice for family safaris. Give your children magical moments they’ll never forget, and create family memories that you can’t get anywhere else. Discover the wonders of Africa together.

The best places in Tanzania for a family safari

Tanzania has some of the largest concentrations of wild mammals in its reserves, so if you’re looking for something to really impress, you’ve come to the right place. Children will be fascinated by everything there is to learn here.

The Serengeti is the finest reserve in Tanzania, famous for open plains populated by rare and numerous wildlife, as well as the opportunity to see the Great Wildebeest Migration. Learn about tracking animals and interact with the local culture.

If your children want to see big cats, they’ll love spotting lion, cheetah, and leopard. Combine your Serengeti safari with a visit to the Ngorongoro Crater, a marvel of incredible landscapes and excellent game viewing.

Head to the lakes if your family are avid bird watchers, or visit the Mahale Mountains for a chance to see the native population of chimpanzees. No matter what type of animals you and your family want to see, we can help you plan the perfect Tanzania itinerary.

Serengeti Serengeti

The Serengeti is, in our opinion, the finest game reserve in Africa. A vast and stunningly beautiful wilderness with its open and grassy plains occasionally broken up by isolated granite koopjes and areas of acacia woodland.

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Zanzibar Zanzibar

Zanzibar is a truly wonderful island that offers some of the finest tropical beaches within Africa. The name itself has captivated travellers imagination over the years and certainly lives up to expectations. Alongside the idyllic, crystal clear s...

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Ngorongoro Ngorongoro

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area, covers an extensive 8300 sq km, with the celebrated natural wonder, the Ngorongoro Crater, at its centre. The Crater is one of Tanzania’s most visited destinations offering a dramatic landscape and Africa...

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Tanzania and Zanzibar Family Holidays

If you want to combine the excitement of a safari with a relaxing element to your family holiday, we highly recommend a Tanzania and Zanzibar safari and beach holiday.

Zanzibar is the perfect companion to Tanzania, offering some of the finest tropical beaches and world-class kitesurfing opportunities.

We recommend the island’s resort-style lodges for families, as they offer a wider range of activities to keep everyone happy. But no matter where you stay, you’ll have crisp white beaches for making sandcastles, clear blue seas for splashing and snorkelling, and an unspoiled environment to enjoy together.

Tanzania Family Safari Itineraries

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Tanzania family safari accommodation

The best places to stay depend on where you want to visit during your safari and what age groups you’re bringing with you. We have plenty of family-friendly safari lodges available, many of which put on special activities for the children.

Different camps and lodges have different minimum ages, so we recommend talking to one of our experts to find the perfect fit for your family, whether you’re looking for tented camps or luxury accommodation, or even mobile camps that move around to find the best location depending on the time of year.

Make your family safari extra special

Every safari is special, but why not give your family a few extra moments to create lifelong memories while you’re there?

Get a bird’s eye view of Tanzania on a Hot Air Balloon ride. It’s an exhilarating way to look out over the plains.
If you have older children who love horses, try out an afternoon horseback safari.
For truly adventurous families, talk to us about climbing Mount Kilimanjaro – age restrictions apply as it’s not suitable for everyone, get in touch for more information.

Top tips for your family safari

We’ve worked with a lot of families to plan the perfect Tanzania safari that works for every age group. Between that and our own family holidays, we’ve got plenty of hints and tips to make sure you get exactly the right experience – that’s one of the biggest benefits of working with experts, you get all the extra knowledge.

Get the most out of your trip, with these top tips:

Choose a tailor-made, bespoke safari so you know that every activity and every location is specifically chosen to meet your family’s needs.

Keep an eye on your dates. Luckily, Tanzania is a fantastic safari destination during the school holidays – it’s at its best from late June to early October – so you can even squeeze in a half-term break if you’re lucky.

If you’re staying in more than one place, choose internal flights rather than long drives, to get there faster and avoid ‘are we nearly there yet’ calls from the back seats.
Very young children may not get as much out of the experience, or remember it very well, so it’s best to wait until they’re around 8 years old and can really get the most out of the trip.

Many lodges offer activities for children – let us help you find the perfect fit, no matter what age groups you’re travelling with.

Bring a checklist of the animals you might be able to spot – from the elephants to lizards – and have everyone tick off what they’ve seen.

Tanzania safari family-friendly food

Many families have concerns about food when travelling – with varied dietary needs, allergies, preferences and sometimes picky eaters to cater for, getting it right can be a challenge.

The chefs in Tanzania are talented and extremely accomplished at creating delicious dishes – they combine local specialities with international cuisines, and produce food of an incredibly high standard. If you have dietary requirements to contend with, let us know as soon as possible and we can make sure the chefs are able to accommodate yours and preferences.

Medical considerations for family safaris

There are a few factors you need to consider when it comes to vaccinations and anti-malarial medications, especially for a family safari. Firstly, you should make sure all of your routine vaccinations are up to date. There are specific vaccinations that are recommended for travel to Africa, and you should discuss these with your GP at least 6 weeks prior to travel.

Some GP surgeries are unable to offer all of the vaccinations you may want, and don’t always treat children under a certain age. You can choose to consult a private travel clinic, who will have up to date knowledge on all recommended or advised vaccinations, in-depth advice on malaria prevention, and access to vaccinations that are not offered on the NHS.

Make sure you take plenty of sunscreen and insect repellent to protect everyone from painful sunburn or itchy bites. Don’t skimp on the protection. Take hats for everyone, especially children, and make sure you all drink plenty of (bottled) water to keep hydrated.

favourite Tanzania Family Safari places to stay

Naona Moru Camp

Award winning luxury tented camp from this fabulous Tanzanian operator....

S&B Rating:
$250 Per person, per night  
Naona Moru Camp

Rufiji River Camp

Rufiji River Camp newly refurbished, charming camp located on the banks of the Rufiji river, at a point where the ample and tranquil ri...

S&B Rating:
$345 Per person, per night  
Rufiji River Camp

Rhotia Valley

Rhotia Valley is a tented lodge with immense feel good factor.  Not just because it is a lovely lodge with stunning views but also it ...

S&B Rating:
$145 Per person, per night  
Rhotia Valley
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