Older children will have a fabulous holiday in Tanzania. We find it harder to find perfect accommodation for families with younger children, however, as oddly, there are not many places with interconnecting rooms, and there are not many Kids’ Clubs available, although there is now one at the Residence on Zanzibar.
Family suites are available at very distinct locations; on the beach, for example, there is a fabulous one at Ras Nungwi and one at Tides on the mainland, and at Baraza and Essque Zalu on Zanzibar. On safari, there are family units at Crater Lodge in Ngorongoro and at Sasakwa in the north of the Serengeti, and at Manze in Selous. There are others available, but they are not widespread!
Budgeting for families
Idiosyncratic policies range when it comes to costings for children; under 12 are generally half price, although Nomad safaris will charge you a child rate up to 21 years old, and in Selous they are full price from 12. We can help you navigate the options by presenting you a choice of camps accommodating your age range within your budget!
Younger children – under 12 years
Children from 0 – 6 years old are allowed to go on safari in the North, particularly if you take a private guide and stay in hotels. We also tend to suggest considered itinerary plans for safaris with less long hours of driving, so may dissuade you from a full northern circuit safari itinerary, and err towards private guided safaris that allow families to travel at their own pace.
Policy for accommodating children varies even within this region; at the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge children under 7 are only allowed on game drive at the camp manager’s discretion.
Smaller lodges do not tend to take kids under 4 years old, although there are exceptions. Children are generally not allowed to stay in the southern parks under 6 years, (again, exceptions apply). Over 6 years young children are generally accepted but not encouraged - they are not allowed to walk or boat here until 12 years old.
Older children – over 12 years
Older children will be thrilled by the quality of wildlife safaris in fly-in southern camps, or those accessible by small ‘plane in the north of the Serengeti. All family members may enjoy horse-riding safaris, hot air ballooning over the Serengeti, fly-camping in the bush, bush fires and bush breakfasts and fishing in the rivers of Selous. There are dolphin safaris and world class fishing in the waters around Zanzibar or you can learn to dive with accredited PADI centres on pristine coral reefs. All of these make for superb shared experiences.
Families can explore cultural and traditional tribal differences around the Great Rift Valley or the foothills of Kilimanjaro, visit children at local schools and create pen pals, and visit the ‘Birthplace of Mankind’ at Olduvai, the site of Professor Leakey’s discovery of the earliest known footprints of hominid man.
All of the holidays that we arrange are created with great care and attention to special requirements and interests. We are able to arrange your accommodation and transfers to suit the needs of your family, and advise as to how to make the travel details as simple and straightforward as possible to allow you to get the most out of your adventures.