Tanzania Family Safari Holidays

A Tanzania safari is a delight for all ages, and as such is an ideal family holiday. The excitement of the adventure is truly shared, allowing parents, grandparents and children to treasure memories for ever after. Every Tanzania safari is so different; each wildlife moment is so distinct, that even old timers cannot claim to have seen it all before. 
We've created many fabulous Tanzania family holidays - however, careful consideration and planning is required on many fronts when putting together an ideal family itinerary. The option of family suites (or extra beds), child-friendly activities and special child rates vary enormously from lodge to lodge.

Why go on a Tanzania Family Holiday?

  • Tanzania is in the best possible safari and beach combination location! It has a fantastic coast line, and also the colourful and activity-packed island of Zanzibar is just a short hop away. The beach has never been easier to access, and this is especially important for family holidays – as you are paying for children, you save money on long flights and also time better spent lazing around with your loved ones on the beach.
  • The South of Tanzania can offer a really diverse safari experience for the whole family with excellent boating, and walking or fly camping for the over 12’s – a family adventure of a lifetime. A short added hop to Ruaha, and your family can enjoy spying on a neighbor – the mega prides of lion which the park is so famous for. You can also get some amazing value for money accommodation here, which is a welcome surprise when paying for the whole family. 
  • The North - The Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater - provides a completely action-packed and beautiful Africa safari experience. Seeing the Great Wildebeest Migration will not be something your kids will forget in a hurry. Some people like to introduce their children to a cultural experience, and this comes in its buckets in the Ngorongoro Highlands with the traditional and proud Masai people. Here, you have the privilege of a private vehicle for a really intimate and freeing safari – a huge plus for a Northern Tanzania family itinerary.
  • Special offers for families are available in many of the safari companies in Tanzania – we have been working with them for 20 years so can get some amazing value deals. Tanzania loves families and their child rates and offers reflect this!
  • We really can’t think of a reason not to choose Tanzania for your once in a lifetime family holiday!  

  • Which are the most family friendly safari lodges in Tanzania? 

    Family units are available on safari at Ngorongoro Crater LodgeSasakwa in the Northern Serengeti and at Lake Manze in the Selous in the South. For your beach time, the charming island of Zanzibar includes our family accommodation favourites Breezes, Zuri Zanzibar and The Residence.

    Our all-time favourite family safari-camp options are the Tanzania Nomad selection. Firstly, Nomad love children! They have child rates for all children under 21 years old. The guides are expert in making sure kids are well entertained and looked after just as much as Mum and Dad. They are such a well-established company, that they have perfected the family safari experience. In the North, their camps include the Serengeti Safari Camp and Nomad Lamai in the Serengeti, and the brilliantly placed Entamanu on the Ngorongoro Crater rim. In the South, Sand Rivers is a fantastic choice for a intimate safari with your older kids, and in Ruaha, Kigelia offers a similar bare-foot luxury in the wilderness experience.

    In the Selous there is also a super luxurious option of Bailey’s Banda, which is a private dining/everything family suite from Beho Beho – this is family accommodation for a trip of a lifetime!

    Please note that many lodges and camps will not accept children under the age of 6. 


    Tanzania Family Safari itinerary planning 

    There is no correct family itinerary in Tanzania – both the Northern Circuit and Southern Circuit are equally family friendly.

    In the North, a great itinerary for families goes as follows: One night in Arusha to recover from your international flight, then on to the Ngorongoro Crater for 2 nights. Then, take a flight to the Serengeti for at least a 4 night stay – which area depends on where the Migration is at the time. After this, take a short flight to Zanzibar for around 6 nights relaxing on the beach. We find this is perfect for teenagers who thrive on the hugely dense Serengeti and Crater game, and also want to try their hand at water sports with Zanzibar’s huge array of activities and fantastic beaches.

    Depending on your family’s preferences, you may prefer going a bit more off the beaten track to the wild Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park. Here you can enjoy amazing prices, a more relaxed safari experience, and depending on your children’s age, walking and boating. You can even combine a Ruaha Safari with the Serengeti with a fantastic new direct flight  – this is a really spoiling combination and definitely one to consider... Note that, especially when with children, safaris can get very tiring with early rises if you want to catch the best game. As a result, we would not recommend extending your safari time over 8 nights. Pop over to the beach after any Tanzania safari to unwind and catch the rays before your flight home. 

    Whatever the ages of your children, your preferences as a family and your special requirements, we will carefully put together an itinerary to fit them all and to give you the very best possible safari experience and value for money.


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    How much does a Tanzania Family Safari cost? 

    Safaris are not cheap, there is no question about it - especially when you start bringing all your children! Luckily, these days many camps offer great deals for families with the arrival of family tents, family villas and family lodges so you can have a completely private and intimate family holiday. It is worth remembering that under 12’s get reduced international air fares, and also in some camps under 21’s are considered children so they too enjoy reduced rates!
    There is a real range of accommodation in Tanzania with the most basic budget properties costing around $350 per person per night to the most luxurious in exclusive locations, costing close to $2,000 per person per night! We have got access to the best family special offers and deals so speak to us about building an itinerary that takes advantage of these!

    What to do with kids on safari

  • Book a safari camp with interconnecting rooms or a family tent so you can all stay under one roof/canvas.
  • Don't try and do too much! Tanzania is a vast country and it’s impossible to visit every park. Children will get more out of visiting a few locations in more detail rather than rushing everywhere
  • Get a range of activities- children will start to become blasé after their 10th Lion encounter in a vehicle, so arrange ask us about a safari that has different activities.
  • Tanzania is blessed with beautiful coastlines - after your safari spend some family time having fun on the beach snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, kite surfing, paddle boarding and much more. Or for exhausted parents, simply relax in a spa with a cold drink and a massage… a tempting alternative!
  • Think about taking a short safari at half term in February or October as you can often take advantage of ‘off season’ rates and fewer tourists.
  • Ask us about special offers for families and children - these change on a frequent basis and there are often some great offers to take advantage of.

    Where to go with young children on your Tanzania Family Safari?

    For those travelling with very young children, we generally recommend the larger hotel style as the rooms often have air conditioning, are completely secure and made of stone as opposed to canvas. The hotels also often have extra staff on hand to baby sit in the evening while you are having dinner. In the Serengeti, The Four Seasons is a great luxury hotel option, or alternatively for those with less of a budget, the Serena Serengeti Lodge is quite appealing.
    It’s also worth noting that Tanzania is in a malarial area so we recommend speaking with a doctor before booking your safari.

    Where to go with teenagers on your Tanzania Family Safari?

    Older children will be thrilled by the wildlife on safari.They may also enjoy horse-riding safaris, hot air ballooning over the Serengeti, fly-camping in the bush, bush breakfasts and fishing in the rivers of the Selous. In Zanzibar they might like to learn to scuba dive (there are several PADI accredited diving centres), or go on a dolphin safari, snorkelling or deep sea fishing. What an amazing holiday for a teenager to tell their friends about – Tanzania seems to have it all.

    How do I combine the beach with a Tanzania Family Safari?

    Tanzania is probably one of the best and easiest safari countries to combine beach, making it the ideal family safari location. The most popular destination is Zanzibar, due to its pristine white sandy beaches and turquoise waters for the adults, and huge array of exciting and fun-filled watersport activities for the kids – or vice versa!

    With regular flights from all the National Parks, it is really easy to get to Zanzibar from pretty much anywhere in Tanzania all in the space of 45 – 120 minutes. If you are really keen divers or whale shark watchers, other islands to consider are Pemba and Mafia Island. For those seeking a cast-away experience take a look at the quirky Fanjove Private Island. Some of the best family beach lodges are Baraza, Breezes, Zuri Zanzibar and The Residence.

    Is it safe to take children on safari? 

    Safari is of course a potentially dangerous holiday due to the fact that you are staying in close proximity to wild animals! However we only work with established, well organised and well funded safari lodges and camps with a great safety track record. As long as you follow the instructions and briefings from the camp managers and guides in the camps then your safari will be very safe. Speak to us about which safari camps we believe are best suited for families.

    Tanzania Family Safari Vs. Kenya Family Safari

    Tanzania and Kenya offer some of the best family safari experiences in Africa. Kenya has been involved in safari and tourism for a lot longer than Tanzania, and as a result some areas have become very busy with more of a mass market big-hotel feel to it. Tanzania has learnt from this, and thus adopted the ethos of less is more - fewer camps and lodges, but ones of a higher quality.

    For example, you would find the Serengeti National Park less busy than the neighbouring Kenyan Masai Mara. The exception to this is the Laikipia private concession area of Kenya which is perfect for families, offering a range of activities such as horse riding, camping out under the stars, river swimming, camel treks, scenic air flights and generally mucking around without the rules and regulations of the National Parks. In comparison, Tanzania offers some great safari activities in the South and West, such as walking safaris, boating safaris, night drives and Fly camping.

    In regards to beach-time, the best beaches on Kenya are again, often busier than the Tanzanian mainland and islands.

    Tanzania Family Safari further details:

    Between us here in our office we have visited every lodge or camp in Tanzania that is worth talking about so the best way to book a Tanzania Family Safari is to get in touch and have a chat with us. Email us on [email protected] or call through on 1866 356 4691 or the UK on 020 8704 1216. If you are happy doing some further research for now though, take a peek at our blog post on why we think Tanzania offers a family holiday of a lifetime. 

    We don't just know Tanzania! 

    For more information on Tanzania, the best thing to do is to give us a ring for an impartial chat. Although we love Tanzania, we also love the rest of Africa too and have experts in all the main safari countries. If you are undecided as to where to visit, please do just drop us an email or give us a call! 

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