Why go on a Tanzania family holiday?
• Tanzania is in the best possible destination to combine safari and beach. This is especially important for family holidays as you are paying for children. If you were trying to combine safari and beach anywhere else, your budget would get eaten up quickly by lengthy and expensive flights.
• 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.
• 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 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 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!
Is it safe to take children on safari?
The nature of safari is staying in close proximity to wild animals, which does add a bit of risk. However, we only work with established, well organised and well-funded safari lodges and camps with a great safety track record. If you follow the instructions and briefings from the camp managers and guides then your safari will be as safe as anywhere else in the world. Speak to us about which safari camps we believe are best suited for families.
Where to go with young children on your Tanzania Family Safari?
For those travelling with very young children (6 yrs old), 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.
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 stringent rules 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.