Tanzania Family Safari Holidays
Tanzania is a great destination for families who love wildlife. However, because the country is located within Africa’s malaria belt, we do not recommend traveling here with children under the age of 6.
Tanzania is great for animal lovers! Game drives are always exciting and the country’s famous Northern and southern circuits are one of the most affordable safari destinations in Africa. The trip is cheaper if you have more people because you can split the cost of the vehicle.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when planning a Tanzania family safari: accommodations for families, activities for kids, and special rates for children. These can vary greatly from one lodge to another, so it’s important to do your research before making any decisions.
Where to go on a Tanzania family safari
Pick of our places for families in Tanzania are:
- Serengeti national park is full of amazing things to see, like the Great Migration and big cats following the herds. You and your children will be mesmerized every time you go on a traditional game drive!
- The Ngorongoro Crater offers stunning views from the rim, making it a great destination for the whole family. The crater is also rich in history, so the kids can learn something new while you enjoy the scenery.
- The Nyerere National park (Selous) – is perfect for a quieter family safari, filled with palm trees, boat cruises, and wonderful wildlife.
- Zanzibar is the perfect place to spend some time with your family, with its beautiful sandy beaches. We recommend a few days here after your safari.
Tanzania Family activities
Family game drives in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater are special because you can explore without crowds. These areas also offer cultural activities that appeal to all ages, such as interacting with work-age and elderly members of a community or meeting local children.
Family activities in the Serengeti, such as tracking, making bows-and-arrows, and walks around camp with staff, are great safari activities for youngsters. From birds to smaller mammals, there’s always something to see close to camp, and the staff is fantastic at entertaining children.
The Selous is a great destination for a family adventure, with fishing and canoeing for older children, and walking safaris for mid-to-late teenagers. Walking safaris offer a different perspective on the bush than game drives, and are a great way to experience the bush up close.
Zanzibar is the perfect place for a family vacation, with plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained. You can spend days lounging on the beach, trying out watersports, or exploring spice farms, Jozani Forest, and tortoise-plastic Prison Island.
Flying safaris in Tanzania also give you access to some of the most expensive lodges in the country, like &Beyond’s Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Serengeti Under Canvas, and Mnemba Island Lodge. These lodges all have family tents, so you can enjoy a comfortable and stylish Tanzania flying family safari holiday.
When to go on a Tanzania family holiday?
The best time to visit Tanzania is in the dry season, from July to October. The parks are dry and the wildlife is easier to see, making for an exciting and action-packed trip.
There are advantages and disadvantages to every time of year, so it is worth discussing with us. For example, June and October/November are great months for wildlife watching at a fraction of the price of peak season.
Tanzania family holidays during the festive season are an excellent idea. December is a good time to visit because the weather is usually dry and mild.
November is an excellent time for wildlife watching, as the animals are more active during the dry season. The rains in this month are usually just a few afternoon showers, making it a great time to travel for families. The rates across the country are slashed in November, so you can afford a premium safari for less. June is similarly good for reduced rates, and the parks are luscious and beautiful at this time of year.
The Great Wildebeest Migration is best seen in January and February when the animals congregate for calving season. If you and your family have always wanted to see this amazing sight, these are the ideal months to do so.