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Safaris for Families in Tanzania
Tanzania is an excellent destination for a family safari. Its high animal density and diverse settings make it ideal for first-time visitors. Apart from the parks, it is also home to the well-known Spice Islands of Zanzibar and Mafia, which have beautiful beaches. Tanzania is certain to provide an amazing experience, whether you want to do a beach-bush combination or escape into the jungle for at least a week. It’s much better if you can spend time with your family. Your children will like it, but there are a few things to consider while arranging a family vacation to Tanzania. Several frequently asked questions are addressed here.
A Tanzania safari is fun for people of all ages and makes an excellent family vacation. The adventure’s thrill is actually shared, enabling parents, grandparents, and children to cherish memories for a lifetime. Every Tanzania safari is unique; each animal encounter is so unusual that even seasoned travelers cannot claim to have seen it all.
We’ve designed many fantastic Tanzania family vacations, but careful thinking and preparation on many fronts is essential when putting together a perfect family itinerary. The availability of family rooms (or additional beds), kid-friendly activities, and special child pricing varies greatly amongst lodges.
There is no ideal family itinerary in Tanzania; both the Northern and Southern Circuits are equally suitable.
A wonderful itinerary for families in the North is as follows: One night in Arusha to recuperate from your international travel, then two nights in the Ngorongoro Crater. Next, book a trip to the Serengeti for at least four nights, depending on where the Migration is at the time. Following that, take a short trip to Zanzibar for five nights of beach relaxation. This is ideal for youngsters who like the thrilling Serengeti and Crater wildlife as well as water sports with Zanzibar’s vast choice of activities and stunning beaches.
You may opt to go farther afield to the untamed Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park. Amazing pricing, a more leisurely safari experience, and, depending on your children’s ages, strolling and boating are available here. Safaris, especially with children, may be exhausting, with early wakes required to capture the greatest wildlife. As a reason, we do not advocate staying more than 8 nights on safari. After any Tanzania safari, go to the beach to relax and get some rays before your trip home.
Whatever your children’s ages, family preferences, and special needs are, we will carefully plan an itinerary to meet them all while providing you with the finest safari experience and value for money.
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Which Tanzanian parks are most suitable for a family safari?
While the Northern safari circuit’s fantastic animal viewing is hard to surpass, the Southern safari circuit (Nyerere and Ruaha National Parks) may be more suited to children.
Because of its closeness to the beaches of Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar, trips of the Southern circuit are an excellent option for a beach-bush vacation. A variety of Tanzania family safari packages are offered at reasonable pricing.
Nyerere’s variety of activities will appeal to children (formerly Selous Game Reserve). Apart from vehicle-based safaris, boating trips provide a unique perspective on giant crocs and hippos, which is quite gratifying. They could also enjoy some fishing. Walking safaris are available in Ruaha and Nyerere, which might be quite instructive as well as thrilling for older teens. Another activity to keep the family amused is a night drive through Ruaha National Park.
Several of the campgrounds in Nyerere and Ruaha are tiny and have a true bush feel to them. A few days in an actual tented camp, complete with boma meals and log fires, is a trip the kids will never forget.”
Is there an age limit for activities in Tanzanian parks? ”
Most activities accessible in parks and reserves have no age restrictions (all Tanzanian parks permit children). Game drives, night drives, and boat safaris are all available. Walking safaris are the one exception. While walking safaris are only offered in a few parks, children must be at least 16 years old to participate.
Some lodges may have age limitations. Check this before booking if you are traveling with children. Apart from age limits, certain resorts are more suited to children than others. Several factors apply depending on your children’s ages and personality. You may want to find out whether the lodge provides specific children’s meals and activities, if it has internet or a swimming pool, and if the site is gated.”
2 What is the minimum age advised for youngsters to go on safari?
“While there is no legal minimum age for children to accompany their parents on safari, there are several things to consider. Every kid is unique, and there is no universally accepted minimum age. As a parent, you know your children best and can choose what they are ready for. It’s pointless to spend a lot of money on a vacation that your children are too little to enjoy. Most safaris require a lot of time spent in the automobile. As a result, I would not advocate bringing kids on a Tanzania safari. Youngsters should have a developed attention span and, preferably, an interest in nature already. Children who have been exposed to and like bush camping and other outdoor activities will often be ready for a Tanzanian safari at an earlier age than youngsters who have had no such exposure or interest. In general, children above the age of eight should benefit greatly from a Tanzanian safari if appropriately organized.”
3 Are many Tanzanian lodges suitable for families?
“Not all lodges in Tanzania are suitable for families. Several lodges do not admit children under the age of six, while others have a minimum age of twelve. Even when children are permitted, you may need to plan private drives to ensure that your children do not disrupt other guests.
Other resorts, on the other hand, position themselves as child-friendly and will have amenities in place to make traveling with children simpler. Even if children are permitted, there is a cost to consider. Traveling with a family is not inexpensive, but some resorts provide significant discounts for youngsters. Some lodges include interconnecting rooms or family units. Little concessions like flexible meal timings and maybe a separate eating space for families all point to a child-friendly atmosphere.”
4 How many days do we need for a family safari in Tanzania?\s”I would propose a family safari of approximately 6 to 8 days in Tanzania, depending on your children’s age. Your youngsters are likely to have never been on a safari before. There is a learning curve involved, as with many new things we try. You must establish a daily regimen when on safari. I believe it takes a few days to establish a routine and adjust to a new environment and reality. A safari should be therapeutic, and it takes a few days to forget about your troubles and daily tensions. As a result, I would suggest a minimum of six days. Longer is preferable, but it should not become boring. Most youngsters have a shorter attention span than adults, and the traditional safari schedule of two daily game drives may get tedious to them after a while. It would be a tragedy to push your children to the point where their only recollection is of yearning to return home. Rather, depart on a positive note and arrange another trip later.”
5 Is it safe for a family to arrange a Tanzania camping safari?
“Tanzania is a very secure and stable nation, and if you book with a trustworthy organization, there is nothing to worry about on a camping safari. You’ll be in excellent hands, with your experienced guide in charge of your safety. You will be instructed on what you should and should not do. It should be noted, however, that campsites in parks and reserves are not fenced. Wild animals may pass through camp at any time of day or night. While encounters with wild animals are rare, this kind of camping may not be suitable for families with small children. Outside of the parks, there are several privately owned walled campsites with amenities particularly suitable to families with little children.”
Tanzania is best visited between July and October, when the parks are dry and animal watching is spectacular, easy, and action-packed. It is important to mix the thrill of safari with downtime on the beach, especially with youngsters, so avoid the wet season!
Yet, there are advantages and disadvantages to every season, so it is absolutely worth contacting to discuss. For example, June and October/November are fantastic shoulder season months with special discounts and low season prices, when you may see great wildlife for a third of the price of the high season.
Tanzania family vacations over the Christmas season are a fantastic idea. December falls between the light rains that often occur in November and the long rains that occur in April and May.
November, on the other hand, is a fantastic time for spectacular end-of-dry-season animals, and the rains in this month are generally only an afternoon shower or two. The major advantage of traveling in November for families is that prices are reduced throughout the nation, allowing you to afford a quality safari for less – vital if you are paying for the whole family and want a safari lodge with a pool for the kids to swim about in. June is also an excellent month for lower prices, and the parks are lush and gorgeous at this time of year.
The Great Wildebeest Migration in the southern Serengeti occurs in January and February, when the animals assemble for calving season. We definitely suggest these months if this is on your family’s bucket list.
Although the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater never shut, The Selous is closed from mid-March until the end of May because the camps are inaccessible when it rains heavily. This time of year, Ruaha is likewise mainly closed.
Both October and November in the Selous may be quite hot, which is worth mentioning if you are not a lover of extreme heat.