Tanzania safari with kids | family holiday

Planning a Tanzanian safari with kids? A family holiday to Africa? Many people ask us what an appropriate age is to go on safari. It’s difficult to give a blanket answer to this question, as it is very personal to each parent. Generally speaking, if your child can sit in a car for a few hours at a time, you should have no problem taking them on a family safari. We have a number of ways that we can make a trip to Tanzania extra suitable and attractive for children.

Your safari itinerary

Most international flights arrive in the evening, so you arrive in Tanzania after dark and go to bed almost immediately. Adult guests tend to go on safari the very next day, but with children it can be very pleasant to plan a rest day into the itinerary. A day where you can do nothing, acclimatize and relax at the lodge. For the rest of the trip, we advise staying a few nights in each location to make travelling easier on the children and we will make sure that you don’t have to jump around different locations too often.

Child-friendly accommodation on safari

We are well placed to select child-friendly lodges for your trip: we know all the accommodation providers personally, and we have three young children ourselves. For families, we select family rooms at every location. These are always spacious, with a proper bed and mosquito net for every child. Children under 16 are never alone in a room or a tent on safari.

The safari guide as an entertainer

Many of our guides are ideally suited to entertain children on safari. They can sing songs, tell exciting stories, even teach children how to imitate the sounds of the animals around them. Anything is possible, as long as it fits with our philosophy of love for and interest in nature and the environment.

More practically, you and your guide can alter the length of your game drives to suit your children’s needs. Where a group without children may opt for a long day trip, you may choose to break up the day into two shorter trips. After a game drive in the morning, you could spend some time at the lodge and pool over lunchtime. Then, if the children feel like it, you could go on another game drive in the afternoon.

Fun for the whole family

We can also organize special activities for the days that you are not on safari. You can visit a local school, go mountain biking or go on a child-friendly hike. We can also arrange an introduction to the famous Maasai tribe, where you can learn about their way of life and even try riding a donkey. A lot is possible, depending on the age and interests of your children, which we can discuss during our consultation with you. Incidentally, many of these activities are also great fun without kids.

On Safari: fun, exciting and educational

There are very nice children’s safari books (for example Nat Geo Kids) that children can read and enjoy before, during, or after the trip. Generally, we find it works very well when kids have a goal on safari, no matter how small or how big. For example, they could keep a travel diary or create a short paper or presentation for school. You can also start this project with your child before you arrive in Tanzania, as part of preparing them for the trip.

Tanzania safari with kids

Do you have more questions about traveling to Tanzania with children? Or do you still doubt whether a safari is suitable for your family? Please do not hesitate to contact us. We have primary school children, we have done many safaris with them, and we can tell you all about it.

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8 reasons why Tanzania for your African safari vacation

When you think of a safari, you probably immediately think of Africa. What is the best safari country in Africa? We give you 8 reasons why Tanzania is the destination for your African safari vacation.

Africa safari in Tanzania

  1. You can have it all

From tropical beaches to stunning mountain vistas and the most iconic wildlife safaris, Tanzania offers a wealth of natural beauty and memorable experiences all in one place. Exciting trekking tours, visits to different tribes, and the chance to unwind on the delightful island of Zanzibar are all on offer. The possibilities are endless, and combining all of these attractions into one trip is what makes Tanzania so inviting.

  1. The Serengeti

A must see on your African safari vacation is the Serengeti. Home to some 3 million animals, the great wildebeest migration and the largest population of major land predators, including lion, leopard, cheetah, and hyena.

  1. The Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater, a World Heritage Site, sustains the highest density of lions in Africa and offers the possibility of seeing the “Big Five.” The conservation area is filled with breath-taking landscapes including volcanoes and craters.

  1. The Big Five

See the big five in their natural habitat with no boundaries or fences. On your safari, you can follow the wildlife as they move between national parks and protected areas. See the animals exercise the freedom they deserve and experience authentic Africa – wild and vast.

  1. Mount Kilimanjaro

Tanzania is home to Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest freestanding mountain in the world and the highest point in Africa. Summit at sunrise, see the only remaining glaciers in Africa and look on down to the plains below. Choose from a variety of routes up to make sure you get the best experience.

  1. Safe and stable

Tanzania is one of the safest countries in Africa, with a stable democracy. Over the last 50 years of independence, Tanzania has invested heavily in tourism and has set aside of 30% of the country to conservation areas.

  1. The whole family

An African safari vacation to Tanzania is an amazing experience for all ages from families with young kids, to teenagers, couples, grandparents, and everything in between. A holiday to Tanzania offers an escape from the pressures of daily life, giving you the opportunity to spend quality time and focus on the family.

  1. Best Safari country in Africa

Tanzania has been voted the best safari country in Africa repeatedly over the past decade. It is a favorite among novice and veteran travelers alike. It offers superb wildlife viewing in the most famous safari parks.

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Tanzania Safari, Serengeti Calendar

The Serengeti is the epitome of safari and is most famous for the great wildebeest migration. Tied to seasonal changes, the migration cycle is continuous – and as the mega herd moves in search of greener pastures, so should your safari planning. The Serengeti is vast, so ensure you research where the migrating herd is likely to be during your planned vacation dates. Make sure you allocate several days of your Serengeti safari itinerary to seeing the migration, it’s a spectacle not to be missed.

The Serengeti Safari Calendar

  • January-March: Calving season on the southern grass plains.

Between January and March, the migrating herd is found in the short grass plains. This stage of the migration cycle sees the arrival of the mega herd and the onset of calving season. This, in turn, attracts predators including lions, leopards, cheetahs, and hyenas. The short grass in this area allows for unimpeded views of the mega herd and is a well-known place to spot cheetah. With the abundance of predators and prey, visitors at this time of year have a good chance of seeing a hunt, and maybe even a kill. Try and allocate 2 or 3 days to observing the mega herd at this time of year.

  • April-July: Game spotting at Seronera, Central Serengeti.

As the short grass plains begin to dry out, the herds begin to press their way north. At this point, the mega herd fragments into smaller groups. The search for water drives them toward Seronera, an area in the middle of the Serengeti with perennial rivers. As a result of this water source, the area is home to a healthy population of resident big cats – lions, leopards, cheetah – as well as a diverse variety of gazelles and antelopes. Its central location and perennial water supply make Seronera a great area for spotting wildlife throughout the year, and it is well worth investing several full days exploring here.

  • August-September: See the river crossings in Kogatende, North Serengeti.

With the dry season approaching, the migration threads its way north in search of higher ground, where pastures are green. As they press on, they encounter the Mara river and carry out the world-famous river crossings. The whole sequence of events is rather dramatic. The herds arrive, usually running in single file, and converge on the banks of the Mara River. Adding suspense, the crossing itself may commence immediately, after several hours or sometimes not for several days. When they finally begin, the wildebeest have to navigate steep drops on either side of the river, the crocodile-infested water, and the ever-present lions and leopards that lurk behind them.  Images of their dramatic leaps as they battle the river have become world-famous. At this stage in the migration cycle, the herds are still split into different clusters. This allows visitors to drive along the river and find multiple different herds that may be crossing at different times.

  • October-December: Back to Seronera, Central Serengeti.

Animal movements are driven by the availability of grass and water. With the onset of the dry season, pools of water brought by the rains begin to dry out and the grasses sparser, and less moist. This drives the animals towards the Seronera area in central Serengeti: the area is rich in grass due to several perennial water sources. As above, Seronera has a high concentration of resident large predators, a reflection of the abundance of antelopes and gazelles in the area. Visit throughout the year for successful game drives, and spend 2-3 days exploring.

Your Serengeti safari: the right time, the right place