Family safari & beach holidays in Tanzania are very amazing as the African destination has excellent wildlife, white sandy island beaches, and good transport linking between mainland Tanzania and the sandy beaches of Zanzibar Island. Family safari and beach holidays in Tanzania are perfectly suitable for any kind of budget and age group including the special children who are the love of the families.
Tanzania safari lodges seldom include kids’ clubs, but the amazing wildlife and environment, combined with safari activities designed for children, will make a handful of safari camps and beach lodges stand out for families. Any child that’s in for nature is in for a fascinating and fulfilling holiday.
The kind of family safari holidays in Tanzania depends on the age and temperament of your youngest child. Children who are older and can consistently be sensible and follow instructions when asked will have more options than younger children who cannot follow or understand guidelines. And whatever type of safari you take, remember that great guiding is the key to your child’s enjoyment of the safari.
For an amazing family safari, it is possible to combine a safari to the game reserves in Northern Tanzania or Southern Tanzania with a short beach holiday on Zanzibar Island. If you just want to relax and have some fun as a family with children at least above 8 years then a beach holiday in Tanzania would be recommended. The game reserve safaris are highly recommended for children who love nature and are older as they will generally enjoy Tanzania safaris.
There isn’t a uniform best age for children going on Tanzania safaris, however, 8 years is a good age. This is just that by the age of eight there are higher chances of a child following park instructions and also being easily controlled. Families with younger children can still visit Tanzania. Some lodges and safari activities have a minimum age and this should be considered when booking a family safari accommodation.
How long should kids be on safari?
Planning to take children along on a family safari should be prepared in accordance with the age of the children. With very young kids, about 3 to 4 days of safari in a row are suitable and enough for most children.
Places to visit on Tanzania family safaris & beach holidays
Serengeti – from witnessing the Great Migration to catching sight of the big cats that follow the herds, you and your children will be mesmerized by this national park every time you set off on a traditional game drive!
The Serengeti really excels when it comes to safari activities for youngsters – tracking, making bows-and-arrows, and going on walks around camp with staff, are just a few examples of what kids can get up to here. There’s always something to look at close to camp, from birds to smaller mammals, and the staff is great at entertaining children.
Ngorongoro Crater – the views from the Crater rim are sure to have you and your little ones gasping with awe. Well worth a visit for the scenic vistas alone, the Crater is also steeped in history, so the kids can enjoy a little learning as you cruise along the caldera floor.
Selous Game Reserve – the Selous is a watery world filled with palm trees, boat cruises, and of course some wonderful wildlife. This reserve is perfect for a quieter family safari!
In the Selous, there’s fishing and canoeing, at least for older children. Walking has a minimum age requirement of 15 years, so this activity is available for mid-to-late teenagers. Walks provide thrilling opportunities to experience the bush, offering a different perspective from game drives.
Zanzibar – you can’t beat family time spent on the beach, and that’s why we recommend a few days’ post-safari along the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar!
Zanzibar offers plenty of things to do too, such as playing on the beach, trying a few watersports, and taking trips to spice farms, Jozani Forest, and tortoise-plastic Prison Island!