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Tanzania

  • Hello, Rob. I realise I’ve probably given you enough feedback over the phone for you to close our file for a while but I’m indulging in ‘get-over-the-holiday’ therapy by putting our response in writing. It was unanimously agreed it was a superb holiday, perfectly balanced between serious safari and some fun, more relaxing time on the beach and at Sosian. It was hugely successful because it had been planned with expert detailed knowledge and a sensitive grasp of our particular requirements. All the lodges gave us a warm welcome and you’d obviously prepared them well. Possibly particularly because we were a family, it was all very good fun and we learnt a tremendous amount too. Mwagusi was a wonderful start; we’re so glad you suggested that. We did have one or two close encounters with elephants, but we survived and it makes an excellent story. Impala was perfect for the family and the proximity of the river added an extra dimension with fishing and river trips. Matemwe was perfect at that stage of the holiday, once the village had been negotiated! Giraffe Manor was expensive, again as you observed, but worth every penny for a unique experience. We all loved Sosian. Kicheche Mara provided a fitting finale. Everybody loved it particularly the setting and the views from the tents were the best of the whole holiday. Emakoko:thank you. Brillant suggestion and it worked well. A perfect holiday with ideal planning for three generations of one family. Safari Consultants attention to detail is impressive. Thanks again, it was gloriously successful and happy.

    John and Jennifer travelled with their extended family to Tanzania and Kenya
Dhow moored on Zanzibar beach, TanzaniaDolphins off Zanzibar, TanzaniaLions with cubs, Selous, TanzaniaMaramboi pool with view to Lake Manyara, TanzaniaSerengeti game drive, TanzaniaSerengeti sunrise, TanzaniaZebra reflections, Serengeti, Tanzania

Tanzania

Family holidays

Family holidays in Tanzania

Tanzania is a very good family holiday destination for a number of reasons:

  • It is easily accessible from Europe with little time difference (no jet lag)
  • There are a good variety of family-friendly safari camps and lodges, often with specific family accommodation options
  • It is usual in the north of the country to travel with a private vehicle and guide, which is not only cost effective for a family of 4 – 6 but also allows maximum flexibility and privacy
  • There is wonderful game-viewing with high concentrations of game (kids don’t get bored)
  • There are convenient beach options for combination holidays

In the north of the country, families can enjoy an amazing all round adventure, combining brilliant game-viewing, wonderful scenery and cultural experiences. Accommodation varies from very comfortable safari hotels and lodges to more authentic tented camps. Although distances between areas are relatively small, if travelling with younger children, you may wish to consider the amount of time spent on the road that such a safari is likely to entail.

In the more remote south and west of the country, lengthy road travel is not a consideration and the parks are usually accessed by air. The experiences in the south and west tend to be a little more wilderness and wildlife orientated, without large ‘safari lodge’ accommodation options, making these regions less suitable for very young children. Teenagers will however enjoy the variety of activities on offer (walking, boating, fishing etc) and as a family you can enjoy a truly wild bush experience.

Many family holidays in Africa will combine a wildlife safari with some beach relaxation, and Tanzania’s main beach destination, Zanzibar, has a wide range of beach hotels to choose from, together with lovely beaches. Larger resort-style hotels are ideal if travelling with younger kids who will thrive on being kept busy and meeting other children, whilst smaller, more boutique-style retreats can offer more exclusive family relaxation. Please see our ‘Beach Extensions’ page for further information, or call us on 01787 888590 to speak to one of our specialists who would be very happy to talk through the different Tanzania family safari options.

You may also wish to visit our general ‘family safaris’ page for more general information on travelling to Africa with children.