Tanzania Safari with Children

For any family travelling in Tanzania with Children, it is the allure of the country’s productive wildlife areas and high quality safari experiences that are the main attraction with legendary parks like Serengeti, Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater boasting high quality animal sightings and often at extremely close range. The fact that all parks offer substantially reduced children’s entry fees is a bonus. If staying inside the park, it’s a good idea to opt for a lodge or safari camp with a pool where the kids can expend their energy between game drives. 

Tanzania Safari With Children

Tanzania safari with Children is the Family travel which brought something so special about experiencing and sharing superb safari experiences with your children and partner. Most safari camps and lodges also have one or two family suites where adjoining rooms or tents allow mom and dad their own space, while still ensuring the kids are close by and safe, because you can move between the family tents or rooms at night without having to step outside and worry about wild animals. From a family perspective, it is also worth emphasizing that Tanzania is a largely safe country where violent crime against foreigners is incredibly rare.

Tanzania safari with Children packages bring kids to the well-habituated animals, as well as the vibrant Maasai and Hudzabe Bushmen culture. A good selection of child-friendly lodges, camps, hotels and restaurants in our Tanzania safari with children holidays, ensures that there is plenty of choice. The southern safari circuit is definitely a more adventurous option and families with children will better appreciate longer and wilder safaris in open-top game viewing vehicles.

You can mix our Tanzania Safari with Children packages with the mellow beaches of Zanzibar and the other Spice Islands as Indian Ocean islands is ideally suited to families and children. Many Zanzibar hotels also have swimming pools (ideal for swimming with kids in a controlled environment when seas are rough or while the tide is out) as well as spacious hotel grounds where kids can run wild and burn off energy in a safe place. Because many families visit Zanzibar, there is also a wide choice of child-friendly cuisine on almost every menu.

Tanzania Safari with Children

Destinations: Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater.

Destinations: Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater.

Destinations: Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater.

Destinations: Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater.

Destinations: Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater.

Destinations: Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater.

Destinations: Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater.

Destinations: Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater.

Tanzania Safari with Children brings the sense of adventure; it’s a destination brimming with wonderful attractions, including wildlife, beaches, friendly people and great weather. Having a real sense of adventure (and humor) is invaluable as you explore the wilds of Tanzania, but proper planning for family travel is equally important. The following are some pre-trip considerations and travel tips to help you get started:

  • The cooler, dry season (June through September then December to February) is best for family travel. Travel during the dry season months tends to be easier and transportation more dependable. Mosquitoes also tend to be less common, although malaria prophylaxis should still be taken. Malarone and Paediatric Malarone for the little ones is definitely the anti-malarial drug of choice with high efficacy and the fewest side effects.
  • Aside from malaria prophylaxis, it is recommended that you consult your local travel clinic, doctor or pediatrician for vaccination recommendations, remembering that a Yellow Fever vaccination is required for every visitor over the age of two years.
  • It is important to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes, so travelling with your own mosquito repellant and dressing in long-sleeved shirts, long trousers and socks, as well as religiously using mosquito repellent at dawn and dusk further reduces the likelihood of getting malaria.
  • At beaches, keep in mind the risks of hookworm infestation in populated areas, and watch out for spiny sea urchins when wading or snorkeling in the shallows. Take care about bilharzia infection in stagnant water and lakes in populated areas. A fully stocked child-oriented first aid kit is a travel imperative.
  • The equatorial sun in Africa can be lethal, so make sure to always wear hats, use plenty of sunscreen and drink lots of water to avoid sunburn and dehydration.
  • Street food isn’t generally suitable for children, and ‘healthy kid-friendly snacks’ are a challenge to find on the road, so stock up on fresh and dried fruit as well as fruit juices whenever you are passing through a big town or major city.
  • For those travelling with infants, baby-changing facilities are almost non-existent except for possibly in the upmarket hotels, so bring along a small blanket or your own portable change mat to spread out whenever necessary.
  • Baby foods and powdered milk, disposable nappies, baby wipes and similar items are only available in major towns like Arusha, Moshi and Dar es Salaam. Child car seats – whether for rental cars or safari vehicles – are generally not available, unless arranged well in advance.
  • Many wildlife lodges and safari camps have age restrictions on accommodating children, so make sure to confirm the child policy for all the places you intend to stay. Conversely, some lodges and safari camps actively court families.
  • Most hotels, lodges and national parks offer discounted entry and accommodation rates for children – and infants (under two years) are usually free of charge – but you will need to specifically request these discounts, especially when booking through tour operators.
  • Aside from the discounts related to the age of your children, many lodges, camps, hotels and guesthouses will offer seasonal discounts, or will be willing to adjust their advertised rates outside of the peak-season months, so make sure to always ask and negotiate.
  • Tanzania’s parks are completely unfenced, as are the lodges and camps located inside these wildlife areas, so carefully supervising your children at all times is critical. Wild animals frequently enter public areas and children should not be allowed to walk alone around camp, even for short distances. Exercise particular vigilance after dark.
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