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Tanzania Family Safaris

A brief overview of where to head if you are travelling in a group...

Family safaris - Serengeti
Four Seasons - Masai Mara
Four Seasons - Masai Mara

Tanzania is often lauded as one of Africa's friendliest countries and, with regards to family safaris, this is certainly the case. As with its neighbour Kenya, Tanzania is one of the few countries in Africa that can easily combine a beach holiday with a safari and, with regards to family safaris, there is a very large range of options that you can choose from. Please have a look at the different recommendations and options below.

0 to 7 year olds on safari

It is often debated as to what age it is possible to introduce children to the world of safari and we tend to find that, with Tanzania being in the malarial zone, anything up to 7 years old tends to be a little too early for them to appreciate the activities. This is not to say, however, that the islands of Zanzibar are not still an option and, with a select few properties offering rates for children up to this age, it is still possible but probably not recommended.

7+ year olds on safari

From 7 years onwards it is certainly possible to have a varied and interesting safari in all of the various safari areas in the country. Please see our thoughts below:

Northern Tanzania for family safaris

On the whole most of the itineraries that we feature to visit the northern parks of Tanzania involve using a private Landcruiser and so this is easily adaptable for family trips. The one point we would make about these northern trips is that, at certain times of the year, there can be quite a lot of driving in the itinerary and so younger children can find it quite tiring.

Southern Tanzania for family safaris

The southern parks of the Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park have become more and more family friendly over the last few years and, as such, many of the camps down here offer interconnecting family tents as well as family villas which allow total seclusion, private guides and child friendly activities.

Western Tanzania

This are of Tanzania is probably the hardest and most expensive to get to but it is certainly worthwhile in order to see some of the most remotes areas of Africa such as Mahale Mountains National Park and Katavi National Park. It does to be an area that is more for keen safari fans, but it can., again, be a rewarding place to consider.

Zanzibar and the Islands

Certainly one of the most popular destinations for families in Tanzania, there are plenty of very good properties to choose from on the island of which a few are mentioned below.

The best regions for Tanzania Family Safaris:

Our Top Five Tanzania Family Safaris Lodges:

  1. Siwandu Camp

    Siwandu Camp

    The first of the camps catering to the top end of the market, Siwandu Camp (formerly Selous Safari Camp) offers great value for money and is ideal for those that want this level of luxury and service but without the price tag. Comparatively, it arguably doesn't live up to the safari standards of... More...

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  2. Sand River Selous

    Sand Rivers Selous

    The grand dame of the Selous Safari circuit, along with Beho Beho, Sand Rivers Selous is the longest running safari camp and is also, still, one of the best. One of the major selling points is the location....set right on the banks of the Rufiji River, it is possible to sip a G&T looking both... More...

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  3. Serengeti Pioneer Camp

    Serengeti Pioneer Camp

    Located in the southern centre of the Serengeti, Pioneer Camp is the latest addition to the Elewana portfolio and is a superb option for those that would like a little more luxury while still experiencing a luxury tented camp. Featuring some of the best views we have ever seen, this is ideal for... More...

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  4. Four Seasons - pool

    Four Seasons Safari Lodge

    As one of the smartest, and largest properties in the Serengeti, the Four Seasons Safari Lodge really does have it all. Its location, in the heart of the Seronera region, offers reliable game viewing throughout the year and is a perfect base with simply stunning accommodation and facilities. One of... More...

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  5. Chem Chem Lodge

    Chem Chem Safari Lodge

    One of a new breed of property that has opened up in the corridor that runs between Lake Manyara National Park and Tarangire National Park, Chem Chem is definitely aimed at the top end of the market and is definitely worth considering for those that have a little more time on their safari and who... More...

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Our top five travel itineraries for Tanzania Family Safaris: