Tanzania has a lot to offer families traveling with children. This amazing adventure holiday destination gives children an opportunity to learn about nature,interact with local children and experience a way of life completely different from their own.
It is great way to bring the whole family closer together, and offer activities that are specifically geared towards learning as well as kid-friendly meals and patient knowledgeable safari guides. Dont miss this opportunity to experience the real Africa with the whole family.
It is important to give careful consideration as to whether your children are old enough to enjoy a safari. Tanzania is not a cheap destination and you want to be sure that all members of the family will get the most out of their holiday. After all, what parent wants to be asked the dreaded ‘are we nearly there yet?’ just when you are watching a lion stalk its prey?!
There is no simple rule as to what age children need to be to enjoy a safari as this very much depends from one child to the next. However, we generally would not recommend a safari to families travelling with children aged 3 and under as they may struggle with the length of time in the safari vehicle. And of course, once you are out in the middle of a national park there isn’t the scope to stop and let younger ones run around to stretch their legs!
Children aged 4-7 are also, in most cases, probably still a bit on the young side to really enjoy a safari but there are definite exceptions. Some children in this age group find a safari completely thrilling and will be glued to the guidebooks trying to ‘tick off’ the different species and soaking up weird and wonderful information about different animal behaviours.
From 8 upwards, a safari is almost always a hit!
For all families we will be careful to recommend accommodation that we think will suit. This might mean staying in a lodge for a few days with that all important swimming pool, and then moving from here to a remote tented camp where you will go to sleep at night listening to the sounds of the wild. It might also mean selecting camps that have a range of activities for children, whether these are low-key (eg having a few board games and the option for an early child-friendly dinner) or more formal, such as organised tracking lessons during the heat of the day.
Day 1: Welcome to Arusha, Tanzania
Arrival in Arusha at the Kilimanjaro International Airport you are welcomed by our representative who will usher you into a waiting vehicle and transfer you to the Outpost lodgel in Arusha. Our representative will have a short safari briefing session with you at the lodge and leave you to relax and have dinner.
Day 2: Arusha town - community tour for acclimatization.
Here you will visit community activities, including local Maasai market, Snake Park in the outskirts of Arusha, Visit to the Children’s Orphanage that we support and late in the noon/evening return to your Hotel for rest, dinner and overnight at Outpost lodge.
Day 3: Arusha to Arusha National Park
After breakfast you are met by our professional tour guide/driver, who will deliver a short safari info briefing, after which we travel east to the Arusha National Park. The park’s three most significant features include the rugged Mount Meru (Tanzania’s second highest peak at 4566m), the notably different colored Momela Lakes, and the 3km wide Ngurdoto Crater, which was formed about fifteen million years ago!15 Days Adventure Safari Tanzania. You will enjoy lunch at the Momela view picnic site and do an exciting morning game drive and afternoon game drive, visiting both the Momela Lakes and the Ngurdoto Crater. Wildlife which could be seen includes African buffalos, elephants, hippos, giraffe, warthogs, antelopes, zebras, blue monkeys and sometimes a rare leopard or hyena. Late afternoon we depart back to Outpost lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Arusha to Lake Manyara
Our Tanzanian safari starts at 8:30 as we drive from Arusha to Lake Manyara with a picnic lunch en route. We enter the majestic Lake Manyara Game Park and embark on the first of the six Tanzanian safaris. This small park is sandwiched between the Rift Valley escarpment and the large sodiforous Lake Manyara. It is a pretty location, with a good range of game, including giraffe, elephant, baboon and the rarely seen tree-climbing lion. Overnight: Bougainvillea Lodge.
Day 5: Manyara – Lake Natron
After your breakfast at the Lodge you will be on your way to Lake Natron which is apparently the breeding site for the lesser and greater flamingos who migrate here every year from as far as Lake Nakuru, and Baringo in Kenya. On your way you will view Masai villages and after an hour you will be at Engaruka village where you will have brief stop to visit the Engaruka ruins. These are ruins of an ancient mysterious city with confiscated irrigation canals that are believed to be more than five hundred years old. You will be shown the canals and remnants of the buildings and graves. There after you will be on your way again to Lake Natron, with views of more Maasai villages and wildlife; arriving in time for lunch at your lodge. After lunch at the lodge and a short rest you will go for a walk at the Lake and depending on water levels you can take a dip or go for a boat ride. You will have the chance also to walk upstream of the Ngaresero River up to the water falls. On your walk upstream you are likely to encounter monkeys and baboons along the way. In the afternoon you can go for a sundowner at the Lake Natron. Overnight at Lake Natron tented camp :
Day 6: Lake Natron - Serengeti
Today you activities will start with a walk at the Lake again if you wish and thereafter leave for the Serengeti National Park. You will cross the Loliondo Game Controlled area where apparently the wildebeest’s herds cross on and around November and December when they are coming from Masai Mara in Kenya. After the registration formalities at the Klein’s Gate you will go for game drive in the vast plains of the Serengeti National Park (on your way to the lodge) where you will get the chance to see lots of animals and birdlife alike. Among animals that can be seen here includes the zebras, buffaloes, baboons, topis, impalas, cheetahs, leopards and the recently introduced Rhinos, which were the only member of the big Five that was missing in this park. Overnight at. Meals and overnight at Katikati tented lodge.
Day 7: Full day in Serengeti Park
Adventure Safari Tanzania is not complete without a visit to Serengeti National park. At day break you are out to the Serengeti plains for a sunrise game drive that normally offers the only chance of sighting the nocturnal species retiring and also the diurnal species waking up to a new day before you go back for breakfast. After breakfast you will leave for a full day of game drives exploring the Serengeti. Depending on the season and time of the year, this is where you will witness the magnificent natural phenomenon of the ‘Great migration’ where more than one and a half million wildebeests accompanied by hundreds of thousands of gazelles and zebras brave the crocodile infested rivers and cross the border into the Masai Mara in Kenya in search of green pastures and water. The resident animals and birds that stay all year round in Serengeti makes sure that the park is must visit whenever one travels to Tanzania. Later in the afternoon you will drive back to the campsite for dinner and overnight at Katikati tented lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast we will start at 08:00 drive to Ngorongoro Crater, after checking in to your Luxury Camp, perched high on the crater rim, and enjoying lunch, you will descend the crater walls and spend the afternoon and early evening viewing wildlife on the crater floor. Overnight at Rhino lodge, meals included.
Day 9: Full day, Ngorongoro Crater
This day we will start early morning at 07:00 for the game drive (with a picnic lunch) inside the Ngorongoro Crater. As very few animals migrate in and out of the crater with its 2000 ft. high walls, you can expect to see lions, elephants, zebras, hippos, flamingos, jackals, rhinos, antelopes, many birds and other species. Your Driver/Guide will be in contact with other safari drivers and will amaze you with his skill at locating the hidden animals. After great all exploration in crater the drive will drive back to your lodge. For overnight and dinner at your lodge, Rhino lodge.
Day 10: Ngorongoro – Eyasi
Today’s activities will start by heading to the Lake Eyasi area for a cultural encounter of a life time. Eyasi is the home of a hunter –gatherer tribe known as the Hadzabe people with who have stood all the odds of westernization and still leave the ancient way of making a living through hunting animals and gathering fruits and tubers for food. The Hadzabes are a small ethnic group that has been able to co-exist harmoniously with nature. You will have the chance to meet also the Datoga people a small tribe also with a rich cultural heritage.
This is a cultural day is wrapped up by a wonderful sundowner at the Lake Eyasi and if you are lucky to have visited after the long rains, you can take a dip in the lake. Overnight at Kisimangeda Tented lodge.
Day 11: Lake Eyasi – Tarangire National Park – Arusha – Zanzibar
Very early in the morning you will go for a traditional hunting session with the Bushmen and after breakfast you will check out of the lodge. You will then be on your way to Tarangire National Park which is the third largest national park in Tanzania. After registration formalities you will go for a full day of game drives in this fabulous national park highlighted with the gigantic baobab trees and abnormally large herds of elephants. At Tarangire you will have the chance to sight the rare Oryx, and other animals the likes of zebras, giraffes, warthogs, leopards, cheetahs etc. The Tarangire River which is the life blood of this national park ensures a year round supply of water and the river beds takes center stage when animals gather to get this rare commodity resulting into magnificent wildlife actions when the predators try to grab a meal taking advantage of the moment. Later in the afternoon you will drive back to Arusha for a flight to Zanzibar.
ZANZIBAR – (The Spice Island)
Day 12 – 14: Full leisure days in Zanzibar
While in Zanzibar there is a lot of activities that are family friendly, in Stone town for full day Spice and prison Island tour. The full day tour will take you to the most scenic parts of the Old Town. This culturally rich town got it’s name from the use of coral stone as the main construction ingredient. Being the oldest town in East Africa, the historical roots and influences can be felt at every turn of the tour. Starting from the House of Wonders which is one of the prominent landmarks of Stone Town, you can proceed on to the Palace Museum which was a Sultan’s residence. The Arab Fort, the Dr Livingstone House, Fred Mercury’s home and the pub and Hamamni Persian baths are just a few of the many attractions in this relic of a town. You will have free time in the afternoon for you to explore further on your own or to relax, In the evening, depart from the hotel for a sunset cruise along Stone Town waterfront. Stop at Forodhani gardens for a glance at the evening life. Dinner and overnight at Stone town hotel. Accommodation while in Zanzibar – Mnarani Beach Cottages
Day 15: Zanzibar – Dar-Es-Salaam – flight back home
You will be picked up from your hotel and head to the Airport for a flight to Dar-es-Salaam International Airport for your flight back home.