Family safari in Tanzania

“The kids will get really involved on this small group safari adventure, identifying tracks, monitoring elephants, learning Maasai traditions and even visiting a local hospital...”

Highlights

Saadani National Park | Roof tower lodge | Game drives | Sunrise walking safari | Wami River boat safari | Stilted lodge by Indian Ocean | Snorkelling, swimming & canoeing | Local village & hospital visit | Wildlife conservation talk | Maasai workshops | Madete Marine Park | Optional: traditional Swahili BBQ, turtle hatching viewing, nature trail walks

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Our top tip:
Pack appropriate clothing for day and night safaris as temperatures can cool after dark.
Trip type:
Small group, min. age 5.
Activity level:
Moderate.
Accomm:
1 night hotel, 5 nights permanent tented camp, 3 nights safari suite.
Solos:
Solo travelers welcome. Single rooms available with supplement.
Included:
Accomm., transport (minibus, plane), local tour guides, river cruise, listed activities.
Meals:
9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners.
Vouchers
Accepted
Vacation type
This trip is for families only (including any aunts, uncles or cousins who’d like to come along, of course). As long as you’re traveling with a child under the age of 18, you’re a family in our eyes. Plus, unlike other travel companies, children aged 17 years and younger receive a 10% discount off the price of their trip. Traveling our way is a bit like traveling with a group of friends. Made up of 3-5 like-minded families, the kids tend to hit it off on these trips straight away, allowing you to enjoy some well earned R&R. We often find the whole family ends up making friendships with people from all over the world, staying in touch long after the adventure ends.

Our family group sizes are small enough to avoid the crowds and reach some out-of-the-way places, but big enough for a good social mix. Our average group size of 10 allows us to hop aboard local boats, buses or trains, eat at friendly, family-run restaurants and kick back in traditional accommodation and homestays.

We know the biggest challenge on a family trip is keeping the kids entertained. So we’ve planned in advance. Nearly all of our hotels feature pools, and each day has a great mix of action-packed adventure and flexible free time. Your local leader can also suggest activities based on your kid’s hobbies or school curriculum.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Family safari in Tanzania

The very ethos of our style of travel is responsible; small groups made up of between three to five families, on fully escorted tours, experiencing the very best of a region, a culture and a landscape, with a friendly local hand guiding the way. Our itineraries are designed to give every member of the group, regardless of age real life experiences without compromising the part of the world we are exploring; to travel responsibly, and encourage others to do the same is at the heart of our commitment as a global tour operator.

This is never a truer statement than on our African safaris. This family itinerary visits the beautiful Saadani National Park, an idyllic location where the African bush meets the Indian Ocean and the ideal location for a family vacation combining big game and great beaches. We believe it’s a slice of paradise and that it is the responsibility of every tour operator and passenger visiting this stunning conservation area to do their utmost to maintain it.

Every aspect of this trip has been designed to minimise any negative aspects of our journey and maximise the positives. Utilising the concept of low impact and positive impact tourism, you can be certain that your visit will benefit the local economy by providing employment opportunities and support local industry and initiative, while doing its utmost to protect the environment, contributing to conservation efforts as we go.

During this trip your family will get a taste of the efforts to monitor and protect the park residents which are ongoing. You will discover more about the ongoing elephant collaring project our Tanzanian partners are involved in and learn how to set a camera trap, returning the next day to view the overnight footage. There will be time spent at a green turtle conservation project with a talk about the work taking place, and if you are lucky you may see hatchings.

The Park Fees generated by our visit to the Saadani National Park obviously contribute directly to protecting this fragile habitat, but we know that wilderness conservation isn’t achieved just through financial contributions or by relying on local projects. We believe this is also the responsibility of every traveler to the region, and as such we encourage all our groups to journey considerately and with care.

While out and about on safari we encourage all our travelers to use refillable water bottles and purification tablets rather than purchase bottled water on a daily basis. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments, sometimes despite the best intentions of those who disposed of them.

You will be accompanied throughout your trip by a local group leader who will act as your guide for the duration of your stay in Tanzania and will be accompanied during your safari by local wardens. In the park you’ll stay in permanent tented bandas, on a small, locally owned property. All staff at the lodge have been recruited from local communities and you can be sure that your stay here will economically benefit the local community as well as provide an unforgettable vacation experience.

This trip has the majority of your meals included in the itinerary; mainly due to the remote location of our safari base. All food will be sourced and purchased from local vendors and suppliers and when on Zanzibar and there are a variety of restaurant options we tend to prefer smaller, traditional establishments which are again owned by local operators.

As a carbon neutral company, we offset all passenger carbon emissions from ground travel on our trips and you will be offered the opportunity to offset your international flight should you wish to book this through us.

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