Traveling in Tanzania with kids

What does Responsible Travel recommend?

The key to traveling in Tanzania with kids is to do your research. Family tours may be more abundant in Kenya, but Tanzania has its benefits. The abundance of wildlife in Ngorogoro and the Great Migration mean you won’t be spending hours looking at empty landscapes, and the cluster of attractions in the north mean shorter travel times. Family-focused guides bring Lion King landscapes to life for little ones, while the right accommodation means everyone can just kick back at the end of the day. And don’t forget about the beaches and islands, boat tours and reefs, to cool off and calm down. On top of that, the Maasai culture is fascinating – and they love kids just as much as the kids will adore them.

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Activities for families in Tanzania

What to do with little ones

Cycling around Africa may seem like a bold move for anyone – let alone a family. But this is a fantastic way for families with teenage children to spend quality time together, while creating phenomenal, lifelong memories. Instead of passively sitting in a vehicle, restless teenagers will be pedaling their way through national parks and fishing villages – discovering wildlife and local culture.

Near Arusha, the Meserani Snake Park educates both children and their parents about some extraordinarily venomous snakes – as well as other reptiles such as monitor lizards and crocodiles. There is also a Maasai Cultural Museum on site; tours are led by Maasai guides, who will entertain youngsters with tales of building bomas and their cultural traditions.

Tanzania’s postcard-perfect beaches are the best place to relax after days of driving through dusty wildernesses. Children can take a sailing trip on a dhow, strap on a mask and snorkel or simply splash around in the warm Indian Ocean.

Traveling in Tanzania with kids asks the experts

Amanda Marks, from our supplier Tribes Travel, shares her advice for those traveling in Tanzania with kids:

“I first took my children to Tanzania when my youngest was five. In the north it’s quite easy to have your own driver guide and your own vehicle; if you have that then you can do what you like. I travelled with children aged five, eight, eleven and thirteen plus their parents – a group of ten. We had two vehicles and did what we wanted. You can do that in Kenya as well, but I think that Tanzania’s northern circuit has more places to stop, so it’s easier to break up the journey without traveling for miles and miles.

If you have the right guide you’ll have a brilliant time. Ours had my youngest sat on his knee and he was driving the vehicle through the national park! It’s all about picking the right way to do a safari and choosing accommodation that has a pool. But if you choose the wrong places to stay and a guide not prepared for children, you won’t have a brilliant time, you won’t be able to let off steam at the end of the day and it can be quite boring if the children choose to tune out of the wildlife and are just sat in a car all day.”

Photo credits: [Sunset silhouettes: William Warby] [Cycling: jbobo7] [Beaches: Konstantin Zamkov] [Boomslang snake: William Warby] [Giraffe: David Berkowitz]
Written by Vicki Brown
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