Family Tanzania

If you have adventurous tweenagers (9-12-year olds) or teens in tow, Tanzania family holidays are the dream. There are plenty of ways to experience Tanzania’s exceptional wildlife in this land of safaris. Embark on 4x4 and walking safaris; or enrol the children in bush school to learn survival skills such as making fire and tracking animals. And all this before you even hit the coast...

Our Africa experts are on hand to tailor-make your perfect Tanzania family holidays, which will include our exclusive Original Travel additional services, such as fast-track check-in and security at the airport, and lounge access even if you're flying economy. In Tanzania itself, you will have access to our clued-up local Concierge, who is on hand to recommend restaurants and make last minute tweaks to the itinerary. Gold dust when you're on holiday, even more so when you are travelling as a family.

So, to Tanzania itself. Part of our Tanzania family holiday expertise lies in suggesting the best itinerary given your children's ages and inclinations, the time available, and the time of year you're intending to travel. In Tanzania you are spoilt for choice, basically, with vast wildebeest herds spending nine months of the year in the country as part of the Great Migration. The much-photographed Northern Serengeti river crossings occur in early summer and calving season in the Southern Serengeti is in February. Or consider heading to the iconic Ngorongoro Crater - a vast natural zoo - or the less well-trodden national parks of the Selous or Ruaha for 'rawer' safari. Heading west, teenagers would be strong enough to trek to see habituated chimps in Mahale, or climb Kilimanjaro, and over 16s can also enjoy the thrill of a walking safari followed by a night fly camping in the bush with just a mozzie net for cover.

And then there's the icing on the Tanzania family holiday cake: the sugary sands and warm waters teeming with fish and watersports galore along Tanzania's coast and in the Zanzibar Archipelago - the so-called 'Spice Islands'. Zanzibar itself is a hot sport for snorkelling, diving (for older children) and dhow sailing boat cruises. Aquatic children will be in their element, but it's also worth coaxing them to visit fascinating Stone Town, Zanzibar's capital and an excellent cultural interlude.

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Planning a successful family holiday takes a similar amount of organisation and fortitude as a small scale military operation. But fear not, our team of specialists (many of whom are parents themselves) are here to take the stress out of the planning process so those toddler tantrums and teenage meltdowns are kept to a minimum.

From knowing the most family-friendly hotels to holding client focus groups, we pride ourselves on making sure that you have the best family holiday imaginable because there's no more important time together.


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Charlotte C is our 'Family Tanzania' expert and as a seasoned traveller has the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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