Further insights into Safaris to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, can be seen on our Tanzania safari page.
There are so many ideas we have, depending upon the ages of your children. We tend to feel that southern Tanzania is probably more suitable for older children, and families who are looking for a pristine wildlife experience with few tourists, and the feeling that one is experiencing the area entirely by oneself. Having said that, we can arrange once in a lifetime safaris for children aged six and over.
We would say that it is definitely for the family who are self contained and fairly private and looking for something a little different and more off the beaten track. This is not as game rich an experience as the Northern Tanzania Family Safaris. Explore and have complete flexibility and freedom to spend the days as one wishes – with your private vehicle and private guide, who gauges each day based on you.
We can arrange for a fabulous walking safari for older children in the Selous, Katavi or Ruaha where they can also fly camp out beneath the stars for a night. There is also a fabulous new lodge in the Selous which is particularly child friendly – which cater for younger children from six upwards and they have a children’s safariprogramme, which opens an entirely new world to your children, teaching them not only about the culture but also about the wildlife and how to recognise the footprints of animals that have walked before you. The children with the guides can do nature walks around the camp, or if over twelve, they can accompany their parents on a walking safari with the guides. They will also look for animal footprints and do castings to take home and remind them of their safari experience.
Children can also try their hand at fishing in the Great Ruaha River in front of the lodge, where they have some big fish for the younger children; they have goody bags with colouring pens and books specific to teaching them about the Selous and its wildlife. The key is to combine a good mix of different experiences.
In the Rift Valley escarpment, in southern Tanzania, one can stay at a lovely, down-to-earth lodge in the mountains, where one can fly-fish, horse-ride, walk, mountain-bike, canoe and play golf. This is also home to a family community and conservation initiative and this is a chance to not only visit, but also involve the family in a project. To stay here allows a perfect punctuation between wildlife safaris and rings the changes.
The other wonderful aspect is that Tanzania offers that perfect combination of some of the finest wildlife in Africa as well as that all-important in-depth cultural experience
Alternately, for families who want privacy or who are perhaps travelling with another family, we have beautiful private villas in the Selous overlooking the Lake. From here one can also fly camp for a night beneath the stars, fish, walk, take a boat on the lake and of course, go game viewing. The walking safaris in Tanzania have a minimum age.
One can then fly to the coast where there is a heady mix of culture, scenery, warm waters and every conceivable water sport under the sun – including the ever-popular kite-surfing! Stay in a private house or a luxury beach lodge. We also highly recommend taking a catamaran for at least three nights to a week, complete with skipper, so you can spend your days visiting different islands, swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, waterskiing and fishing. There is also a treehouse to stay in and swimming with whale sharks. Some of the best scuba diving can be done in Tanzania, at one of the top ten dive sites at a fabulous lodge in Pemba.
Southern Tanzania family safari highlights: