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Guide for a Family Safari In Tanzania

Tanzania is one of the best destinations for families looking to go on a wildlife safari. Whether you’re looking to explore the wild together or simply longing for some pretty unique bonding moments in one of the most beautiful landscapes on the planet, a Tanzania family safari will make for some unforgettable experiences. There’s so many places to visit, hundreds of distinct wildlife species to see and an array of thrilling outdoor activities to keep everyone engaged all the way. 

Here’s what you need to know to have an unforgettable family safari experience in Tanzania:

Initial Considerations

To ensure an equally memorable and fun experience for the whole family, it is important to take certain considerations into account, such as: 

  • Are you traveling with young kids? How old are they? Do they need certain vaccinations?
  • What unique activities are you looking to experience?
  • What animals are you most excited to see?
  • Does the tour operator cater to children?

Your answers to these questions will help determine the ideal itinerary for your family trip. As such, it is important to plan your safari together. If everyone is involved in the planning process, it becomes a lot easier to decide on destinations, length of stay, logistics, etc.

When to Visit

Tanzania is a year-round destination so you and your family can drop in at any time and have the time of your lives. However, if you’re visiting mainly for a specific activity such as game viewing or the annual Great Migration, then you’ll want to set up your trip around Tanzania’s dry season from late May to October. The great migration river crossing, one of the most dramatic spectacles of the event usually falls within this period as well. Late December through February is also a great time to visit as you’ll get to witness the amazing calving season which sees thousands of wildebeests, zebras, and gazelles being born every day.

Family-friendly parks in Tanzania

There are a lot of places to visit for you and your family to enjoy a truly exciting and authentic safari experience. Here are the top destinations that are ideal for families:

Serengeti National Park

Home to abundant wildlife, breathtaking landscapes, and adrenaline-pumping activities, the Serengeti is Tanzania’s prized jewel and one of the world’s most popular safari parks. Here you can spot the “Big Five” -- African elephant, Black rhinoceros, Cape buffalo, African lion, and African leopard, as well as giraffes, gazelles, zebras, cheetahs. There’s also hundreds of bird distinct species to keep you company all the way. The Serengeti is also the only place in Tanzania where you can witness the Great Migration. If your kids are old enough, you could also take a hot air balloon ride with your family to take your safari experience to a whole new level.

Ngorongoro Conservation

The famous Ngorongoro crater is a massive, unbroken volcanic caldera that is home to various magnificent wildlife, including lions, leopards, hippos, elephants, and rhinos. If you and your family are all about an immersive game viewing experience, then this is the place to be since all these animals coexist in this “confined” space and are easier to spot without extensive outdoor game drives and tracking.

Lake Manyara National Park

Located on the edge of the Rift Valley, Lake Manyara National Park hosts a wealth of varied ecosystems, comprising acacia woodlands, ground water forests, and open grasslands. These areas are home to several wildlife species while Lake Manyara itself plays host to thousands of flamingos and other large water birds like pelicans, storks, and cormorants. Make sure your phones are fully charged and come with spare batteries for your camera as you’ll be busy clicking away at the many Instagram-worthy sceneries and animals. Other activities here include canoeing, horse riding, biking, and nature walk safaris.


If your schedule permits, you should definitely visit the majestic spice islands of Zanzibar. This is the perfect place to conclude your Tanzania family safari experience. Enjoy soft white sand beaches and gentle blue waters as you dive, snorkel, kitesurf and swim with dolphins. You can also explore the famous Stone Town, a capital city brimming with rich history and cultural diversity. There are no shortages of family-friendly accommodation options across Zanzibar.

There you have it! Tanzania offers a one of a kind safari experience that you and your family will surely relish for years to come. In the meantime, remember to book your trip early as many attractions tend to get booked quickly, especially during the peak seasons. And if you’re looking to pull out all the stops, it might be best to go for a private safari since these establishments allow for completely personalized itineraries.

Photo by Robson Hatsukami Morgan on Unsplash

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Size Guide

Centimeters (CM)

Inches (IN)

50CM x 40CM

19 11/16 in X 15 3/4 in

50CM x 50CM

19 11/16 in X 19 11/16 in

60CM x 60CM

23 5/8 in X 23 5/8 in

70CM x 50CM

27 9/16 in X 19 11/16 in

80CM x 60CM

31 1/2 in X 23 5/8 in

100CM x 80CM

39 3/8 in X 31 1/2 in

140CM x 110CM

55 1/8 in X 43 5/16 in