Tanzania Family Safaris, Locations, Accomodation & Travel Itineraries
Why Tanzania for a Safari?
Tanzania Family Safari Itineraries
Tanzania's main northern parks like the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area are relatively close together and easily combined on any East African family safari itinerary.
Some parks can be reached by overland safari, while lodges in the remote areas of southern and western Tanzania are almost exclusively travelled to by light aircraft. Fly-in safaris allow quick access to even the most secluded lodges, where 4x4 vehicles and motorboats are used for game-viewing and other guest activities. You can also fly between many of our partner's safari camps and the tropical white-sand beaches of islands like Pemba and Zanzibar.
Tanzania is a fantastic destination for bush and beach safaris so we always recommend including an island stayover on your itinerary.
Tanzania Family Safari Accommodation
As one of Africa's long-established safari destinations, Tanzania's variety of safari accommodation reflects its huge popularity and demand.
From glamping in luxury tented camps on Grumeti Game Reserve to nights spent in a stately family villa overlooking the Serengeti plains, the choice of safari stayovers in Tanzania is extensive. With service add-ons like private guides, chefs and butlers available, you have the freedom to customise your safari experience to your desired level of privacy and exclusivity.
Whether you want an intimate family safari at an authentic bush camp on Lake Manyara or to move from one camp to the next as you follow migrating animals across the Serengeti, there are many wonderful family options to consider. Accommodation on Tanzania's tropical islands of Pemba and Zanzibar are equally as breathtaking, ranging from small, boutique beach lodges to all-inclusive resorts with fully-serviced dive centres and well-organised activity programmes for kids.
Top family-safari destinations in Tanzania
With the world-famous Serengeti as its hero, Tanzania's northern circuit is the busiest safari area, where thousands come to bear witness to the epic Great Migration each year. Yet many forget the other first-rate wildlife attractions in this region such as Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Tarangire, and—not least of all—Mount Kilimanjaro, the world's highest free-standing mountain...
A big draw for families taking a safari in Tanzania is the easy access to its glorious sun-kissed beaches. With 700km of sublime tropical coastline and dive-friendly coral reefs, these idyllic islands are a perfect match for adding flavour to your East African safari. Many families put their feet up at superb lodges in Zanzibar and Pemba off Tanzania’s east coast after a few days of game viewing in the parks. See our Tanzania desitiantion page for more information here.
With safari traffic especially intense in the peak of Tanzania's dry season, take a classic East African safari in its southern parks to escape the crowds. Visit lesser-known destinations like Ruaha National Park, home to Tanzania's largest elephant population and a stronghold for wild dog. Or head to a lodge in Selous Game Reserve, the ideal headquarters for water-based game viewing, walking safaris and fly-camping for the ultimate close-to-nature experience.
Western Tanzania's least accessible wildlife sanctuaries are also its most unspoiled and serene, having the last word in out-of-the-way safaris. The densely-forested mountains of Mahale National Park bordering Lake Tanganyika is a world hotspot for chimpanzee trekking and impressive numbers of butterflies. In the Katuma River of nearby Katavi National Park, expect encounters with enormous hippo pods and crocodile when you go exploring by boat or canoe.