Home of the Great Wildebeest Migration
When to Go
Migration: November to August
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Family Safaris in Tanzania
The iconic image of Africa can best be summed up by Tanzania’s wild and untamed beauty. The land of safaris, nothing quite compares to waking up to wildlife roaming through the endless plains at sunrise. Home to the Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, the annual Great Wildebeest Migration, Mount Kilimanjaro and the Maasai culture, Tanzania promises an action-packed family safari.
Why Visit Tanzania
Witness Africa’s Natural Wonders
This East African country is home to some of Africa’s best-known reserves, as well as a number of natural wonders, including the Serengeti National Park (home to the annual wildebeest migration), Mount Kilimanjaro (Africa’s highest mountain), The Ngorongoro Crater (a World Heritage Site) and Zanzibar (a world-class beach destination).
Experience a Big 5 Safari
They’ve seen the movie countless times, now it’s time to introduce your kids to the home of the Lion King on a Tanzania family safari. The Big 5 can be found in Tanzania and wildlife-filled game drives promise to be a hit with kids. The annual wildebeest migration is a spectacle unlike any other, where millions of animals can be seen racing through the Serengeti with predators close on their heels. Visiting Lake Natron and the thousands upon thousands of flamingos found there is another bucket-list tick not to be missed.
Meet the tribes of Tanzania
There are many tribes that make up the distinctive cultures and traditions of Tanzania. Introduce your little ones to different cultures with a visit to a local Masai village or visit the markets to take home a piece of Africa, be it beaded jewellery, a Masai blanket, or carved wooden sculptures.
Combine your safari with an island getaway
A short 20-minute flight from Dar Es Salaam you will find the spice island of Zanzibar. It is home to the historic Stone Town, palm-fringed beaches, a vibrant mix of cultures and offers an ideal beach ending to your East Africa family safari.
Book your family safari to Tanzania
Taking your little ones to Tanzania can be tricky without expert help as many lodges have age restrictions for game drives. We’ve taken the hassle out of your holiday with our collection of family-friendly East Africa Safaris that include lodges with specialised children’s programmes, as well as kiddy-friendly menus and activities.
Use our handy country guides and be inspired to start designing your own unforgettable trip today.
Serengeti National Park
Visit the Serengeti National Park to witness the Great Wildebeest Migration and year-round game viewing.
Experience a game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater
Extend your safari with a beach experience in Zanzibar.
Tarangire National Park
Visit Tarangire National Park for great elephant sightings and tree climbing lions.
Visit, view or climb the majestic Kilimanjaro mountain.
World Heritage Sites
A visit to UNESCO World Heritage sites including Stone Town, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the Kondoa Irangi rock paintings, and Kilwa Kisiwani.
When To Go?
Best time to go
Tanzania can be visited year-round but depending on your preference for wildlife viewing, certain months are preferable to others. June to October is the best time to go as it is the dry season, which makes for extensive wildlife viewing. The annual wildebeest migration and calving season from November to August offers a sight to behold.
The high season runs from June to September. Safari-goers can expect the weather to be dry with sparse foliage making for excellent wildlife spotting. Hotels and lodges are usually crowded with increased prices.
March to May are low season and herald afternoon showers. Many lodges in the south and west close down, while parks in the north still see visitors. Use this time to experience a quieter break and get back in touch with nature.
The best weather is in the dry season where there is little to no rainfall, as this makes a good time to view wildlife in the many parks. The Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater can be visited throughout the year.
Will you see the Big 5?
Tanzania is known for its superb wildlife sightings and you can expect to see all members of the Big 5 when visiting. If you are lucky you will spot the rare black rhino at the Ngorongoro crater.
What is regularly seen?
When visiting Tanzania, you will regularly see the Big 5, hyenas, and giraffes.
When will you get the best wildlife experience?
You can visit Tanzania throughout the year for an unforgettable wildlife experience. Each season offers something different, if you are looking for world-class game viewing then the dry season, June to October, is your best bet. If the wildebeest migration and calving season is something you plan to see then November to August are the months to go.
The capital city of Dodoma was established in 1973 and is home to over 400, 000 people.
You will be using the Tanzanian shilling while visiting and US dollars, Euros, and British Pounds can be exchanged in many hotels.
There are two major airports that you will be landing in, Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam, and Kilimanjaro International Airport in Kilimanjaro, near Arusha and Moshi.
Health & Safety
Vaccines are recommended when visiting Tanzania and malaria vaccines are required to enter the country. A yellow fever vaccination and documentation is required if arriving from a yellow-fever-infected country.