Exciting family holiday in Tanzania

“Split between the national parks of Tanzania and the beaches of Zanzibar, this 13 day tailor made tour is for families wishing to experience the best of both.”

Highlights

Arusha | Tarangire National Park | Lake Manyara National Park | Ngorongoro Crater | Serengeti National Park | Zanzibar | Stone Town | Zanzibar Beach |

Description of Exciting family holiday in Tanzania

If there’s one thing to get children and parents raring to go it’s going to be an exciting family holiday in Tanzania and although there’s no age limit on this tailor made trip, older children, above 7 or 8yrs old, will certainly benefit the most. From the vast plains of the Serengeti to the unique environment of Ngorongoro Crater this experience will take you to some of Africa’s most concentrated areas for wildlife with stunning natural backdrops adding to the inspirational experiences for young and older travellers alike.

Watching lions on the prowl and elephants by the watering hole will become daily occurrences with ranger instructions enabling everyone to become skilled in the ways of safari and Tanzania's natural environment. From giraffes gorging on high branches to rhinos munching on low level shrubs, this trip will go some way to giving children first-hand experiences that they’ll no doubt cherish for the rest of their lives. As if the chance to spot leopards, zebra, buffalo and wildebeest in their natural environment wasn't enough, this two week tour rounds off on the stunning spice island of Zanzibar the home of white sand beaches and a mix of Arabian, African, Asian and European cultural influences.

A whole host of family-friendly accommodation and child-friendly facilities make this trip as relaxing and safe as possible with swimming pools, private verandas and community areas from where to socialise or stare wistfully at the night’s sky. Strict security at all camps and lodges featured within the itinerary ensures you can travel with confidence and enjoy every minute with a combination of electrified perimeters and well trained safari staff and patrol groups further ensuring a safe and secure experience. Further to the trained safari team all of the camps include strict safety instructions as to what is expected of safari guests and a full introductory meeting will explain the rules and regs as soon as you arrive.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Responsible tourism: Exciting family holiday in Tanzania

Environment

Our tours in Tanzania are run in conjunction with a locally owned and based partner who shares our environmental goals and commitment to operate in a responsible manner. There are many fragile eco-systems in Tanzania and our safari guides and drivers provide advice on how to behave to ensure that any negative impact is prevented and to uphold these values on ecologically sustainable treks and safaris.

Whilst on safari, travellers will be accompanied by a knowledgeable local ranger at all times who will explain how to view wildlife responsibly, without infringing upon their normal behaviour. They will advise our families to be as quiet as they can at all times, be as unobtrusive as possible, wear the correct coloured clothing whilst walking in the bush and avoid dressing or acting in a way which might cause offence to local people.

It should go without saying that our guides remind travellers not to litter – everything you carry in you must carry out. Aside from the environmental damage, litter can be harmful to the wildlife. In addition to this, travellers can not interfere with the wildlife and habitat by not encouraging guides to take them too close to the animals, thus putting them under pressure. They also should not pick plants and flowers, encouraging the driver to depart from the usual track, make noises to attract or frighten the wildlife. Also remember - do not be afraid of the animals – even the largest will move quietly away if given the opportunity.

It is important that families obey all game laws and regulations, and respect the fact that their guide is also bound by these same laws and regulations.

It is also of crucial important to refrain from buying, or trading for, any items which are covered under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). This includes ivory, rhino horn, butterflies, turtle products, furs, and many plant species.

Our UK office is run as environmentally as possible. The majority of our staff either walk or cycle to work and we operate a primarily paper free environment. We do not produce brochures (which often leads to a lot of waste) but market our tours exclusively on the internet.

Community

Our local partner has a strong commitment to sharing expertise with Tanzania's indigenous population through access to employment, training, quality living wage and improved living conditions. Labour and consumables are all sourced locally in order to ensure a sustainable and localized business.

Our guides will remind families that it is good to support the local economy by buying locally crafted souvenirs, however when bartering over the price (which is both expected and accepted) there is no need to drive too hard a bargain – an amount which may be fairly insignificant to you can represent a lot to a local.

We would also advise people not to give sweets, pens etc to children on the street as it can encourage begging. It is better to give through a local organisation or school.

As a courtesy, ask before you take a picture of someone. If they ask you to pay, we would discourage you from taking the picture.

We update equipment regularly to maintain the highest standards of customer standards and care, offer a quality menu and ensure that we meet the highest safety standards with no compromise on client or crew safety.

3 Reviews of Exciting family holiday in Tanzania

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Reviewed on 08 Sep 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


We (from age 1 to over 60) cannot agree on the best as there were so many highlights
• The amazing variety of wildlife seen close up
• Looking a resting lion in the eye
• lion cubs at play
• Feeding the giant tortoises
• Seeing a leopard with her cubs on a outcrop surveying the surrounding wildlife
• Seeing cheetahs after catching their prey
• Catching sight of several endangered black rhinos
• Having two families of elephants amble past close to our vehicles
• Swimming at Sopa Lodge with that wonderful view across the crater
• Swimming in a thermal spring at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro
• Snorkelling off Prison Island, Zanzibar
• Walking along the expanse of beautiful white sands at Matemwe – next stop Sumatra!


2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take a fleece for chilly mornings and evenings, particularly at Sopa Lodge at Ngorongoro.
Be prepared for the slower pace of life. The Swahili phrase “pole pole” meaning slowly, slowly is very appropriate. A meal may take more than an hour to
arrive but it will be fresh.

Everyone we met was very friendly – be prepared to stop and talk

3.Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
• benefited local people,
yes – definitely, through all the people whose services we used

• reduced environmental impacts
We would love to be able to respond positively on this element – but we flew 14 hours to get to Tanzania, and travelled 3000km in two cars while there, so
we are afraid we will have had a negative impact on the environment. In addition, as we were strongly discouraged from drinking local water, we generated many empty plastic bottles each day, and we fear they went to landfill or burning.

• or supported conservation?
Yes, by virtue of entering the national parks and paying the fees.


4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent

Strongly recommend and gratefully thank everyone involved for making it such a super holiday: Responsible Travel; the UK operator; and the local operator in Tanzania.

Reviewed on 22 Aug 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The Safari in ngorongoro and terengeri parks were the best but the siringit serengeti camp was unique ...amazing !!!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


If you go to serengeti definetevely stay at the siringit serengeti camp ..a dream
rent in the savanna ....and ngorongoro retreat

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Sure ! We supported the local people, using local guides, going to local
business and restaurants, tipping them for their effort to make our staying súper.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


An unforgettable family holiday, Africa is beautiful , the wild life is well preserved until now. I was feeling emotional to see how the people live here and still ...they smile.

Reviewed on 18 Dec 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Arriving in the Serengeti in a huge storm and seeing cheetah chasing gazelles immediately!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Our tour operator will give you brilliant advice and tailor your holiday to your needs, I would recommend them. If I redid the holiday I would leave out the
Arusha part, after being in the wilderness for several days, we found the city a bit jarring but we did not know we would feel like that and it was a very personal
thing, others may be glad of the hustle and bustle. The tours to the foothills of Kili were actually much further away from Kili in a very flat landscape - This
part needs to be more accurately described.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, as much as it can - everything about our stay was as authentic and Tanzanian as possible. All of the locals we spoke to spoke of the benefits of tourism and also of their precious, unique, environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


This was a holiday of a lifetime. Our two sons (8 and 10) never got bored despite spending 6 days in total in a car on safari. They learned so much about
wildlife, conservation, land pressures, climate, Tanzanian culture and politics. This was a fantastic adventure to share as a family. Our guide, Godfrey was
such good company and had 25 years worth of in depth wildlife knowledge - we all really missed him when we went onto the next part of our adventure. We stayed in some fantastic places - I like the fact we could look at the itinerary before hand and request changes and Liddy was soooooo helpful, especially when we got delayed a day due to passport issue. As mentioned above, personally we would leave out the city part and think the Kili foothills section could be more accurately described. I would recommend this holiday and we haven't stopped talking about it.

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