Tanzania family safaris

Tips for a Africa safari with kids under the age of 5

Tips for an Africa safari with kids

1. Consider Tanzania 

Tanzania  has the best infrastructure and widest variety of safari accommodation. You are most likely to find kids’ clubs, trained nannies and child-friendly lodges in areas like serengeti national park and Arusha

Many travellers combine a safari with places like Zanzibar and Dar es salaam which offer suitable activities, as well as shops for all the necessary items of travelling with a baby.

2. Break up your arrival and departure journeys

Many clients want to understandably maximise their time on safari and so go straight from a long-haul flight to their lodge and onto a game drive. We strongly suggest a night in a city hotel after your international flight so that you can have a proper night’s sleep before leaving on a private transfer the next morning.

3. Don’t move around too much

Many travellers like to move to a different lodge after two or three nights. For younger children, we suggest staying in one place so that you can develop a routine and minimise the disruption of repacking and long road or air transfers.

4. Look at safari villas

They may be pricier but they come with multiple benefits that you really can’t put a price on like private chefs (ideal if you have picky eaters or a set routine), plenty of space all to yourself (no other guests will be affected by a toddler tantrum) and often a private vehicle. Some even have staff rooms if you are travelling with a nanny or extras like DVD players and satellite connections.

5. Ensure the lodge has a children’s programme

Children’s activities include nature rambles around the property, simple arts & crafts, games and even basic baking – all with age-appropriate interaction and professional babysitters. For very small children, childminders will ensure they are feed, cleaned and have their naps while you are out on a game drive.

6. Add on a beach destination

Africa’s most popular beach destination – Zanzibar Island  – has plenty of child-friendly accommodation and under-twos are widely catered for. After the early mornings and late nights of safari, a few days in a tropical paradise could be a great tonic for the whole family.

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