The Selous and the Ruaha have the highest concentrations of wildlife in Africa, although being much less well-known than their northern equivalents. Landscapes ranging from a desert-like savannah to wetlands, rocky outcrops to Baobab trees, and everything in between, all offer something new to see and are home to an impressive variety of top-tier fauna. This is a great option for families with older children or teenagers, as game drives and boat safaris add to the excitement.
Day 1: Arrival in Dar es Salam & Air Transfer to Nyerere National Park
Nyerere National Park is about a 45-minute flight from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s busy southern metropolis.
The luxurious tented suites at Siwandu Camp on the shores of Lake Nzerakera will provide you with a true “back to nature” sensation while still providing all the amenities necessary for a first-rate safari vacation. Because the camp is not walled in and can host a wide variety of wildlife at night, it is especially necessary for families to have access to a family tented suite with connected rooms.
After a day of safari exploration, you may unwind in the hotel’s inviting common room or the pool’s shady environs. Children over the age of six are welcome at the camp, and those 16 and above can participate in walking safaris and fly-camping adventures.
Day 2-3: On safari in Nyerere National Park
Nyerere National Park is a paradise for intrepid safari travelers. An unrivaled safari experience may be had in this park, which is three times the size of South Africa’s famous Kruger National Park and home to Africa’s largest and most undisturbed wildlife populations. While on safari in Nyerere, you won’t have to worry about running into other visitors too often.
Because of the unique landscape, kids can enjoy a wide variety of games and wildlife sightings, from river boat trips to open-air game viewing vehicles. The dry season (July–October) is the best time to visit because of the incredible concentration of wildlife near watering holes, which makes for exciting and regular sightings of wild animals and keeps kids interested.
Day 4: Fly to Ruaha National Park
After your morning excursion with Siwandu, you’ll be taken to the airport for your flight to Ruaha, which should take about 1.5 hours.
Nyerere is known for its verdant, watery terrain, while Ruaha is more typical of a desert, with its arid savannah flats, rocky outcrops, and otherworldly baobab trees. The greatest population of elephants in Tanzania may be found in Ruaha National Park, making it a perennial favorite of visitors of all ages.
Your final stop is the luxurious Ikuka Safari Camp, which offers breathtaking vistas from atop an escarpment in the park’s very center. Up to five people can stay in the family banda, and campers of all ages are welcome.
Day 5-6: On Safari in Ruaha National Park
Game drives in open-sided vehicles will make up the bulk of your twice-daily activities. Adults, however, also have the option of going on walking safaris.
Visitors of all ages will enjoy the park’s abundant wildlife, which includes lions, elephants, leopards, and crocodiles. Ruaha National Park offers lodging and overnight stays for visitors.
Day 7: Fly to Zanzibar
After spending nearly a week on safari, a day at the beach seems in order.
You can take an internal aircraft to Zanzibar, and the staff at Ikuka Safari Lodge will get you there and back in plenty of time. Seeing the turquoise waves of the Indian Ocean as you approach Zanzibar is a breathtaking sight.
You will be welcomed at the Zanzibar airport by a driver and taken to the Baraza Resort & Spa, where you will spend the next five nights in a Two-Bedroom Villa with all of your meals and drinks taken care of. It takes about an hour to drive from the airport to the all-inclusive resort, which is set in lush gardens along a long stretch of white sand beach on the Michamvi Peninsula on the island’s eastern coast.
Day 8-11: Beach Time on Zanzibar
There are 30 unique villas to choose from in Baraza. Each of our two-bedroom Garden View Villas and Sultan’s Sea Facing Villas is ideal for accommodating a family.
Baraza is one of the greatest places on the island to stay with kids because it has a ton of great facilities and great lodging alternatives. Guests can enjoy the beautiful sandy beach, lagoon, swimming pool, gardens, water sports center, and kids’ club. Childminding and babysitting services are also offered. On one of Tanzania’s breathtaking Spice Islands, families may unwind in paradise, sunbathe by the infinity pool, swim on beautiful reefs, or simply enjoy a novel on the beach while the soothing sea breezes dance across the pages.
Day 12: Dolphin Tour
After a hearty breakfast, you’ll be taken to a spice farm where you can see, smell, taste, and even buy the spices that made Zanzibar renowned across the world. The medicinal and culinary uses of the spices native to Zanzibar will also be covered.
You’ll have lunch on the spice farm, where the farmer will cook up some specialties using the farm’s own spices and produce. After an afternoon of sightseeing, you’ll take a ride to Nungwi beach, where you may relax for the remainder of the day.
You will be staying the night at a beachfront hotel in Nungwi and eating dinner there.
Day 13: Spice Tour
Immediately following breakfast, you will go on a journey into Jozani Forest, the final safe haven for Red Colobus Monkeys. By following a local guide deep into the jungle, you can see Red Colobus Monkeys in their final remaining natural habitat. We plan to explore the Mangrove woods and marshes in Jozani.
The amazing plants and animals along the nature trail in Jozani Forest are a highlight of any visit to Zanzibar. You will be picked up in the late afternoon and driven back to Nungwi beach, where you can spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
Day 14: Nungwi Beach (full day) and Departure
This day will be spent relaxing on the beach, during which time you can partake in a variety of water sports. Diving, snorkeling, paragliding, jet skiing, and beach volleyball are also available. Beautiful sunsets over the azure waters of the Indian Ocean can be seen late in the day.
Your trip to Tanzania comes to an end today. It’s time to say goodbye to the salt air and head to Zanzibar Airport to catch your international flight, where you’ll no doubt be thinking back on your amazing trip.