Family Safari in Tanzania, Africa

Family Safari in Tanzania, Africa
Families looking for new, exciting vacations will find no shortage of adventure in Tanzania. This diverse and extraordinary country offers several options for tourists, from relaxing on the beach to riding through the open Serengeti. Here is how to get the most out of your family safari in Tanzania.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Plane tickets Packing list Camera
  • Plane tickets
  • Packing list
  • Camera
Step 1
Work out the details of your safari. Decide on your desired destination, and find the best options for traveling there. How much money do you have to spend? When can you travel, and for how long do you want to stay? What would you like to see? Do you want to stay in a lodge or in a tent? National Geographic suggests determining at the outset what you want from the experience. There are many options for traveling through the bush of Tanzania; making these key decisions is crucial to preparing to go.
Step 2
Evaluate the tour company. When planning the trip, make sure you are talking to people who are intimately involved with Tanzania and its wildlife. Ensure the company has been around for a while, that it has a good reputation, and that it is willing to accept credit cards. For family safaris, ensure the company will provide a safe environment for children and approves of children coming along on all activities.
Step 3
Plan extra excursions. Many safari companies provide other options besides simply encountering the wildlife. For instance, Unique Safaris in Tanzania can connect your children with Tanzanian pen pals in advance, and once you arrive in country, they set up a time for the children to meet. They also have opportunities for your children to visit a local school and participate in a class. Other companies provide opportunities for tourists to visit local Maasai tribes. However, most of these opportunities must be planned in advance.
Step 4
Pack well. You don't want to arrive in Tanzania to find you have forgotten film, batteries for your camera or extra money in case of an emergency. Check to see what the tour company recommends to bring, and don't bring too much. Most tour companies stay in different locations almost every night, so you don't want to have to carry around several suitcases.
Step 5
Enjoy the safari. While in Tanzania, try to relax and enjoy the experience as much as possible. Take lots of pictures, soak up the local culture and avoid thinking about what awaits you back at home. Take advantage of the time; make the most of your family's safari experience.

Article Written By Jack Stone

Jack Stone, a 25-year-old freelance writer, has been writing professionally since 2009 for sites such as eHow, Golflink and Trails. He holds a Bachelor of Theology from Ozark Christian College, a certificate to teach English to speakers of other languages from Biola University and a Masters of Arts degree from Wheaton College.

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