There are many breath-taking sights, monumental history and interesting animals in Africa. When travelling as a family, extra planning is often involved and it’s important to go to a resort that caters to each member of your family’s needs, child or parent. We’ve put together a short list of our recommendations for the most family-friendly accommodation on your trip to Tanzania.
Sanctuary Swala, Tarangire National Park
Sanctuary Swala is a great family destination, the area is undisturbed with only 12 tents available for accommodation.
The tents are luxurious structures with inside and outdoor shower facilities available. Despite being named tents, the accommodation is nothing short of lavish with modern bathrooms and stylish and comfortable lounge areas.
Relaxation is assured with the privacy of the accommodation allowing the whole family plenty of space and time to take in the beautiful wildlife in their surroundings.
Game trails make for a great activity for the family to enjoy together, with an infinity pool also overlooking a watering hole, providing another opportunity for up close encounters with the game throughout Tarangire National Park.
Four Seasons Safari Lodge, Serengeti National Park
One of the larger accommodation choices in Tanzania, the Four Seasons Safari Lodge is seamlessly intertwined with nature in the Serengeti National Park. The comforts and luxury of the Four Seasons lodge make it perfect for families, with wifi and flat screen televisions the kids won’t ever feel too far from home.
The infinity swimming pool provides not just great fun for all the family but unique views, overlooking the waterhole, game can often be seen drinking within a very close proximity.
Group activities include the game drives, bush walks, hot air balloon safaris and more for the whole family to enjoy, however there’s plenty of individual activities for the family to partake in. If the parents wish to have some time relaxing with some yoga, working out in the fitness centre or taking advantage of the luxurious spa treatments.
There’s also plenty for the kids to do including an “educational discovery centre” where they can learn more about the history of the area and its wildlife. The Kiijana Kids Club also provides plenty of activities including games, arts and crafts, movie nights and the chance to learn more about Africa’s cultures and wildlife and cultures from a Maasai warrior.
After all the day’s activities the Four Seasons offers a variety of restaurants for the family to dine with traditional and authentic African cuisine with ingredients sourced locally.
&Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge
Unique in being the only lodge located within the Lake Manyara National Park, &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge have created a paradise for visiting families.
The tree top accommodation alone will provide plenty of entertainment for kids and adults as you enjoy the views as you get settled in the luxury tree houses, complete with verandas that walk out into the lush greenery of the surrounding forest.
Family activities include the twice daily game drives with the chance to see elephants, monkeys and even the famous tree-climbing lions. Bird watching takes on a new life with over 400 species of bird within the park, there’s never a shortage of new sights to see. Lakeside picnics are also set up for the family to slow down and take a break in between activities.
&Beyond offer a kids activities camp called WildChild, and whilst it features the usual activities of arts and crafts, this is one children’s club they won’t soon forget. The kids are taken on expeditions and partake in activities that are designed around their interests such as fishing or learning how to track animals. The WildChild team consists of rangers, trackers, child minders, cooks and more to ensuring that the kids aren’t just safe, but having a great time.
Whilst the children are stargazing at the kids club, the parents can enjoy a night game trail, a romantic night time drive by the lake, or even just relax in their accommodation for some peace and quiet.
Arusha Coffee Lodge
Arusha Coffee Lodge offers a calmer alternative to the other safari oriented options on our list. Away from the game trail Arusha offers its own unique activities whilst having the comfort of being a short drive to the nearby National Park where game trails are available.
The lodge is quietly tucked away on its own coffee estate and offer an interactive and interesting tour for the whole family to enjoy, taking you through the whole process from start to finish.
The accommodation offers great comfort and food for the family to enjoy and feel at home, with packed lunches available if you are spending the day away from the lodge.
Day trips to Arusha National Park provide a more relaxed experience with more family friendly game to be seen, this option is often preferred by those with younger children who might find some of the larger game animals intimidating.
Children of all age are welcome to the lodge with those under 11 accommodated free of charge.