Planning a Vacation to Tanzania can be just as enjoyable as the trip itself, but we also know that organizing a trip can be confusing and even frustrating – which is where we come in.
Here you’ll find our top Vacation trip to Tanzania, from the right airport to choose to the best time of year to travel – and a few nuggets of information in between. Have trouble deciding where to go and when to go to Tanzania? Then, look at our post to know some key aspects of where and when to go.
What is the best time to go?
This is the first tip on our Tanzania travel tips list. We get asked this question a lot, so we have a simple answer: it’s totally up to you. If you plan a multi-park safari or a multi-country safari, seven to ten nights in each camp is a good start.
Our trip planner lets you play around with different vacation options until discover what works best for your time and budget. You can stay at one place for seven nights and take advantage of the swimming pool and downtime.
Travel season: When should I go?
It’s no surprise that the most popular time to visit Tanzania is during the dry season. It lasts from July to September and has warm days, clear blue skies, and excellent game viewing.
However, a short dry season runs from December 30 (just in time for Christmas!) to February. Rain typically falls from March to May, briefly in October/November. Nevertheless, our Tanzania travel tip would be not to let the rain dampen your spirit!
Airports – check them out!
As part of our Tanzania travel tips, we’d like to remind you that you shouldn’t assume that your only option is to fly into the capital city, in Tanzania’s case, Dar es Salaam.
You could also check out ‘open-jaw’ tickets, such as flying into Kilimanjaro but leaving Dar. This is a great combo if you want to go down to the coast after your safari.
There is something more…
Safaris in Tanzania can be combined with Vacations to East Africa if you’ve got wanderlust. However, to conclude our Tanzania travel tips, we recommend that you add a few extra days to your stay in one of the East African neighboring countries.
If you’d like to track gorillas in Rwanda, how about combining it with a classic game drive in Zanzibar? The flight connections in and out of the major airports are good, so time-wasting is minimal. Check out our website for more information about our trip, viewpoint adventures safaris.
Top 5 Tips for Planning a Family safari in East Africa
When children are born, they are enthralled by the natural world. The opportunity to see animals they have learned about life in their natural habitat can be a life-changing experience for the whole family.
However, a Family safari in East Africa can often feel like something better suited to an advertisement as it involves significant amounts of traveling, exercising considerable amounts of patience, and following safety instructions.
There are plenty of ways to make Family safari packages friendly for those of us who dream of taking our kids on a wildlife-watching safari to Africa or the rainforests of South and Central America.
- Take it slow and start small:
Plan a day trip to a local game park or weave a trip to a game park into your next family vacation before booking a full-fledged safari.
In a game park, wild animals can live in their natural habitat, but they are more accessible to visitors who want to enjoy the outdoor experience for a short time.
- Check age restrictions:
Most safari organizations do not take kids younger than a certain age because of the safety considerations associated with watching wild animals, which are usually 12 years old but can be more youthful in some cases.
It pays to ask how children will be handled if a safari company takes them along. Even if a safari company accepts children, it is good to ask how they will handle having them along.
- Decide on your destination carefully:
You will probably want to minimize the amount of travel you have to do each day to get to the animals unless you have children who enjoy riding in cars for long periods.
- Think about self-driving:
There is no doubt that navigating the general public can be stressful when traveling with kids. Taking a safari can be an expensive undertaking, and you don’t want to feel responsible for someone else’s trip of a lifetime being spoiled by your children.
Taking the family for a self-drive trip gives you the flexibility to leave and return to camp when you need to use the bathroom (a portable potty works excellent here) and keep boredom at bay (keep the snacks flowing).
- Hire a local guide or book a private tour:
The right local guide can engage your kids, educate your entire party, show you creatures and natural life you might otherwise miss, relieve the pressure on the adults, and introduce you to the culture and lifestyle in that area.
The opportunity to give back to the community you visit is also an essential factor. African family safaris with View Point Adventures Safaris emphasize authentic cultural immersion experiences, which will give you and your family a taste of Africa.
You will experience the people, the wildlife, and the environment closes up and learns how they live together in harmony. Partnering with local businesses that invest in the community is essential to us.