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For families with older children and a serious sense of adventure, Tanzania is a destination with very many draws. With school summer holidays being one of the best times to spot the Big Five and the wildebeest migration, you will not have to look far when it comes to seeking out the wildlife encounter of a lifetime. The cluster of Tanzania's main attractions in the north means shorter travel times whilst the south is home to an array of family friendly camps.
Finding the right corner of Tanzania for you and your loved ones is crucial to a successful safari, so to give you a helping hand we have shortlisted our favourite lodges and camps from across the country to inspire your family holiday.
Selous Impala Camp
Of the eight luxury tents at Selous Impala Camp, two are adjoining family tents, meaning families can enjoy quality time together in private. Activities at the camp are varied and include boat safaris, game drives and walking excursions, perfect for younger guests to enjoy a wildlife encounter with a difference.
Lake Manze Adventure Camp, Selous
Lake Manze Tented Camp is a fantastic destination for adventurous families, and whilst the camp is decidedly no-frills, it is the ideal place for a wildlife focused and active safari holiday. Game drives, walking and boat safaris are only a few of the activities on offer, and the opportunity to stay in the heart of the African wilderness is an experience neither young or old will forget.
Pairing luxury with off the beaten track adventure, the Azura Selous is a true retreat in the outer reaches of the Selous Game Reserve. As well as offering outstanding service, delicious cuisine and exquisite accommodation, Azura are also masters of creating unique experiences for the whole family. With an informal activity programme for children, the camp is a brilliant place to introduce youngsters to the wonders of safari.
For an authentic African wilderness experience, Kigelia Ruaha is a brilliant option in Tanzania. Available on an exclusive use basis, this camp is well equipped to host families or groups. With family tents, you can sleep easy knowing that the younger members of the family are never far away. Elephants are regular visitors to the camp and the novelty of sharing breakfast or a sun downer with these magnificent mammals will certainly not wear off during your stay.
Ikuka Safari Camp, Ruaha
Ikuka Safari Camp is a small luxury tented camp and great for families with teens. The chill out area is a wonderful place to relax after a day on safari. The wildlife experiences on offer are superb too as the game reserve is home to one of the largest populations of elephant in east Africa.
Mdonya Old River Camp, Ruaha
Mdonya Old River Camp is set deep in southern Tanzania's Ruaha National Park, offering superb game viewing and family friendly accommodation. With family tents, all with spacious verandas looking out across the bush, there is every chance you will see animals right on your doorstep.
Recommended combinations in Tanzania
Combining Selous Impala Camp with Breezes Beach Club on Zanzibar makes for the ultimate family friendly safari and beach combination. For a circuit around northern Tanzania, Nimali Tarangire can be paired with Nimali Serengeti, or alternatively Kuro Tarangire and the Serengeti Safari Camp are fantastic options for larger budgets.