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Exciting family holiday in Tanzania and Zanzibar

Tanzania for families

Not all families want a holiday that involves sitting on a crowded beach in a standard tourist resort somewhere in Europe - if you're keen to break the mould and see somewhere new and exciting with your children, consider Tanzania as an option.

The African nation is a wonderful introduction to this amazing continent, with buzzing cities, vast national parks and beautiful beaches all waiting to be uncovered. For inquisitive youngsters, the chance to stay at a safari camp in Tanzania will be fantastic, giving them an opportunity to really engage with the natural world.

After all the action and discovery, parents, will certainly enjoy relaxing in an all inclusive resort in Zanzibar while the children are kept busy at a kids' club, ensuring every member of the family comes back from the getaway energised and refreshed. Add Tanzania's fascinating culture to this mix and you're on to an excellent all-round family holiday destination.

Family safaris in Tanzania

One of the most magical experiences for anyone travelling to Tanzania is seeing herds of elephants, zebras and giraffes wandering the plains, while lions and leopards watch from the shade. Children with a love of wildlife will be over the moon to have the chance to see these iconic animals in their natural habitats.

The Serengeti is Tanzania's most famous wildlife reserve and with good reason, as it is home to such a vast array of creatures. As it is one of the most visited national parks, it's also well set up for travellers of all ages, making it a great choice for families.

Among the animals you can spot on a safari in the Serengeti are Thomson's gazelles, rock hyraxes, agama lizards, lions, buffalos, rhinos, crocodiles and hippos. Of course, the Serengeti is most famous for its wildebeest migration and you can observe the vast herds of herbivores at most times of the year.

There is also an amazing variety of insects and birds to keep an eye out for, too, with 100 species of dung beetle found in the Serengeti, as well as various butterflies and preying mantises. In the skies you may spot snake eagles, sunbirds and vultures, while ostriches can be seen roaming the plains.

Zanzibar: perfect for the whole family

Once you have had your fill of Tanzania's wildlife and spent enough time at your safari camp, travel to Zanzibar - an archipelago of beautiful islands off the coast of Tanzania in the Indian Ocean. There are many all inclusive resorts in Zanzibar that are ideal for relaxation and that cater well for families, with various activities and kids' clubs to keep youngsters busy while mum and dad unwind.

Interactions with wildlife don't have to stop just because you're no longer on safari, though - Zanzibar's waters are teeming with life. The colourful coral reefs and their inhabitants are a delight to discover by snorkelling.

Spending days on the white sand beaches, building sandcastles, swimming in the sea, enjoying the sound of the waves lapping the shore and the palm trees rustling in the breeze is the perfect way to round off an exciting family holiday.

Introduce the kids to a new culture

If you're keen to ensure your children leave Tanzania with a better understanding of its culture, make sure you visit some of the country's cultural attractions before you head home. In Zanzibar, take the time to wander the network of streets in Stone Town - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's capital, there are a range of attractions that will introduce you to the country's vibrant culture. The National Museum is home to a variety of exhibits, including displays of fossils that suggest early human settlement in Tanzania, and artefacts from the colonial era.

For an insight into how people live in Tanzania's rural areas, pay a visit to the Village Museum, an open-air reconstruction of a traditional village. You can find out more about the country's crafts and see traditional musical performances every day.

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