Now that summer is in full swing, you may be wondering what you can do for your next holiday. With the kids out of school, your holidays booked in and time to spare, it might be a daunting prospect to pick the perfect place that has something for everyone. Good thing you stumbled across this post and why we’re talking Tanzania. This magical and gorgeous African nation is one of the best for first timers to the continent, and as you will see below, with so many things to do it’s a great option for even the most discerning traveller. Here are some of our favourite things to see and do in this magnificent country.
Climbing Kilimanjaro is one of the most amazing yet challenging things you can do while in Tanzania. Standing at over 19,000 feet high, there are a number of paths up to the summit which have varying levels of difficulty and present their own sets of challenges. Thousands of people attempt to summit Kilimanjaro every year and many do but due to the strains of altitude, some may not. It’s therefore important to take into consideration that you will need to schedule at least a week regardless of which route you take in order to acclimatize properly. Also note that Kilimanjaro has an age restriction in place where children under the age of about ten are unable to climb due to the strenuous nature of the hike.
The Serengeti is one of the most famous areas for safaris in the world, with huge migrations of wildebeest coming through this region every June/July as they move between the Serengeti and the Maasai Mara in Kenya. Almost every form of wildlife you would want to see on a safari is available to see on the Serengeti, but do note that it can be insanely busy and sometimes queues for the animals are present, giving it more of a feel of a zoo than a wilderness safari in Africa. For a more intimate safari experience, consider the options around Arusha or down south in the Selous Game Reserve.
One of the most beautiful islands, Zanzibar is home to tiny villages boasting a chilled and welcoming island vibe. Snorkelling in this area is world class and options are endless. If you really want to chill out, consider staying on the east side of the island in some of the local villages along the coast. Nungwi on the north tip of the island is a party hub, so if you’re looking to live it up, head north. Kendwa on the north east side of the island is a great mix of low key chill and nightlife, so for those who like a bit of everything, Kendwa rocks. Be sure to stop in Stone Town, especially for those who are fans of the famous British band, Queen. Former lead singer Freddie Mercury was born in Stone Town and you can visit his house which has since been turned into a bit of a Mercury Museum.
So if you’re looking for a great holiday with the kids and you want something a bit wild and unexpected, consider Tanzania. With so many great things to check out, it’s no wonder it is hugely popular with both backpackers and luxury travellers – with or without kids in tow. Enjoy!