Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti
Unlike the brand’s city hotels, the Four Seasons in Tanzania is a wilderness retreat right in the middle of Serengeti National Park. While many tented camps in the Serengeti do not accept young children, the Four Seasons accepts children aged 2 and up.
Setting up remote camera traps around the Lodge to catch animals is a popular activity. In the mornings, kids can spend time with the Maasai who will pass on some of his bush skills and traditions such as making a fire, making a toothbrush from a tree, doing Maasai beading, African storytelling, etc.
Kids can never get bored at the Kijana Klub which has an arts and crafts space, a foosball table, a selection of board games, and a separate area with video games (Wii and Xbox 360), a PC computer, a selection of DVDs, and a small library.
The Discovery Centre is also a fun place to visit. Kids can play with the interactive map of the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem or learn about animals from a wildlife expert. Other activities include Movie Nights, cooking classes (bake animal cookies!), scavenger hunts, tree planting, Swahili lessons and swimming in the infinity pool.
Taasa Private Reserve
Located just outside the northeastern Serengeti border, Taasa Private Reserve offers an array of activities not permitted inside the national park.
Kids aged 6 and up can participate in a walking safari and a night game drive with their parents, both of which are included during your stay. This is wonderful news for families with young children as some other places that offer walking safaris have a higher age limit.
There is a Maasai village near the camp and you can visit it if you like. Unlike some Maasai villages that are very “touristy”, the Ololosokwan tribe nearby remains unaffected by large-scale tourism.
Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge
Rhotia Valley is a charming place near Ngorongoro Conservation Area. It is both a tented lodge and a children’s home. They have family tents here that can sleep 4 people.
Go visit the Children’s Home on the hill adjacent to the tented lodge! Kids can even join in on their soccer match or other games in the afternoon.
This is definitely an off-the-beaten-path kind of place to stay with some authentic local experiences. If you like, you can visit the nearby Karatu village and see a local school, cows and goats, the village marketplace (sokoni), etc. Mountain biking and forest walks with a professional ranger are also available. For example, you can take an hour’s walk following the river to a small waterfall in Ngorongoro Forest.
Baraza Resort & Spa
Located on a beautiful stretch of beach on the east coast of Zanzibar, Baraza Resort & Spa is a gorgeous place to enjoy sun, sand and water!
There are so many things to do at Baraza! Facilities include a tennis court, a swimming pool, a gym, a library, a spa, a beautiful gift shop, etc. Their Water Club offers a series of water sports. During low tide, you can explore the coastline on bikes, walk out to the reef with reef shoes or take a snorkeling trip to the coral lagoon. During high tide, go kayaking, pedal boating, paddle boarding or kite surfing.
There are many ways to learn about the Zanzibar culture. Both kids and adults can take a Swahili language lesson, a cooking lesson to how to make a classic Swahili dish using the spices of Zanzibar or even a Palm weaving lesson.
The Baraza Kids Club is one of the best kids’ club on the entire island! It is equipped with many fun toys, games and even costumes for kids who love to play dress-up. There is a shallow-depth pool for young children that can be used with under a parent’s supervision.
Kids love a treehouse! And truly, adults too! In fact, the main lodge at Tarangire Treetops is encased around a thousand-year-old baobab tree.
This is next to the “park with elephants”, aka Tarangire National Park. Tarangire is one of the best places to spot large herds of elephants in Tanzania. It is also known for the baobab tree, “The Tree of Life”, which is almost a fantastical tree because it looks like it was taken straight out of a fairy tale with its barrel trunk and reaching branches.
They have walking safaris available here for guests aged 14 and up. Younger children can go for a “junior bush walk” and learn about local animals and identify animal tracks. The Maasai can show kids how to throw a “rungu” at a water-filled calabash and other Maasai warrior skills.
Other fun activities include making “elephant paper” out of grass and elephant dung, sand painting, listening to African folklore behind the baobab tree, and of course, swimming or playing water polo in the pool. Kids’ animal tubes are available for a gentle float!