Popular Destinations for Family Vacations in Tanzania

Family vacations in Tanzania

Family vacations in Tanzania can be a very unique and fulfilling experience.  After all, travel is the time to broaden your horizons and if you can bring your spouse and children on for the ride, then all the better.  Instead of spending your family vacation in the same old place, why not try something radically different this year?

Tanzania is a location that is at once gorgeous and exotic.  It’s the storybook setting of wide open grasslands and high mountains that your children have only dreamed of but never seen.  The following list will tell you the best spots for family vacations in Tanzania.

The Olduvai Gorge

The Olduvai Gorge is a wonderful place to visit if your children have an amateur interest in archaeology.  The gorge is thought to be one of the oldest inhabited places on the planet.  It contains one of the earliest signs of human life on earth, which are a set of hominid footprints preserved in volcanic rock.

There are also other signs of prehistoric life discovered in this area, including a number of bones and stone tools.

The Usambara Mountains

The mountains make for a stately and edifying view, but they’re also a great place to travel to especially with older children or teenagers. The Usambara Mountains offer day walks and treks that are some of the favourite activities of tourists who go to the mountain ranges.  On these extended walks, it’s possible to encounter a wide variety of birds and discover breathtaking views of the Maasai steppe and even the Indian Ocean.

The Tarangire National Park

The Tarangire National Park.  There are several national parks and preserves in Tanzania, but Tarangire has the distinction of being home to the most number of breeding species in a single spot anywhere in the world.  It has herds of zebras, elephants, antelopes, impalas and even warthogs.  Sometimes, a startled tourist will spot the Tarangire python coiled in the branches of a shade tree in the Southern swamps.

Tanzania Family Vacations

Ngorongoro Crater

In the Ngorongoro Crater, travellers get to witness an entirely different way of life.  This area is home to the Maasai people, who continue to live a pastoral life.  Their wealth is counted in their cattle, and they stick to traditional customs and dress.  A visit to one of their “bomas” or villages is a wonderful way to get in touch with the Maasai culture.

Besides seeing the Masai, visitors to the Ngorongoro Crater will also be treated to amazing vistas that include grasslands, plains, canyons and lakes that are home to a lot of wildlife.

The Lake Manyara National Park

The Lake Manyara National Park.  Bird lover will certainly enjoy Lake Manyara, with its 400 species of birds that include pink flamingos and red-billed quelea.  The trees around the lake are also home to a number of tree-climbing lions who seek the shade in tree branches.

These are only a few of the places to see on trips to Tanzania.  Family vacations in Tanzania can open your family’s eyes to a wonderful new world, so it’s definitely worth the trouble to travel far to see it.

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