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Five of the best family activities in Tanzania

We are hoping that you have noticed that KiddyCharts is a social enterprise, as supports a charity, Reverence for Life, that does a number of projects within Tanzania. We suspect though, that like us, you may not know an awful lot about the possible activities in Tanzania, and what there is to see and do there as a family, so we are going to help. What family activities in Tanzania are there?

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Five of the best family activities in Tanzania

Where is Tanzania?

First thing to think about when you are finding out about Tanzania is where it is, and whether you need a Visa to get there as a family. Tanzania is in Africa; within the East part of Africa. It borders Kenya, and Mozambique, amongst other countries. The projects that our charity supports are located near Dar Es Saleem, which is the country’s largest city. Tanzania visa requirements mean, for those travelling as tourists, these are needed to enter the country. Without a Visa, you (and your family), won’t be getting through passport control. Visas do last up to 30 days, and applications aren’t too complicated. You can even apply for an electronic Visa these days to help make the process a little simpler. Approval usually occurs within four weeks, so do make sure you allow plenty of time before applying for the Visa.

Activities in Tanzania for the family

Tanzania is not generally on people’s list as a family desintation, there are more popular locations within Africa, such as Mauritus. However, you will be surprised at just how much there is to do in the country once you take a closer look.

1. Explore the beaches of Zanzibar

Activities and Beaches in Zanzibar

Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous region off the coast of Tanzania, and consists of a number of different islands, including Unguja. This island is often referred to as Zanzibar. The beaches are stunning, and well worth visiting, and snorkelling off Unquja at Mnemba Atoll is sometimes referred to as the best snorkelling in East Africa. It isn’t just about the white sandy beaches that Zanzibar is famous for, but there is so much else there to take in with the family.

2. Discover Stone Town – a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Stone Town is the old part of Zanzibar City and is a stunning destination for anyone exploring Activities in Tanzania.

UNESCO World Heritage Site
Source: UNESCO

The buildings within Stone Town are made from Coral Stone, which gives the town a lovely reddish hue. It is easy to get lost in the architecture of the city, with the sea front, in particular, punctuated by so many fascinating buildings from history, including abandoned Sultan’s palaces, military fortifications, and mosques. Even the most reluctant of teens will find something to grab their attention.

Even within Stone Town there are more beaches to explore with, Nakupenda Beach being one of the most beautiful.

3. Watch the wildlife in the Ngorongoro Crater

What family activities in Tanzania are there?

Tanzania is quite rightly known for its wildlife, including the Serengeti. However, it IS worth taking note of the highlands within Tanzania as well, just because of the Ngorongoro Crater. The fertile soil within this crater makes it’s soil some of the most fertile in the country. Because of this, the animals come to the area. You can see Elephants, Buffalos, Zebra, Lions, and many other wonderful African animals within a relatively small area.

4. Get wet and wild in the water park

We LOVE a good water park on KiddyCharts because both of our children are, essentially, fish. We’ve been to some of the best water parks in the UK, and visited some amazing ones in Florida too. And it made sense to investigate the water parks in Tanzania. The Wellworld Wet N’ Wild water park in Dar Es Saleem doesn’t disappoint! The park is located within a Wellworth four-star hotel, and is simply stunning.

The facilities within the park include some enormous water slides, pools, as well as restaurants. There is even a quad bike track on the hotel grounds too. A great place to stay within the family, or a day trip, depending on your budgets.

5. Hike and swim in the Materuni waterfalls

It goes without saying that Kilimanjaro is worth visiting when you go to Tanzania, so we aren’t going to say it (!). However, there ARE other places within the Kilimanjaro region that are worth paying a visit to, including the Materuni waterfalls, near Moshi.

The waterfalls are not far from the centre of Moshi, and you can also take a dip in the waterfall. In addition, it is worth spending a little bit more time here, to find out more about coffee growing. There are a number of tours that will help you learn about the complete coffee production process, from bean to cup! You might even be able to try some produced for you there and then ☕️.

We really hope that you like this journey into Africa for a list of things to do with the family in Tanzania. If you like this article, do check out some of the other content on travel within the site:

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Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parenting magazine! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 51%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

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