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Kenya Vs Tanzania: Facts to Consider for a Family African Safari

Are you thinking of going on safari with your family, but not sure what to expect? There is a common belief that a family African safari doesn’t go well together. Nothing could be further from the truth. There is just something so special about spending time in the wild; the awe of seeing wild animals so close, the beauty of the African savanna, and the warmth of the local tribes met along the way — to share that all with your family is a privilege. Here’s what you need to know to have an unforgettable family African safari experience:

FIRST THINGS FIRST

Before you call a tour operator, you need to take some considerations into account in order for you to create the best safari for the family. These include:

  • The age of your children
  • The activities you want to experience
  • The animals you want to see
  • If the tour operator caters to children

PLAN YOUR SAFARI TOGETHER

Tourists lining up on a field during a walking safari


An African safari offers different things to different visitors so the best way to get started is to involve the entire family in planning the trip. Before you go, take some time to read about the country’s history, the parks and game reserves you plan to visit, and other things you all expect to see. You’ll notice how much more interesting it is while you’re there. During your travels, take lots of photos, keep a family journal, and collect scrapbook items so that you can all make an album together when you return home. This makes for a great way to keep family memories alive and create an heirloom at the same time.

CHOOSING WHERE TO GO: KENYA OR TANZANIA

Map showing Tanzania with a compass



If this is your first time traveling to Africa, you may want to go for the best-known game parks — Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve or Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. These East African countries are neighbors so you can easily include both parks in your itinerary. If you’d rather stick to one country, then you can simply compare their best family-friendly destinations to make an informed choice.

In Kenya, you can start with a Masai Mara safari where you and your family get to bask in a rambling open expanse of breathtaking landscapes and a good variety of animals. From there, head on to Amboseli National Park, one of the best places to spot large elephant herds, along with wonderful scenery, and views of the towering Mt. Kilimanjaro in the backdrop. Other great destinations include Lake Nakuru, Samburu National Reserve, and Tsavo National Park. After spending time in the bush, head on to Kenya’s magnificent coast for a family beach adventure

Tanzania, on the other hand, features the world-famous Serengeti National Park, a beautiful region of fertile plains teeming with various wildlife. The Ngorongoro Crater is another wildlife viewing area with its pleasantly cool atmosphere and more intimate appeal. Other family-friendly destinations in Tanzania include Lake Manyara, Tarangire, and Arusha national parks. If your children are already in their teens, you could consider climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for the ultimate outdoor adventure as a family. Finish off your adventures on the white sand beaches of Zanzibar.

WHEN TO VISIT

A game vehicle during a safari in Serengeti


Kenya and Tanzania are year-round destinations but if you’re visiting mainly for game viewing, then the best time to visit these countries is during the dry season (June to October). December to February is also an excellent time to visit, especially in Tanzania where you can catch the action-packed calving season of the spectacular Great Wildebeest Migration. In Kenya, this period sees large flocks of migratory birds and lush scenery.

WHERE TO STAY

Tourists lining up on a field during a walking safari


Decide on what kind of accommodation you would prefer as a family and make sure it allows children. When checking accommodation options, consider whether you want connecting rooms, a family suite or a private villa. Perhaps you want to try roughing it out in a budget camping tent for a couple of days in one location and upgrade at another. Your tour operator will have a list of options for you to choose from, so it’s really up to your preferences and budget.

HEALTH & SAFETY IN AFRICA

A girl watching elephants during an African safari


Every African country has its own inoculation demands and safety record, so make sure to follow the guidelines. If the embassy doesn’t provide this information, the tour operator you choose should do so, as well as inform you of what to expect and what precautions are recommended. As an extra precaution, consider notifying your physician and pediatrician about your itinerary at least six months prior to departure so that they can also discuss recommended vaccinations.

With everything sorted, the only thing left to do is go out there and explore the magic of Kenya and/or Tanzania as a family. It promises to be an experience of a lifetime and definitely a lovely bonding moment for all time. Get in touch with us today to get started.

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August 8, 2023
Asante Gosheni and espacially Hassan Nous tenons à recommander Hassan car nous venons de passer un séjour mémorable avec lui. Grâce à son expérience, sa connaissance parfaite du monde animal et des parcs, Hassan nous a permis de voir de nombreux animaux en étant extrêmement bien placé.
Bien évidemment les big five (même le rhinocéros!), la traversée de la rivière par les gnous et bien d'autres animaux.
En faisant un safari avec Hassan vous trouverez tout ce que vous êtes venus chercher.
A l'avenir si nous décidons de refaire un safari, nous voudrions repartir avec Hassan.
Myriam D
Myriam D
August 8, 2023
Hassan is the best guide !!!! Nous avons eu la chance de faire un safari de 8 jours dans les parcs nationaux du nord de la Tanzanie avec Hassan comme guide. Hassan est un guide très expérimenté.
Grâce à lui et sa grande expérience nous avons découvert et appris énormément de choses sur la Tanzanie, les animaux, les végétaux etc. Hassan est un véritable passionné qui aime transmettre son savoir.
En plus de ses connaissances, Hassan a un véritable œil de lynx et sais débusquer le moindre animal caché.
Grâce à Hassan nous avons eu la chance de voir beaucoup d’animaux et tous ceux du « Big Five ».
Parmi tous les véhicules présents lors des safaris, Hassan sait se frayer un chemin pour nous permettre d’avoir toujours le meilleur point de vue.
Hassan sait où se placer pour nous permettre d’avoir une vue sans égal sur les animaux, en les observant de très près.
Hassan est également un excellent conducteur. La route n’a aucun secret pour lui.
C’est également un guide très attentionné, toujours aux petits soins pour nous et d’une extrême gentillesse.
Nous recommandons Hassan les yeux fermés et si nous devions refaire un safari, nous demanderons d’être guidés par Hassan sans hésitation.
Merci encore à Hassan pour ces merveilleux moments qui resterons gravés dans notre mémoire !!
bonny l
bonny l
August 6, 2023
amazing Safari experience wiz gosheni nice trip wiz our amazing guide Samir We saw all the wild animals during Safari
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FENG Y
August 6, 2023
愉快的非洲之旅 幸运的选择了gosheni Safari,我们的向导samir服务非常好,小朋友们都很喜欢他,非洲五霸除了犀牛没有看到外,其他都替我们找到了,寻找动物经验丰富,在超远的地方就能看到目标。可以在众多的车子中抢到一个很好的观赏位,办事灵活。
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Vladimir T
August 6, 2023
Great experience! Great experience! Starting from the trip planning the communications were very clear and smooth to organize the tour and select itinerary. In the end we opted for 5 days/4 nights route including the Tarangire, Serengeti and Lake Manyara nations parks as well as a visit to the Ngorongoro crater. The tour itself was excellent and very punctual, here kudos to our guide Wilson who is very experienced and knowledgeable about his job and also went well beyond his duty and gave us a nice summary of country’s history. It was really a pleasure to spend time with him and we managed to see the big 5:) Accommodations were superb: great camps, an amazing farmhouse close to Ngorongoro, meals were also good and picnic lunches well organized.
In summary the experience was highly satisfying, I sincerely recommend Gosheni Safaris and to ask for Wilson as a guide.
Allison B
Allison B
August 5, 2023
Great Taste of Tanzania Had a great 5-day tour. Our guide James was very dedicated to making sure we saw amazing sights. He asked us our favorite animals to see and made it his mission to help us spot them. The food was good, the lodging was very pleasant, and enjoying a glass of wine on lunches was a nice touch. Favorite lodging was definitely the Farmhouse by Ngorongoro. Beautiful landscapes along the entire tour, covered a lot of ground and got a great introduction to Tanzania.
Sukhraj S
Sukhraj S
August 5, 2023
Gosheni number 1 What an unforgettable 6 days, courtesy of Gosheni Safari and our guide/driver Zadock!!!
I booked this holiday back in 2020 but then had to cancel due to Covid. That was after a lot of research of tour companies and finally picking Ghosheni. The time was right to get this once in a lifetime trip set up again, so working via email with William at Gosheni we compiled the agenda…he was so helpful and we settled on one day in Tarangire, one day in Lake Manyara, three days in Serengeti and one day in Ngorongoro Crater…I’m now on the way to Zanzibar after an amazing experience, Gosheni took care of the whole package for my wife, three teenage sons and I.

Our guide and driver was Zadock, a humble, honest, genuine, proud and generous man. He did absolutely everything for us, answered every question and took us to all the places to see the big five up close, hunts and more.

The food was served every lunch time as a picnic, with plates, blanket, wtc whilst others had lunch boxes. The Jeep was cleaned daily, and was extremely comfortable along the difficult rough terrain…a credit to Zadock.

Zadock had so much knowledge not only of the animal kingdom’s hundreds of species but also the history of Tanzania, Africa, politics, and social customs, we felt as though he was part of our family.

Thankyou Zadock and Gosheni, I very rarely write reviews after holidays and I have travelled extensively around the world, but these guys are special and have made this so memorable for my family and I….I recommend to everyone if you are unsure about who, how, what, these guys will sort out the whole trip and at a very reasonable price.

Well done William, Gosheni and Zadock, and I really hope you get to be recognised as the number one tour company in Tanzania!
Eric W
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Extraordinary Safari with Gosheni I am so glad to have Gosheni as our tour operator. They provide excellent service starting from arranging the tour till the end of our safari.
As our city had quarantine arrangement due to COVID-19, we were so worry about our trip. Luckily, Gosheni is so considerate and try their best endeavors to rearrange our scedule. With their assistance, everything is set and we feel comfortable for all of their kind arrangements.

During the safari, we have a terrific tour guide, Edward! He takes care of all the stuff and administration including liaison with hotels, lunch packing, other add-on safaris so that we can fully enjoy the trip.

Not only Edward spots a lot a lot of animals and birds for us, including the top 5 in the trip, he also introduces us the habitat and features of the animals and birds. We are very impressed by his rich knowledge and do enjoy listening the "stories" of the animals.

Edwward is definitely experienced and propose the best programme during the safari, e.g. he tries to maximise our time for the game drive in different locations and tribe visit. We fully trust his expertise and professionalism.

We are very happy with Edward and Gosheni. We will absolutely consider them in our next Africam safari.
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Priyank S
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Amazing Safari with Gosheni and Ombeni Our guide, Ombeni, was the best part of our trip. He is really knowledgeable, friendly, and we trusted his expertise for the whole 9 days across Tarangire, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro. We were lucky to see some amazing things on our game drives. Having grown up in Kenya, I have been lucky to go on many safaris, and this is one of the best I've been on.
The food was excellent, and even on the all-day game drives we had a cooked, sit-down meal for lunch which was a big plus point. All the accommodation was excellent as well.

We had a bespoke itinerary which we planned in advance with William from Gosheni, and he was extremely helpful in answering our questions and accommodating our requests.

I would highly recommend Gosheni and especially Ombeni for future travels.
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August 4, 2023
Dreams come true!!! Thanks to best guide Hassani I have been dreaming Serengeti Safari tour for a long time and Gosheni Safaris made my dreams come true. We completed our 5 days safari at the end of July and it was wonderful. We visited Central Serengeti, North Serengeti and Ngorongoro.
The company is very professional from beginning to end. Peter the owner of Gosheni Safaris helped us a lot about planning our itinary. I asked too many questions and he replied all of them everytime. Sometimes he can be in the bush and has no internet connection but be sure he always will reply your questions. Just be sure that you are in safe hands and Hakuna Matata☺️

Our guide was Hassani who is a perfect guide, safari driver, friend and everything. He always did his best to show us as much as possible. We always felt safe and witnessed lots of amazing moments by help of Hassani. Beside being a perfect safari guide, he prepared very nice lunch tables every afternoon. He is very funny person and makes lots of jokes during the safari. I higly recommend Gosheni Safaris which is best one and Hassani who is a very good guide. I want to thank Hassani in person for making our safari perfect and looking forward to meet again🙏🏻

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