Toddler in Tanzania?
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Jul 17, 2013 1:09 PM Last Post By: karenlbird
Jul 15, 2013 1:39 PM
Toddler in Tanzania?Hi All,
My husband and I are considering a trip to Tanzania with a 2.5 year old in Sept/ Oct this year. We were thinking of going to Selous and then Zanzibar (to minimise plane travel and combine bush and beach). Does anyone have any experiences or advice to share?
Thanks very much
Jul 15, 2013 7:09 PM
1I haven't personally travelled with children but I did live in TZ so I can offer some advice.
Overall Tanzanian's are very accommodating of children and your baby will be the centre of attention. Adults and local kids may want to hold and play with him/her. All totally harmless.
Zanzibar is awesome. What I recommend depends what holiday you are after and your budget.
But.. I recommend stone town, there is lots to see and it's interesting just watching life go by. Yummy food, good shopping. People are a bit tourist weary but very friendly if you are and if you try a bit of swahili.
Beaches- From my experience most family stay over the east coast. Matemwe is nice. You can go swimming and the beach is very white a pretty.
I would avoid Kendwa- drunk backpackers.
The other island of Zanzibar- Pemba is just specular and so untouched. I stayed at the dive lodge Kervan Saray. They accommodate kids. There were quite a few there when I was there. They have snorkelling trips, picnics on the islands, a nice beach and a pool. It's all very relaxed and friendly. Run by a european couple. It's all inclusive about and $50-$200/night. There are other places that are more expensive $500/night+
I have never been to Selous (have heard it's pretty good and no tourists) and I was 16 when I went on Safari so can't offer too much advice. Though I do recommend booking everything directly- saves a lot of money.
Have an awesome trip :)
Jul 16, 2013 7:30 AM
Jul 16, 2013 9:58 AM
I agree with # 1 and 2, since Sept/Oct Selous' weather is dry make sure the car is clean and windows are rolled up during game viewing to prevent the child from getting dust that will lead to coughing and also to keep away flies e.g tsetse fly bees etc.Talking of accommodation,I would rather recommend you to take a lodge instead of tents for the kids well-being.Two years ago I was in Selous doing safari,boat safari and visiting Mtemere area to see the remaining of the old battle ship that were used in the ww1.Hopefully you will enjoy your visit.
Jul 17, 2013 1:09 PM
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