A Tanzania family safari is a delight for all ages, and as such is an ideal family holiday. The excitement of the adventure is truly shared, allowing parents, grandparents and children to treasure memories for ever after. Every Tanzania safari is so different; each wildlife moment is so distinct, that even old timers cannot claim to have seen it all before.
We’ve created many fabulous Tanzania family safari holidays – however, careful consideration and planning is required on many fronts when putting together an ideal family itinerary. The option of family suites (or extra beds), child-friendly activities and special child rates vary enormously from lodge to lodge
SAFARI TOUR HIGHLIGHT
After a leisurely breakfast you will depart for Arusha National Park. Set between the slopes of Mt. Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro this small park is one of Tanzania’s hidden gems and one of the few places where you will have a chance to see the rare Black & White Colobus monkeys. The parks contains a series of shimmering alkaline lakes, which attract flamingo’s and a variety of birds, along with elephant, buffalo, zebra, gazelle, wart hog, hippo and an amazing number of giraffe. One of the highlights of today’s visit is a short walk to a viewing area overlooking the miniature Ngurdoto Crater, which is completely reserved for the animals.
Enjoy a picnic lunch and a short walk on the Mt. Meru side, before heading back to Arusha arriving at the Lodge in the afternoon. Relax for the rest of the day.
Overnight – (all meals & activities)
This morning you will drive down the escarpment to Tarangire National Park, Tanzania’s third largest wildlife reserve. As you enter the park you will see the ancient Baobab trees that dot the grasslands. Elephant, leopard, lion and many plains game can be found here as well as eland, Maasai giraffe, Grant’s and Thompsons’ gazelle, hartebeest, impala and the usual collections of baboons, warthog and ostrich. The Tarangire River meanders through the park, enticing over 6,000 elephants to the are during the dry season and a variety of colorful birds.
After lunch you will enjoy an afternoon game drive in Tarangire, followed by drinks around the fire before dinner. The next day depart on a long game drive with a box lunch, returning to the camp in the afternoon with time to take a swim and relax, or visit a local boma.
Overnight – Maramboi Camp (all meals & activities)
After an early breakfast you have a short drive across the Great Rift Valley to Lake Manyara National Park. Although only 205 sq. miles in size this enchanting park is noted for its beauty and incredibly lush acacia forest of giant fig and mahogany trees, which are home to troops of baboons and blue monkeys. The park is also home to large numbers of buffalo, giraffe, elephant, hippo, impala and the Hippo Pool, where large numbers usually gather.
After lunch and some time to freshen up you will visit the local primary school in the small town of Karatu. Then return to the lodge with time to cool off in the pool.
Overnight – Ngorongoro Farm House (all meals & activities)
This morning after a wonderful farm house breakfast you will leave the farm and drive a short distance to the “eighth wonder of the world”, the Ngorongoro Crater. The first glimpse takes your breath away. The floor of this collapsed volcano spreads for 102 sq. miles and the walls are 2,000 ft. high, a truly awesome sight. The crater floor is a virtual “Noah’s Ark”, inhabited by almost every species of wildlife indigenous to East Africa. It contains a river, several swamps, a soda lake – complete with flamingoes, a forest and open plains.
Descend down into the floor of the crater for a full day of wildlife viewing, stopping for a picnic lunch. Overnight – Ngorongoro sopa (all meals & activities)
This morning after breakfast and a final glimpse of the crater, you’re off to the infamous Serengeti National Park, the symbol of Africa’s wildlife. The word Serengeti comes from the Maasai language meaning “endless plains”. The 6,900 sq. mile (18,000 sq. km) park is inhabited by more than 2 large million animals including more than a million wildebeest, hundreds of thousands of plains zebras, and Thomson’s gazelles. This morning after breakfast and a final glimpse of the crater, you’re off to the famous Serengeti National Park, the symbol of Africa’s wildlife. The word Serengeti comes from the Maasai language meaning “endless plains”.
The 6,900 sq. mile (18,000 sq. km) park is inhabited by more than 2 large million animals including more than a million wildebeest, hundreds of thousands of plains zebras, and Thomson’s gazelles. Large predators including lions, cheetahs, and hyenas are drawn to the area by this abundance of prey which migrate throughout the park. Many smaller animals – rock hyrax, bat eared foxes, mongoose, honey badger, jackals, monkeys, baboon and African hare inhabit the area along with nearly 500 species of birds. Off road you’ll find the “Kopjes”, massive boulder islands of granite standing in a sea of grass, provide shelter to a great variety of plants and animals, from the elusive leopard to the tiny dik dik.
Along the way to the Serengeti you will stop at the famous “Olduvai Gorge”, where Dr. Louis and Mary Leakey made their discovery of early man. Afterwards you will continue into the park, spotting wildlife on the way to your lodge. Depending on the season and the movement of the migration you will stay at one of four safari lodges:
During your stay in the Serengeti, you can decide with your guide how you would like to spend your days. You may want depart on an early morning game drive when the wildlife is just waking up to greet the day. After returning to camp for breakfast you can depart on a late morning game drive returning to camp for lunch or you may want to depart with a picnic lunch so that you can spend the whole day wildlife viewing. After a day’s activities you return to camp or lodge before dark.
Overnight – Serengeti Camp/Lodge (all meals & activities)
After breakfast you will leave the Serengeti, spotting wildlife on the way and stopping for in Karatu. Afterwards continue to Arusha arriving at the Lodge in the afternoon.
You can relax for the rest of the day or explore Arusha town. After a light dinner your guide will drive you to the airport for your departing flight.
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