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12 Days Family Safari in Tanzania

  • Arusha - Tarangire National Park - Ngorongoro Crater - Serengeti

Luxury Tanzania Safari

Being with your family on a safari is sure way to create stories that will be shared over family dinner for years to come. Journey to Africa has planned safaris for immediate family as well as extended family. The joy grandparents have taking children and grandchildren is immeasurable. They have had many such families on safari. Your safari will include visiting some national parks, such as Serengeti and Tarangire in Tanzania.

Highlights

  • Safari in national parks
  • A Tanzanian guide or driver
  • Transfers from and to the airport
  • Transfers during the safari
  • Daily meals and drinks
  • 11 nights' lodging
  • 11 activity days
  • English
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Journey to Africa has four main styles of camps that you can choose from for the best safari experience. You can use one style of camp or mix and match the different camps to fit your safari budget, style preference, adventure spirit, etc.

Permanent luxury lodges and tented camps

Each of these lodges are in great locations overlooking some amazing views. At most of Journey to Africa's preferred lodges and tented camps, you will have large rooms and balcony. The enclosed bathrooms will be spacious and some have both a shower and bath to soak after a safari game drive. Delicious food and drinks are on the house. Laundry is inclusive. The camps have no more than 15 rooms.

Luxury mobile camps

You will have all the conveniences of a permanent camp but with a twist. Each of the room has tent canvas walls which keeps you safe from the elements. The private enclosed bathrooms will have bucket showers and environmental low flow flush or chemical toilets. Food is of utmost importance in all the camps. Drinks are usually on the house as well as laundry. Journey to Africa's preferred camps have a maximum of 10-15 tents.

Semi luxury lodges and tented camps

These are for those who want to enjoy wildlife but only need a clean comfortable bed to sleep in at night and good food. Drinks may be pay as you go in these camps and laundry is a la carte. The choice of camps will always have enclosed bathrooms. These camps tend to be around 25-30 rooms.

Wilderness camping

This is for those who want to escape into the bush. Journey to Africa will take you away from the main areas of the park with the armed guide and ranger into the wilderness with only a small tent that holds a comfy sleeping cot. Showers are outside and under the stars. Food will surprise you as delicious meals will appear from basic cooking tools. Journey to Africa generally gets clients to do this for 2-3 nights before they head back to the comforts of a permanent, luxury, or semi-luxury tented lodge or camp.

Your knowledgeable driver guides (all of whom speak English) offer a wealth of safari experience, amazing you with their observation skills, knowledge of flora and fauna, and enthusiasm in spotting animals hidden behind the grasses of the African Savannah.

Also, your safari vehicles are well maintained 4x4 Land Cruisers or Land Rover. They have viewing hatches for optimum game viewing. The vehicles are equipped with powerful two-way radios that keep track of your well-being every step of the way.

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Welcome to Arusha with your family. You will have your VIP access ready so Journey to Africa can transfer you to your lodge.
  • Day 2: You will immerse into local Tanzanian life by visiting a school in Arusha or going to Maasai Village.
  • Day 3: Your guides will share more than wildlife at Tarangire National Park. They will share their family and life in Tanzania.
  • Day 4: On this day, you will enjoy the Tarangire elephant family on safari and see how the herd takes care of each other.
  • Day 5: You will bump along the rough roads to Lake Eyasi within the Great East African Rift Valley. Swim off the dust.
  • Day 6: This day will be spent with the hunter gather Hadzabe tribe. Your day will be determined by their agenda.
  • Day 7: This day is your leisure time. You can visit a home which Journey to Africa supports, glimpse life in a village, ride a bike, or play soccer.
  • Day 8: Start early and go down to Ngorongoro Crater. Here, millions of years ago, stood a mountain higher than Kilimanjaro.
  • Day 9: Drive or fly to every interesting Serengeti. You will get your young one away from the iPad.
  • Day 10: Slow down and soak in the array of wildlife that call Serengeti home.
  • Day 11: Besides wildlife, Serengeti is just breathtaking to drive through. Get out of the car and take time to sketch it all.
  • Day 12: Fly from Serengeti to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). You will get day room to freshen up before you fly home with loads of safari stories.
  • Mefi Pishori Alapat

    Mefi gets connected to Tanzania through the prolific trips she plans for her clients and the ones she makes herself several times a year. As her clients will attest to, Mefi's pride and passion for her country are palpable and noted in the details of her itineraries. From a tiny coffee house, visit to the Maasai boma off the beaten path or a special area in or around the park, Mefi shows you the Tanzania and Kenya that you wouldn't have access to otherwise.

This safari will take you from Arusha to Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Eyasi, Ngorongoro Crater, and Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park does not need an introduction. It is one of the most recognized national parks in the world. This stunning large national park is home to a diverse number of wildlife and birds. The biggest draw to this 6,000 mile square areas is the wildebeest and zebra migration. The 1.5 million wildebeest and 0.5 million zebra strong herd move from every corner of Serengeti and its bordering areas to Masai Mara in Kenya. Imagine yourself witnessing this natural wonder of the world.

Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater named on of the natural wonders of the world is a 12-mile radius volcanic caldera with a 2,000 feet high wall. Formed two to three millions ago with a volcanic explosion, this 'bucket' eco-system holds about 35,000 animals ranging from the old male elephant, black rhinos, lion, pride to the loud hippos. There are numerous habitats within the crater ranging from the yellow-barked acacia tree of Lerai Forest to the swamps around Ngoitokitok Springs to the pink flamingo mantle of the soda Lake Magadi. Each habitat supports a distinct ecosystem.

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is a stunning large park dotted with the upside down baobab tree and woody grassland. Get ready to feast your eyes on large herds of elephants. If lucky, you may get to see 100-200 elephants at one time. The wildlife population is supported by the Tarangire River and many swamps notably the Silale Swamp which is deep in the heart of Tarangire. Lions, leopards, rare wild dogs, kudu, onyx, and the vast list goes on. Best time to visit Tarangire is during the dry season which is July to October but it is a must-stop park anytime of the year. The wildlife is present for you to enjoy.

Lake Eyasi

When visiting this area, you are venturing away from wildlife viewing for a bit and entering the world of the Hadzabe and Datoga tribes. The Hadzabe tribe is the hunter-gather tribe and when visiting them, you will get to spend a few hours in their world. From watching them hunt a baboon or dik dik with their bow and arrow, collecting berries with the ladies, or just spending time around the fire, which they built with sticks and stones, talking via a translator, your day will be determined by the activity of the Hadzabe.

You can experience balloon safari during your trip in Serengeti.

  • 11 nights' accommodation
  • A Tanzanian driver or specialist guide for safari
  • Airport transfers
  • Bottled water when driving in the parks
  • Daily meals
  • Laundry (camps)
  • Soft drinks, house wines, and beers (camps)
  • Tanzania national park and Ngorongoro Cater fees
  • Temporary evacuation insurance within Tanzania
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Use of safari vehicle
  • Gratuity to your driver / guide
  • International flights
  • International travel insurance
  • Laundry service (lodges)
  • Purchase of personal items and souvenirs
  • Soft drinks and alcohol (lodges)
  • Tanzanian visas
  • Tips to the waiters, bar staff, porter, and maid staff (lodges)

Arrival by airplane

You should book your flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Journey to Africa will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Terry Heally and Jennifer Connely from Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    9 out of 10

    "What can we say, at the risk of hyperbole, it was truly, truly an enriching, fulfilling, thrilling, and amazing trip. Thanks again for everything. It all ran very, very smoothly."

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  • Review by Joshua and Teri Galvan
    9 out of 10

    "Journey to Africa was everything we needed. We have a great experience, from planning to execution, to our return home. It has very fair pricing, and very attentive team, in particular Mefi. Our time and money were very well spent for the trip of a lifetime!"

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  • Review by The Goffs
    9 out of 10

    "We hoped our trip to Tanzania would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It proved to be more than that. It left us hungry for more, to see the country at a different time of year (when it is green, flowering, and the rivers are rushing), to visit more of its national parks and game reserves, to see the wildebeest calving, to see Lake Victoria, to spend more time looking and shopping for crafts, to actually see Mount Kilimanjaro, to visit Dar Es Salaam, to see Pemba, to sit in front of the fire at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge again. It looks as though once in a lifetime will not be enough."

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