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11 Days Family Tanzania Safari

  • Arusha - Tarangire National Park - Ngorongoro Crater - Serengeti National Park

11 Days Family Tanzania Safari

  • Arusha - Tarangire National Park - Ngorongoro Crater - Serengeti National Park

Family Safari in Tanzania

Awaken to the sound of monkeys running across the roof! Enjoy daily wildlife viewing that keeps the whole family entertained and escape modern-day distractions in eco-friendly camps. Thomson Safaris wants to make sure you have the best experience possible! Tanzania is a land with truly breathtaking landscapes filled with a staggering amount and variety of wildlife, from creatures you’ve always imagined seeing on safari, to animals you may never even have dreamed of.

Highlights

  • Ngorongoro Crater exploration
  • Game drives in Tarangire National Park
  • 3-day viewing in Serengeti National Park
  • Complimentary bottled water during the game drives
  • Daily game drives with experienced guide
  • Transfer from and to the airport
  • 10 nights' accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • 8 activity days
  • English
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Mount Meru Game Lodge

See monkeys leap through the treetops or hear them scamper across the roof during your stay at Mount Meru Game Lodge. Originally a private home, the lodge consists of several cottage-style rooms, each with a different architectural style and decorative theme. This comfortable lodge includes a small park that is a refuge and rehabilitation center for storks, zebras, gazelles, warthogs, and even elephants recovering from various traumas.

Tarangire Nyumba

An authentic experience awaits you at this private camp in Tarangire. Conveniences like solar lighting and ensuite bathrooms with hot showers add a comforting touch to this safari retreat. In the evenings, enjoy dinner prepared from local ingredients and chat with friendly staff and fellow travelers as you watch the sun sets behind towering baobab trees.

Ngorongoro Nyumba

The Ngorongoro camp is set on the eastern edge of the Ngorongoro Crater’s rim and offers the best possible access in and out of the crater, as well as a more private, remote experience. In the morning, you have the eastern floor of the crater almost completely to yourself. In the evenings, when you return to camp, you'll be greeted with the hospitality that is a hallmark of all camps. Settle into your spacious tent, enjoy a hot safari-shower in your ensuite facilities, head to the campfire for a drink before dinner, and enjoy a traditional Tanzanian meal, a specialty of the camp's chefs here. Don't forget to bundle up at this camp, as temperatures can be as low as 40 degrees from May to October.

Serengeti Nyumbas

These semi-permanent, seasonal camps are strategically plotted across the Serengeti according to wildlife migration patterns. Each location offers comfort in the heart of the wilderness. With spacious tents, cozy bedding, and en-suite bathrooms, you’ll have to take a look outside to be reminded that you’re deep in the bush. And no need to worry! With eco-friendly features like solar lighting, your stay won't harm the landscape.

Mount Meru Hotel

Mount Meru Hotel has been a mainstay of Arusha accommodations since it opened in the 1960's when Tanzania tourism was still in its infancy. It was recently renovated top to bottom and the finished product is even better than the original. With reliable modern conveniences, a variety of dining options, a beautiful pool, and a central location, Mount Meru Hotel is one of the best places to start or end your safari or trek.

Days 1 - 2: Arrive in Arusha, Tanzania

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), your guide will meet you at the airport and escort you to tonight’s lodge in Arusha.

  • Accommodation: Mount Meru Game Lodge

Days 3 - 4: Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park will be your destination for the next two days. Here, you and your family will catch your first thrilling glimpses of African wildlife. See lions bask in the sun, zebras lap up water from a pond, and leopards dash across the savannah. Kids will love a stop at a nearby lodge for a dip in the pool where elephants have been spotted taking a drink.

  • Accommodation: Tarangire Nyumbas

Days 5 - 6: Ngorongoro Crater

On a morning drive to Ngorongoro Crater, you’ll stop at a local school so your kids can meet their Tanzanian pen pals. You can enjoy a hearty lunch at Gibb’s Farm before your journey continues. Once at tonight’s camp, which sits on the crater’s rim, you’ll have a chance to settle in and listen to your guide talk more about the history of this volcanic caldera.

In the next morning, you’ll descend 2,000 feet below the camp to the crater’s floor. Your day here will be full of excitement as this 10-mile wide crater is home to the densest concentration of wildlife in Africa. You and your family can make a game of who can spot the greatest variety of animals.

  • Accommodation: Ngorongoro Nyumba

Days 7 - 9: Serengeti National Park

Next stop is Serengeti National Park. Along the way, you’ll stop at Olduvai Gorge, also known as “the Cradle of Mankind.” Your three days in the Serengeti are rich with wildlife viewing. Spot lions, cheetahs, crocodiles, and warthogs using the tracking skills your expert guide taught you. In the evenings, you will return to your camp and enjoy playing traditional Tanzanian games, sitting around the campfire, and sharing stories with fellow travelers.

  • Accommodation: Serengeti Nyumba

Days 10 - 11: Serengeti National Park to Arusha / Departure

Wave goodbye to the vast plains of the Serengeti on your flight back to Arusha. Enjoy shopping for some final souvenirs and relax in a day room before your evening flight home.

  • Accommodation: Mount Meru Hotel (day room)

Tarangire National Park

It’s been called a “safari purist’s park” for its incredible breadth of species (and relative lack of visitors), an “elephant haven” thanks to herds that sometimes top 100 animals wandering the park grounds, and a “birder’s paradise” likely for obvious reasons. Tarangire is considered one of Tanzania’s best-kept secrets. It’s truly one of the finest and most unique parks in the entire country.

Located in the Rift Valley region, near the eastern shore of Lake Manyara, Tarangire contains nine different vegetation zones, each of which supports unique forms of wildlife. Landscapes range from wooded savannas to rivers, but the most distinctive scenery in Tarangire is probably the rolling hills dotted with massive, majestic baobab trees, their tangled limbs silhouetted against the vast, open sky.

In the dry season (Aug-Oct), many migratory wildlife species return to the life-giving waters of the Tarangire River. During these months, the park boasts nearly as high a concentration of animal life as Ngorongoro Crater. Large herds of elephants, zebras, wildebeest, elands and oryxes congregate here until the wet season allows them to migrate to lush new grazing land, and their presence draws predators, too.

The river and its surrounding watering holes also attract numerous species of birds to the area. Over 300 species of birds have been recorded in the park, including green wood hoopoes, green and yellow parrots, Fischer's and yellow-collared lovebirds, as well as doves, mousebirds, cuckoos, swifts, and swallows.

Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater has been called “Africa’s Eden” and many consider it to be one of the natural wonders of the modern world. The moment you step your foot on the floor of the famous Ngorongoro Crater, you’ll understand why.

Ngorongoro Crater is the largest intact volcanic caldera (a volcano which has collapsed) in the world. Just 10 miles in diameter (but sinking 2,000 feet below the crater’s rim), the crater forms a completely self-contained ecosystem, something which has allowed plant and wildlife populations to thrive.

The crater and the surrounding Ngorongoro Highlands are a truly unique safari experience, offering travelers a chance to see an ecosystem, and an abundance of wildlife, that is unrivaled in Africa.

Serengeti National Park

In the Maasai language, Serengeti means "endless plain", a fitting name for this massive expanse of grasslands and forests. If you imagine the iconic image of an African safari - dry, tall grasses waving beneath a blazing bright sun as predators stalk unsuspecting prey - the backdrop you’re picturing is almost certainly the Serengeti.

Established in 1951, the park is nearly as large as the state of Connecticut, making it the largest national park in Tanzania (not to mention its best known). The park lies on a high plateau between the Ngorongoro Highlands and the Kenyan border. It extends nearly all the way to Lake Victoria in the west. The landscape of the park, with its low vegetation and vast seas of waving grasses, is ideal for game viewing.

The Serengeti is famous for its annual migrations of wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles. As these massive herds of herbivores search for new grazing ground, they are tracked and hunted by an impressive array of carnivorous predators such as lions, leopards, cheetahs, and hyenas.

The region is also inhabited by buffalos, elephants, giraffes, hippos, antelopes, ostriches, jackals, baboons, and dik-diks. Bird life in the Serengeti is also surprisingly abundant. Nearly 500 species of birds have been recorded in the park. As the sign at the entrance states, Serengeti National Park is truly "the world as it was in the beginning."

You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the quality and variety of food on this safari. In most lodges, meals are served buffet-style. The food is often prepared with western palates in mind (some local dishes are included). At the Nyumba Camps, chefs prepare fresh soups, bread, entrees, and desserts daily.

With advanced notice, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and diabetic-friendly meals can easily be arranged. Make sure to inform Thomson Safaris when booking your trip.

Join an optional hot air balloon ride to take in sweeping views of the Serengeti from above. Minimum height and age for this ride are four feet and seven years. Advanced reservations and additional fees apply. The optional hot air balloon excursion costs 550 USD.

  • 3-day viewing in Serengeti National Park
  • 10 nights' accommodation
  • Complimentary bottled water during the game drives
  • Daily meals
  • Game drives in Tarangire National Park
  • Ngorongoro Crater exploration
  • Park fees
  • Services of guides and drivers
  • Transfer from and to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
  • Bar beverages
  • Hot air balloon excursion
  • International flights
  • Laundry service
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Phone calls
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

Please arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) where Thomson Safaris will pick you up from the airport. This pick up service 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 Sharon and Joel B
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you all for putting together such an amazing trip for us. We have been home only six weeks now, but Tanzania is part of our daily lives. We never seem to be able to stop thinking about our trip. We have continual requests to get together with friends and share our experience. And it is so much fun. Our Maasai walking guide, Peter, was exceptional. He was a big highlight of the trip.We felt very lucky to have Samson guide us for two perfect weeks. He was truly exceptional in every way! Extremely knowledgeable, helpful, accommodating, engaging and funny. He went above and beyond to ensure we had the opportunity to experience everything Thomson Safaris has to offer. "

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  • Review by Becky H.
    10 out of 10

    "We chose Thomson because of our conversation with the US staff, the timing of the trip and Thomson’s knowledge.The Nyumba staff was so helpful and friendly. They went out of their way and were on top of everything! Our guide, Mohammed, was phenomenal and always made sure we tracked down every animal. He was professional, knowledge and friendly. We want him again should we return.Nothing but wonderful things to say! Our safari was simply amazing. We had just the right amount of downtime vs. safari vs. cultural aspects in this beautiful country. We loved every minute of the vacation. "

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  • Review by Joanne and Allison Higbee
    9 out of 10

    "It is impossible to put into words just how fantastic our trip was. The logistics were flawless and obviously honed with years of experience. The guides and other staff were very accommodating and no request was ignored. We chose Thomson mainly for the animal viewing. The price was reasonable and worked well with our schedule. We found excellent reviews online. We felt totally prepared. The three areas we went to were perfect. It was absolutely incredible!"

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  • Review by Linda and James Murray
    9 out of 10

    "We had a trip of a lifetime. Your association with National Geographic to conduct family excursions says volumes about the quality of your fine organization, and your making Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Safari Outfitters list is further evidence we absolutely made the right choice in selecting your company to guide us on the safari and assist us in our visit to Zanzibar. Not a glitch throughout the trip."

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  • Review by Marianne Young
    9 out of 10

    "The adventure was everything I had hoped for. Thomson did everything to prepare us. The camps were awesome. Our guide, Mustapha, did everything he could to show us a great week. The groups we met at night in the camp were perfect for Jessika (two others celebrating high school graduation). She and I both loved the food. Thank you for helping us make memories of a lifetime. Since I am a novice at this type of travel, I asked several seasoned travelers their opinion of Thomson Safaris. They agreed with me that we had chosen the best of the best!"

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