Tanzania

Highlights of Tanzania Safari

  • Overview
    Starts at

    $5490

    Duration

    10 days

    Activity Level

    Easy

    Your family will spend most of your time relaxing and not expending too much energy. These adventures are easy! Every member of your family will be comfortable and able to take part in this adventure no matter their fitness level.
    Meals

    7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners

    All of Tanzania’s must-see sites and animals fit into one all-encompassing itinerary – share an unforgettable safari experience with your family and return home in just 10 days.

    Hike to see giraffes, find the Big Five, sleep in the Serengeti, explore Ngorongoro Crater and show your family the magic of East Africa.

    Minimum age: 12+

    Walking Safaris in an Exclusive Nature Refuge

    Walking safaris are rare in Tanzania. In this Thomson exclusive private refuge, your family will see giraffes, gazelles, wildebeest and more.

    Find the Big Five in Ngorongoro Crater

    In Ngorongoro Crater, with the densest population of large mammals on Earth, your family will enjoy the best odds of finding rare animals.

    See the Great Migration

    Roughly 1.5 million wildebeest and 500,000 zebras search for food and water while avoiding big cats and predators.

    Make Home in the Wilderness

    Your family will enjoy a truly authentic safari experience in seasonally rotated camps that put you as close as possible to the wildlife without sacrificing your comfort.

  • Itinerary

    Day 1

    Fly to Tanzania


    Day 2

    Arusha


    Days 3-4

    Eastern Serengeti Ecosystem

    Introduction to the Nature Refuge

    Your guide will give you a brief tour and history of the 10,000-acre refuge as you make your way to camp. Enjoy wildlife viewing along the way, one of the tangible results of conservation efforts in the area. Giraffe, eland, dik dik, ostrich, leopard and even wild dog can be seen in this unique wildlife haven, dubbed “Giraffic Park” by one enthusiastic guest.

    Late Afternoon Walk

    Stretch your legs on a brief but scenic walk this afternoon. As one recent guest put it, the nature refuge is “a magical place of peace and beauty,” and there’s no better way to experience it than on foot. A local wildlife scout will accompany you and your guide on this walk, pointing out nearby wildlife.

    Night Wildlife Viewing Drive

    Take to the plains and wilds after dark for a night drive in the Eastern Serengeti Ecosystem. Night drives offer thrills and possible sightings of nocturnal creatures, such as spring hares, aardvarks, and porcupines. More than anything, the night drive offers an adventure few travelers in Tanzania have the chance to experience.

    Enjipai Women's Group Visit

    Meet a group of entrepreneurial Maasai women and learn about their crafts, their lifestyles and their community goals.

    Maasai Boma Visit

    Immerse yourself in the semi-nomadic culture of the Maasai by visiting a boma, which is a settlement of circular mud-and-dung Maasai homes. Many Maasai still roam the plains of northern Tanzania with their herds of cattle, maintaining their traditions while adapting to new ways of life.


    Days 5-6

    Serengeti National Park

    Wildlife Viewing En Route to Your Nyumba

    Enjoy the journey to your next Nyumba camp, as there will be plenty to see along the way. Perhaps you will come across a chase between predator and prey; maybe you will spot a wake of vultures; or maybe you will be lucky enough to find a leopard relaxing high in the limbs of an acacia tree.

    Optional Serengeti Balloon Excursion

    A pre-dawn wake-up call leaves you time to drive to the balloon launch site in order to catch the most dramatic light. Then take to the skies just as the sun rises. Glide over the plains and acacia treetops, taking in spectacular views of the Seronera River Valley and the surrounding plains. After your descent, enjoy a magnificent champagne breakfast right in the midst of the Serengeti wilderness.

    Full Day of Wildlife Viewing in the Serengeti

    Spend the whole day wildlife viewing. Your guide will point out hidden animals, like leopard hiding in a tree or lion concealed by tall grass.

    Optional Visit to a FoTZC Project

    Focus on Tanzanian Communities (FoTZC) is Thomson’s sister non-profit organization that has worked on many successful projects in this area. Visit a school, teachers’ housing, or a medical dispensary that were all requested by the community and built by FoTZC. Learn a little bit about sustainability, how these projects are selected, and how they impact the community.


    Days 7-8

    Ngorongoro Conservation Area

    Visit Olduvai Gorge

    Make a short stop at Olduvai Gorge, a deep ravine and site of fossilized remains of animals and hominids that date as far back as two million years. A brief lecture and small museum tour are included.

    Full Day of Wildlife Viewing in Ngorongoro Crater

    Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater, where you are likely to find an abundance of animals for a full day of wildlife viewing.

    Special Tanzanian Dinner

    Enjoy a traditional Tanzanian dinner this evening. Rich with spices and fresh local vegetables, this is a chance to sample the best of local cuisine.


    Day 9

    Leave Via Arusha

    Stop at Cultural Heritage Center

    Visit and shop at the Cultural Heritage Center.

    Farewell Lunch at Arusha Coffee Lodge

    Enjoy a special farewell lunch in Arusha as you prepare for your departure. Visit the adjoining Shanga workshop where physically challenged artisans create remarkable jewelry, learn glass-blowing, and sell their work.  This extraordinary project was created in order to mentor and empower those who are often marginalized in Tanzanian society.  You will be surprised and inspired by the quality and beauty of their creations.


    Day 10

    Arrive home in the US


  • Dates & Prices

    2018 Dates


    12/22-12/31

    Limited Availability
    Adult $5790


    2019 Dates


    03/13-03/22

    Adult $5790

    05/31-06/09

    Adult $5490

    06/17-06/26

    Limited Availability
    Adult $5490

    06/29-07/08

    Limited Availability
    Adult $5990

    07/22-07/31

    Adult $5990

    11/14-11/23

    Adult $5490

    12/21-12/30

    Limited Availability
    Adult $5990


    2020 Dates


    03/14-03/23

    Adult $5990

    Tanzania Imposed VAT

    Plus $300 Value Added Tax. As of July 1, 2016, Tanzania imposed a new Value Added Tax (VAT) on tourism activities.

    Alumni Discount 

    If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.

    Price Includes

    All entrance fees, accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, private bi-lingual guide throughout, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle.

  • Hotels

    Mount Meru Hotel

    An Arusha mainstay near the busy downtown area, the Mount Meru Hotel sits on a 15-acre garden and provides comfortable, modern accommodations. Amenities include cable TV in all rooms, internet access, currency exchange facilities, concierge, massage services, babysitting on request, playground for children, outdoor swimming pool, sun bed, a volleyball court, and a nearby golf course. The Themi Grill serves both international and African cuisine.

    Eastern Serengeti Nyumba

    Sitting on a slope of Moruga Hill, your Eastern Serengeti Nyumba overlooks a sweeping valley of wooded savannah, wide-open plains, and a remote wilderness like no other in Tanzania. With its signature style, the campsite provides the perfect place from which you can explore the Eastern Serengeti’s rolling hills and woodlands by foot or by vehicle and engage in authentic Maasai cultural programs. After your adventures, the Nyumba offers exquisite, environmentally responsible comforts and personalized care. En-suite bathrooms have water-saving safari showers and self-contained, pump-flush toilets.

    Central Serengeti Nyumba

    Thomson’s signature Serengeti Nyumba is the perfect balance of luxury, comfort and wilderness. These tents were exclusively designed for Thomson Safaris and cannot be found anywhere else. In the spacious, walk-in tents, you will find all the comforts you need out in the bush: artfully crafted furnishings, cozy bedding with fine linens, solar-powered, eco-friendly lighting, and an en-suite bathroom with shower and self-contained pump-flush toilet. We’ve taken special care to think of all the details that will make you comfortable during your stay without being excessive or leaving a heavy footprint on the landscape.

    Ngorongoro Nyumba

    This Nyumba is located at the rim of Ngorongoro Crater where it is poised for optimal access not only to the nearby cultural treasures, but also to the crater floor where you will experience exceptional wildlife viewing. The air here has a heavenly fresh scent, though the high elevation (about 7,200 feet) makes for potentially chilly nights. The exceptional camp crew will make sure you have everything you need to stay comfortable.

    Day Room at Mount Meru Hotel

    An Arusha mainstay near the busy downtown area, the Mount Meru Hotel sits on a 15-acre garden and provides comfortable, modern accommodations. Amenities include cable TV in all rooms, internet access, currency exchange facilities, concierge, massage services, babysitting on request, playground for children, outdoor swimming pool, sun bed, a volleyball court, and a nearby golf course. The Themi Grill serves both international and African cuisine.

    Thomson Family Adventures will attempt to adhere to this itinerary and its hotels as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, cultural, or availability) may necessitate changes in the accommodations.

  • Why Thomson

    Guaranteed Departures

    No matter what happens, once your family books a trip you’re going.

    Guides

    Be accompanied for your entire trip by an expert local in-country guide who will know all of the ins and outs of the adventure and destination.

    Small Groups

    With a small group you’ll have plenty of time for spontaneity and to develop a connection with your fellow travelers and guide.

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Starts at

$6990

Duration

12 days

Activity Level

Easy

Your family will spend most of your time relaxing and not expending too much energy. These adventures are easy! Every member of your family will be comfortable and able to take part in this adventure no matter their fitness level.
Starts at

$6390

Duration

11 days

Activity Level

Easy

Your family will spend most of your time relaxing and not expending too much energy. These adventures are easy! Every member of your family will be comfortable and able to take part in this adventure no matter their fitness level.
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