10 daysActivity Level
EasyYour 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.
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.
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.
Extension: Explore Victoria Falls
Visit the spectacular environs of Vic Falls, nestled between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Known as the greatest curtain of falling water in the world, it’s a sight to behold as you walk the paths and feel the spray. Enjoy a sundowner cruise on the Zambezi River and perhaps spot crocs, elephant and buffalo along the banks. Rafting, helicopter tours and more also available!
Fly to Tanzania
Eastern Serengeti Ecosystem
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.
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.
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.
Morning Hike in the Eastern Serengeti Ecosystem
Head out on a light hike this morning. The terrain will be fairly mild, but make sure that you have comfortable shoes with good traction. Being out on the plains on foot at this time of day is magical.
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.
Serengeti National Park
Morning Wildlife Viewing in the Serengeti
There is nothing as marvelous as traversing the plains of the Serengeti just after dawn and through the morning hours. Look for herds of wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, impala, eland, topi, and more out on the savanna.
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 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.
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.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Wildlife Viewing as You Depart the Serengeti
As you follow the meandering path out of Serengeti National Park, take in the gorgeous scenery and wildlife viewing before moving on to the next part of your adventure.
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.
Picnic Lunch on the Crater Floor
To maximize your wildlife viewing time on the crater floor, enjoy your picnic lunch near a hippo pool.
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.
Dates & Prices
11/14-11/23Call for AvailabilityAdult $5490
12/21-12/30Sold OutAdult $5990
03/14-03/23Call for AvailabilityAdult $5990
06/18-06/27Call for AvailabilityAdult $5990
06/25-07/04Call for AvailabilityAdult $5990$5990$5990
08/10-08/19Call for AvailabilityAdult $5990
09/15-09/24Sold OutAdult $5990
Tanzania Imposed VAT
Plus $380 Value Added Tax. As of July 1, 2016, Tanzania imposed a new Value Added Tax (VAT) on tourism activities.
If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.
All entrance fees, accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, private bi-lingual guide throughout, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle.
Guaranteed departure. Surcharge applied to groups smaller than 4 guests.
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 DeparturesNo matter what happens, once your family books a trip you’re going.
GuidesBe 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 GroupsWith a small group you’ll have plenty of time for spontaneity and to develop a connection with your fellow travelers and guide.