9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners
The Perfect Family Safari strikes the perfect balance for kids, parents, and grandparents alike explore the most popular cultural and wildlife staples of Tanzania. From soccer matches and Maasai storytellers to wildlife scouting and legendary landscapes this is an unforgettable family adventure!
Wildlife Viewing in Ngorongoro Crater
Explore the fertile Ngorongoro Crater looking for the Big 5: elephants, lions, rhinoceroses, African buffaloes, and leopards.
Track Animals in the Eastern Serengeti Nature Refuge
Hike with your guide looking and local wildlife scout, identifying rare species and learning how to distinguish animal tracks.
Friends Across Borders
Through Friends Across Borders, experience the warmth, kindness, and generosity of the Tanzanian people and visit local schools and villages to get a first-hand interaction with the Maasai culture.
Stay in the Bush
Wake up to the sweeping views of the Serengeti and the lush forest of the Ngorongoro Highlands from seasonal campsites that place you in the center of Tanzania’s beauty.
Explore Serengeti National Park
While on this family safari, you’ll have plenty of opportunities for wildlife viewing drives in the Serengeti searching for giraffes, hippos, antelopes, ostriches, jackals, baboons, dik-diks, and more.
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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.
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.
How do you tell the difference between the footprint of a dik-dik and a Thomson’s gazelle? How about a leopard and a lion? There’s a special area set aside at the edge of camp where the guide will be able to show you which animals have wandered through the area. There are always a few surprises!
Afternoon Wildlife Viewing in the Eastern Serengeti Ecosystem
Enjoy wildlife viewing this afternoon in the Eastern Serengeti Ecosystem. Be on the lookout for rarer species, such as the bat-eared fox and the smaller animals that are sometimes overlooked, such as the mongoose, hyrax, dik dik, and klipspringer.
Gather around the campfire to listen to a Maasai elder tell folktales, which are translated into English. The story is not planned in advance, and you will hear it exactly as it is traditionally told.
Serengeti National Park
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.
Pick up a few useful Swahili expressions and words from your guide. Just trying out a few of them while on safari will make your experience all the more remarkable.
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.
Continue Your Exploration of the Serengeti
Explore the pristine landscapes of the Serengeti with your guide’s uncanny wildlife spotting instincts leading the way. Expansive plains, rolling hills, dramatic granite outcrops and riverine valleys are home to an endless variety of fascinating creatures, from the lowly dung beetle to the impressive elephant.
Bow and Arrow Demonstration
An askari (watchman) from camp will demonstrate how to shoot the traditional, hand-made bow and arrow of the Ikoma people, who are known for their hunting prowess. Typically, the arrow points used by the Ikoma are covered in poison, but for demonstration purposes safe, point-free arrows will be used. Everyone is encouraged to give it a try!
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.
Visit to the Floor of Ngorongoro Crater
Visit the Ngorongoro Crater, where you are likely to find an abundance of wildlife. With luck, you might even see rhinoceros and big cats, such as lion and cheetah. The diversity of species often inspires awe, from baboons and elephants in the Lerai Forest to wildebeest and mountain reedbuck over the crater’s grassy floor.
Picnic Lunch on the Crater Floor
To maximize your wildlife viewing time on the crater floor, enjoy your picnic lunch near a hippo pool.
After months of anticipation, the meeting of pen pals often becomes a trip highlight. Kids can learn from each other’s cultures and interact in activities, from soccer to traditional arts and crafts.
Join a local game of soccer, the most popular sport in Tanzania.
School Visit in the Ngorongoro Highlands
Visit a primary school in the scenic Ngorongoro Highlands. Focus on Tanzanian Communities is supporting several projects at this school. You will meet with teachers and students and learn more about education in Tanzania.
Visit Bush Babies
Take a moment to observe the resident bush babies that live in the trees just outside the Main House at Gibb’s Farm. These fascinating nocturnal creatures are typically shy, but will make an appearance if there is any ripe fruit nearby. At night, their unique call sounds just like a baby.
Leave Via Arusha
Stop at Cultural Heritage Center
Visit and shop at the Cultural Heritage Center.
Farewell Lunch at Arusha Coffee Lodge
During a special farewell lunch in Arusha, you will have time to say goodbye to your safari companions 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.
Arrive home in the US
Dates & Prices
06/16-06/27Adult $7290PPTeen $6990PPChild $6290PP
06/19-06/30Adult $7290PPTeen $6990PPChild $6290PP
06/28-07/09Adult $7290PPTeen $6990PPChild $6290PP
08/11-08/22Adult $7290PPTeen $6990PPChild $6290PP
12/23-01/03Adult $7290PPTeen $6990PPChild $6290PP
03/12-03/23Adult $7290PPTeen $6990PPChild $6290PP
Tanzania Imposed VAT
Plus $300 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, and Comprehensive Travel Insurance.
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.
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Friends Across Borders
Your child will have a cultural connection like no other by meeting kids the same age from the country you’re traveling by playing games, throwing a Frisbee, kicking a ball around, or just chatting. Ask us about our pen pal program.
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.
Every Thomson Family Adventures trip comes with travel insurance for your entire family at no extra cost.