Perfect Family Safari

  • Overview
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    12 days

    Activity Level


    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.

    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!

    Recommended Age: 6+

    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.

  • Itinerary

    Day 1

    Fly to Tanzania

    Day 2


    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.

    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.

    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.

    Footprint Identifying

    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!

    Maasai Storyteller

    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.

    Days 5-7

    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.

    Swahili Lessons

    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!

    Days 8-9

    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.

    Days 9-10

    Ngorongoro Highlands

    Pen Pals

    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.

    Soccer Match

    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.

    Day 11

    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 12

    Arrive home in the US

  • Dates & Prices

    2018 Dates


    Sold Out
    Adult $7290PP
    Teen $6990PP
    Child $6290PP


    20th Anniversary Special
    Adult $7290PP
    Teen $6990PP
    Child $6290PP

    2019 Dates


    Sold Out
    Adult $7290PP
    Teen $6990PP
    Child $6290PP


    Adult $7290PP
    Teen $6990PP
    Child $6290PP


    Adult $6990PP
    Teen $6690PP
    Child $5990PP


    Adult $7490PP
    Teen $7190PP
    Child $6490PP


    Adult $7990PP
    Teen $7690PP
    Child $6990PP


    Adult $7990PP
    Teen $7690PP
    Child $6990PP


    Adult $7490PP
    Teen $7190PP
    Child $6490PP


    Limited Availability
    Adult $7490PP
    Teen $7190PP
    Child $6490PP


    Adult $7490PP
    Teen $7190PP
    Child $6490PP


    Adult $7490PP
    Teen $7190PP
    Child $6490PP


    Adult $7490PP
    Teen $7190PP
    Child $6490PP

    2020 Dates


    Adult $7490PP
    Teen $7190PP
    Child $6490PP


    Adult $7490PP
    Teen $7190PP
    Child $6490PP

    Additional Info

    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, and Comprehensive Travel Insurance.


  • Hotels

    Rivertrees Country Inn

    Set beside the rushing waters of the Usa River on the outskirts of Arusha, Rivertrees Country Inn has colonial charm and simple but elegant style with modern-day amenities and fantastic cuisine. Besides its delightful farmhouse guestrooms, the inn also has two spacious luxury cottages and a lovely, open-air, thatched-roof kitchen and dining area, with décor reminiscent of its country heritage as a former German colonial farm and coffee estate.

    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.

    Gibb's Farm - Cottage Room

    Gibb’s Farm artfully blends nature, culture and eco-friendly amenities to provide what is sure to be a relaxing and memorable stay. Its newly updated cottages blur the line between indoor and outdoor living space, giving each guest unhindered access to one of the estate’s most stunning assets: its lush gardens. A gracious and attentive staff enhances the experience, offering cultural and historical insight and making sure all your needs are met.

    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

    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 Departures

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


    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.

    Travel Insurance

    Every Thomson Family Adventures trip comes with travel insurance for your entire family at no extra cost.