8 breakfast, 8 lunch, 7 dinner
Not every family has an extended amount of time to take out of their hectic lives for a long vacation; that’s why we created the Short Family Safari. This one-of-a-kind family vacation experience still fits into your busy schedule without sacrificing any quality or safari experience.
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.
Explore Serengeti National Park
Plenty of opportunities for wildlife viewing drives in the Serengeti searching for giraffes, hippos, antelopes, ostriches, jackals, baboons, dik-diks, and more.
Spot Elephant Herds in Tarangire National Park
Venture into Tarangire National Park, home to nine different vegetation zones, each of which supports different forms of wildlife and attracts over 300 unique bird species and is home to several elephant families.
Watch Millions of Wildebeest and Zebra Run Free
Witness the dramatic and otherworldly Great Migration of over 2 million wildebeest and zebra running through open fields in search of water.
Explore Ngorongoro Crater
Look for elephants, lions, black rhino, African buffalo, zebras, birds, hippos, and much more on the floor of this wildlife rich crater.
Fly to Tanzania
Tarangire National Park
Morning Wildlife Viewing in Tarangire National Park
Spend a morning wildlife viewing in Tarangire, searching for animals and birdlife among Tarangire’s river valley and the surrounding plains.
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? A guide will take you on a walk and show you the tricks to identifying signs of wildlife.
Traditional Games for Kids
Kids can learn some traditional games from Tanzanians, such “Rede” (a little like dodgeball) or “Bao” (a boardgame requiring chess-like strategy) among many others.
Afternoon Wildlife Viewing in Tarangire National Park
In the afternoon, you will go wildlife viewing in Tarangire, exploring the banks of the Tarangire, where large families of elephant often gather.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
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.
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.
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.
Traditional Arts for Kids
Kids can learn about and participate in traditional Tanzanian arts and crafts, such as beading, bead-making, or sketching.
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.
Enjoy your lunch outdoors in a scenic spot.
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
12/20-12/30Sold OutAdult $6890PPTeen $6590PPChild $5890PP
12/24-01/03Adult $6890PPTeen $6590PPChild $5890PP
02/09-02/19Sold OutAdult $6590PPTeen $6290PPChild $5590PP
02/16-02/26Sold OutAdult $6590PPTeen $6290PPChild $5590PP
06/09-06/19Adult $6590PPTeen $6290PPChild $5590PP
06/15-06/25Adult $6590PPTeen $6290PPChild $5590PP
07/27-08/06Limited AvailabilityAdult $6590PPTeen $6290PPChild $5590PP
08/10-08/20Adult $6590PPTeen $6290PPChild $5590PP
11/14-11/24Adult $6290PPTeen $5990PPChild $5290PP
12/20-12/30Adult $6590PPTeen $6290PPChild $5590PP
12/24-01/03Adult $6590PPTeen $6290PPChild $5590PP
02/08-02/18Adult $6590PPTeen $6290PPChild $5590PP
02/15-02/25Adult $6890PPTeen $6590PPChild $5890PP
Tanzania Imposed VAT
$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.
- 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 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.