Tanzania

Short Family Safari

  • Overview
    Starts at

    $6290PP

    Duration

    11 days

    Activity

    Level 2

    Meals

    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.

  • Itinerary

    Day 1

    Fly to Tanzania


    Day 2

    Arusha


    Days 3-4

    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.

    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? 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.


    Days 5-6

    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.

    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.


    Days 7-9

    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.

    Picnic Lunch

    Enjoy your lunch outdoors in a scenic spot.


    Day 10

    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.


    Day 11

    Arrive home in the US


  • Dates & Prices

    2017 Dates


    12/20-12/30

    Sold Out
    Adult $6890PP
    Teen $6590PP
    Child $5890PP

    12/24-01/03

    Adult $6890PP
    Teen $6590PP
    Child $5890PP


    2018 Dates


    02/09-02/19

    Sold Out
    Adult $6590PP
    Teen $6290PP
    Child $5590PP

    02/16-02/26

    Sold Out
    Adult $6590PP
    Teen $6290PP
    Child $5590PP

    06/09-06/19

    Adult $6590PP
    Teen $6290PP
    Child $5590PP

    06/15-06/25

    Adult $6590PP
    Teen $6290PP
    Child $5590PP

    07/27-08/06

    Limited Availability
    Adult $6590PP
    Teen $6290PP
    Child $5590PP

    08/10-08/20

    Adult $6590PP
    Teen $6290PP
    Child $5590PP

    11/14-11/24

    Adult $6290PP
    Teen $5990PP
    Child $5290PP

    12/20-12/30

    Adult $6590PP
    Teen $6290PP
    Child $5590PP

    12/24-01/03

    Adult $6590PP
    Teen $6290PP
    Child $5590PP


    2019 Dates


    02/08-02/18

    Adult $6590PP
    Teen $6290PP
    Child $5590PP

    02/15-02/25

    Adult $6890PP
    Teen $6590PP
    Child $5890PP

    Additional Info

    Tanzania Imposed VAT

    $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.

    Tarangire Nyumba

    Thomson’s Tarangire Nyumba is set in a scenic, private location close to the Tarangire River and with easy access to seasonal and resident wildlife. Here, you will experience exceptional service from the friendly staff, eat gourmet meals prepared from fresh, local ingredients and enjoy the privilege of sharing the landscape with the wildlife. Solar lighting, proper beds with fine linens and private, en-suite bathrooms with safari shower and self-contained, pump-flush toilet make your spacious tented accommodations a welcoming retreat after a day on safari.

    Ngorongoro 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Travel Insurance

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